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Fun with the Raspberry Pi

I spent some time this weekend doing a morse code encoder in python on the Raspberry Pi. You run the program, type in what you want to say and it gets translated into long and short beeps in light (or relay) in morse code.

I should develop an actual image at some point for how to wire this up. I have a wire from gpio pin 7 -> led -> resister -> ground for this program. I also have a relay module attached to gpio pin 7 -> relay in1 that makes a satisfying click as well.

The code snippet can be found here on gitlab: https://gitlab.com/snippets/1547397

 

Alt+Drag for Windows

I found a program named AltDrag recently that I find really useful. Its a small program that lets you hold the ALT key and left click and drag windows around. Now you don’t have to find the top part of the window to drag and makes it easy to rearrange windows quickly. Check it out here: https://stefansundin.github.io/altdrag/

Nexus 6P Screen Replacement done!

I just got my phone back from Huawei with a brand new screen. I called Jul 20th to support to get the ball rolling, sent it out shortly thereafter to Texas, and I just got it back today. So about 3 weeks to get a phone screen replaced and a cost of $163.46 for the repair and $18 for shipping UPS to them (181.46 total). Much cheaper than the going through Asurion  who wanted to give me a different device and the deductible was about the same. Overall, I’m happy with Huawei and their support, it was easy to call and talk immediately with people who handled my claim quickly and professionally. For comparison Asurion put me on hold for 30 or so minutes and I just gave up.

Adobe Account Snafu

I’ve been a Creative Cloud member for over a year without any problems whatsoever. I am in the process of retiring an old e-mail address and went to setup the new one on Adobe.com. In the process my account has disappeared! I specified a new account id and an alternate, now none of them work except the alternate, but my membership details have been deleted. Support didn’t resolve the issue, I’m not sure if they could have since I doubt they have much access to anything. So, as a result I just cancelled the subscription in Paypal to Adobe and will begin a trial in my alternate account until I need to pay again. I’m glad I didn’t store anything in their cloud servers as it would be gone by now. Who knows what really happened, its probably in a log file somewhere.

What Solar does to your electric bill

First full month with solar, I wish all my bills were expected to be negative:

electric-bill

Slightly more than 1 MWh was generated this month:

solarcity-june-2016

Thanks to the sun for powering my house and also making life on Earth possible.

I realize again I need to blog more.

I’m not sure why, but I feel the need to blog a bit more, so I’m going to try and make a post a day. I’ll be on vacation coming up soon which might make it tough but I’ll try!

So far: I’ve done 6 days of p90x3 — starting up again and hope to continue.

Getting some things done around the house: Solar panels have been installed w/ new panel. Next up:

  1. New Patio including concrete, side walkway, and patio cover.
  2. Air Conditioning.
  3. Master bath remodel late August

Some minor things I need to do this weekend:

  1. Hang medicine cabinet I bought months ago.
  2. Landscaping in the front.
  3. Closet organizers for master and Inny’s room.
  4. Cabinet for A/V equipment.
  5. Prime and Paint stucco around windows and old panel.

What to do with political advertising.

Just throw it out, search the internet for candidates and familiarize yourself with them before voting. We get so much of this in the mail I think its rather insane. The past couple of weeks I’ve been getting at least one flier like this a day.

Brand new server

So it was costing me the price of a dedicated server to host in the Google Cloud so I switched back to Linode.com for this blog. I’ve spun up a new server to teach myself containers and have docker running 3 at the moment. This new blog should be alive soon after DNS settings propagate.

Inny wanted to start a youtube channel.

Innocence has been watching some kids play with toys videos on Youtube almost non-stop before I took her laptop away because that’s all she did. But I did allow her to start her own channel with my help editing and running the camera. So far its a lot of fun, she seems to enjoy assembling toys and making videos. Next up I need to start teaching her how to edit videos.

Her channel is available here: Inny’s Magical Castle. Her first video is posted below:

 

This is running in a container

Kuberenetes on Google Cloud specifically. Just thought I’d see how it looks and works. Now I’ve moved my production blog over from my self-hosted linode. Running WordPress in a container with a separate MySQL container is working well!

Some features I really like over my roll-it-yourself approach:

  1. Upgrades are now seamless, no more update notifications, the docker container is setup to allow auto-updating.
  2. Plugins don’t need to be installed manually, they just install.
  3. Same with themes!
  4. Themes are easily customizable, no more mucking with permissions.
  5. It seems faster, but that may be because its running on a separate server from MySQL.
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