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  • BigTimer by Matt: Wow thats great, thanks Peter! Again, fantastic node, so many options and easy to use. Sep 27, 00:41
  • Crealty 3D LD-002R LCD Resin Printer by Jason: Yep, basic resins are more expensive than FDM filament but are reasonably affordable nowadays. The specialty resins like flexibles, however, are still very expensive. Sep 26, 21:39
  • Peter Scargill Crealty 3D LD-002R LCD Resin Printer by Peter Scargill: I’m using the Weitek resin – £20 or so for 500ml. Amazon just ran out of stock. Sep 26, 18:17
  • Crealty 3D LD-002R LCD Resin Printer by Jason: There is, but it’s very expensive even when compared to other resins (2-3x). Sep 26, 17:42
  • General Itead Sonoff ramblings – now with Zigbee by chris bennett: I’m running/testing this alongside an Aqara IR sensor to see ow they compare. The SNZB-03 seems be very sensitive to varying light levels caused by clouds covering and uncovering the sun. So far I’ve had quite a few false-positives from the SNZB-03, zero from the Aqara. I’m quite surprised to come across a sonoff product that isn’t outstanding. Sep 26, 15:53
  • Peter Scargill BigTimer by Peter Scargill: I couldn’t help myself – I just had to go ahead and add in the separate randomise tickboxes (I’ll never make a salesman). It is published now – v2.5.0. Sep 26, 07:44
  • Peter Scargill BigTimer by Peter Scargill: Hi Matt The random value is between 0 and the offset values used for the on and off times. If you want the ON time to be FIXED, simply don’t add any offset to that time. That of course means you can’t set the ON time to half an hour before dusk. In principle it would be easy to add extra tickboxes for individual on and off times (i.e. 4 new options in addition to the existing overall random tickbox). If someone were to motivate me I could add that in. 5 minutes programming, a couple of hours to ensure there is no compatibility break. Regards Pete Sep 26, 05:47
  • BigTimer by Matt: Just discovered Bigtimer, fantastic, thank you! Regarding the random offset function – is it possible to only randomize one of the offsets eg the OFF offset? Easy to do with both ON and OFF randomized but I want the ON time to stay static (well half hour before dusk at least) would like ON – 30 minutes before dusk OFF – randomize within 15minutes of 22:30 Sep 26, 02:01
  • Peter Scargill General Itead Sonoff ramblings – now with Zigbee by Peter Scargill: That seems a very reasonable approach, Chris. Sep 25, 22:06
  • Raspberry Pi 4 plus SSD Case by Mike: Well, delete my previous response. I didn’t see Steve’s link to the same case. Sorry to be a pest Sep 25, 20:42
  • Raspberry Pi 4 plus SSD Case by Mike: Haven’t seen this one mentioned yet. I just found out about it myself. https://www.seeedstudio.com/DeskPi-Pro-Set-top-Box-For-Raspberry-Pi-4-p-4704.html Sep 25, 20:25
  • PiSugar 2 and PiSugar 2 Pro by Doug: I’m still looking for a more standard USB tablet charger pack for this UPS feature. I’d found one which would leave the 5V USB output on while charging but it reduced current output so only a rPiZW would work at best. I want the USB option since I often use my GPIO pins and would rather strap a battery pack/charger to it than stack things off the GPIO header. Sep 25, 15:32
  • General Itead Sonoff ramblings – now with Zigbee by chris bennett: I’ve successfully connected my SNZB-03 to Zigbee2mqtt (RPi / CC2531). The range is really poor – more or less limited to the same room. My other Aqara IR detectors work fine all over my house. I may have a faulty SNZB-03 but I’d advise people to just buy one of these devices to test before outfitting your whole house Sep 25, 08:20
  • Steve Lenehan BigTimer 2.06 update questions answered by Steve Lenehan: Just something I noted today which may be of assistance re queries on bigtimer. Over Raspbian(or whatever it is now called) the Date routine used in bigtimer will return DST adjusted time. However if you use Nodered within Home Assistant on HassOS it will return UTC which of course throws out timings. Easy to check if this is the issue by using an inject node and seeing what the timestamp delivers. Sep 25, 08:00
  • Crealty 3D LD-002R LCD Resin Printer by Martin: Great review which animates me to buy a Creality printer. =) Is there TPU photo-resin or some sort of “flexible” photo-resin available? Sep 25, 06:32
  • Crealty 3D LD-002R LCD Resin Printer by PETER OAKES: oh, I have an original one of those robox printers, just pray you dont clog the head, it is an expensive replacement, no repairs out of warranty at an affordable cost Sep 25, 00:04
  • Crealty 3D LD-002R LCD Resin Printer by PETER OAKES: simple supports in the base to raise it off the bed a mm or 2 should fix that, or a raft that is thin and easy to remove Sep 25, 00:02
  • Argon ONE Case for Raspberry Pi 4 Updated by Henry Ballard: Have you seen the new Argon One M.2 case yet? It’s here! https://www.argon40.com/argon-one-m-2-case-for-raspberry-pi-4.html Sep 24, 20:24
  • Joe Morris Raspberry Pi 4 plus SSD Case by Joe Morris: While you all are sleeping… I have an old rack mount PC case with 6 hot swappable hard drive Sata enclosure. I was thinking that I could mount a Pi/SSD into each enclosure. The case has standard PC power as well as Sata connections on the back of it for the “passthrough” connections. I could use the 5V from the PC power supply and in each bay connect it to the 5V pin on the Pi for power. Maybe there is room for a POE hat too? I also found this on Amazon. It might work for a single PI/SSD setup if my thinking makes any sense. https://www.amazon.com/ICY-DOCK-ExpressCage-MB742SP-B-External/dp/B07F22926M/ref=sr_1_87?dchild=1&keywords=hdd+rack&qid=1600966402&sr=8-87 Sep 24, 17:01
  • Joe Morris Raspberry Pi 4 plus SSD Case by Joe Morris: In doing a little more research I think I am going to go with this one. IT is pricey for a single Pi. But with 8 slots I can get 4 Pis and 4 SSDs in a single cabinet for $70/4 or about $18 each. I also like the idea that it has space for a POE switch at the bottom for powering the Pis. https://www.amazon.com/Cloudlet-CASE-Raspberry-Computers-Compatible/product-reviews/B0844YSJWB/ref=cm_cr_dp_d_show_all_btm?ie=UTF8&reviewerType=all_reviews Sep 24, 16:29
  • Joe Morris The value of 5Ghz WiFi Adaptors by Joe Morris: Bummer, not so exciting anymore. 🙂 Sep 24, 15:55
  • Joe Morris Raspberry Pi 4 plus SSD Case by Joe Morris: This also gets pricey once you add the cost of the X825 board. Sep 24, 15:52
  • Joe Morris Raspberry Pi 4 plus SSD Case by Joe Morris: Not exactly on topic but I have been researching for rack mount solutions. But I think that either the horizontal or the vertical might work well as I can put a rack shelf on top of the mount that can hold the SSDs. Not totally elegant but it would also allow me to use powered SSDs when necessary. Or HDDs if I wanted. https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:4125055 Sep 24, 15:51
  • Peter Scargill Raspberry Pi 4 plus SSD Case by Peter Scargill: Oh, I must have a go at this… I cant see any sign of files for this – the dual would be marvellous… Sep 24, 12:13
  • Steve Lenehan Raspberry Pi 4 plus SSD Case by Steve Lenehan: Not sure if its what you are looking for but its cheap and there may be stl files to print it yourself https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h8YQNKxlvHM Sep 24, 11:44
  • Peter Scargill Crealty 3D LD-002R LCD Resin Printer by Peter Scargill: That also means a lot more sticking to the plate. Vertically they come off dead easily – I could have made a dozen. About the only thing I need to crack is how not to get solid resin on the back of the plate – took some scrubbing. I’d not realised how quickly daylight sets the resin off…. I should know better from my photography days.. still, I know now. Thanks for the modified artwork. Not entirely sure why the hole in the back centre… Sep 24, 10:49
  • AIdan Ruff Crealty 3D LD-002R LCD Resin Printer by AIdan Ruff: A way to get faster and better results is to lay flat a model like the BME280 sensor case. I can see a bit of distortion in your 3D print which probably would be reduced by laying it flat. My Robox wouldn’t be able to print out that model without a huge amount of support material which shows an advantage for the resin printer system. Sep 24, 09:53
  • Peter Scargill Raspberry Pi 4 plus SSD Case by Peter Scargill: Hi Steve – the Geekwork product looks ok at first glance price-wise but it seems you need a not-supplied card as well as the Pi4 to go with it? I’ve put out an enquiry. Thanks. Sep 24, 04:36
  • Peter Scargill Raspberry Pi 4 plus SSD Case by Peter Scargill: Thanks for that Steve – I’ve just now enquired about getting one of these ASAP to put on test. Not cheap as you say but let’s see whether or not they are worth it… Sep 24, 04:31
  • Raspberry Pi 4 plus SSD Case by Jason: Something like this? https://www.amazon.com/Geekworm-Raspberry-Cooling-Honeycomb-Chassis/dp/B07W4VH9K6/ There are also some you can 3D print on Thingiverse, but you’d probably have to adapt them or design your own to fit your parts. Sep 23, 21:19
  • Raspberry Pi 4 plus SSD Case by Steve: Yup, it’s already out there. There are a few YouTube videos out there showing it off; here’s one of them: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xO2BsC7Wjrg Looks awesome. But at US$55+, it’s too rich for my raspberry-flavored blood. Sep 23, 17:20
  • John SSD Cloning on Raspberry Pi 4 Updated by John: Thanks for that. Can I just cut and paste the above code immediately after all the bash shortcuts? On my response to lsblk I get NAME MAJ:MIN RM SIZE RO TYPE MOUNTPOINT sda 8:0 0 119.2G 0 disk ├─sda1 8:1 0 256M 0 part /boot └─sda2 8:2 0 119G 0 part / sdb 8:16 1 59.8G 0 disk └─sdb1 8:17 1 59.8G 0 part does the line “sda1 8:1 0 256M 0 part /boot” not infer that sda is the boot drive? Sep 23, 17:17
  • Peter Scargill SSD Cloning on Raspberry Pi 4 Updated by Peter Scargill: So I’m assuming your main SSD is SDA (best power off – remove SDB – power back on to be sure – I’d hate to be responsible for you wiping anything) – sure – yes, you can do a “sudo rpi-clone sdb -f -U” – once you have done it the first time, no need for “-f” Better – as user ROOT make yourself some functions in /etc/bash.bashrc I add these to my bash.bashrc so I can clone from SD to SSD and from SSD to SD etc, clean or normal, with ease as I do one of these every few days. If this blows up your PI you are on your own. BLACK=’\033[0;30m’ RED=’\033[0;31m’ GREEN=’\033[0;32m’ BROWN=’\033[0;33m’ BLUE=’\033[0;34m’ PURPLE=’\033[0;35m’ CYAN=’\033[0;36m’ LIGHTGRAY=’\033[0;37m’ DARKGRAY=’\033[1;30m’ LIGHTRED=’\033[1;31m’ LIGHTGREEN=’\033[1;32m’ YELLOW=’\033[1;33m’ LIGHTBLUE=’\033[1;34m’ LIGHTPURPLE=’\033[1;35m’ LIGHTCYAN=’\033[1;36m’ WHITE=’\033[1;37m’ NC=’\033[0m’ clone () { printf “${LIGHTBLUE}Creating a quick clone on SDA${NC}\n” touch /home/pi/clone-date bashCmd=(sudo rpi-clone -U sda) if [ -n “$1” ]; then bashCmd+=(-s “$1”) fi “${bashCmd[@]}” } cclone () { printf “${LIGHTRED}Creating a full clone on SDA${NC}\n” touch /home/pi/clone-date bashCmd=(sudo rpi-clone -f -U sda) if [ -n “$1” ]; then bashCmd+=(-s “$1”) fi “${bashCmd[@]}” } cloneb () { printf “${LIGHTBLUE}Creating a quick clone on SDB${NC}\n” touch /home/pi/clone-date bashCmd=(sudo rpi-clone -U sdb) if [ -n “$1” ]; then bashCmd+=(-s “$1”) fi “${bashCmd[@]}” } ccloneb () { printf “${LIGHTRED}Creating a full clone on SDB${NC}\n” touch /home/pi/clone-date bashCmd=(sudo rpi-clone -f -U sdb) if [ -n “$1” ]; then bashCmd+=(-s “$1”) fi “${bashCmd[@]}” } clonem () { printf “${LIGHTBLUE}Creating a quick clone on MMCBLK0${NC}\n” touch /home/pi/clone-date bashCmd=(sudo rpi-clone -U mmcblk0) if [ -n “$1” ]; then bashCmd+=(-s “$1”) fi “${bashCmd[@]}” } cclonem () { printf “${LIGHTRED}Creating a full clone on mmcblk0${NC}\n” touch /home/pi/clone-date bashCmd=(sudo rpi-clone -f -U mmcblk0) if [ -n “$1” ]; then bashCmd+=(-s “$1”) fi “${bashCmd[@]}” } Sep 23, 16:55
  • John SSD Cloning on Raspberry Pi 4 Updated by John: Forgive me if I’m being stupid in regards to identifying drives for backup. I have pi@atticPI:~ $ lsblk NAME MAJ:MIN RM SIZE RO TYPE MOUNTPOINT sda 8:0 0 119.2G 0 disk ├─sda1 8:1 0 256M 0 part /boot └─sda2 8:2 0 119G 0 part / sdb 8:16 1 59.8G 0 disk └─sdb1 8:17 1 59.8G 0 part Does this mean that sda is boot and backup drive is sdb and I can safely do a sudo rpi-clone sdb -f -U Sep 23, 11:51
  • Argon ONE Case for Raspberry Pi 4 Updated by Iván: I did that with no answer for now 🙁 Sep 22, 15:09
  • General Itead Sonoff ramblings – now with Zigbee by CRISTIAN NICULA: Do you know if Sonoff zigbee sensors can trigger Sonoff zigbee switches without Wi-fi / cloud ? Sep 22, 13:13
  • Peter Scargill Argon ONE Case for Raspberry Pi 4 Updated by Peter Scargill: You’ll have to email argon40 about that.. Sep 22, 09:24
  • Argon ONE Case for Raspberry Pi 4 Updated by Ivan: Hi there! Is it possible to change the power button functions? I want to change the “Long press (>=3s)” for the “Short press (<3s) in order to have the sfot shutdown and power cut with a short press.. I really appreciate any help you can provide. Sep 22, 06:46
  • Peter Scargill The Script by Peter Scargill: Can’t really advise there as I ALWAYS use a username and password with Mosquitto. The Script also has always assumed a username and pass for Mosquitto. Sep 21, 22:49
  • Peter Scargill M5Stack Core 2 ESP32 IOT Development by Peter Scargill: Good point – without support something like this is useless. Before long no doubt I’ll need support – I’ll feed back the result in here. Sep 21, 21:17
  • The Script by Rich Elliott: Me again with new information. It appears there was a change between my older version of the system installed with “The Script” from a year or so ago and the new current one. If I supply a username and password I can publish and subscribe. The old system was allowing anonymous connections. I have a dozen or so Wemos D1′ that are not able to publish and would be hard to reconfigure. How can change mosquitto to allow anonymous connection and not use passwords? I tried a couple online tutorials and they failed. I must be missing something. Sep 21, 16:35
  • Julian Knight M5Stack Core 2 ESP32 IOT Development by Julian Knight: I hope their software support is improving. I have an M5stack Basic and an Atom and the software support is patchy. It would be interesting to understand how easy it is to produce those UI’s from the images. Currently, trying to use the screen on the Core is very complex. I use the M5easy library instead of the M5 library but even there you have to do quite a bit yourself. They also have MicroPython but that is even patchier since their implementation is based on a very old version of MicroPython. Then there is UIFlow and that doesn’t even support some of their basic hardware features. Sep 21, 13:01
  • Julian Knight The IOTCRICKET from ThingsOnEdge.COM by Julian Knight: Lack of I2C is a really downer. Most sensors I use are I2C and they are so easy to use. Sep 21, 11:10
  • The IOTCRICKET from ThingsOnEdge.COM by PuceBaboon: Pete, What’s the part number on the RTC chip? I’m wondering if it’s one of the newer models with a built-in rechargeable battery and MOSFET for switching the ESP on and off. It might also explain why they’re not breaking out the I2C …they’re using the ESP to reload the RTC alarm registers and don’t want other devices on the bus to mess things up. -John- Sep 20, 14:30
  • Peter Scargill The value of 5Ghz WiFi Adaptors by Peter Scargill: Changed… Thanks. Sep 20, 04:33
  • The IOTCRICKET from ThingsOnEdge.COM by Doug: A single diode in series with the Li battery will give 3.5V at the top charge side(4.2V) but it will also effect the low side too. Sometimes that’s a good thing as Li batteries don’t want to be discharged below 3.0V. If the device will run on 2.3V or above then the diode/Li battery setup should work. A nice “feature” of the rPiZ/ZW is that it’ll run directly connected to a Li battery and stops operating at ~3.3v. Far better to have battery voltage monitored and messaged out but if not, shutdown will help protect the battery from damage. Sep 20, 02:01
  • The IOTCRICKET from ThingsOnEdge.COM by Doug: just a guess but possible reason is the current spikes needed for radio xmission. A capacitor might solve that problem but it would likely need to be on the larger size. Sep 20, 01:54
  • Neil Cherry The value of 5Ghz WiFi Adaptors by Neil Cherry: I agree, perhaps a title change to “The value of 5Ghz WiFi Adaptors”. Sep 20, 00:45
  • Tom Gee Laser Engraver Coming Up by Tom Gee: This looks 3 dimensional. I can’t believe it’s a flat sheet of acrylic. Sep 19, 22:03
  • Peter Scargill LA104 Logic Analyser by e-Design by Peter Scargill: Hi Bobh Prices vary all the time and from country to country, the main reason I don’t normally mention them in the blog. Glad it worked for you. Pete Sep 19, 15:03
  • LA104 Logic Analyser by e-Design by bobh: Pete, Sometimes I buy stuff from your blog which I never end up using. But I needed to see if a gps module was working—remembered this, searched through piles of boxes until I found it, figured out the controls and it worked! Thanks. I don’t remember paying $140 for it. Sep 19, 14:44
  • Garry Hayne The IOTCRICKET from ThingsOnEdge.COM by Garry Hayne: Thanks Cris, the ESP32-S2 looks very promising for low power applications. Here is a link I found: https://www.hackster.io/news/unexpected-maker-pros2-packs-esp32-s2-power-into-a-compact-breadboard-friendly-design-17b7150133f2 Sep 18, 14:55
  • The IOTCRICKET from ThingsOnEdge.COM by cris lewis: Seon has already prototyped a feather format board based on the ESP32-S2. His target price is the same as the Tinypico and it has even more potential, taking advantage of the S2 best bits and taking the power requirements/capabilities of the Tinypico. I’m sure that if he hadn’t had all the issues with his pick & place (a sage well worth following!) he would have released the new board by now. I have to say that we are lucky to have all these options and people pushing the boundaries for us. Ultra Low power, wide battery options with plenty of GPIO’s in an affordable format => Santas list is getting longer and longer. Sep 18, 12:44
  • Peter Scargill The IOTCRICKET from ThingsOnEdge.COM by Peter Scargill: I need to investigate that, too. Sep 18, 11:59
  • Peter Scargill The IOTCRICKET from ThingsOnEdge.COM by Peter Scargill: My comments back to the designers were similar as I figured using the bme280 would be good. Maybe in their next product. Sep 18, 11:58
  • The IOTCRICKET from ThingsOnEdge.COM by cris lewis: The trigBoard has a much wider application scope as it uses an ESP32 and exposes many more pins including I2C, SPI, PWM, extra ADC, 2 DACs. It does cost maybe 50% more, though. I think for simple sensors and single relays the IOTCricket looks a smart option and you have to admire the thinking behind it and the execution. When I first looked at the Cricket I did find, almost immediately, I wished it included I2C. Although on the 8266 it would have to be software driven. It really would make a huge difference to it’s capabilities and application. Sep 18, 08:56
  • Garry Hayne The IOTCRICKET from ThingsOnEdge.COM by Garry Hayne: The TinyPico https://www.tinypico.com/ cost’s £18.50 at the Pi Hut, and is a lot more powerful, including LiPo management. Sep 18, 08:48
  • The IOTCRICKET from ThingsOnEdge.COM by cris lewis: Any battery over 3.5v should be connected through a DC/DC buck converter. Sep 18, 08:37
  • Peter Scargill The IOTCRICKET from ThingsOnEdge.COM by Peter Scargill: NOot tested that yet – would indeed need a series diode…CR2032 didnt seem to fly – don’t know why.. Sep 18, 07:45
  • The IOTCRICKET from ThingsOnEdge.COM by Erik: Will it run from a Li ion battery, when charged they give 4.2V out….. Can also connect a diode in series but.. Sep 18, 07:13
  • Peter Scargill The IOTCRICKET from ThingsOnEdge.COM by Peter Scargill: I want more already – I’m pondering use with a CR2032 as combined temperature and window sensor – could make a very slim item depending on battery life. I also suggested they need to be careful about pricing as it would not be hard to make a cheapo ESP12 board do the same thing depending on the regulator. This of course id good for those who don’t want to do much tinkering. Sep 17, 20:59
  • Peter Scargill The Script by Peter Scargill: Not sure what’s happened there – it normally works. Sep 17, 14:48
  • The Script by Rich Elliott: After trying another fresh clone uSD both were same size as original and SanDisk brand. Would not boot in new Pi. I installed NEW Pi image and ran the script. Once it completed I created a couple nodes and could not get connected to MqTT. Tried command line mosquitto_sub -t test -v and I get connection refused. mosquitto is running, I checked to make sure. I am now lost! Sep 17, 14:19
  • Peter Scargill Shelly One WIFI Switch by Peter Scargill: Sonoffs work perfectly in my experience – Tasmota is in active development and is supported despite being free. Nothing wrong with Shelly apart from the price. Sep 17, 13:39
  • Shelly One WIFI Switch by gerard: I started a topic on this issue on the iTead website 4 years ago, now 100 replies later some people still have the same problem. I’ve read that Tasmota’s connection is very reliable, but have none in production anymore. I really love the ESP8266 and Sonoff hardware but the stock firmware was too unreliable for me. Just wanted to express my admiration for the Shelly firmware. Sep 17, 13:32
  • Joe Morris The value of 5Ghz WiFi Adaptors by Joe Morris: You had me all excited with the title of this post. I thought you had found a couple of 5G cellular!! adapters. 🙂 Sep 17, 12:57
  • Peter Scargill Shelly One WIFI Switch by Peter Scargill: Well, I can honestly say that Tasmota has not to my knowledge “disconnected from WiFi” without my help, on Sonoff Mini, Sonoff Basic (any model), H801 or any of a range of converted bulbs and smartsockets from various suppliers and manufacturers – not to mention various generic ESP12 boards I’ve used over the years. Issue with routers? Too many boards on one router or pushing the range? Power supply problems? Sep 17, 12:43
  • General Itead Sonoff ramblings – now with Zigbee by Emma: Has anyone had any luck getting the SNZB-03 connected to Alexa. Paied with Zigbee bridge in ewelink no problem but Alexa will not discover the device. I also have the SNZB-04 and they connect to alexa with no problems Sep 17, 12:14
  • Shelly One WIFI Switch by gerard: Hi Peter, I have bought many Sonoffs, but they disconnect from Wifi from time to time using the stock firmware. Possibly the Tasmota firmware is better. I have 1 Shelly switch in operation, switchin lights on/off eevery day. Works > 1 year without any problem using the stock firmware. Switched to Hue now for all (except the Shelly) but the Shelly firmware is excellent! Too bad about the higher pricepoint 🙁 Sep 17, 10:55
  • The IOTCRICKET from ThingsOnEdge.COM by Terri: Neato! Ordered two. A little pricey but on par with the Trig Board which this would replace. Sep 17, 08:42
  • Peter Scargill The Script by Peter Scargill: It should. I use Sandisk and Samsung uSDs and they work. Looks to me like you did it exactly right. Assuming you have enough room on the destination you can also use a larger, same size or smaller destination disk normally without issue. I do this all the tim (but since discovering SSDs I’ve been doing the same with those – same but sometimes more power sensitive – uSDs generally just work). Sep 17, 08:17
  • Peter Scargill Shelly One WIFI Switch by Peter Scargill: Hi Ivan I like Shelly – but I have to say, 9 Euros + 5.85 standard shipping to Spain = 14.85 to control a light compared to Sonoff Basic R2 from AliExpress at 3.89 Euros inc shipping from AliExpress – need I say more… Sep 17, 08:10
  • The Script by Rich: I think I am missing something. I did the rpi-clone from a 32Gig uSD card in the PI to a 32Gig uSD card in a USB to uSD adapter. I was under the impression that if I did the “sudo rpi-clone -f -U sda” operation I could remove the uSD card and put it in a Pi and it would run as it was when cloned. Sep 17, 01:29
  • Shelly One WIFI Switch by Ivan: I enjoyed reading this blog, so thought I’d share some experience 🙂 I have about 15 shellys in the house for the wall switches installed over the last 2 years. A mix of models 1, 1-PM, 2 and 2.5. Initially I started flashing them with tasmota for homebridge integration but stopped once MQTT support was provided. I actually re-flashed the original shelly firmware on top of tasmota ever since. Mqtt kills the shelly cloud service so I use the appletv to connect remotely to the homebridge server … works a charm. I bought a few shelly 1PM for the ‘overheating protection’ but in the end the power metering makes these devices a lot warmer and I know my 5W LED consumes 5W! So I now favour the shelly1 for the price but there’s not a lot left to ‘smarten’. Love tasmota for my other stuff: sonoff POW, sonoffSV (garage door controller), LED controllers, smart plugs(laundry management), nodemcu (weather station), wemos miniD1(heating system). But I have to admit that shelly gui is feature-packed and makes some things nice and easy. Over that period 1 fried one device (my fault) and Shelly replaced a defective unit. Sep 16, 22:52
  • Node Red Alexa Remote2 by AR: Hi – Using node-red-alexa-remote2, anyone know how to launch a skill and pass additional information to it? eg: I can use the Routine node to “Launch Skill”: “BBC”. But I want to get Node-Red to do the equivalent of “Ask the BBC to play Radio 4”. How do I pass “play Radio 4” to the BBC skill? Sep 16, 20:47
  • Peter Scargill False Review Epidemic by Peter Scargill: I agree. On several occasions, I have taken a chance on losing good sample suppliers because I simply could not support a product – thankfully most of them are happy as long as you are fair – it horrifies me the number of utterly false reviews there are out there. Some day I’ll make a list 🙂 Regards Pete Sep 16, 09:18
  • Bob Green False Review Epidemic by Bob Green: I have had exactly the same experience as Lorcan on a frequent basis with 3D filament and my response is the same. I have also had the same experience with ESP8266 / ESP32 boards where one can get a free board for a good review, project photo’s etc. I have recently read of a case, not in the Uk, where a guy was writing solicited reviews on Amazon which were biased and dishonest, he may well be prosecuted, I hope so! Sep 16, 08:35
  • Peter Scargill Instar IN-9008 Full HD MQTT Wired/WIFI IP Camera by Peter Scargill: There are indeed a shedload of cheap Chinese cameras. They have their place and if all you care about is price – you’ll see I’ve had mixed success with them over the years. If you don’t need or want MQTT there are of course also many options – the camera is somewhat oriented to a professional audience who might benefit from local use and from MQTT. I own two Instar cameras and neither has failed once. For my more critical uses they have my confidence – it is also easy to access support. Compare with other solutions. Sep 15, 12:59
  • Peter Scargill Xiaomi Mi Band 5 by Peter Scargill: iPhones I can’t comment on as I’ve not used Apple since iPAD 2. But I believe the apps are for both Android and Apple. Sep 15, 12:54
  • Ion Ciubotaru Lilygo TTGO ESP32 T-Watch-2020 by Ion Ciubotaru: Details about power consumption: https://github.com/Xinyuan-LilyGO/TTGO_TWatch_Library/blob/master/docs/power.md Sep 15, 05:10
  • Xiaomi Mi Band 5 by Mitchell fox: How well will this work with an iPhone? Will there be many watch faces available for ios app that works with this on iPhone? Sep 13, 18:29
  • Peter Scargill Xiaomi Mi Band 5 by Peter Scargill: Ok and for this morning’s helpful response. I just found two apps on the Play store both called MiBand5 (as against MiBand4). The first failed miserably, the second works a treat. How many analog faces would you like… I can’t add images in here.. at least not on my phone so I’ve updated the blog. Pete Sep 12, 12:58
  • Peter Scargill False Review Epidemic by Peter Scargill: Well, there is that. I’d be terrified in case they managed to stop changes. Instant loss of credibility 🙂 Sep 12, 12:27
  • Terry Sanders False Review Epidemic by Terry Sanders: Call me evil and twisted, but I would take the cash and then change the review to a one star and put in the reason. Sep 12, 07:54
  • Xiaomi Mi Band 5 by Curtis Dance: Can you still get the analogue clock? I’m tempted to upgrade but hate most the watch faces Sep 12, 07:02
  • Peter Scargill False Review Epidemic by Peter Scargill: Hi Lorcan yup, thats the way to do it. Sep 11, 13:00
  • Lorcan Adrain False Review Epidemic by Lorcan Adrain: I have had this with 3D printing filament. If I leave a five star review, they would refund 100% of my purchase price providing I purchased it via a link they provided to Amazon. They only required me to send proof of the review for the refund. I told them no thanks and I would never purchase there brand again. Sep 11, 09:41
  • Peter Scargill Xiaomi Redme Note 8 Pro Smartphone by Peter Scargill: Hi Here is the link for the Note 8 https://www.banggood.com/Xiaomi-Redmi-Note-8-Global-Version-6_3-inch-48MP-Quad-Rear-Camera-4GB-64GB-4000mAh-Snapdragon-665-Octa-core-4G-Smartphone-p-1577312.html?utm_campaign=247370_1577312&utm_content=1087&p=6W232147703332016054&ID=6277631&cur_warehouse=HK Above is the link for the Note 8 Below is the link for the more expensive but more powerful Note 8 Pro. https://www.banggood.com/Xiaomi-Redmi-Note-8-Pro-Global-Version-6_53-inch-64MP-Quad-Rear-Camera-6GB-64GB-NFC-4500mAh-Helio-G90T-Octa-Core-4G-Smartphone-p-1569414.html?utm_campaign=247370_1569414&utm_content=1087&p=6W232147703332016054&ID=6274951&cur_warehouse=ES They are both good phones. Pete Sep 11, 09:12
  • Xiaomi Redme Note 8 Pro Smartphone by Łukasz: Many of my friends today recommend the Note 8 for its speed and low price that rivals the more expensive models. But I have to get NOTE 8 too:)) Sep 11, 08:20
  • BigTimer by Chad: Thanks for the confirmation and quick reply. I could use a function to set it to manual, then turn on the timer. Before I do that, wanted to confirm there isn’t a way to already do that in one input string? Thanks! Sep 10, 15:20
  • Instar IN-9008 Full HD MQTT Wired/WIFI IP Camera by Andrew HUSSEY: I would love to use one of these cameras and the MQTT functionality is definitely worth paying for. However, there seem to be a good selection of alternative cameras without MQTT but most of the other features and specifications at a fifth the price of this one. Can you shed any light on the apparently, to me anyway, high cost? TIA. Sep 10, 13:58
  • Peter Scargill BigTimer by Peter Scargill: Auto should reset any manual settings – the idea being you can manually turn a light on – but at the next change of state of schedule, that will automatically reset in case you forget. Sep 10, 11:37
  • BigTimer by Chad: I’m fairly new to Node-Red, but found Big-Timer early on, and have found it to be very useful many of my automations for Home Assistant. Currently I’m using a few Big-Timers in a build out of automations for a pool pump and chlorinator. Most of the time I have the pool pump in “Auto” mode which will run the pump twice per day. On occasion, I want to be able to run a timer for a few hours to circulate the water for chemicals. I have everything setup to input “timer 120 m”, which works great, unless I’m close to the end of one of the schedules. Let’s say the auto schedule has 30 minutes left, if I set the timer for 120 minutes, the auto schedule still shuts off the timer 30 minutes later, rather than allow the 120 minute timer to complete. Is that the expected behavior? If so, is there a recommendation to easily do what I’m looking for? Thanks so much for any help Sep 10, 01:31
  • 7 LED Solar Landscape Lamp by Doug: I usually see moisture get in through either the edge of the solar panel after years of sun and the expand/contract is different between glass panel and plastic but the most frequent incursion is from the wire to the light and through the switch(even rubber booted). This design looks like it could be good with the lights/panel/mount all a fixed part but the switch will probably do it in eventually. Water will run off the top and because they didn’t put a lip around the switch it’ll run to the switch and then drip off it. That’ll lead to incursion because of expansion/contracting of air inside the unit so it’ll wick moisture in eventually. But it could be years unless more butt heads find other peoples stuff worth stealing.. Sep 9, 19:58
  • Peter Scargill Bakeey T90 Bluetooth Earbuds Smart Watch by Peter Scargill: No idea – more concerned about the earbuds – will need to check for updates for them. Sep 9, 14:46
  • SSD Cloning on Raspberry Pi 4 Updated by Luciano Veronese: Ok, thanks Peter, I’ll try to investigate what’s happening Cheers Luciano Sep 9, 14:22
  • Peter Scargill SSD Cloning on Raspberry Pi 4 Updated by Peter Scargill: so nothing to do with SSD then. Normal configuration does not include sleep. Screen sleeps but you’re not using that. I aalways run my RPis headless. No need to mess with sleep or power management if you are using a normal Buster setup. Sep 9, 13:32
  • SSD Cloning on Raspberry Pi 4 Updated by Luciano Veronese: Ok. Power should be ok, as I bought the original power supply which delivers 3amps. Anyway, and this is the last minute news, I verified that actually I have the very same problem with the sd card now and I don’t know why… So… do you know if the ootb configuraiton includes a sort of sleep mode or hibernation that starts after a period of inactivity? I am using the Buster desktop edition, but I have disconnected the screen and the keyboard, just the wireless. I tried to look for something about power management, but I found only references about the sleep mode which is connected with the desktop. As I see it should not influence this behavior but… who knows Thanks Luciano Sep 9, 11:46
  • Peter Scargill SSD Cloning on Raspberry Pi 4 Updated by Peter Scargill: Check power to your rpi4 and lead length Sep 9, 11:18