When bluetooth goes nuts Home Assistant 0.88+

I was given a google home mini. I didn’t want one as I wanted my iot to be internal only. But it can be useful, an echo dot has also followed in the house. Anyways with the google home I wanted to add it to home assistant. I had already put the tts lines but I wanted to add the newly available component. https://www.home-assistant.io/components/googlehome/ Once … Continue reading When bluetooth goes nuts Home Assistant 0.88+

Tasmota 5.12->6.5 OTA (sonoff basic)

I’ve been reluctant to update Tasmota after my previous ordeal (reverting from 6.11 -> 5.12) In retrospect I may have rushed my last OTA update. Or was it the automated sonweb feature which jumped versions. Fearful of having to do this and encounter problems I read the instructions properly and perhaps took extra precautions. https://github.com/arendst/Sonoff-Tasmota/wiki/Upgrade Firstly I needed to download the tasmota 5.14 minimal and … Continue reading Tasmota 5.12->6.5 OTA (sonoff basic)

Some (re)assembly required. AliExpress damaged packaging & “broken” contents.

AliExpress… Great asset, good selection, good prices. What’s the downside? Unless you’re into fixing new products sometimes the downside is that your product arrives with damage. More often than not the product itself will be damage free but the packaging will have gone through a heavy beating. Many people would say this is the mail service’s fault and I would agree in part. However which … Continue reading Some (re)assembly required. AliExpress damaged packaging & “broken” contents.

iPhone 6s not charging? My temporary fix.

More iPhone issues in the past week. This time an iPhone 6s stopped wanting to charge. Insert charging cable in and nothing. Thus syncing was no longer possible. Cleaned out the lightning port and the please charge icon appeared. It would detect the cable was plugged in but wouldn’t charge. Obviously I tried with multiple chargers and cables on my 7plus. All is well outside … Continue reading iPhone 6s not charging? My temporary fix.

IP67? Lies? (iPhone 7plus)

My iPhone 7 plus had a little accident. A standard clarification Protected from immersion in water with a depth of up to 1 meter (or 3.3 feet) for up to 30 mins https://www.trustedreviews.com/opinion/what-is-ip68-ip-ratings-explained-2947135 I had no choice but to run into the shallow river at a moments notice. I didn’t have time to remove my phone from my pocket (nor wallet or watch). I was … Continue reading IP67? Lies? (iPhone 7plus)

Breaking the black button Sonoff basic

When modifying the sonoff I had the misfortune of tuning the unit upside down without its case in order to do some soldering. Twice this caused me to put too much pressure on the gpio0 pin and caused it to break off. Sometime the inner switch contact plate would also come out. Re-placing the inner contact plate and the button with lid back on with … Continue reading Breaking the black button Sonoff basic

ASROCK Z97E-ITX/ac BIOS freeze on boot

Sometimes my asrock ze97xac doesn’t want to boot up and stays stuck at the asrock flash screen. Another button press or reset press doesn’t change the outcome. The following links explains to unplug all extras and try again. This never worked for me. http://www.tomshardware.com/answers/id-2720658/stuck-mobo-splash-screen-asrock-z97-killer.htm http://www.tomshardware.com/answers/id-2293668/stuck-asrock-screen.html As my system is plugged into a power strip with indivise socket control I simply turn off the computer via … Continue reading ASROCK Z97E-ITX/ac BIOS freeze on boot