This article started off as two separate subjects - and has now gone SO much further - you really need to read this one... So I’m messing here with a NanoPi NEO PLUS2 (though this applies to other board too) – and I’ve had all sorts of issues getting SSD1306 drivers working on them – … Continue reading Easy Backups and Webmin
And now including - the MONSTER version. Just a short while ago, I just bought this 16750maH USB battery unit (charger) with no prior knowledge of the company - on the recommendation of my pal Aidan who does our PCBs for Esp8266. I have a specific requirement – which many of you will recognise. 1. … Continue reading Ravpower the ultimate Pi UPS?
Backups the easy way One of my biggest issues with the Pi has always been – backups. Using a PC to backup a 16GB SD is a pain and of course necessitates turning the Pi off to remove the SD. Well, now there’s a better way. A slightly less painful way than backing up the … Continue reading Raspberry Pi Backups
UPS are SO never getting my business again Update 14/10/2015 Absolutely predictably, after promising delivery today – UPS have once again marked the tracking system as “incorrect address” and given up. I keep sending them simple Google map links and they keep writing back to say they cannot read them – how can you … Continue reading UPS in Spain
Being a Sunday I was lying in bed early this morning pondering life when I was reminded that we had 2 short power cuts in a row the night before due to me overdoing the electric heaters here in our cave in Spain where we’re having a short break. The laptop of course survived no … Continue reading UPS for Raspberry Pi 2
Regular reader will know about the script that Aidan Ruff and I originally developed to put Node-Red and several other packages onto the Raspberry Pi for our own home control purposes. This has been developed with help from several people and in particular my friend Antonio “Mr Shark”.
Node-RED is a fantastic and powerful yet easy to use programming tool for wiring together hardware devices, APIs and online services in new and interesting ways. For more information on Node-Red go to the Node-Red site. Big Timer is the the most powerful and best-ever, most comprehensive timing node for Node-Red, providing a general purpose … Continue reading Big Timer
As I normally rave about RPI-CLONE – I thought I’d share the dirty laundry this time. ** Update Jan 13 2019 It is looking increasingly likely that the issues I was having were power supply related and one bad SD card. I’ve just finished my 7th successful backup-clone since removing the intermediate battery pack to … Continue reading Raspberry Pi RPI-CLONE Issues
That was in danger of becoming a very long title. I just bought this display/case combo for Raspberry Pi – I’m pretty sure from Banggood (no clue in the package) – but anyway as they have the driver links and the driver was not included in the box – see over the break. The links … Continue reading 3.5 inch LCD Touch Screen and RPI Case
Upgrading my IP cameras again. I now have a brand spanking new, white Alfawise HD Smart WiFi IP camera from Gearbest and it is lovely (and cheap). It is made from what at least looks like powder-coated, cast aluminium and I have to say, looks quite solid.
I must say it does feel a little like Christmas already in the frozen wastes of the Northeast of England. Partly because it is bag-bitingly cold but also as the post came this morning with my new watch (the mother of all watches) which I’ll detail shortly – but first…
Having discovered some less than ideal historical settings in ESP-GO, today I’ve removed all commands which could OUTPUT to GPIO0. a throwback to the old ESP-01 days. I’ve also updated some default input bounce settings and improved the little-documented DEBUG2 command which lets you see the state of inputs on the serial terminal (I abandoned … Continue reading A very busy week for Home Control