We have lots of IOT going on right now. So, firstly – in the DEV 22.214.171.124 release of Tasmota (alternative firmware for ESP8266 processors – keep up!) we noted changes not necessarily reflected in dev version changes (well, that’s why they are development versions I guess)… As of Monday April 20, 2020, there is a change to button behaviour – with the new SETOPTION73 (abbreviation now available for example SO73) which is now the DEFAULT setting, at least in the current DEV version.. well, check out this example:
Got to the Tasmota DOCS for more on this – the author of these new changes is @effelle#0598 (Federico Leoni) on DISCORD and he’s really helpful. (If you want button operation as before – without these new features, just use setoption13 (SO13) so you only get TOGGLE – nothing else on the button. If you want to have the multipress but no triggering of the relay, use setoption73, or use button 2 to 4 with rules to block unwanted behavior.
It did occur to me that this new Tasmota behaviour might be dangerous in the extreme situation where RELAY1 is a simple light in another room and RELAY2 is an expensive heater in another room, is there a chance of wasted electricity here or am I being over-cautious? I generally prefer one button for one job where possible.
Next on today’s list
ZemiSmart GU5.3 RGBCCW lights (I’ve always called this type of light MR16 but my MR16 ceiling casings are an impossibly tight fit for the new lamps (springs get in the way). So the new lamps – mine came via Amazon but you can get them directly from ZemiSmart – I converted one to Tasmota and hit an issue with the colour RED (only). I wondered if it was Tasmota so checked out a virgin, unaltered light. Watch this:
"Alexa set smart bulb 8 to red/green/blue"
All the colours respond perfectly except RED which prompts Alexa to ask daft questions like “You have Smart Life enabled, do you want to open it?”. “Alexa, f*** **F” is my now standard response.
The banding in the image above is from my camera, not the lamps – meanwhile, another use for my Baseus self-adhesive metal phone holder i.e. holding rather warm lamps while on test. Certainly beats burning my bench 🙂
I wrote separately about The Orange Pi Zero and “Tuya-Convert” and as the Armbian intro gets boring after a while, I’m playing with these oddly named programs for ASCII text and pretty colours – check them out:
cowsay figlet toilet lolcat
sudo apt-get install -y cowsay figlet toilet
On the RPi as it happens, the first two were already installed.
For another example – I simply installed below on the Orange Pi Zero as root but on the RPi I did the install as user “pi” and I added “sudo” where necessary (as you see below):
sudo apt install ruby wget https://github.com/busyloop/lolcat/archive/master.zip unzip master.zip cd lolcat-master/bin sudo gem install lolcat cd lolcat -h
I know, utterly pointless but hey, I like colour. More as I get to grips. I found this link… https://www.linux.com/training-tutorials/linux-tips-fun-figlet-and-toilet-commands/
You can probably tell it is getting late at night.. try this in a terminal:
watch -n1 "date '+%D%n%T'|figlet -k" | lolcat