Setting up a Raspberry-Pi, with Pi-Hole, Home-Assistant, Homebridge, Siri and Alexa. Part 3: Installing Homebridge and using Siri and Apple Home

This is part 3 of my multi-post of setting up a Pi with HomeAssistant, Homebridge, Siri and Pi-Hole. If you want the previous parts here they are: Part 1, Setting up a Pi in headless mode Part 2, Installing Pi-Hole, Home-Assistant and setting up Limitless-LED (Milight) bulbs So now onto the fun part, you want to control the lights you’ve setup previously with Siri, either by talking to your IOS device, or using the favourites option on your slide up menu, which you probably didn’t know existed! Installing Homebridge Lets crack on. SSH via terminal into your Pi (Putty if you’re a Windows user) and install homebridge: Install git and make: sudo apt-get install git make Now to install Node, this is on a Pi3, if you’re on a lower pi refer to this site for installing homebridge. curl -sL https://deb.nodesource.com/setup_7.x | sudo -E bash – sudo apt-get install -y…Continue reading Setting up a Raspberry-Pi, with Pi-Hole, Home-Assistant, Homebridge, Siri and Alexa. Part 3: Installing Homebridge and using Siri and Apple Home

Setting up a Raspberry-Pi, with Pi-Hole, Home-Assistant, Homebridge, Siri and Alexa. Part 2: Installing Pi-Hole and Home-Assistant, using Limitless-LED lamps

Welcome to Part two of my home automation/raspberry-pi blog posts. If you missed setting up the headless Pi, here’s part one. So I’ve got my Pi quite happily working away in headless mode, slimmed down installation and on the network. Time to put it to use! The first thing I install is Pi-Hole. This enables network wide ad blocking via DNS. It’s superb, literally superb. Read up on it at https://pi-hole.net/. Here’s how to install it: Open a terminal, ssh into your Pi. ssh pi@192.168.0.24 Run the installer: curl -L https://install.pi-hole.net | bash The installer will ask for your password at somepoint, then load a graphical interface for your setup. Select both IPv4 and IPv6 ad blocking. You can edit your static ip address here, if you didn’t in my previous blog post. Make a note of your password it presents you, although you can edit it later. See if…Continue reading Setting up a Raspberry-Pi, with Pi-Hole, Home-Assistant, Homebridge, Siri and Alexa. Part 2: Installing Pi-Hole and Home-Assistant, using Limitless-LED lamps

Setting up a Raspberry-Pi, with Pi-Hole, Home-Assistant, Homebridge, Siri and Alexa. Part 1, Setting up a headless (monitorless) Pi

My previous post of setting up a Raspberry-Pi with HA, HB, Siri got a massive amount of hits and I had a few emails, as tbh, the post was more for me than general public so I’m going to write it again, in a multi-blog entry. First of all setting up a Pi to run without a monitor, headless we call it. Firstly I will state that all my work is done with a Macbook Pro, you can obviously, 100% use Windows, but for SSH you’ll have to download Putty or some other client, I won’t go into Putty usage here, it is however very intuitive to use. The only real difference between using a terminal on a Mac and Putty is the way you connect, in Putty you have a connection tab, enter the details in that, IP, username, password, in a terminal shell you simply use one line…Continue reading Setting up a Raspberry-Pi, with Pi-Hole, Home-Assistant, Homebridge, Siri and Alexa. Part 1, Setting up a headless (monitorless) Pi

Uptime of my RaspberryPi HomeAssistant & Homebridge, Siri Failing to Operate HomeBridge

So I just thought I would upgrade my Home-Assistant installation. I logged in via ssh and ran the usual update command, then thought i’d check the uptime. I cant remember the last time I shut down my Pi, other than when I went on holiday for a month. 62 Days isn’t too bad, that was the day I returned from holiday! There isn’t a time HomeAssistant or HomeBridge has failed properly on me yet, other than my own issue. I have noticed that when using Siri on my iPhone6 to turn the lights on/off or report room temperatures, on occasion I get a reply like “I didn’t hear back from your devices Puk” or “Sorry I couldn’t do that Puk”. I admit I did get a little frustrated with this, then when I sat down to think about it and check it out, my installation is fine and working, this…Continue reading Uptime of my RaspberryPi HomeAssistant & Homebridge, Siri Failing to Operate HomeBridge

TinyWhoop Quadcopter Build

So I fancied having a crack at the Tiny-Whoop craze. I had a micro-quad for a while but was a bit annoyed with breaking props once a day.  This TinyWhoop is based on the Eachine E010 mini quad.  In itself the quad is a great little thing, but it has the option of turning into something really fun! $20AUD delivered, what more do you need! Time for an upgrade then. I’ve already got a half decent transmitter from my other quads, so I don’t need the cheap Chinese thing, I’ve got some Dark Edition, Insane speed brushed motors too thanks to Benedikt at Micro-Motor Warehouse. Time for a sit down and think what I actually need. I want to replace the flight controller with something more useful, the BeeBrain is ideal and made for purpose, unfortately a little pricey for me, BangGood do a ripoff called the Beecore which can…Continue reading TinyWhoop Quadcopter Build

Fixing a Pebble Steel with screen tearing

So I’ve been a fan of Pebble since its initial kickstarter. Think I’ve had five as it stands but have always gone back to my trustworthy Steel. The week long battery life and step tracking covers all I want in a smart watch. That being said now I’m starting to control my house with Siri I may end up getting an iWatch in the near future.  Here’s my problem. This is a first gen Steel, so is now nigh on three years old. It was actually replaced under warranty by Pebble for this problem but has been sat in my drawer since. I thought I’d have a go at fixing it and having a google found I could.  Flip the watch and unscrew all four screws: Use a torx 3 screwdriver. Pop your fingernail under the edge and pop the back off.  The reason the screen tears is due to…Continue reading Fixing a Pebble Steel with screen tearing

Using Siri to turn on lights in your home, home automation with Home Assistant and Homebridge and LimitlessLED

This post has become outdated and the information is rather scant and badly addressed. Due to the amount of hits this thread has gotten, i’ve written a multipart post on setting up a Pi3 to be a headless pi-hole, home-assistant, homebridge, siri and alexa interfaced system. Click here for the first part – Setting up a Raspberry-Pi with pi-hole, Home-Assistant, Homebridge, Siri and Alexa, Part 1, setting up a headless, monitorless Pi So my RaspberryPi has been working away as a Pi-Hole for a few weeks now, and I decided to see what else I could use it for whilst it’s sitting idle.  I’ve always liked the idea of home automation, but always found it a touch expensive, now prices are coming down I thought I’d dip my toes in the water. Please be aware, this blog post isn’t a full howto, it’s more of a reminder to me of…Continue reading Using Siri to turn on lights in your home, home automation with Home Assistant and Homebridge and LimitlessLED

Play  Nes, Snes, Sega Roms on an Xbox-One with Nesbox!

I follow /r/xboxone on reddit and this popped up the other day.  A guy has managed to make Microsoft’s Xbox browser, Edge, play roms due to its javascript support.  Simply upload any rom for gameboy, NES, sega, snes, to your onedrive account (obviously for legality you need to already own said game), open the browser at: https://nesbox.itch.io/x1 And the Xbox will launch the emulator.  Select the Rom and happy days!  Here’s Sonic playing a demo:

Have a RaspberryPi not doing anything? Turn it into a local add-blocking device with Pi-Hole

I found myself with a Raspberry Pi lying about not doing a lot so wondered what I could do with it. A quick google and I found Pi-Hole! It’s a great bit of kit which makes websites think you’ve downloaded the ads but you have downloaded a small text file from the server. As it blocks at DNS level you can use it on every device on your network by simply putting the pi’s configurable ip as your DNS server address on all your devices and hey presto! So easy to install, just install rasbian on your pi, ssh into it and run: curl -L https://install.pi-hole.net | bash Follow the config, select to block IPv6 and IPv4 ads, select your IP address and reboot, Robert’s your mothers brother! You’ll end up with an output similar to this when you visit the pi’s IP address:   192.168.0.24/admin in my case. Just set…Continue reading Have a RaspberryPi not doing anything? Turn it into a local add-blocking device with Pi-Hole

PlayStation Vita, Henkaku and Adrenaline

Got a boring Vita that looks like the image above? Now you can change that, run a PSP emulator, run backed up/dumped games, run Retroarch and other system emulators! I’ve had a vita for a while and never really done much with it. I had a PSP1000 previously with homebrew running on it, and have eagerly waited for the Vita to be hacked open. Sure enough, after so many years Henkaku has come along and boom. If you’ve a Vita with firmware 3.60 or below you’re sorted, if it’s beyond 3.60 then sell it and buy another as you can’t do shit with it. All you have to do to install henkaku is aim your in psp browser to https://henkaku.xyz/ and boom, it’ll install away by itself. Be careful though, each time you reboot it’ll have to be reinstalled. Once this has installed, find molecular shell and open it, by pressing select…Continue reading PlayStation Vita, Henkaku and Adrenaline

WordPress error: Fatal error: Allowed memory size of 41943040 bytes exhausted

So upon updating this site the other day i received this error and nothing would load.  I had a good crack at googling and found a way to resolve it. Either by using FTP/SSH/Cpanel editor, find the wp-config.php file in your site’s home dir and open it to edit. Scroll down to find this line: /* That’s all, stop editing! Happy blogging. */ And add this line just above it: define( ‘WP_MEMORY_LIMIT’, ‘256M’ ); So it should look like: * @link https://codex.wordpress.org/Debugging_in_WordPress */ define(‘WP_DEBUG’, false); define( ‘WP_MEMORY_LIMIT’, ‘256M’ ); /* That’s all, stop editing! Happy blogging. */ Save the file and you should be sorted! Happy days!

A Beautiful Evening in Sydney

    Some of our friends were borrowing an apartment with this harbour view, we nipped up to their balcony between pubs to take a butchers at the view. The below pictures were taken from our usual F4 ferry ride home.  All shot on an Iphone 6s Plus.  I’d have preferred my Nikon, but not bad all the same!

Hasegawa 1/48 Hawker Typhoon mk1B

Here’s my recent build of Hasegawa’s version of the Hawker Typhoon. Wearing insignia of 609 Squadron based at Thorney Island, 1944. It went together fairly easily, few join line issues with the upper fuselage and wing roots. I decided to spray in the invasion stripes as the kit decals looked fairly rubbish for them. My first time having a proper crack with an airbrush and compressor.

Constructo Albatross – Wooden Model Ship

I’ve been building a wooden model ship for a few months, here above is the current state.  It’s taken quite a while to get to this point, probably six months worth of odd evenings.  I’ve shelved it for a while as didn’t want to start the rigging for a bit. Here’s an album in imgur of the a buildlog if interested.   HMS Albatross – Constructo Model Kit

Tamiya 1/48 F4U-1D Corsair

So I needed a hobby whilst job hunting and found a decent local hobby store in Sydney. I ended up buying my first model kit since I was a kid, probably in about 14 years. Having some spending money made me able to buy the right gear to have a decent go at it, whereas when I was a kid I had no money for paint, decent brushes etc. So here’s the result:

Foshy, walking LeJog, 1033miles

I came across a blog by a chap called Foshy, who walked Lands End to John o’Groats.  I’ve often thought of cycling it, but never toyed with the idea of walking it, although it does sound a great idea, reading his daily post was pretty cool. Have a butchers: http://foshy.co.uk/  

Why did I buy a DJI F450 Quadcopter?

So apparently I jumped head first into the quadcopter world by building this weapon. It’s not a drone, if anything it’s a UAS (Unmanned Aircraft System) but that sounds bollocks too.  It’s a quadcopter, it’s got four rotors and is piloted by me, with a transmitter and sometimes I wear video goggles so I can fly it in first person view (FPV) depending on the situation. So the finished product, a DJI  (yes they make Phantoms) F450 on my walking backpack with RayBans for scale.

Scotland’s Majestic Munros

Driving back home from Scotland is always a bit depressing, not only due to the 700 mile drive but I hate to leave the place.  As we headed down the A82 a couple of days after Christmas, the snow having only landed the previous night, I had a great view up to Meall a’ Bhuiridh on the right at 1108m and Creise (1100m) over the moor. Two munros looking magnificent in the morning sun.  Even my shitty iphone camera managed to take a decent picture of them in the distance.  Scotland is such an incredible place. Picture taken from here.