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I’m really enjoying Angular and Azure, but getting them to work well together is sometimes a pain. Right now, there’s some real catch-up that Azure App Services needs to do in order to embrace anything beyond Angular 7. That’s because Angular 8 and up (“Angular 8+”) requires Node 12.x, and the latest version of Node.js that Azure App Services supports is 10.6.0. As a result, you cannot do a “build” of an Angular 8+ App…

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Have you ever been to an anniversary or birthday celebration which included video well-wishes from friends and family? Or, have you ever wanted to collect a series of video testimonials from customers? If you’ve ever tried to gather a bunch of videos from people, you know it’s not easy. It’s a hassle to nudge people, it’s a hassle for them to record a response, upload it somewhere, send you a link. You invariably get it…

Here’s how to update Plex Media Server on a server running Ubuntu. Make sure you replace the URLs and packages with the latest release. Find the URL for the latest Plex Media Server package here. SSH into your server.  Download the latest package (replace filename with the latest), then install it: wget https://downloads.plex.tv/plex-media-server/0.9.13.4.1192-9a47d21/plexmediaserver_0.9.12.4.1192-9a47d21_amd64.deb sudo dpkg -i plexmediaserver_0.9.12.4.1192–9a47d21_amd64.deb Following installation, remove the installer file with this command: rm plexmediaserver_0.9.12.4.1192–9a47d21_amd64.deb Remember that you don’t have to type the entire…

Part 1 of this article covers the basic parts list, code, and assembly. UPDATE (April 2021): The Bluetooth shield used in this Arduino-based project is apparently discontinued. If I were to build this project again today, I’d make it a Raspberry Pi Zero W with Headers (or 3B+) based device. Take note on that order page of the adapter cables and power supply you should also get. The RPi would run a simple Flask (python)…

My daughter is in Beauty and the Beast this spring. So I thought it’d be a good opportunity to test my Internet of Things (IoT) skills using Arduino, Bluetooth and iOS, and build a remote-controlled Enchanted Rose prop which has variable-color lighting and can drop petals on cue. So I contacted the director, volunteered to make the prop, and she was all for it. A variant on this would be to use, say, a Raspberry Pi…