Getting started with the Piccolino and Arduino

Starting itself as a Kickstarter project on the 16th of April, 2015 and completing on the 16th of May, 2015 with $69,206(USD) in funding by 1,021 backers. The Piccolino marks itself as being the worlds first compact Arduino with integrated OLED, WIFI, SD Card support and 32K of SRAM.piccolino_basics

Essentially the Piccolino is a glorified tiny Atmel 328p (16 Mhz) board with an ESP2866 WIFI chip with Lua support, along with a nifty OLED Display.

piccolino_pins-1024x284

Starting development with the Piccolino is quite easy and can be done with the official Arduino IDE or with other Arduino style IDE’s such as VisualMicro (in Visual Studio), Stino (in Sublime Text 2/3) and embedXcode (in Xcode on OSX).

This getting started guide will be based around the official Arduino IDE, but most steps will be similar in other IDE’s.

Read More

Medical Practice Management Systems in New Zealand

Like my Australian post, here is a list of New Zealand Practice management systems for the medical industry.

The list is not in any particular order (or anywhere near complete), and I will slowly add more information about each. Comments and change requests more than welcome.

Read More

Medical Practice Management Systems in Australia

Unfortunately there does not appear to be a decent list of Practice management systems in Australia for the Medical Industry (outside what ehealthaustralia provides). As an employee for a medical based start-up, having an easy list of all the available options out there seems handy.

The list is not in any particular order (or anywhere near complete), and I will slowly add more information about each. Comments and change requests more than welcome.

Read More

Quick2Wire with Raspbian

Quick2Wire recently has had some issues with the q2wi.re domain. The installation is still very simple, just a minor URL change on the setup.

Step 1 (add the quick2wire repos):
curl -L https://raw.github.com/quick2wire/quick2wire-software-users/master/setup-apt.sh | sh

Step 2 (install quick2wire-gpio-admin):
sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install quick2wire-gpio-admin

Step 3 (use it!):
See https://github.com/quick2wire/quick2wire-python-api

Rooting a Motorola Defy+ (MB526) with BL7

Recently I had the opportunity to have a go at flashing a Motorola Defy+.

Unfortunately this Defy+ (MB526 had the BL7 (Bootloader) firmware loaded, and conventional methods of a simple root were not possible. This includes RATC, EasyROOT_AAD, and SuperOneClick. sad face

After trying many different methods (and 4 hours later) I discovered the solution posted deep inside the XDA Developers forum for the Defy.

The solution, once found is rather simple and requires the following steps to be made:

Read More