A little bit of self soldered bling for the season and working from home. (Esp12 + WLED, idea originally from the Internet of course)

Well, as usual I'm late to the party. This weekend I come to love Tasmota, a basically ready to run firmware for ESP8266 MCUs and many products, which use the ESP8266. It didn't click until I tried it for myself. Firstly I reflashed 2 el-cheapo Wifi-plugs with Tasmota and then I flashed a Witty cloud module and connected a SR04 distance and a SI7021 temperature sensor (below). This will become something like sourd.io powered by Tasmota and MQTT. No code written, all declarative.

Failure, big time.

First time in by "baking" career that I fucked up this bad. This will teach me to not rely on oil to stop the dough from sticking to the metal. In the past I always used proper baking paper. What came over me to think only oil would be enough? At least this can be an example on how NOT to do it.

I guess, we're pretty much done with summer. The first autumn feeling storm passed us during the night and day. I passed some more serious looking areas during my morning run were the strong wind did what it does best, pulling out brittle leaves and branches.

Gkrellm as Linux system status monitor is still king of my hill. I tried to give Conky a new try while being in the process of getting to know the Awesome window manager and configuring to taste (still mostly on floating layout though). The Gkrellm CPU diagram displays system, user and nice times, while Conky does not differ between those. Similar for the network traffic for instance.

Hopefully, never dies.

Small victories, right? Pure rye pimped with 65g of 70% cocoa chocolate. You wouldn't think so, but that actually goes nicely together.

An incomplete selection of mobile computing devices of a family of 5 over a period of more than 20 years. I got the oldest cell phone, a Siemens C10 end of 1999 in preparation of expected Y2000 bugs in Unix server hardware and software. And these are not even all of them. Shown are: Samsung Galaxy S1, S2, Nexus 4 & 7, Sony Ericsson T630, Palm Zire 31, a Nokia and a Samsung I don't remember and a very compact Sony Xperia. All scheduled for recycling.

Some snaps from my 8.5k morning run. Ok, today's Saturday, so I'm out of order, but during this time of working from home I've come to appreciate starting the work day with a 7-9k run atleast 3 times during the working days. You're in such a nicely relaxed mind and body state. Unfortunately this state usually evaporates about halfway through the morning.

Birthday plum cake for my better half.

Could have been a notch more fluffy, but due to high summer temperature any times given in the recipe needed to be managed, since this is a cake and proofing times vary significantly with temperature. Anyway, first piece tasted according to plan: yummy.

Started the process on Wednesday by converting my normal rye starter to wheat in 2 refreshes.

And my Logitech is repaired once again. This time it was the button under the scroll wheel, which most of the time produced 2 clicks. The red/white thingy beside the black one is the original, defective. The mouse buttons were already replaced some time ago. Those infamous OMRON switches.

And another Logitech mouse, whose OMRON switches have reached EOL.

The order is in! After a recent video by ChilliChump about chilli salt, I could not resist and ordered from him.

My trusty old . Have to retire the board though. Linux 3.10 is simply to old for any of the future topics I'm interested in.

He has been running for the last 5 to 6 years with only 2 sdhc cards. I changed the card just as a preventative measure halfway through. So, pretty solid performance.

Another blast from the past. The keyboard of my CPM system, so heavy you could do serious damage with it. Each key base contains a magnetically operated Reed switch, while the magnets were sitting in the moving part. The Z80 SBC with SIO, PIO and 2k EEPROM running the show. Keyboard matrix completely re-wired to fit existing scheme. The function keys were specially configured to produce Wordstar text processor sequences. Data via serial RS232 line.

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I bought this hot sauce from YouTuber ChilliChump beginning of this year. Today was the time to check it out. Wow, what a burner. I nearly reached my limit of hotness and it has only 11/2 points on ChilliChump's hotness scale (I have another sauce with 3 points, which will probably get me a heart attack). But it tasted so good, that I had to add more to my chicken breast piece multiple times.

And the new Pi-Hole 5 doing it's job.
All marked request are coming from the same Android tablet in the house hold, primarily used to mobile gaming. I've whitelisted some of the addresses at the moment to see whether that reduces the sheer amount of requests from that one tablet.

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The last Pi-Hole 4 requests ...

A dashboard snapshot of my Odroid C1 running pihole 4. I actually switched to pihole 5 on my Odroid C2 about a week ago (incl router reconfig). The Synology was still using the old pihole not having been rebooted. Mildly interesting, the last lone request coming from the new pihole server from NodeJS actually running NodeRed for the daily sunrise email.

Continuing my blast from the past. The floppy controller card of my system, which drove 2 5¼ inch drives. Later, when I had switched to an Atari ST520 I connected the floppy drives to the Atari. Some bucks needed to be saved. The chip was the WD2797, the best at the time I think.

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As I guess an appetizer in my order of the CC2531 they included this little beauty, a capacitive touch switch. This is really useful for potentially many Arduino/ESP8266 projects. Often better suited than a mechanical switch.

Here's a link from some random seller.


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Let the fun begin.
Fresh from the post box. CC2231 flashed with coordinator software (at least that's what I ordered) so that I should now be able to connect to Zigbee HW from MQTT (and in turn from Node-Red) via the zigbee2mqtt bridge.

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