Smith Ellis

Who is this Smith Ellis fella?

Hey there! Welcome. You have staggered into my internet home. I hope you meant to. Even if you didn't mean to, I'm glad to see you. What you will find here at SmithEllis.com is a veritable powderkeg of nerdliness, random thoughts ...

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ExpressionEngine Ugprader, EEupgrade

Batteries Not Included

My biggest gripe about the ExpressionEngine CMS is that everything you need to manage a large site is not included with the core codebase. You need plug-ins and add-ons to make the system robust for your users - and it turns out that most of them are not ...

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Raspberry Pi 2 Update

Raspberry Pi 2 - Initial Thoughts

I took a few minutes to work on the Raspberry Pi 2 last night. It's a nice device. The improved processor and RAM are very noticeable, making this round of the Pi a servicable desktop replacement for web, media consumption and light development.

The ...

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Raspberry Pi 2

Raspberry Pi 2 In Stock

Adafruit had some Raspberry Pi 2s come back into stock - go check it out!

The new device has everything you loved about the original, but adds a faster CPU (quad core 900 MHz ARMv7) and 1gig of RAM! Whoo hoo!

This means you can run ...

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Linux Basics

Handy Linux Stuff

Linux is awesome. I've been using some flavor of Linux for...a long time. Right now on my personal machines, I'm mostly using Mint. It's just very clean and easy; if you don't feel like going configuration crazy, Mint might work for you ...

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Home Automation Use Case

How Home Automation Should Work

When I drive into my driveway, the house should know I'm home quick enough to open the garage door. I drive into my garage, and my phone should start uploading my documents, music, media to my home server with cloud replication. This should happen ...

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Amazon Echo is a revolution

The Amazon Echo is a Disruptive Device

How do you know a device is disruptive? When you can't go back to the way you used to do things before you had the device.

As you know, the Amazon Echo is a metal tube that contains an array of microphones ...

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Why big companies fail at agility

I've briefly retired from being a manager at big tech companies. And by retired, I mean I've decided to more hands on work in programming and less Powerpoint presentations. But I wanted to share some thoughts about big companies, and why they get stuck with substandard and outdated ...

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