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Companion app: force sensors update with intent
  • Just to add - if your phone drops off the wifi (mine does and I'm still trying to find out why... maybe due to power saving), then maybe, you could also look at bluetooth tracking (ie something like ESPresence) for HA to know you're still at home.

    (Bluetooth can also be setup in the Companion App)

  • financial report (July 2024)
  • Many thanks for your efforts - I appreciate it's quite a thankless task you're doing.

    And... I meant to setup a regular payment when you picked up from Tom and... dunno... fighting off zombies distracted me... so I'll take another look at those links.

  • Application like Simple Booth
  • What kinda thing are you thinking of? An actual photobooth kinda box?

    You could usr an Android tablet, install Open Camera (from F-Droid) and that has the ability to take (for example) 4 photos with a 10 sec delay... videos too...

    Then use syncthing to copy those photos to something else (your phone, a NAS, etc) before it gets trashed / accidentally wiped, etc...

  • EvilEntity Linux, 2003
  • I tried using Enlightenment years ago - it looked amazing, and then... I found all the bugs, incompatibilities, etc... and it's lackof progress was disappointing.

    I tried Bodhi Linux and even they gave up, creating their own Moksha desktop environment too...

  • Cloning encrypted linux install
  • Whatever you do. Full backup first 👍🏻😉

    Personally, I'd go with the clean Fedora install on the new drive and copy your data over as someone else mentioned, then expand Windows once you 100% happy with it.

    (I did something similar with WinXP years ago... eventually dropping Windows, so that harddrive just became a data drive)

  • Monolithic setup vs dedicated devices
  • This is the way.

    There's nothing worse than finding your DNS/DHCP has gone down and it's a VM / container running inside a server that can't start because it doesn't have an IP address and you can't resolve names to get the thing started.

    Break things down into chunks that make sense - to you.

    I have dedicated (low power) hardware for the interweb firewall / DHCP / core network stuff.

    I have a NAS for storage with all the backups / reinstall images on (so I can rebuild the firewall if there's no internet, for example)

    Then I have everything else in a single server.

    Sources: a house fire, water leak & many hardware failures & borked upgrades over many decades.

  • Home Assistant Control Panel For My Wall
  • I mean, from an engineering point of view, hats off to the guy... I know how much effort would've gone into that...

    But like one of the YT comments implied; if I tried that in my home, I'd be living in my shed.

  • How Long Should Hardware/Software Support Last?
  • I agree with this point: age isn't the measure of usefulness, popularity is

    Something might be 10yrs old and uaed by many people... and also something 10 months old is no longer used.

    Also, just a thought, if it's "old" it's probably a standard too, so probably doesn't actually need much (relative term) effort to maintain...

  • Is there a linux distro (or just a DE) that can be used like a Smart TV
  • Checkout big-launcher:

    big-launcher is a work-in-progress HTPC application launcher. The design is loosely based on the Roku UI, consisting of a sidebar menu on the left, and selectable apps on the right. This project is intended to be the successor to my other HTPC project, Flex Launcher. Compared to Flex Launcher, big-launcher will be more graphically advanced, but less customizable. The program will be written in C++ and utilize SDL for graphics.

    I just read about it from the Flex Launcher page, so no idea what it's like, just passing it on...

  • Is NixOS at the advent of an implosion? | Community inquiry on recent drama
  • the recent influx of so-called 'immutable' distros springing up like mushrooms is undeniably linked to and inspired by NixOS.

    This is the usual (only?) solution - the idea forks or inspires a different community to take it further.

    There's usually no fixing a toxic person / community in either real life or online.

  • Is Backblaze a reliable provider?
  • No, you can jusy restore to a second depends on whether everything was backed up, or just a few test files.

    I prefer backing up specific folders rather than "everything", so it's easier to test. (I'd just reinstall the OS if that was nuked)

    Let's say I want to do a test restore of all my photos. I just rename that folder to simulate that it's been accidentally deleted... then I just do a normal restore - and do a bit-by-bit comparison of the two folders and check it all went well.

  • Must have packages/extentions/etc?
  • Also setup a bootable USB stick with a backup program like clonezilla to do full machine backups.

    You'll get the hang of OS vs data backups later, but for now, do a full backup, play around installing / removing stuff and if you break it, you're back in business in no time

  • Any MythTV Users Here?

    As a long-term MythTV user, I read all the discussion about Plex vs Jellyfin, but I'm still here... recording Live TV, watching films, listening to "me choonz" all on free, open-source software. What am I missing? Any other MythTV users out there?


    NAS vulnerabilities 'Mirai-like' botnet observed attacking EOL Zyxel NAS devices

    Seems like as good a time as any to upgrade older hardware

    'Mirai-like' botnet observed attacking EOL Zyxel NAS devices

    Just stumbled across this (overly dramatic?) article and thought I'd just post it here...

    It's more to act as a reminder that if you've got a NAS that is serving content to the interwebs, then make sure it's behind a proxy of some kind to prevent weaknesses (ie in the management Web UI) being exposed.

    Obvz, this article is pointing to Zyxel, but it could be your DIY home-built NAS with Cockpit: CVE-2024-2947 - just an example, not bashing that project at all.

    I've used Squid and HAProxy over the years (mostly on my pfSense box) - but I'd be interested to know if there's other options that I've not heard of


    Sanity check: Vivaldi high CPU usage

    Before I dive headlong into debugging and throwing bug tickets around, I just needed a sanity check from someone else..

    I have an old Lenovo laptop as my daily driver / experimentation box (ie it gets a lot of paclages installed and removed)

    Recently I've been using Vivaldi's built-in calendar to use as a CalDAV client for my radicale installation.

    It's the only open tab and Vivaldi's using ~20% CPU (according to htop)... actually, I just closed that tab... even with 1 blank tab the CPU's the same.

    Is this just my battle weary laptop needing a good clean, or can someone else confirm?



    pfSense DHCP (& DNS) Performance

    pfSense... Anyone have much experience with the new Kea DHCP server?

    I'm using 2.7.2 (Community Edition) on a fairly good Celeron based system that's not heavily loaded, but I have 7 network segments (VLANs and physical interfaces), so I have 7 DHCP pools / configs.

    Just adding 1 more static reservation can cause a significant delay when reloading the service and because I register static reservations in DNS, the network loses DNS so I "break the internet" for a short while.

    Would Kea fix this?


    pfSense DHCP / DNS performance

    pfSense... Anyone have much experience with the new Kea DHCP server?

    I'm using 2.7.2 (Community Edition) on a fairly good Celeron based system that's not heavily loaded, but I have 7 network segments (VLANs and physical interfaces), so I have 7 DHCP pools / configs and just adding 1 more static reservation can cause a significant delay when reloading the service and because I register static reservations in DNS, I can lose comms.

    Would Kea fix this?


    Pause alerts during the night

    Well, as the title says, I've had a few notifications that alerted over night and I'm wanting to sleep instead

    These are ntfy alerts, but driven by Uptime Kuma... and I can't find a programmatic / config option that says "don't notify between 11pm and 7am" (but willing to admit I've just not found it... yet...)

    I need my (Android, ofc) phone to be on in case of family calls / messages, so I can't use "Do Not Disturb", and remembering to manually mute the ntfy app each night just doesn't make sense to me - computers are quite capable of automating my requirements for me.

    So... any pointers? I'm sure you're not all getting alerts at 2am because your ISP dropped a few packets...


    Desktop Security

    I secure systems for my day job. That means installing AV software, ensuring Windows Firewall is ON, etc. (Plus many other things...)

    I've seen discussions around disk encryption here, but I don't recall much about a malware protection. Maybe a little about personal (desktop) firewalls.

    I'm aware of Clam, etc, but is anyone actually using these tools much?

    Or are we just presuming we're all immune from the bad guys targeting Windows?


    XMPP... on a Pi?

    So, I've had it up to here (^^^) with the family using WhatsApp, etc and I'm heading off into the land of XMPP to find a better solution.

    I've got a Pi3 hanging off my pfSense firewall acting as a kinda DMZ box, so thought I could setup an XMPP server on it (Prosody?)

    Any advice? Will the Pi crumble (see what I did there) under the pressure of 4 people using it?

    Issues with proxying outside with a Lets Encrypt cert on the pfSense box, but maybe not inside the network?

    "Better" server software?



    AUR with Ansible

    I've started looking at Ansible to manage all the laptops, VMs, SBCs that I have running Arch Got the ol' pacman installs / updates working fine, but I'm having some problems understanding how to setup AUR to install some of those packages.

    Main issue is where Ansible is basically doing everything as root, and AUR helpers don't want to run as root, so ok, create a 2nd non-root user first...

    But even installing an AUR helper (yay) brings problems:

    I can setup a folder in /tmp/aur , I can git clone the yay package, but then I have no idea how to run makepkg or then yay as that non-root user.

    Does anyone have this already figured out?

    Or... am I going about this the wrong way?


    HA redundancy options

    I'm currently running HA on a Pi3... it works fine, but it's now a single point of failure.

    I have some new hardware arriving to run VMs in and was intending to move HA to it, but now I'm wondering if I can have HA in 2 places for fault tolerance.

    I'm aware that there's no built-in failover options, but has anyone done something similar?


    Sonoff S26 R2 Zigbee

    Ok, I've done a fair bit with wifi devices, now I'm waking up to zigbee.

    Got myself an S26 R2 to play with, but just wanted to clarify a few things...

    So, if I had a few of these around the house, would they form the man backbone of the zigbee mesh network? Or do they not provide that function?

    And also - possibly n00b question - I presume there's still a need / benefit to flash with esphome? Couldn't see anything obvious on the site and only searched online for a few mins before giving up and asking for experience rather than random sites...


    Traccar Integration

    Has anyone used the Traccar integration with a full Traccar server vs the webhook Android client?

    There's an issue with the latest version of the Traccar client sending more data than HA can understand (Traccar Integration: extra keys not allowed #84540)

    So, I was wondering whether it's worth setting up a full Traccar Server?

    It seems like total overkill, but maybe it has other benefits?


    PacDiff comparisons

    I have a few devices running Arch... Rasperrys, laptops, a NAS, etc

    After an update I'll run pacdiff to check for any updated configurations to look out for.

    On the laptops I'll use meld to compare and it's nice to visually pick and choose what to update.

    But for the headless units, I'm using vimdiff and it's sometimes difficult to see what to change - esp. when a few lines in a block of changes needs picking and choosing.

    What other approaches are you using for this?