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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.

Project is suffering in these -5C temps. Next week's to do list includes new carpets and a new front door, I think...

Mostly a night off for some much needed chin-wagging with a good friend, but I did get the Pi working...

Holy crap, that project is good! Paired with my test devices straight away, got a plug socket set up as a router, and that gave range to put a motion sensor over the front door. discovery meant they were waiting in the UI, and theb I had my lamp flashing when someone was at the door. In about 2 hours work! Love it!

There's even an HA card to display the network!

Super productive evening setting up HA Dashboard on HomeAssistant, and a wall mounted touchscreen to consume it. And the touchscreen has a temp sensor, so that's a bonus. Home automation is a lot of fun.

Next up, building my own gateway with ZigBee2MQTT. This IKEA gateway is starting to irritate me... Oh and my new Shelly MQTT stuff arrives next. Busy busy!

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Microsoft Word is far and away the worst program I have to regularly use. It sucks at everything it tries to do. Literally the only thing it has going for it is that lots of people use it. That's it. At everything else, it's junk. And yet people love it, I suspect largely because they've never experienced something better (like, well, *anything* but particularly an *actual* writing app like Scrivener that was designed for people who actually want to write, not screw around with formatting).

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Trans-ignorance (positive) 

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@bjarni As an aside, I think people are very touchy about the term ignorance.

Ignorance isn't a personal failing as long as we don't wallow in it and refuse to acknowledge the limitations of our understanding.

Ignorance is just a starting point. We're all ignorant about so many things at any given time. The best thing to do is admit it when necessary, and work on it from there. :)

Whoops double posted the meter readings. Calculating from memory at midnight is risky, folks :)

Current meter reading suggest I'm at around 55% of my previous usage. That will rise as I add more panels, but probably not much - all the remaining spaces other than the kitchen are infrequent use (e.g. bathroom - just for a bit in the morning).

has really shined here. I've now got 5 thermostats and counting...

Project Day 4 - Fitted the last of the new batch of panels.

I've now got decent heating in enough of the house to consider the situation stable. 3 rooms are solid, the kitchen needs more panels but it's bearable, and the old elec radiator does my study. Immersion heater works, so water is good.

Next up, surveys for a full panel setup, new temp sensors, and a 13A relay for the immersion

Electric meter suggests I'm currently running at about 60% of my previous usage. Nice.

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There's a petition to Save the .org top level domain. Apparently, ICANN could still stop it from being sold.
I know, petitions rarely work, but I also know that _sometimes_ they do.
Please consider signing if you _run_ anything there, or if you _use_ or _care about_ anything that's on a .org domain. Also, boosting this to others who follow you, would be very much appreciated.

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Hm, "freedom of speech is not freedom of reach". Catchy slogan.

3 more IR panels arrived today. Operation Ding-Dong-The-Boiler-Is-Dead is proceeding nicely

Sigh, the boiler has died. Still got the 2 IR panels I'm testing though! Time to accelerate Operation Fit-IR-Panels-To-Every-Room :)

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Openstreetmap is reaching the point that it is just more information rich and beautiful than google maps and that is awesome

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PSA: We've been made aware of attempts to scan for private Matrix servers and join rooms from their room directories. ***Please make sure your room directory and rooms are locked down if you run a private server** - for more details see: Please pass it on

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I am willing to pay cold, hard, FIAT cash to someone willing and able to port

to golang (that compiles/works on mips64 as a single, static binary -- if that matters. which it probably will)

how much? YOU TELL ME (and let me know why you're a great fit for this task). I am willing and able to pay a premium because this is something far more useful to me in two weeks than two months.

boosts very much appreciated.

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"Tell a scary story!"
"Once upon a time, leaders were vain and corrupt-"
"That's not fiction!"
"- and monsters only concerned with gold were burning-
"Still not fiction."
"- the world. And..."
"And people lost hope and gave up."
"I'll make sure that's fiction!"
#MicroFiction #TootFic #SmallStories

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