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Home Assistant Solar Monitoring

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I think I’ve managed to make Home assistant tell me how much money the solar power I’m generating would be worth from the grid, and how much running things off solar/battery instead of the grid is saving me.

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Image Shortcode Test

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This is just a test of some image loading code I found online. If it works there should be a nice scaled image, and an image gallery.

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Workshed Tidying

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My workshed is mess, I can barely get into it and I have a bunch of projects that need starting. Let’s fix that… Over the summer it was way too hot to go in my shed - a problem I need to solve for next year - and it just turned into a storage area, with things being pushed in and the door hastily closed.

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Ms Powertoys Remap Keyboard

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I’ve got an IBM Model M keyboard and like using it on my PC, but one of its problems is the lack of Windows keys. There’s a bunch of keyboard shortcuts I use almost daily and not having a Windows key makes it annoying.

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DIY Home Solar Finished

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After a week of testing and tweaking, my DIY solar shed upgrade is complete. And it seems to work pretty well! Last week I bought a solar panel, inverter and some lead acid batteries and set up a solar system in my shed, with the intention of powering my servers.

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Who Debugs the Debuggers

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Writing code is like playing an RPG. Your main quest is “make the game”, but on your way you’ll be handed side quests. Some are epic and fun, others are time sinks dropped in your way just to pad the experience out.

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Document Your Internal Projects

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I have aspirations of actually making a game for my Spectrum Next. It’d be nice to turn the learning I’ve done into something more than a bunch of videos.

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2021 Review

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How was 2021 for you? I mean, compared to 2020 it was a big improvement, but that’s a pretty low bar to aim for. Let’s focus more on the projects that I completed and what I learned from them.

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Crap quality USB cables

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I think I’ve just had a bit of a revelation… USB-C is the best thing ever. Not only because the plug isn’t polarised, but because if you want a true USB-C to USB-C cable there doesn’t appear to be any cheap crappy ones.

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SMT Soldering and Atari ST Repairs

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Yesterday I recapped my ST’s PSU which went well, nothing exploded. However when trying to boot the machine it kept crashing, especially when it went to the desktop.

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