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Connect a Nest Learning Thermostat to an Islandaire PTAC unit

Ever wanted to install a smart thermostat to your apartment’s floor unit? This post will guide you through a quick and easy method of hooking up a Nest Learning Thermostat (but really, any type of thermostat) to an Islandaire PTAC unit.

What’s involved?

  1. Look for the operating and maintenance manual for your PTAC unit.
  2. Order the necessary connectors and parts to build a custom cabling harness.
  3. Assemble the cabling harness with a connector, thermostat wire, and cable sleeving.
  4. Mount your thermostat near the PTAC unit.
  5. Attach the cabling harness and test your thermostat. …

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Deploy a headless, network-enabled Raspberry Pi Zero with a single USB cable

The Raspberry Pi Zero supports USB On-The-Go, which allows the device to emulate various types of USB devices. This story will run through the process of configuring your Raspberry Pi Zero as an Ethernet device, and bringing it up onto your network with a single USB cable, with the help of an OpenWrt router (or really, any Linux-based device).

Enable USB On-The-Go on the Raspberry Pi Zero

Before you begin, ensure that you have the latest version of Raspbian running on your device, so that you won’t into any compatibility issues. …

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A sample Android app, powered by Foursquare.

(Looking for a sample app for iOS? Head over to Foursquare API and read our post on Mr. Jitters for iOS.)

At Foursquare, location is at the heart of everything that we do. Through the Foursquare API, we give developers and enterprises opportunities to tap into the core of Foursquare’s location intelligence and empower them to build meaningful experiences and business solutions.

We are extending our love for coffee into an exercise for learning about adapting the Foursquare API on Android. This exercise will go through techniques of requesting data from the Foursquare API, as well as leveraging other libraries/APIs for location and mapping. …


Matthew Huie

Business Development at Foursquare

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