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Household Projects: Irrigation & New Grass

We’ve had a rough couple of years here in Houston, at least from the perspective of our yard. Unusual extended periods of hard freeze the past two winters basically killed…

Flume: Know About The Flow

Flume: Know About The Flow

As I’ve mentioned previously, household instrumentation is addictive. Further, it can draw out my compulsive tendencies. I’ve been wanting to add a smart water flow meter to our home for…

NYT on Household Energy Monitors

NYT on Household Energy Monitors

Last week the New York Times Wirecutter ran an article whose headline posed a question; Do You Really Need a Home Energy Monitor? It’s an interesting question. They say only…

Decisions: 2021 Household Projects

Decisions: 2021 Household Projects

As we come to the end of the year, I’m looking back across a range of substantial household projects. We rather famously lost power for a few days back in…

New Gear: Eaton 9130 Dual Conversion UPS

New Gear: Eaton 9130 Dual Conversion UPS

We have a pair of UPSs here; one in the office and another in the house. In both cases, they run the network core; Ethernet switches, Wi-Fi access points, IoT…

Revisiting the Netatmo Weather Station

Revisiting the Netatmo Weather Station

After an extended period of round-and-round with Netatmo tech support, I ended up purchasing a replacement outdoor unit for our weather station. So, we once again have a fully-functional installation.…

Raspberry Pi as a Wi-Fi Bridge

Raspberry Pi are fun little devices. They’re a bit like rabbits in that they tend to multiply. We started out with one as a replacement for a failed Squeezebox, and…

Tech we have deployed for Halloween

It started back in 2002. My wife brought home a large inflatable spider, something new for the exterior decor at Halloween. I struggled to find a way of using it…

Power-Over-Ethernet Splitters are Good Fun!

Power-over-Ethernet is for more than IP phones, Wi-Fi access points and surveillance cameras. It can be used anywhere there’s a low-power device that would benefit from continuous power and the…

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