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Know How

Hosted by Fr. Robert Ballecer, SJ

Get the know how to make technology work for you. Fr. Robert Ballecer shows you tech projects that you can do yourself and explains everything from tech basics to advanced techniques.

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Know How.. Show Archive:

KH 391: Smart Lights and Smart Plugs

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Thursday 19th July 2018

Megan Morrone and Florence Ion tell you everything you need to know to get started with smart lights and smart plugs. Learn about wattage, voltage, and whether you need a hub or not. Plus, they get fancy with disco lighting you can control with your voice with the LifeX Strip, Philips Hue Bloom, and the new Nanoleaf remote. Smart Lights:LIFX A19 LED Bulb - $59.99Philips Hue - Starts at $14.99 (requires hub)STITCH by Monoprice Wireless Smart LED Bulb - $12.99BlissLights BlissBulb - $27.99Sengled Element Classic Bulb - $9.99LIFX Mini Natural Warm White Bulb - $24.99TP-Link Kasa Smart Wi-Fi LED Bulb - $34.98Ilumi Bluetooth Smart LED Bulb - $19.99Noon Home Lighting - Starts at $249.99LIFX Z LED Strip - $89.99Philips Hue Bloom - $59.99Nanoleaf Remote - $49.99Nanoleaf Light Panels Rhythm Edition - $229.99Smart Plugs:TP-Link Kasa Smart Wi-Fi Plug - $24.99TP-Link Kasa Smart Plug w/ Energy Monitoring - $26.99STITCH by Monoprice Smart Plug - $12.99 Hosts: Megan Morrone and Florence Ion...


KH 390: Security and Privacy in IoT

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Thursday 12th July 2018

Megan Morrone and Florence Ion talk to Stacey Higginbotham from Stacey on IoT and from The Internet of Things podcast about how to choose more secure IoT devices for your home. Also, the rising problems with the smart home and domestic abuse, and do you really need a WiFi connected essential oil diffuser? Hosts: Megan Morrone and Florence Ion Connect with us!Don't forget to check out our large library of projects at https://twit.tv/shows/know-how.Tweet at us at @meganmorrone and @Ohthatflo.Thanks to CacheFly for the bandwidth for this show.


KH 389: Beginner's Guide to the Smart Home

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Thursday 5th July 2018

In this premier episode of the Know How...IoT, Megan Morrone and Florence Ion tell you everything you need to know to start filling your house with smart things. Megan offers her law of IoT -- No device shall create more problems than the problem it is intended to solve. Flo explains smart hubs, protocols, and what kind of Wi-Fi you might want to make your smart home run properly. Plus, a tour of both of their smart homes. Hosts: Megan Morrone and Florence Ion Connect with us!Don't forget to check out our large library of projects at https://twit.tv/shows/know-how.Tweet at us at @meganmorrone and @Ohthatflo.Thanks to CacheFly for the bandwidth for this show. Sponsor: RING.COM/KnowHow


KH 388: 'Til We Meet Again

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Thursday 28th June 2018

After more than300 episodes together as the "Know How Bros" Padre and Cranky Hippo say goodbye to Know How 3.0 in the only way possible... by bringing back some of their favorite episodes! From testing the bacteria inside Bryan's ear, to creating home-made comets, to electrocuting the Hippo and messing with a Raspberry Pi arcade machine, this episode has a little of everything that you've loved about Know How for the past 6 years. Hosts: Fr. Robert Ballecer, SJ and Bryan Burnett Connect with us!Don't forget to check out our large library of projects at https://twit.tv/shows/know-how.Join our Google+ Community.Tweet at us at @PadreSJ and @Cranky_Hippo.Thanks to CacheFly for the bandwidth for this show.


KH 387: The Tech of Summer

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Thursday 21st June 2018

OnePlus 6, IOGear Travel Dock, Owl Cam, Anker Nebula Capsule, and more. Hosts: Fr. Robert Ballecer, SJ, Megan Morrone, and Jason Howell For full show notes, visit https://twit.tv/shows/know-how/episodes/387


KH 386: Synology Madness - Part IV

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Thursday 14th June 2018

Create an OTA Network DVR. Hosts: Fr. Robert Ballecer, SJ and Jason Howell For full show notes, visit https://twit.tv/shows/know-how/episodes/386


KH 385: Lithium Powered, UPS Raspberry Pi Case

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Thursday 7th June 2018

LiPi: A self-contained, battery powered Raspberry Pi NUC Hosts: Fr. Robert Ballecer, SJ and Patrick Delahanty For full show notes, visit https://twit.tv/shows/know-how/episodes/385 Sponsors: RING.COM/KnowHow eero.com code KNOWHOW


KH 384: Synology Madness - Part III

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Thursday 31st May 2018

Synology Moments, Synology Drive Hosts: Fr. Robert Ballecer, SJ and Jason Howell For full show notes, visit https://twit.tv/shows/know-how/episodes/384


KH 383: Fancy Funko Pop!

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Thursday 24th May 2018

Do you like Funko Pop! figurines? Do you have a Funko Pop! collection? Or are you co-hosts with somebody with a serious Funko Pop! addiction? If you answered "yes" to any of those questions, then today's "Know How" is for you! With an Arduino, a ring of WS2812 LEDs, and a few 3D-printed parts, we're going to create a disco stand to make your Funko... FUNKY! Also... there's a 50/50 chance that we burn ourselves.Project Summary: Using an Arduino nano and a WS2812 16-LED Ring, we're going to create a universal stand for "FunkoPop" models. The finished project will have two controls for LED brightness and Animation patterns and will can be reprogrammed without dissasembling the unit. Parts List: 1. ATmega238P Nano $4.00 2. 16-LED WS2812 Ring $10.00 3. Momentary 6x6x12 Momentary Tactile SMD Switch $2.00 4. Silicon Wire $3.00 5. M3 Carbon Steel Bolts $13.00 6. 20mm x 5mm Neodynium Magnet $5.00 7. 2 x 10k Resistors $7.00 $44.00 But the REAL price (if you're willing to buy in bulk) is...


KH 382: Synology Madness - Part II

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Thursday 17th May 2018

Create a Network Video Recorder. Hosts: Fr. Robert Ballecer, SJ and Jason Howell For full show notes, visit https://twit.tv/shows/know-how/episodes/382 Sponsor: WordPress.com/knowhow


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