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Useful Sensor: Cardinal Wind Direction for Home Assistant

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As someone who cycles to work most days, I keep a pretty close eye on the weather. One thing I like to know is which way …

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Self Hosting: Setting up a Personal Wiki with DokuWiki

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One of the most useful things I self host on my server is a personal wiki. I use it for note taking on projects, a journal, …

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Useful Sensor: Bayesian Sleep Detection in Home Assistant

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Sleep is not something I can directly observe in my smart home (at least not until I build that DIY bed sensor). It would be nice to …

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Home Assistant: Making My Plants Talk with IoT Sensors and a Python Script

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Living in an urban city without a garden, I have been exercising my green thumb by accumulating more and more houseplants. I have them tucked away …

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Useful Sensor: Motion Last Seen & Meta Motion Sensor

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  You know what’s great about motion sensors? They are very, very cheap to build yourself. All it takes is an esp8266 module like the Wemos …

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Basic Node-Red Flows for Automating Lighting with Home Assistant

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Smart light bulbs are probably the first thing everyone getting into home automation buys. It is easy to see the applications for them – have the …

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Auto-Downloading Youtube Videos for Plex Media Server with youtube-dl

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Recently it appears Youtube has decided they want to become cable TV, complete with the unending commercials for American pharmaceuticals. Since I cannot stand watching any …

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Self Hosting: How to Get Free and Cheap Linux Virtual Servers

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I try to avoid the cloud in favor of self-hosting the services I use. Then I know my information is private, and I can tailor them …

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Config: Setting up the Xiaomi Mi Robot Vacuum in Home Assistant

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I have a dog who sheds like crazy, and the only thing that keeps the dust bunnies from overrunning me is a robot vacuum. My aging …

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Favorite ESP8266 Internet of Things Projects

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So many good uses for these chips, here are a few I’ve made and some I still intend to. ESP Easy – by far the easiest way …