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Devopsing a Legacy World

  Devops has been picking up steam since around the year 2009.  ( It could be argued it was around in other forms longer but for argument's sake let's go with 2009) Today it is mainstream and there are whole conferences built around devops. But not everyone is doing the devops thing. 
By Nathan Wilkerson, Cloud Operations Manager
September 7, 2018
A/B Testing Image

Evaluating and Choosing A/B Testing Services

One of the first documented A/B tests was run by Google nearly 18 years ago as a spearpoint test into the world of web performance optimization. The test ultimately glitched due to slow load times. (Nice to know that even Google isn’t infallible!)
By Matt Thogerson, Product Manager
September 5, 2018
The Hackening Team

"Hack the Plants" — Five Lessons Learned from an IoT Adventure

Do a search on “IoT projects” and you’ll turn up endless pages of fantastic Internet of Things ideas and examples. Roll-your-own home security system! Track your cat’s movement! Build your own droid! With so many resources available, one might think all the problems are solved, all the answers just a few clicks away.
By Kalina Wilson, Software Engineer
August 21, 2018
Team Merry Martins

Hackathon 2018: Four Guys in a Garage. On Laptops. In a Minivan.

This year’s hackathon was all about the Internet of Things (IoT)—pulling data from the real world and sending it to the cloud, then finding ways to analyze and manipulate that data for insights.
By Nathan Wilkerson, Cloud Operations Manager
August 21, 2018
Metal Toad Mood Meter

Hacking Happiness: Team Mood Meter at Hackathon 2018

This year’s hackathon challenge was to explore the Internet of Things (IoT) using cloud technology. As a Scrum Master, I have a longstanding interest in supporting the emotional wellbeing of teams, because it’s an important element of productivity that often gets overlooked.
By Ori Applebaum, Lead Project Manager
August 21, 2018
Metal Toad Team Pi Cam

Freedom to Fumble: Learnings From Hackathon 2018

I spend all my time at work dealing with software. So going into this year’s hackathon, I was excited to get hands-on (and in over my head) with hardware. Having never even touched a Raspberry Pi before, I was in for an interesting couple of days! Our team was just two people—me and Shivani Thakar. We set out for a small, achievable project broken down into phases. Our first step was to set up a Raspberry Pi 3 Model B and Camera Module v2
By Brad Kouchi, Software Engineer
August 21, 2018
Our lovely kegerator board

Hackathon 2018: Kegerator 2—Revenge of the Flowmeter

If you’re going to spend two long days frying a Raspberry Pi and fiddling with (very) finicky electronics, is there any better way to do it than surrounded by beer? I'm sure some of you would answer with a resounding "Yes!" but honestly, beer is *not* my preferred beverage. I’d much rather sip on a nice bourbon or scotch on the rocks. Unless there's a nice dark beer on tap...but I digress! Beer, cider, kombucha, and coffee make lots of us Toads happy, and that’s why I joined up with Team…
By Morgan Senkal, Software Architect
August 1, 2018

IoT and Employee Satisfaction

The very concept of automation leads to a moral and ethical dilemma regarding the workforce. People need to work to support their families, but there are tasks that could be done better, faster, and cheaper if automated. This leads to a tension between upper management and employees where one group is actively interested in automation and the other group is actively threatened by it.
By Sasha Friedman, Lead Product Manager
July 27, 2018

Does your IoT device need an antenna upgrade?

I've long been curious about the effectiveness of the built-in antennas that are attached to common WiFi modules. Can that tiny, serpentine PCB track really match the performance of a "real" antenna? How does it even work? I set up a quick test to find out. Using a pair of ESP8266 development modules, I set up a test measuring gateway ping times, and sending the resulting values to AWS IoT Core. Messages are routed to Firehouse, stored in S3, and aggregated with Athena. (AWS has put together…
By Dylan Tack, Principal Engineer
July 6, 2018

IoT Business Value: Reducing Time Spent Monitoring

Like anything else in its early lifecycle, the Internet of Things (IoT) has a ton of hype but there are still a lot of unknowns when it comes to the actual business value. Maybe you heard C3 IoT advertising on NPR, maybe your electric utility put a smart meter on your house, or maybe you got a chuckle from Juicero.
By Sasha Friedman, Lead Product Manager
July 5, 2018

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