New PC: Shades

Posted on Tuesday December 7, 2021 • Read time 10 minutes

Having snagged a 3080 Ti for MSRP recently, I ended up building a new system completely, rather than just upgrading the GPU from my old system. It wasn't bad, but I felt I could be pushing the GPU further then the 1st generation Ryzen 7 1800X that I was running before.

I found some decent sales on both new and open-box hardware around the Black Friday / Cyber Monday period and took advantage of them!

Hildebrand Glow, Home Assistant and MQTT - Getting visibility into my energy data

Posted on Wednesday October 13, 2021 • Read time 20 minutes

Since Home Assistant announced energy monitoring was being added, I've been super interested in what sort of data I could get out of my energy system. We have nothing fancy here. Just fairly standard dual-fuel (electricity and gas) system provided by the grid with a smart meter. No solar panels or batteries or returning power to the grid. My provider (E.ON Next) don't make that data easily accessible (or at least, they didn't when I looked).

So, I searched around and found Hildebrand and their Glow meter. Which was out of stock. Boo.

I signed up for stock alerts for the product and started wondering if I could write a bot to log in to my account on the E.ON website, then scrape the data and push it back into Home Assistant in the meantime.

But then I got an email...

Understanding MQTT: My Notes

Posted on Saturday August 28, 2021 • Read time 10 minutes

I've recently dived into MQTT. I got it working without really understanding some core concepts (yay easy-to-use UIs) but felt myself wanting to know more about what it was. I did some reading up on the various parts and decided to document them here for my own reference later on. Maybe it'll be useful to others too, who knows!

Display A Message On Old Hugo Posts

Posted on Wednesday August 25, 2021 • Read time 2 minutes

Time moves on. Posts do not. Sometimes (read: most of the time) an old post doesn't get updated. The information in that post might be outdated and incorrect. But people don't always consider the age of the post, just jump to the content.

Taking inspiration from Twitter, I've added a message to be displayed on blog posts older than 365 days on here.

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