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  • Peter Scargill BigTimer by Peter Scargill: Off time,. like ON time, is the time of day. The payload for ON and OFF would typically - with "on" or "off" in the scenario you describe. Apr 6, 12:15
  • BigTimer by Robert Bunt: Hi Peter, First of all thank your for all your work you have put into Big Timer! I have a problem getting it to work. I would like to have a delay after I witch off the timer. For a test I set the OFF time to 1 min. The Mqtt Topic is: cmnd/ventilator/power I'm using a Tasmota Sonoff version 8.2.0 with Node red and your plug in Big Timer. What kind of OFF MSG chould I use? Kind regards, Robert Apr 6, 11:57
  • Peter Scargill Sonoff POW R2 and Tasmota 7.1.0 by Peter Scargill: Well, that's worth knowing. Our heating system here in the UK uses 3.5KW, add 2.5KW for the kettle, 800w for my office air-con (on REALLy cold days add 2KW office rigid heater) and assorted lighting, TV,etc, I'd be in REAL trouble in Italy at 7 or 8KW . I think we have 5KW max in Spain and they don't cut us off if we exceed, but there is a charge I believe. Our voltage in Southern rural Spain is 220v, where I live in the UK is 250v. Apr 6, 11:06
  • Sonoff POW R2 and Tasmota 7.1.0 by robielle57: In Italy the contract most used by home users is 3000W of maximum withdrawable power. But you can get to + 10% more without disconnection. Since the rated voltage is 220 V the maximum current is 3300W / 220V = 15A. Apr 6, 10:04
  • Terry Sanders Scargill’s Covid-boredom-fighting Idea #1 Smart Kettle by Terry Sanders: Well that simplifies things. I have a rice cooker, a DS18B20 and a sonoff mini. Apr 5, 12:33
  • DrFragle and MrShark Scargill’s Covid-boredom-fighting Idea #1 Smart Kettle by DrFragle and MrShark: https://github.com/enlavin/sous-vide-sonoff πŸ˜‰ Apr 5, 12:21
  • Terry Sanders Scargill’s Covid-boredom-fighting Idea #1 Smart Kettle by Terry Sanders: Might have a go at at making a sous vide cooker. I have some temperature sensors, an old kettle I can use the element from and a smart relay board with Tasmota installed. All I need to find is decent container to use. Apr 5, 10:45
  • Ravpower PD Pioneer 61W Wall Charger RP-PC112 by John: https://www.banggood.com/search/tc66c.html?from=nav Apr 4, 15:22
  • Ravpower PD Pioneer 61W Wall Charger RP-PC112 by John: https://www.banggood.com/search/tc66c.html?from=nav Apr 4, 15:21
  • Peter Scargill Ravpower PD Pioneer 61W Wall Charger RP-PC112 by Peter Scargill: Thank you for that, John. TC66C? Apr 4, 15:17
  • Ravpower PD Pioneer 61W Wall Charger RP-PC112 by John: Couple of things, Ive been watching 'C' adapters for a while (waiting for the next gen GAN stuff) and bought this a few weeks ago...its a beauty, charges my apple kit (with USB-C to Apple adapt) at full chat, my work Galaxy A70 at full chat, Partners Mac again full chat and my work Dell laptop on USB C at full chat, measured at 48w max all on 2m Amazon lead. Current and power were measured with my TC66C which is a great bit of kit. Apr 4, 14:56
  • Peter Scargill Shelly One WIFI Switch by Peter Scargill: Hi Steve We have a local Toolstation where I live - all useful information thanks. Apr 4, 14:55
  • Steve Lenehan Shelly One WIFI Switch by Steve Lenehan: There is Toolstation in the UK which was setup by Mark Goddard-Watts whose family originally setup Screwfix. Having made a fortune from selling Screwfix to Kingfisher he then setup Toolstation and made an even bigger amount of money selling that to Travis Perkins 8 years later. There were stories at the time that Kingfisher screwed up with the non-competition embargoes that he should have been obliged to agree to. Apr 4, 14:25
  • Peter Scargill Mustool MT8206 2 in 1 Digital Oscilloscope Multimeter by Peter Scargill: Thanks for that feedback, Denis.... Pete. Apr 4, 14:15
  • Peter Scargill Shelly One WIFI Switch by Peter Scargill: I didn't know that, Paul - I DID know that B&Q, Home Depot and Brico Depot (Spain) are part of the Kingfisher group... is there ANY competition left in the world? That explains a lot, why for example, Screwfix do a great, cheap job of larger packs of nuts and bolts but don't do smaller packs - because they would be competing against a sister company (B&Q). Oh, well. Apr 4, 14:13
  • Shelly One WIFI Switch by Paul: Hey Peter You do know that Screwfix is part of the Kingfisher group ? Have been since 1999, and is the main reason you'll find the same items in both B&Q and Screwfix. Apr 4, 13:49
  • Mustool MT8206 2 in 1 Digital Oscilloscope Multimeter by Denis Lebel: I've had that problem and the manual doesn't mention it but I found out that if I hold the SELE button while turning the meter on it toggles the quiet mode! Apr 4, 13:08
  • Steve Lenehan Scargill’s Covid-boredom-fighting Idea #1 Smart Kettle by Steve Lenehan: What this method doesn't achieve is telling you how much water is in the kettle and when it has boiled the water. One other useful feature I have with mine is to be able to set a target temperature if you don't want boiling water. However the use case is fundamentally undermined if you follow the instructions which say do not leave water in the kettle and do not operate unattended. Apr 4, 07:17
  • Scargill’s Covid-boredom-fighting Idea #1 Smart Kettle by David: Greetings. The optimum way to do this depends on your hub of choice, but here is the general theory. Basically you need a way to detect that you have woken up or are getting out of bed, on days when you aren't woken by an alarm. A good way that many home automation enthusiasts use is a series of weight sensors placed underneath the mattress, or, if you can afford the expensive sensors, underneath the feet of the bed. Your hub can now tell when the bed is occupied, and if you have several sensors (one in each corner is good) you can also tell when a person has fallen asleep. This opens the door to doing things like automatically turning off house lights and arming security systems when you go to bed, in cases where the silly human has forgotten to do so. Also, it provides triggers for morning tasks that only need to be done once the human actually emerges from the bed, like Peter's "turn on the kettle" suggestion. Asking Alexa to do it is fine, but imagine if she didn't need to be asked? Apr 4, 04:56
  • Terry Sanders Scargill’s Covid-boredom-fighting Idea #1 Smart Kettle by Terry Sanders: This is a routine set up with the alexa app. The routine can activate/deactivate any of your home automation in sequence and with delays. You can use any phrase you want to trigger the sequence. As an example, when I say goodnight Alexa turns on the hallway and landing lights, waits 10 minutes and then turns them off again. Unfortunately, the phrase and sequence is fixed once its set up. Apr 3, 22:44
  • DrFragle and MrShark Scargill’s Covid-boredom-fighting Idea #1 Smart Kettle by DrFragle and MrShark: do you think it can be done something like saying, turn on or off something in a given time frame? i never tried, have to do that tomorrow... saying alexa to turn on some device for a given time frame, for example, alexa turn on kettle for 5 minutes... this needs investigation πŸ˜€ well, just tried to say mine to turn off my lamp in a minute from now, and didn't work... same for turning it on for a minute... both where immediate actions, no delay involved... have to try with routines, if they can be parametrized... Apr 3, 21:04
  • DrFragle and MrShark Ravpower PD Pioneer 61W Wall Charger RP-PC112 by DrFragle and MrShark: that can power way more than an rpi4 πŸ˜€ they're ment for newer notebooks that use usbC PD functions, so that's a very good psu for general bench stuff... Pete, can't see any link to some store for the item... suggest buy an USBC PD trigger, to fully use even for other stuff all that power: https://it.aliexpress.com/item/32996516968.html also called USBC DECOY: https://it.aliexpress.com/item/4000037025173.html https://it.aliexpress.com/item/4000459863567.html (no, i don't know why the price difference, just saw these devices in some video, maybe by voltlog, can't remember...) Apr 3, 20:49
  • The Script by BrianD: Result (nearly). I have managed to install zigbee2mqtt along side the Script installations (node-red, mqtt, +=). I followed your instructions and it was straight forward. Getting some cross-talk between RF signals and tasmota devices but that may be due to the reinstall of flows. S now running a single RPI to do all the work. Thanks again. Apr 3, 19:18
  • Terry Sanders Scargill’s Covid-boredom-fighting Idea #1 Smart Kettle by Terry Sanders: I set up an alexa routine that gives me the weather and upcoming appointments when I say "Alexa Good Morning". I guess I'll add turning the kettle on as well. The nice thing about routines is you can also add delays so if your morning routine takes 20 minutes you can delay turning the kettle for 15 minutes. Apr 3, 15:58
  • AliExpress Sinilink WIFI USB Controller by mICHael wERNER: Yes, I had this either, upsetting. But as always, I put one in the basket, then ali shows alternatives... I put a few low priced in the basket and then I choose the cheapest offer πŸ™‚ just ordered mine for $4.58 Apr 3, 01:40
  • Peter Scargill Sonoff Mini with Espurna versus the competition by Peter Scargill: Excellent Ian, personally I don't have access to a 3D printer right now - mine is on permanent loan to Aidan who you will see in here from time to time, I figured I could get it back any time I needed it - that was in the pre-virus era of course. What I CAN do with the Tasmotized Sonoff Minis is make use of the extra I/O. The external switch (on the edge connector) can be made to function as a button and the now unused OTA Link (GPIO16) can be configured as an external indicator in case the Mini is put in an external box (in which event the internal button and LED become unuseable) - either to show the relay state or as an independent indicator. Apr 2, 20:45
  • Sonoff Mini with Espurna versus the competition by Ian Gleghorn: I tried https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:3767667 to program a bunch of minis was a lot quicker than any other methods if you have access to a 3d printer. Now have a bunch of tasmota'd minis. Apr 2, 20:01
  • DrFragle and MrShark The Script by DrFragle and MrShark: All of those are already preinstalled by the script, so you can just go on with zigbee2mqtt install, skipping that command... from official install: https://www.zigbee2mqtt.io/getting_started/running_zigbee2mqtt.html You can just go to the "Clone zigbee2mqtt repository" part of point 2... you already have nodejs 10 I think, I haven't run the script for the last few months but v10 was there for sure, maybe now is even v12 (we just run the official nodered install script from inside Pete's script, which takes care of downloading the latest nodejs version)... I think that running that 1st command could have broken something, maybe going to overwrite the node version preinstalled by the script... restart fresh, and do as I said, it should work πŸ™‚ Apr 2, 14:44
  • The Script by BrianD: I have zigbee2mqtt running on a separate RPi to the one I use for the Script (excellent - thanks). I tried today to combine the Script installation (a fresh one) with zigbee2mqtt. I had node-red and Mosquitto mqtt running before I attempted to add zigbee2mqtt. The flashed dongle was found OK. I got stuck with installing - sudo apt-get install -y nodejs git make g++ gcc When I tested the node --version there was no response. I got a positive result with npm --version I woud be interested to know how you get on. Apr 2, 14:36
  • DrFragle and MrShark The Script by DrFragle and MrShark: running it is not that complicated, but you need that usb dongle connected to your Pi πŸ™‚ Apr 2, 07:02
  • Peter Scargill The Script by Peter Scargill: I have to get zigbee2mqtt running first... Apr 1, 23:59
  • DrFragle and MrShark The Script by DrFragle and MrShark: never tried but i don't think it can do any harm πŸ™‚ i think Peter will be very interested in your findings πŸ˜€ Apr 1, 19:27
  • The Script by BrianD: Really helpful install script. Can I ask if you think zigbee2mqtt could install and run along side the script installations. Apr 1, 18:12
  • DrFragle and MrShark Skype Alternatives – DISCORD is the Winner by DrFragle and MrShark: zoom privacy concerns, in video, and the free alternative, Jitsi Meet: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QMnD-47Rquo Apr 1, 16:34
  • DrFragle and MrShark AliExpress Sinilink WIFI USB Controller by DrFragle and MrShark: btw, i was thinking to tasker or the likes because so you can monitor battery level and halt charging before reaching 100%, which is what most seem to indicate as best for longer battery life... with the ina219, you're practically stopping charging only when you see that current draw has fallen pretty much to 0 i think, which is the way shelly devices work to turn off relays when something reaches endstops in curtain/blinds mode, for example πŸ™‚ Apr 1, 16:18
  • DrFragle and MrShark AliExpress Sinilink WIFI USB Controller by DrFragle and MrShark: https://www.switchdoc.com/2019/10/new-product-cvsensor-usb-to-usb-current-voltage-sensor-i2c-ina219/ Apr 1, 12:38
  • Barbudor AliExpress Sinilink WIFI USB Controller by Barbudor: I don't have such device but an INA module is quite small I've seen a guy modding a Nes64 to fit it into a Gameboy 😊 everything is possible Apr 1, 12:18
  • DrFragle and MrShark AliExpress Sinilink WIFI USB Controller by DrFragle and MrShark: oh, understood, right only drawback is that device will become bigger and less nice to see πŸ™‚ maybe a custom pcb, with similar functionalities... mmm... or just using one of those power monitoring sockets Pete reviewed... bigger, not just usb... Apr 1, 12:05
  • Barbudor AliExpress Sinilink WIFI USB Controller by Barbudor: I was meaning an on board tasmota rule. I don't the need for external automation there Apr 1, 11:59
  • DrFragle and MrShark AliExpress Sinilink WIFI USB Controller by DrFragle and MrShark: easier to do with tasker, which can monitor device battery level directly and recall rest/web urls without even the need of an mqtt broker πŸ™‚ Apr 1, 11:53
  • Barbudor AliExpress Sinilink WIFI USB Controller by Barbudor: One useful sensor I would add is an INA219 to measure I and V. Could trigger a rule to stop charging a phone when complete for example Apr 1, 11:36
  • A Trip Down Memory Lane by tim Rowledge: Well, Morphic is simply a replacement for the original MVC; it has many brilliant aspects and a few that can drive you insane. The flexibilty it offers is amazing though. And for the most part you just use the relevant classes and don't have to care. Squeak on a Pi is a Most Excellent Thing; not least because RPF paid me a decent amount of money to make it so in order to suport rebuilding Scratch so it would be usable on the original Pi models. MIT claimed it was impossible and that nobody could possibly make it more than twice as fast due to their unmatchable skills (seriously!) so it took me a whole week to double performance and anonther couple to double it again. Eventually it got about 30x faster just by doing decent software engineering. On a Pi4/4 is is seriously fast. One thing we have rather left behind over the years is running on tiny machines; in the old days 1Mb was a big workstation and we could live in less but now... well a big Squeak development image might need 100MB to live in comfortably. Mind you, that has all the developer tools including the only good debugger anyone ever wrote, web services, editors, source management, a bunch of games and on and on. But I'm afraid case sensitivity is part of the syntax. We use camelcase and interstitial parameters, ie `42 greatestCommonDivisorWith: 7` rather than `42 greatest_common_divisor_with: 7` or `myDictionary at: #fred put: '23 Sidings Lane'`. I find that so much more readable than the nonsense of `dictionary_update(#fred, '23 Sidings Lane');`. And of course the tools in a proper live-programming system can be so much more helpful. Come to the light side! Mar 31, 20:10
  • DrFragle and MrShark AliExpress Sinilink WIFI USB Controller by DrFragle and MrShark: bring out 3 pins and use as ws2812b controller πŸ™‚ Mar 31, 12:41
  • Peter Scargill AliExpress Sinilink WIFI USB Controller by Peter Scargill: I think he's referring to maureen's idea of using pins with plastic heads to program the things. Good point though - RX and TX are currently wasted once the gadget is working. Could fit.. maybe a light sensor in there - probably NOT a temperature sensor as they will get warm in operation. Still, a thought, if not driving anything significant... more expensive than a Wemos D1 but it's all there in a nice case ready to plug into a USB wall outlet... Mar 31, 11:18
  • DrFragle and MrShark AliExpress Sinilink WIFI USB Controller by DrFragle and MrShark: what did you use those pins for? sensors? Mar 31, 10:21
  • Peter Scargill AliExpress Sinilink WIFI USB Controller by Peter Scargill: Excellent - and yes it does look like free postage again. Mar 31, 10:10
  • Smallstool AliExpress Sinilink WIFI USB Controller by Smallstool: Available shipping free again, grabbed another couple: https://www.aliexpress.com/item/4000791220450.html?spm=a2g0s.9042311.0.0.27424c4dbRuwGt The missuses pins worked a treat for me Mar 31, 10:07
  • Peter Scargill BigTimer by Peter Scargill: Glad its all working. Mar 31, 09:08
  • Peter Scargill Watchmen Solar Powered WIFI IP Camera by Peter Scargill: Sorry to hear your "Watchmen" solar camera is giving you trouble, mine is only a year old and it is still working perfectly so I can't really help there. mine is running back in Spain where it "just works". Very occasionally at 6am in the morning over winter it has shown no sign of life, only to go back to normal shortly after sunrise, all with no manual intervention. Incidentally I use the UBELL app, not TOOSEE. I don't know if that helps. Are you SURE yours uses TOOSEE? Mar 31, 09:07
  • Watchmen Solar Powered WIFI IP Camera by Steven Taylor: Hi Guys I'm having trouble with my watchman, I've had it outside for 3 years in all kinds of weather, its been fantastic, I'm in far North Queensland Australia in the tropics, hot all the time with loads of rain. I'm unable to view the cam any longer via Tosee app, I'm unable to reset the camera via the reset button inside next to the on/off switch, its states in the instructions to hold the reset button for 5 seconds to get the red light flashing and then connect it through the app and your home wifi, this isn't happening, cant get the red light to flash. does anyone know if there is a fix for this or a firmware update for this camera and if so I link with instructions. Any help would be muchly appreciated, Cheers Steve Mar 31, 07:06
  • BigTimer by David Clementson: Hi Peter: I traced the issue: I didn't realize it but Node-Red was actually running inside a Docker container, and the container's TZ was out of sync with the system's. Editing the container's TZ environment variable to match the systems' fixed it. Hopefully this post can help others with this issue. Thanks again, and best regards. DC Mar 31, 06:41
  • Skype Alternatives – DISCORD is the Winner by Erwan d'Orgeville: Jitsi has a web (desktop) version: https://meet.jit.si/ Mar 30, 20:43
  • DrFragle and MrShark Sonoff RF Bridge 433 by DrFragle and MrShark: this are the rules i've on one of those devices with 2 relays and an esp01 talking to them via serial commands... i added an rf receiver on a gpio, so i can trigger them via rf codes, too... not raw ones, but it does not change too much, AFAIK... in rule1 you can see how to trigger something on system boot, in rule2 how to send rf codes, just change them... i had some issues, some codes need prefixing them with 0x, some don't, don't know why... last line enables rules and set pulsetime for both relays, i simulate a human pressing buttons... in case, i suggest you join tasmota discord channel for direct help from the developers... Rule1 on System#Boot do Backlog Baudrate 115200; SerialSend5 0 endon on Power1#State=1 do SerialSend5 A00101A2 endon on Power1#State=0 do SerialSend5 A00100A1 endon on Power2#State=1 do SerialSend5 A00201A3 endon on Power2#State=0 do SerialSend5 A00200A2 endon Rule2 on RfReceived#Data=0x111511 do power1 on endon on RfReceived#Data=0x111514 do power2 on endon backlog rule1 1; rule2 1; pulsetime1 10; pulsetime2 10 Mar 30, 15:30
  • Peter Scargill Sonoff RF Bridge 433 by Peter Scargill: Any feedback in here welcome guys as I'm a little vague on the Portisch RAW mode - I could with becoming an expert. Mar 30, 14:55
  • Sonoff RF Bridge 433 by JC: I'm having a little trouble trying to figure out how to use the rules to send the 'rfraw aab155' command to the RF chip at start-up of the bridge. This is my first Tasmota device. Got it flashed with 8.2.0, Portisch 0.4 installed, and I can send the command over the web console and see results (it's also logging to my MQTT server). Can someone provide the commands as I'd paste them into the console, please? Thanks! Mar 30, 14:26
  • Peter Scargill BigTimer by Peter Scargill: As the timeout was intended to stop the likes of heaters staying on I will have set that to the nearest minute in real time, not one minute in seconds from now... Mar 30, 13:30
  • BigTimer by Sander Lahpor: Hello Peter, very nice node. Thank you for developing this one! A simple question: for some reason it looks like when I am applying a temporary override with a timeout of 2 minutes or bigger, the override is accepted. Now when I apply a timeout of 1 minute (instead of the 1440), the temporary override does not seem to function. No fancy coding here, just replaying your 'BigTimer Update' on youtube with adjusted values. Rgds, Sander. Mar 30, 12:38
  • Peter Scargill A Trip Down Memory Lane by Peter Scargill: As a first time viewer, I’m concerned for a moment as β€œMorphic framework sounds like it might be quite involved. Still after looking at the home page for a couple of minutes I’m attracted enough to wonder if this whole thing would work on a Raspberry Pi and wondering if what advantages Smalltalk today might have (or not) over Javascript (nodeJS) or C or Python in home control software. I hate case sensitivity in C and elsewhere as a one-time BASIC fan (IF I USE CAPITALS in this conversation it still means the same thing) and I hate the strict spacing requirements of Python and the Ability of C to kill everything my making a trivial mistake. So, I’m wondering if I’d like Smalltalk MORE – or LESS 😊 And now, I’ll look beyond the front page… over 30 years since I last looked at Smalltalk I guess? AND It seems that below, you’ve answered one of my questions already.. Pete Mar 29, 21:59
  • A Trip Down Memory Lane by tim Rowledge: Since we all (well, except for those of us that work at home anyway) seem to be stuck indoors, maybe you could take a moment to hit www.squeak.org and take a look at it as an 'intersted virgin'. It's hard to get a fresh view on things and I strongly suspect we have missed out important info for new folk. You *should* of course find a welcoming site with plenty of guidance, easy pointers to simple downloads and helpful doc. Criticisms of where we've failed might even prompt us ot improve things. You'll find that Smalltalk has moved quite a bit from the 80s. Apart from anything else a Pi 4 runs it about 1 million times faster than the Xerox PARC Dorado machines that we all fantasied about back then; for less money than the daily cost of the electricty to run a Dorado (they were monster power hogs) Mar 29, 18:14
  • Peter Scargill Sonoff RF Bridge 433 by Peter Scargill: Bangood just shipped stuff to me inc RFBridge. Byron - all I have is the button pushes (loads of them, new, sealed). I cannot get RF Bridge + tasmota to recognise them.. Wireless doorbells - seee blog the one I got from Banggood - turned out to be a winner. Yes, I remember now, 868Mhz DOES work better - I think however it is moer expensive - mostly USA instead of China? Before I got into uding ESP Iwas starting to look at 868Mhz then all of that stopped with ESP8266. Mar 28, 18:36
  • Bob Green Sonoff RF Bridge 433 by Bob Green: Still no joy with getting my RF bridge from Banggood in China although they have now sent another. Anyway I have just ordered another from their UK source, costs more but delivery should be better. Anyway since I cannot go to the pub and spend money I might as well invest money in my other favourite pastime! Peter, you have mentioned your Byron door bell push devices on several occasions, would you mind sharing which of the Byron, if any, receiver / sounder modules you have. I want to replace our two door bells with new units so any suggestions for reliable wireless door bells would be appreciated. Just as an aside, in my experience, the 868 Mhz frequency seems to work better than the 433 Mhz in buildings with thick stone walls. That's based on when one could buy the now defunct Ciseco wireless modules, 433/868 Mhz. I made a system using these modules in 2014 for customer to provide a boiler control, where it wasn't possible to install a cable, using 868 Mhz RF modules. Very pleased to say it is still working. I appreciate the 868Mhz frequency is probably not available on the RF Bridge but there may be other opportunities with other devices. Mar 28, 11:44
  • Peter Scargill Skype Alternatives – DISCORD is the Winner by Peter Scargill: I just put up the links as a place to store for future reference. Mar 28, 09:31
  • DrFragle and MrShark Skype Alternatives – DISCORD is the Winner by DrFragle and MrShark: unless you plan to open some channel on discord so we can all gather there and chat together (but then reducing audience here on blog), there's not so much use of these nodes in an end-to-end chat like we're using πŸ™‚ the only use i can see is to contact your LOCAL nodered install sending discord messages and get back responses, like a remote control and notification system, which is pretty much the same you can already do with telegram... πŸ™‚ Mar 28, 09:29
  • Peter Scargill Skype Alternatives – DISCORD is the Winner by Peter Scargill: I didn't realise I was already in Discord (for Node-Red discussion). Mar 28, 09:12
  • Peter Scargill Skype Alternatives – DISCORD is the Winner by Peter Scargill: https://flows.nodered.org/node/node-red-contrib-discord - looks like that'll have to wait until I get more technically involved with Discord - there is also https://flows.nodered.org/node/node-red-node-discord and https://flows.nodered.org/node/node-red-contrib-chatbot-discord for those interested. What fun. Mar 28, 09:10
  • Peter Scargill A Trip Down Memory Lane by Peter Scargill: Well, Tim, now you've got me going... Smalltalk indeed fired me up for a while, I had no idea it is still going. Amazing. I started my programming life in SC/MP machine code, which nearly put me off for life (the chip didn't even have a proper stack). I then migrated through 8085 assembly to Z80 assembly, onto PBasic (I seem to think that was Sinclair Spectrum Basic?), Bill Gate's 5K Basic on the "Nascom 1" and then to Cromemco 32K "Structured" Basic on the first IBM PCs, not to mention a brief diversion into Pascal on the TRS-80. I'd have stayed in that "Basic" comfort zone had it not been for a local businessman who convinced me I should use a "proper" language which took me to mastering C (via K&R's book which he gave me) and that opened the floodgates to having a dabble with Fortran, Smalltalk, Forth, APL, PL/M and others.. but I always came back to C and variants, that is until I discovered Node-Red at which point I pretty much had to tackle Javascript and today I'm at home with NodeJS, mostly for entertainment, but struggling with new code beats the pants off passively watching TV (or as a cartoon in "Creative Computing" once put it "TV -a vast cultural wasteland") - especially when one has helpful collaborators on the blog. Mar 28, 08:59
  • Peter Scargill Skype Alternatives – DISCORD is the Winner by Peter Scargill: A very good point Doug, I just tried, no simple contact for, just a sign up to the community which looked involved just to ask a simple question, so I looked at the release notes - nothing - and it looks like Jitsi is increasingly Android focussed? I need cross-platform - too msny of these chat systems tend to ignore the many people based on desktops. Mar 28, 08:31
  • DrFragle and MrShark Helpful Engineering Volunteers Against Covid-19 by DrFragle and MrShark: some good info about 3D printing devices, what to do to "finish" them so that no cracks or small holes allow virus and bacteria to get in and to grow in the internal cracks... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=77PgC3kMrFs and this, too: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qGOK_bD14Pw This is Josef Prusa himself explaining what to do and contains other 3D printable models: https://blog.prusaprinters.org/from-design-to-mass-3d-printing-of-medical-shields-in-three-days/ and lots of other info in this Reddit thread: https://www.reddit.com/r/3Dprinting/comments/fpl6wn/3d_printed_fdm_respiratorsmasks_an_appeal_to_the/ Mar 28, 08:19
  • Skype Alternatives – DISCORD is the Winner by Doug: Did you check to see if it was on the feature request list? Sounds like a reasonable request... That's the thing with open source projects, if you don't let the developers know about a useful feature, they stick with what's already working for them. Mar 28, 06:41
  • A Trip Down Memory Lane by tim Rowledge: Oh, I remember Circuit Cellar ok, though I have never been all that much in the electronics hardware hobby world. Forth never grabbed me but Smalltalk, well that got its hooks in and I've made a living from it for almost my entire life now. I started in the very early 80's, got involved in the ARM world before they even announced it (which meant they were able to announce with my version of Smalltalk as a launch language) and since then I've worked amongst other things on something like 5 generations of proto-iPad, all Smalltalk on ARM. In three different countries even! There is even a connection to this blog - a few years ago I did an MQTT client for the Squeak Smalltalk system (www.squeak.org) to work with a Pi based weather station. As it happens the code was used to be part of the Scottish Power grid management system, which in a strange turn, means it helps run a fair bit of the American power grid. Didn't make a penny off that part though πŸ™ Mar 28, 05:24
  • NanoPi R2S OpenWrt miniRouter – where’s the WiFi? by e97: Any WireGuard benchmarks or power usage measurements? based on the "230 to 240 MBit/S throughput on a AES256 VPN connection" from Rev -- AtomicPi may be better @ $30 with Intel Atom x5-z8350 4x 1.44 (1.9 boost) Ghz and AES-NI Mar 28, 02:10
  • Peter Scargill Skype Alternatives – DISCORD is the Winner by Peter Scargill: Thanks Jason I'll check these out tomorrow, thanks. Mar 27, 21:55
  • Skype Alternatives – DISCORD is the Winner by Jason: PS: Discord also supports custom external integrations. There's a nodered node to send messages to Discord, for example. You can even get fancy and send commands to your HA stuff with a custom bot. Mar 27, 21:05
  • Skype Alternatives – DISCORD is the Winner by Jason: Discord bots/plugins are really common, using them is fine. I think they all live server-side so you don't have to fiddle with getting everybody to install them. Make sure echo cancellation and noise suppression are enabled in the settings, that usually takes care of feedback for me. Mar 27, 20:57
  • Peter Scargill Skype Alternatives – DISCORD is the Winner by Peter Scargill: Well spotted Jason and others - I've moved to Discord - 24 hours of intense Covid-boredom-inspired testing and can't find anything wrong with it- some audio feedback on mobile if not using headphones - which is a distinct pain - but other than that, near perfect. I read about plug-ins - are you supposed to use them or not? Proper text colouring would be nice (but then Skype doesnt do that either). Mar 27, 18:26
  • Mick O\'Toole Helpful Engineering Volunteers Against Covid-19 by Mick O\'Toole: A friend of my family is working on a 3D printing project and their Facebook page (linked in the article) shows the amazing response from the maker community. The hospital approved the design before major work started. https://news.wttw.com/2020/03/25/volunteers-3d-printing-face-shields-chicago-hospital-dire-need Mar 27, 13:09
  • DrFragle and MrShark H96 Max Android TV Box by DrFragle and MrShark: this devices is supported by EmuELEC, an emulation platform you can flash on a microsd and put in there, without affecting the preinstalled android: once you take off the microsd, you're back to it πŸ™‚ https://github.com/EmuELEC/EmuELEC/releases video by EtaPrime: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eXfultzENjY Mar 27, 10:34
  • DrFragle and MrShark Skype Alternatives – DISCORD is the Winner by DrFragle and MrShark: problem is to have all your contacts switch to the same platform you'll choose... no problem for me, i'm on whatsapp, messenger, skype, discord, teams, hangout... for others, it could be a problem... Mar 27, 10:22
  • Skype Alternatives – DISCORD is the Winner by Lorcan Adrain: I also moved to discord, originally thought it was for only gamers but soon realised it was just what I needed for creating a meeting for work purposes. PS. Pete, it allows editing of old text posts. Mar 27, 05:23
  • Skype Alternatives – DISCORD is the Winner by Tina: Try WeChat app. Mar 27, 02:07
  • Skype Alternatives – DISCORD is the Winner by Jason: Discord is really nice, Peter. We moved there from Skype a couple years ago and should have done it sooner. Its core functionality is group voice chat like TeamSpeak, but it also supports one-on-one text chat as well as voice and video calls and even has integrated screen sharing that just works. It's far better than any of the many enterprise products I've used at work. Mar 26, 23:39
  • Peter Scargill Skype Alternatives – DISCORD is the Winner by Peter Scargill: Well, Marcus, that looks like a lot of fun, I tried Jitsi - but it, too has no way to edit messages once sent. So it is still looking as if Skype is one of few, maybe the only package that lets you do that on the PC, edit the message once sent? Any more? Mar 26, 19:59
  • Marcus D. Skype Alternatives – DISCORD is the Winner by Marcus D.: https://jitsi.org/jitsi-meet/ May an Free and Open Source Alternative with more respect to privacy. Its also possible to run a own server. Mar 26, 19:34
  • Marcus D. Skype Alternatives – DISCORD is the Winner by Marcus D.: Yepp.. also Zoom Homepage is a privacy mess. Following in the Homepage included Tracking Services (Analyzed by Mike Kuketz) : Google Tag Manager Google Analytics TrustArc Google Doubleclick Cheqzone Zendesk AdRoll Pingdom G2 TechTarget SalesLoft Hotjar Demandbase Facebook Rubicon Project PubMatic Outbrain Casalemedia Yahoo Advertising BidSwitch Taboola LinkedIn Link (German) : https://www.kuketz-blog.de/zoom-uebermittelt-personenbezogene-daten-an-drittanbieter/ Mar 26, 19:25
  • BigTimer by David Clementson: Yes in London's TZ, everything will work fine. Can you try overriding your system's timezone to confirm it works as intended in other TZs? Thanks! DC Mar 26, 19:09
  • Peter Scargill BigTimer by Peter Scargill: Well, I'm at a loss as mine gets it right all the time.. Mar 26, 18:49
  • BigTimer by David Clementson: Yes, I would expect that as well. Man UTC works as expected. My system is behaving as if Bigtimer is getting UTC from the system instead of local time. Or rather it is unable to get the correct local TZ from the system and is using London as the default when making its TZ offset calculations. Overriding via Man UTC can correct this sort of, but doesn't automatically account for daylight savings, TZ change, etc. I just upgraded to V2.3.0, rebooted the Pi, and re-ran the steps above with no change in behavior. DC Mar 26, 18:06
  • Skype Alternatives – DISCORD is the Winner by Uli: Just FYI in regards to Zoom: https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/k7e599/zoom-ios-app-sends-data-to-facebook-even-if-you-dont-have-a-facebook-account Mar 26, 17:51
  • Peter Scargill BigTimer by Peter Scargill: I have a timer that says "on for 6 hours" right now - if I go in and set man utc to 1, it says "on for 5 hours". If I change man utc to -1 it says "on for 7 hours". Seems reasonable. Pete Mar 26, 17:23
  • BigTimer by David Clementson: Thank you for checking, Pete. I believe you would not see the issue I am seeing in your timezone. Steps to reproduce what I am seeing: 1. enter 'date' at the Pi command prompt and confirm that the local time and timezone are correct. I am in California and my local timezone is PDT. 2. create a new Node-RED flow, add a Bigtimer node (v2.2.6), set its longitude and latitude fields to my location (37,-122), set the ON time to one hour in the future (local time) and the OFF time to two hours in the future (also local time.) Make no other changes to Bigtimer. Deploy. 3. wait a few seconds and observe Bigtimer's status text. In my case it says "off for 18 hours." I would expect it to say "off for 1 hour" 4. open Bigtimer and set Man UTC to '-7' corresponding to my PDT offset. Deploy. 5. observe Bigtimer's status now correctly says "off for 1 hour." Is this the expected behavior? If you were to override your system's timezone do you see this? I will upgrade to V2.3.0 and recheck. Thanks again for your time. Stay safe! DC Mar 26, 17:15
  • Peter Scargill BigTimer by Peter Scargill: Not anything I'm aware of - my BigTimers appear to be working ok and the change I made yesterday to BigTimer had nothing to do with time. I'll just check one of my lights... Nope, all coming on when they should. I'm in the UK. Pete (Peter Scargill - Administrator) Mar 26, 12:36
  • Peter Scargill BigTimer by Peter Scargill: Does not need constant connection to the Internet. The Pi should be able to access the Internet once in a while. Mar 26, 12:35
  • BigTimer by YURI DANEEV: Thanks Peter. Mar 26, 06:40
  • BigTimer by YURI DANEEV: Yes, Peter. I apologize if it is not clear I am writing through a translator, while I think in Russian. But you get the point. But maybe 12 special days are not necessary? Maybe all the same ranges will look better? 1-12 or 1,2,3? Outwardly, it will be more compact. Mar 26, 06:15
  • BigTimer by YURI DANEEV: obviously it seems. the timer should work on a certain day, for example, today 26 and so on a monthly basis. Total 12 times a year. January 26, February 26, March 26, etc. Mar 26, 06:06
  • A Trip Down Memory Lane by Mike Weaver: Still have my original HP15C. IMHO, the best calculator ever made! Reverse polish, fully scientific, programmable, 'shirt pocket' size', large capacitor across the p/s to allow memory to be retained while changing batteries....you'll have to extract it from my clawing fingers as they put the lid on! πŸ™‚ Mar 26, 04:37
  • Teckin SP23 and SP27 Smart Plugs by Mike Weaver: Not only Pom....oops British ones!! The standard 10A dual Australian GPO (General Purpose Outlet - what we call a wall socket) can only often accept one 'smartplug' (see https://www.worldstandards.eu/electricity/plugs-and-sockets/i/). There is a special 'wide' dual outlet that's available, but it needs a corresponding wide wall box to mount it. I've tried chiding a couple of manufacturers in the past about it, attempting to get them to make a slimmer device but it falls on deaf ears. Strange, really, as I believe our standard outlet configuration is also the standard in China. Mar 26, 04:29
  • BigTimer by Dave Clementson: Thanks for the reply, Peter. I've confirmed my Pi's TZ and time are correct. Only Bigtimer is off unless I manually override the TZ by setting it to my local UTC offset. This has only started happening in the a couple of days ago, and I've not updated anything. Before this Bigtimer was flawless. Is there a dependency that could have changed that I can check? DC Mar 25, 23:39
  • Peter Scargill BigTimer by Peter Scargill: Not Bigtimer's responsibility - your Raspberry Pi or whatever you are using shoul dbe doing that. Mar 25, 23:10