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Alright, time for a new home. Fosstodon has been recommend to me by quite a few people as the place that matches my interests, so, uh, here I am!

For those not following me over from, I'm a FOSS community manager, wannabe data scientist, sysadmin and devops enthusiast. Currently very interested in and , but will happily talk endlessly about pretty much anything.

Well I guess I'd better jump on this hashtag... but since I've worked from home for 7 years, I've had time to develop my space a little.

I particularly like my wall of books :)

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Virtual #Ansible Contributor Summit + Hackathon reminder!

See you THIS SUNDAY (Mar 29) starting at 11:00 UTC.

Hackathon sessions on Mon/Tues (Mar 30-31) 09:00-19:00 UTC.

Add your names, check the agenda, and info on how to participate:

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There'll be a session by @gwmngilfen on #ansible #community #collections stats on Sunday, come along for:

* collections
* charts
* rankings
* discussions

He'll dive into how we think we're going to understand Collections. Also keen to hear from Collections maintainers on what's useful to them!

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There we go. Couldn't bothered with piping bags and flour paste for the crosses, so they're just "hot buns" :D

When life gives you lemons, make ... no wait...

An apple a day keeps ... nope.

Ah whatever. These are apple hot cross buns in the making :)

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Good morning new all-remote Europe! Those will be some very challenging weeks/months for all of us, but I'm sure we'll make it if we listen to the science. If you're struggling with working remotely, have questions or just want to chat - please reach out. My DMs are open.

There are silver linings to all this chaos. I made bread for the first time in years today :)

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Please use Firefox, if for no other reason than to keep the browser landscape diverse and alive.

It's update day! The day where I do all the pending updates to my HA box and hope like hell I don't break the heating ... :D

Power cut last night. 2 hours outage.

Happily, my setup handled it just fine. The UPS kept HomeAssistant online for the whole time, and although the PiHole (DHCP server) went down, the relays all use static IPs. So when the power came back, everything resumed entirely as normal. Win!

Still need to test a complete cold-start (i.e. a cut long enough to kill the UPS and take HomeAssistant out). But it should be fine.


It's a glamorous life, being a techie. Tonight I'm resurrecting my Rock64 which has been offline for a month or so. Lots of `apt purge` and other cleanup as I prepare it for running a fresh install of server.

Sad to be missing this year. Hope you're having a great time folks :)

planning for ? Not sure what track(s) to attend? I have you covered!

Behold, my entirely hacky TF-IDF analysis of the talk submissions, broken down by room & day. In other words, what words are common to each room *specifically* in the talks blurb.

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Next Monday, I will be talking (again) about @foreman #ansible Modules at #cfgmgmtcamp in Ghent!

Come and see what we learned from 4 years of doing crazy things!

With the panels up and running, I got back into hacking tonight. Achieved:

* sending notifications via SMTP
* auto-off the bathroom panels after an hour
* temperature schedule for my bedroom

The next stuff is more complex, I'm going to have to learn AppDaemon for that, I think... Also need to start the official blog series soon. Exciting!

Project is live!

All (well almost all) the panels are in, and working. Initial cost indications are favourable, although next week's cold weather will tell, as it's mild at the moment.

Need to check on some thermal expansion/contraction noises I'm hearing, mostly when the panels switch off and cool. Never heard that when they were on the wall.

Also need to code up a "last reported" sensor for the battery powered sensors. One died yesterday, and a room got to 21C before I noticed :)

Today's the day! The electricians have been hard at work wiring the house and fitting the panels. The new fuseboard is installed. The ceilings are ready. Today we start turning them on.

So today we start to find out if this will work...

Exciting! But also scary...

(edited to add hashtags, sorry)

TFW none of your 10 temperature sensors has checked in for over 3 hours, and you realise it's because the core IoT router got unplugged by the workmen... ;)

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