I have spent quite a lot of time optimising the performance of this site, and as part of ongoing work I monitor new technologies that could help improve the speed for visitors. I’ve been tracking the adoption of next-generation image formats for a while and with support by web browsers now fairly widespread it was time to figure out how to make use of these new formats in wordpress. … Read Full Article
I’ve been updating my unattended windows deployment setup recently, and one of the things I wanted to enable was the slideshow wallpaper with the location set to my wallpapers location on my server. This isn’t as straight-forward as it ought to be, but after bit of fiddling around I figured out how to do it fairly simply. … Read Full Article
I use WDS on a standalone server to set up new PCs and to reimage PCs when they have ended up mangled beyond repair. With a good number of PCs in my own house it is useful to reimage them ocasionally when swapping or upgrading hardware. Most of this process is now automated by an unattend.xml file but one step the unattended process doesn’t seem to support is renaming PCs back to their original name. … Read Full Article
I’ve had a Z‑Wave AeoTec Doorbell 6 for a while and had it linked to Home Assistant successfully, but have never been able to trigger the bell from within home assistant. Until now… … Read Full Article
I use a ConBee II USB stick for my zigbee mesh in Home Assistant. I wanted to update the firmware and found it is easiest to do this by shutting down HA, unplugging the stick and using a windows machine to update it, then putting it back into the HA system and booting HA back up. There are full instructions for the process in Windows on Dresden Elektronik’s website
I recently wrote about how to show bin collection information in Home Assistant, and my next project was to pull some air quality information. Fortunately I have a ‘Tado’ account which meant I could pull this information from their API using the following code … Read Full Article
I’ve been developing my Home Assistant based smarthome setup for around a year now (since leaving SmartThings) and after an initial steep learning curve I’ve been veyr happy with home assistant so I have started working to expand the things it does as I am conifdent it offers a long term basis for my smarthome. One thing I wanted to add was bin collection data to remind me which bin is due when. As I live in Sheffield I needed to pull this data from the local authorities out-sources provider (veolia). The following details how I did this, building very much on the work of others who have done it already for other regions … Read Full Article
I am slowly migrating my smarthome setup to HomeAssistant which, as with most open-source projects, is pretty unfriendly to start with and takes some learning to use. I have an Aeotec ZStick and an Aeotec Doorbell 6 which work via Z‑Wave and I wanted to customise the tones and reduce the volume a little. You’d think it would be easy right? … Read Full Article
I recently got a new GPU for my HTPC which required a replacement power supply as the old one wasn’t suitable for powering a GPU with an 8 pin PCIe power cable. The HTPC is in use for an average of around 6 hours per day and with electricity at 15p/kWh any reduction in power at the wall works out at 33p a year per Watt. This isn’t a big saving, but if consumption is reduced by several watts the saving can add up. … Read Full Article
I’ve recently been looking at how best to run wp-cron manually from the system to avoid a performance hit when a visitor loads the site. I’ve so far found 3 different ways to run this. There may be others. … Read Full Article
Remove any device from home assistant(528 views)I've now been using home assistant for several years and most of the early challenges and learning-curves have been over-come. However, there has been a long-standing issue that is a constant frustration - removing old ...
The search for a 12 bay 5.25″ full tower case(404 views)I have an original CoolerMaster Stacker case (STC-T01-UW) that I use for my server. It is great because it has 12 5.25" external drive bays. Strictly speaking it has 11 useable as 1 of them ...
The search for a 12 bay 5.25″ full tower case(15.5k views)I have an original CoolerMaster Stacker case (STC-T01-UW) that I use for my server. It is great because it has 12 5.25" external drive bays. Strictly speaking it has 11 useable as 1 of them ...
Resolving Google’s Rich Snippets Testing Tool errors(64 comments)Please note! This article has now been superceded by a new article, which has been updated to use MicroData (schema.org) instead of MicroFormats. If you still wish to use MicroFormats read on, but I recommend ...