Random projects and posts

Blog post for Adding a Zigbee Smart Thermostatic radiator valve to Home Assistant

Adding a Zigbee Smart Thermostatic radiator valve to Home Assistant

Controlling our loft radiator with a Zigbee controlled thermostatic radiator valve and Home Assistant

Blog post for Adding Gas Meter Energy logging to Home Assistant

Adding Gas Meter Energy logging to Home Assistant

Adding new MQTT sensors to Home Assistant to log Gas meter usage data

Blog post for Shelly EM Power Logging with Home Assistant

Shelly EM Power Logging with Home Assistant

Adding Shelly EM power monitoring in the loft with Home Assistant

Blog post for Mastervolt Soladin 600 Wi-Fi logging adapter with ESP32

Mastervolt Soladin 600 Wi-Fi logging adapter with ESP32

Adding remote Wi-Fi data access to our Mastervolt Soladin 600 solar PV inverter using an Espressif ESP32-WROOM-32UE module

Blog post for Washing Machine notifications via Home Assistant and Sonos Smart Speakers

Washing Machine notifications via Home Assistant and Sonos Smart Speakers

Audio notifications for when the washing machine needs to be emptied via Home Assistant and Sonos speakers

Blog post for Sonoff POW R2 Smart Switch power consumption modification

Sonoff POW R2 Smart Switch power consumption modification

Modifying a Sonoff POWR2 Smart Switch with energy monitoring to reduce its power consumption when being used to monitor a devices energy usage

Blog post for OBS Microscope Wi-Fi Remote Control

OBS Microscope Wi-Fi Remote Control

Creating a wireless remote control to swtch between video capture scenes in OBS Studio to select between our Microscope and other cameras or desktop capture using a Wi-Fi Remote Control

Blog post for Home Data Logger Zigbee Sensor Upgrades

Home Data Logger Zigbee Sensor Upgrades

We have added several new Zigbee sensors to our smart home system which runs Home Assistant and the sensors talk to the home Linux server using Zigbee2mqtt

Blog post for Scam emails from a certified photographer

Scam emails from a "certified photographer"

Yet more scammers using emails claiming to be from a certified photographer who say your website has copyrighted images hosted

Blog post for Apple iPad Air 2 vs Android Nexus tablet teardowns

Apple iPad Air 2 vs Android Nexus tablet teardowns

Teardown time with some old tablets which no longer work or charge, some Apple iPad Air 2 and Android Nexus tablets

Blog post for Workshop ESD Anti-Static upgrades

Workshop ESD Anti-Static upgrades

Trying to avoid zapping electronics by adding new ESD Anti-Static matting on the bench and floor in our workshop.

Blog post for Raspberry Pi High Quality Camera on the Microscope

Raspberry Pi High Quality Camera on the Microscope

Adding a live video feed to our Brunel BMSZ trinocular stereomicroscope using a Raspberry Pi High Quality Camera module and USB interface

Blog post for ESP8266 Wifi RGB LED Controller

ESP8266 Wifi RGB LED Controller

Adding RGB to all the things in the loft workshop using an ESP8266 Wifi module to make a custom RGB LED Controller

Blog post for New AMD Ryzen 9 3900X PC build in Fractal Design Meshify S2 case

New AMD Ryzen 9 3900X PC build in Fractal Design Meshify S2 case

PC built time for the loft workshop with a new AMD Ryzen 9 3900X PC build in Fractal Design Meshify S2 case

Blog post for Amazon Echo Dot 4th Gen Smart Speaker Teardown

Amazon Echo Dot 4th Gen Smart Speaker Teardown

Teardown time with an Amazon Echo Dot 4th generation smart speaker, find out how Alexa is listening to you