Jeff Schnurr

A collection of 11 posts

Stream SmartThings data to Azure

Stream SmartThings data to Azure

My home has over 70 smart devices, including switches, lights, contact sensors, motion sensors, thermostats and various controllers. ¬†They come from various vendors using myriad technologies, including a cool kit from Konnected that helped me give my old alarm system…

The challenge of (machine) learning

I'm often asked to define machine learning, and to explain how it works. Here's a simple way to think about it. The goal of machine learning is to make predictions based on the lessons of past experience. There are 3…

Shut up and build!

Do you have a Mr. or Ms. No in your company? You know, the one who has an opinion and lots of ideas, but is constantly stuck in the concept stage? Thriving on policies and process, they live for the…

Using Scrapy from a script or celery task

Scrapy is a web scraping framework for Python. If you followed the tutorial, the steps include creating a project, defining an item, writing a spider, and initiating a crawl from the command line. This method is fine for a large…

Coding is the new Excel

Data is everywhere. We're surrounded by machines that track, measure, sample, record and save everything. Translating that data into useful insight - well that's the hard part, and most business leaders today are not equipped to do it themselves. Before…