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After putting this off for over a year I finally wrapped up a post on my little Odroid XU4 CloudShell2 NAS. This may have worked out for the best, as I now have a full year of use to reflect on.

electro.pizza/2020/05/selfhost

Though this thing was a gonner after it froze solid over the Winter. We were shocked to see it coming back this Spring, and now the first bloom of the year!

A few notable standouts that I've used today:

+ OTA device firmware updates.
+ Dashboard showing all devices and simple state switches for capable devices.
+ Zigbee mesh network map.
+ Touchlink factory reset broadcasts for devices with no hardware reset.

Some of this has been in the project all along, but it feels like a coherent package now.

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Spending time today rebuilding my Zigbee integrations around the house. Grabbed the newest Zigbee2MQTT and wow, they've added a lot to this project!

The web-ui alone is so handy.

I forgot to mention the creator of this project is on the fedi!

Thank you for seeing this through @joeycastillo it's super cool!

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It's a watch!

Working great. Was able to go through the setup easy enough, including setting Lat/Lon.

I think I'm going to roll with the stock firmware for a week or so just to feel it out, though I'm already itching to flash some timers onto this thing.

This screen is showing the time of today's sunset.

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Dove into the F-91W/Sensor Watch assembly. Overall pretty straight forward. Some light magnification helped my older eyes, but I don't think it is necessary.

The only finicky bit was the buzzer spring connector, but the inserts in the PCB made that a fairly easy solder job once it's finagled in place.

Documentation and assembly video were great (and refreshing). Also don't forget to connect the sensor if you have one! The addendum document makes that clear, but it''s not in the video.

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Most of the pepper plants have started to set fruit, but is particular variety is cranking them out.

This is the second time I've thinned them trying to encourage more growth.

I've also not looked at any PHP for months, and I can't say I miss it. At all.

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Getting a lot of exposure to new (for me) stuff at work: Terraform, k8s, GCP, gRPC/protobuf, and deeper dives into Go.

I've noticed this has cut into my desire to hobby around with technical side projects. For now, I suppose, it's scratching that learning itch.

Getting ready for summer in the veggie garden today. Had to document the wall of cilantro/coriander before I cut most of it down.

Saw the first of the bluebonnets (Lupinus texensis) on a walk this morning. Spring has sprung.

A warm but overcast day today provided a good opportunity to move the pepper starts out to the cold frame to begin hardening off.

On a Toadies kick this evening. Reminiscing on a strange upbringing in West Texas.

It's a young but a mature tree, and I have no doubt it could handle the ice and temps we are expecting. However, I'm want to protect the outer branch tips in the hopes of a larger harvest this year.

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We've got some Winter weather moving in and I had to do a bit of improvising to protect our fig tree.

Just backed Jose Castillo''s Sensor Watch on Crowd Supply. It's a drop in replacement board for the CASIO F-91W wristwatch, and looks like it'll be a lot of fun to hack around on.
crowdsupply.com/oddly-specific

Happy New Year Fosstodon and the greater Fedi! Wishing everyone the best for 2022!

🎶 We two have paddled in the stream
from morning sun till dine
But seas between us broad have roared
since auld lang syne.🎶

🎶For auld lang syne, my dear
for auld lang syne
we'll take a cup of kindness yet
for auld lang syne.🎶

A year late, but I was able to achieve a big 2020 goal; finding a new job. I've finished the on-boarding including brushing up on Go (goodbye PHP). I've been enjoying the week off along with the rest of engineering, and should be doing some actual work next week. A promising start to 2022. Cautious but hopeful.

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