Refrigerator troubles in Japan. (SANYO Aqua AQR-261b)

  Break down: New Years Holiday my SANYO Aqua AQR-261b decided to stop cooling. What better timing… On the bright side, the leaning house seems to seek and find equilibrium with outside temperature rather quickly. Which means in 0c weather it’s pretty close to 0c indoors (3-4c) and so the food doesn’t go bad right away. As the temp indoors is cold. I only noticed … Continue reading Refrigerator troubles in Japan. (SANYO Aqua AQR-261b)

A PC’s life, upgrades and RE-PURPOSING. Part 2 of 2

The monitor re-purposing (the original computer, part 1 here) It wasn’t the best deal but it was simple and took a week shipping which is fast from aliexpress, after much trial and error I’ve come to realize that aliexpress is not about the price but service. The seller was super responsive and helpful to boot. I asked for a type A or B plug and … Continue reading A PC’s life, upgrades and RE-PURPOSING. Part 2 of 2

Spray cleaning brick-wall fence

As mentioned before I bought a pressure washer. But what I didn’t expect is the anti-mould bathroom spray to be so effective on the brick. As this is a rental house I shouldn’t even be doing this but I’d rather clean what I can instead of waiting for the not-so-quick to respond owner to do anything about it. Black with decades of disgusting dirty rain … Continue reading Spray cleaning brick-wall fence

Always connecting never doing – ESP 2.4.0

New NodeMCU… Flashed Tasmota with the ARDUINO IDE software (to customize the firmware) The NodeMCU would constantly do the following… I tried re-flashing Using another NODEMCU after discovering a dead one Restoring from another Tasmota NodeMCU Etc Nothing worked. Only until I stumbled on this page did I see the solution 13:28:06 MQT: tele/sonoff/LWT = Online (retained)
13:28:06 MQT: cmnd/sonoff/POWER = 
13:29:00 DNS: Initialized
13:29:00 MQT: Attempting … Continue reading Always connecting never doing – ESP 2.4.0

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.

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)