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Legacy Blog Posts (2011)

This is a collection of all my old blog posts from 2011 with links to the exported .pdf versions of each post - most (if not all of them) are probably out of date by now, howerver I found it intere...

Ceiling Fan Remote Hacking

In this post I will be covering how I modified the “owenb321/hampton-bay-fan-mqtt” to work with some “Home Decorations #1001 415 438” fans I had installed a while back. The fans make use of a prett...

HASS On Unraid: Times of Day Automations

In this post I will explore the concepts of Helpers in Home Assistant and the potential that they can unlock with your automations. It is worthwhile adopting a naming convention for your automa...

HASS On Unraid: ESPHome - Zigbee - Z-Wave

Today I will be covering installing some must-have Add-ons when working with IoT devices at home, namely: ESPHome - control your ESP8266/ESP32 by simple yet powerful configuration files Zigbe...

Lounge Clock (v 1.0)

In this post I will cover how I built my lounge clock using ESPHome, Home Assistant, MQTT and a whole lot of other technologies, I think that the end result looks pretty good for my first attempt: ...

HASS On Unraid: MQTT

This post is part of a series covering running various containers on Unraid. In this post I will be covering getting up and running with MQTT on Home Assistant, installation is pretty simple w...

SonarQube and Github Actions

Today I will be covering my SonarQube & Github Actions integration that I use for the majority of my builds at home. Basic Setup This section will run through setting up the required Docker co...

HASS On Unraid: Google TTS

This post is part of a series covering running various containers on Unraid. Today I will cover setting up TTS on Home Assistant using the Google Cast integration. Basic Discovery Out of the ...

HASS On Unraid: DNS

This post is part of a series covering running various containers on Unraid. Today I will be covering setting up DNS and HTTPS on your local Home Assistance instance making use of Duck DNS and...

HASS On Unraid: MariaDB

This post is part of a series covering running various containers on Unraid. In this post I will cover configuring Home Assistant to use MariaDB rather than the default SQLite DB, you can refe...