Resetting Ikea Tradfri devices, especially the different lightbulbs, can be annoying. There is an official video showing the process of switching the bulbs on and off six times, but the timing has to be nearly perfect. For me, it works only one out of five times. If you have to reset your entire set of light bulbs or even two or more, you have to be a very calm person... ;)
To make the process of resetting the Tradfri bulbs far easier and the pairing process more convenient, I've built a Reset- and Pairing-Station. A real heart-attack saver :D
Home Assistant can detect most of your devices automagically and you can configure the new fancy Lovelace UI directly in Home Assistant. But if you want to go deeper and love configuring things manually, so you exactly know what's happening, you need an external editor. Vim may be good enough for...
I have a weird problem with my self-built Hyperion Ambilight: It shows rainbow colors when shutting down the AV Receiver and there is no HDMI signal anymore.
My workaround was to disable the entire construction (Raspberry Pi 3 + LED stripe) with a wall plug switch. The downside of this method is the system boot-up time so I couldn't use it as a typical lightbulb. Another downside was the fact that the Raspberry Pi doesn't like being turned off by pulling the power plug: It can destroy the entire SD card, but I was lucky and it never happened to me... Anyway, I need a better solution...
A Raspberry Pi is a great device for a bunch of projects. As a server for your home automation project, a 3D printer controller, a simple NAS or a media center, the possibilities are limited by your imagination only. Nonetheless does a Raspberry Pi, even in the newest generation 3, have its limitations.
While the 1GB of memory and the computing power of four cores with 1200 MHz (3B) or 1400 Mhz (3B+) are excellent for such a small device, the storage - typically an SD card - may become a bottleneck for your application, especially when using a cheap SD card. But can an SSD over USB 2.0 improve this? Let's find out.
Every once in a while I want to share projects, experiments or my experiences and think about creating a blog. To be honest, I've already created a few blogs in the past, but it was difficult to keep posting new entries: Sometimes I wasn't happy with the software, or I didn't find the motivation to customize the theme to my needs and so it wasn't fun to write and present my content at all. But why is it so hard to find the perfect blogging platform?