Moving to Bridgeton

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Sep 9, 2011, 10:59:55 AM9/9/11
to RiverSpace STL
Hey Guys

We just moved to Bridgeton. We'll be here for 4 months, so I thought I
would see what's going on in the area. I am an experienced programmer
(PHP, MySQL, iPhone, Android) and currently work with mobile
development. I have recently taken on Arduino development but am a
newbie at anything dealing with hardware. I am awaiting a shipment of
WIZ811MJ Ethernet Module (not an "Ethenet Shield") so I can start
connecting the Arduino to the internet....

Okay, enough about me.



Sep 9, 2011, 1:24:13 PM9/9/11
Welcome to the group.

Basically, RiverSpaceSTL doesn't have a physical form (yet).

I'm open to the idea of having a hackerspace, but I don't yet have the funds to set up shop anywhere. (I'm still looking for a job so that I can raise the capital for a space.)

I'd really like to get the word out to all the other geeks in the area (employed and unemployed) of our existence.  I had planned on making flyers, but my printer is broke again. (I took it apart last month because it wasn't working. Reassembled it, it worked again for about of couple of weeks, then it died again. WTF, HP?)

Our group is open to just about anyone 18 or older. So if you know of anyone interested in hackerspacing, or who likes building stuff, was part their school's robotic team, or is interested in funding the real estate or funding to establish our physical presence, that would be awesome.

I'd be interested in seeing what you Arduino project looks like. Do you have an online photo gallery or blog to share what it looks like or your experience building the Arduino?


Sep 12, 2011, 1:05:49 PM9/12/11
to RiverSpace STL
I just got back to Bridgeton yesterday and started playing with the
new Arduino parts that arrived while I was out of town. I currently
have it rigged to an ethernet module and am tweeting the temperature
of my office every 10 minutes. The tweets are at
, so you can stay up to date on my comfort level.

Reality is that this isn't super useful, but it is a start.

I don't have anything setup specifically for my Arduino undertakings -
it is new to me - but my business blog is at ,
and I try to do a weekly post about whatever I am working on, so I
will likely drop some Arduino stuff there.

Oren Beck

Sep 12, 2011, 1:14:28 PM9/12/11
That's a NEAT setup. Hmn- if we reduce it to the minimal components to
dead bug construction make an ethernet thermometer?
And- someone who is a better coder than I am might whip up an Android
app for alarms from those tweets?

Oren Beck



Sep 12, 2011, 8:39:26 PM9/12/11
to RiverSpace STL
Well it was fun having it up on Twitter, but they seem to have a lot
of rules about how often you can send in tweets / if tweets contain
identical info, so I setup a PHP to store the data in a MySQL database
- now I can let it run overnight and record the temperature every 60
seconds. Plus, it is a lot better to have the data in a database.

You can view the data at

I don't know much about about circuits / hardware (that's why I'm
learning on the Arduino), so I wouldn't know about making a dead bug
version - The Arduino is a microcontroller, so I don't know that you
could tear it down much more that it already is...

Oren Beck

Sep 12, 2011, 10:52:29 PM9/12/11

That and whatever still cheaper than a full shield Arduino>Ethernet
hardware might become a good internet datalogger.

If we could find cheap thrift store price range hardware to harvest
things like this from:

So a deadbugduino and a scavenged Serial>Ethernet module might give us
a cheaper remote sensory node. It's all about thinking outside the
box. Your original build can lead to "Refined Crudity" for saving

Oren Beck


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