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
This one is only for Raspberry Pi / Node-Red fans. ALL SORTED – everything works – so this is here merely to help others and maybe to encourage a better setup for I2C, RPI GPIO in Node-Red 1.0 official, serial and SQLITE3? Here’s a thing – don’t even THINK about upgrading without making backups first. … Continue reading Node-Red 1.0 b3 Trials
The reason for the title is simple – I’ve just had my first (favourable, exciting, even) experience with Xose Perez’s multi-purpose Espurna IOT firmware on some of my Sonoff power controllers. Regular readers will know that I developed ESP-GO and usually flash either ESP-GO or Theo Arends’s Tasmota firmware onto my Itead Sonoff boards. Because … Continue reading ESPURNA and SONOFFS
“Shelly One” is just one example of several (claimed) open source products produced by a company called Shelly who are based, not as you might expect in China’s mega technology city of Shenzhen but in Sofia, Bulgaria. Shelly are not new and there are plenty of videos out there about their products – so I … Continue reading Shelly One WIFI Switch
Regular readers 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”.
Before we start, here is a link to the PIVPN site http://www.pivpn.io/ also to Pi-hole: https://pi-hole.net/ and thanks to Loic74 – https://marcstan.net/blog/2017/06/25/PiVPN-and-Pi-hole/ PIVPN is setup software for OpenVPN, whereas PIHOLE is a Linux network-level advertisement and Internet tracker blocking application. Like most normal people I find the subject of secure VPNs to be torturous and … Continue reading PIVPN and PI-HOLE
Mr Shark recently wrote a comment which I believe warrants it’s own blog entry, so see below (update August 7, 2019). Despite still showing Apache in “the script”, I have replaced Apache with Nginx with success and so has Mr Shark (Antonio) so feel free to use this separate script (always make backups first) if … Continue reading NGINX and Reverse Proxy
Here’s a guest post by my friend and collaborator Aidan Ruff. You’ll usually find him talking about his solar home in Spain or the kind of IOT stuff I do, in this instance, where I swear by Mosquitto MQTT, Aidan has always had a preference for RabbitMQ. Here goes: When using “The Script” to setup … Continue reading RabbitMQ MQTT Broker