January 5, 2017

C.H.I.P, flic and openhab

So I finally received my C.H.I.P, and over the break I purchased myself some flic bluetooth buttons with the plan of making some nice push buttons around the home to control openhab. This idea mostly came from usablity/speed of use of openhab. Having the dashboard in the middle of the house is a nice idea, but if you are in another room, without your phone there isn’t too much you can do without having to go to this dashboard to interact with openhab. Read more

December 20, 2016


Since the ninjablock company has run out of money, and is not supporting the ninjablock anymore, and its cloud service is pretty unreliable (at the best of times) I decided to merge all my homeautomation items with Openhab. At the time I adopted this, it was the only major, multi-vendor supported Home automation “brain” around. Since then home assistant has come around, and alot of others have picked up support for alot more “things”. Read more

November 18, 2016

Mini DLNA and bubbleUPnP

So ages ago I found bubbleUPnP (also an andoid app). I’d put this in the category of cheap plex server. I say this because the main reason I wanted to use it was for its on-the-fly transcoding to play media to the chromecast. The android app is also really nice, and you can control your media directly from your device too (Much like what plex does) What I was really impressed with was that the raspberrypi (v1 Model B) handled this without too much hastle, and was able to stream 720p content to the chromecast with no (noticable) worries Read more

October 26, 2016

Upgrading SD on the Raspberry Pi

I’ve been running my Raspberry Pi (V2) for almost a year and a half on a 16gb SD card, but because I run owncloud on the pi, I’ve been slowly running out of space. I know I can just add a usb drive or have owncloud store the data on an attached NAS or something, but I chose to just store everything on the SD card. Just so everything is in the one place. Read more

October 13, 2016

building phonegap app for Android and iOS

So I had the pleasure of figuring out how to successfully build and publish a phonegap app, both to the Play store and Apple store. It was bad enough that I have no experience with phonegap/Cordova (or anything iOS development related), but the previous developer had left no documentation. That was fun. Here are some notes of things I ran into along the way. Hope they help someone else out too Read more

September 3, 2016

Counter Strike and Pebble

Hey all, it’s been a while! I’ve been busy. Combining my enthusiasm to CS and the usefulness of a pebble watch to create you CSontheGO Being able to keep up to date with CS matches from your watch. I decided to do this because I: 1. wanted to Learn a php framework 2. Enjoy developing things in my spare time This project had to be split into 2 parts, the backend/data store, and the pebble watch. Read more

July 14, 2016


So I was too late to the hype of Pi Zero, the $5 Raspberry pi, and have not been able to get my hands on one since the launch. Everywhere has been sold out everytime I check :( I can’t remember how I stumble upon them, but I found an equaly as awesome project on kickstarter. C.H.I.P. A $9 board that runs linux. Esentially the same specs as the PiZero, CHIP also includes onboard wifi and BlueTooth 4. Read more

June 17, 2016

Fun with cPanel

Recently have had to set up a few cPanel servers, and here are some things I ran into while doing so. One isn’t necessarily cPanels fault, but it still took me a long time to find a work around for it :/ Key based login for SSH Common practice for most cloud provides these days is to give you a VM with password based authentication turned off. That’s cool with me as this is one of the first things I do anyway. Read more

May 4, 2016

TV dashboards with chromecasts and dashing

I had some time, and we had some TV’s hanging on the wall wasting space. So I decided to create a dashboard that could put some useful information on these TV’s for everyone to see Previously we were utilising the chromecasts with Greenscreen, and it worked well, but had its issues (probably more related to the chromecasts, not the software) but we weren’t using it as a useful dashboard, more just to scroll through some website links and display the occasional funny gif Read more

April 13, 2016

PHP file upload to slack

So I don’t know why this one took me this long to find, but I spent a long time today trying to figure out why my PHP script wasn’t uploading my file I wanted to slack. I had the string to send to slack correct, but every time I tried I was getting a no_file_content error. I was using the, apparently now, old method of referencing a file for POST-back. That is $file = '@/path/to/file. Read more