Samsung Smart TV Thoughts

This is my experience with a Samsung Q90T 2020 TV running Tizen Operating System (OS). I can’t say it is a very good Smart TV but the picture is nice. It’s riddled with privacy and stability issues. I just hope it works as a dumb TV someday because …

more ...

Using an ESP32 to connect Xiaomi MiFlora to Home Assistant

I wanted some plant sensors and discovered the MiFlora bluetooth moisture sensors. I did some reasarch and discovered I could connect them to Home Assistant using ESPHome and an ESP32. This sounded like a great idea.

I ordered some on aliexpress and waited. Once the sensors arrived, I got everthing …

more ...

MERV Filter Results with PM 2.5 Data

This is a followup to getting an indoor air quality sensor setup in my house and to review the results from using a MERV 12 and 14 air filter.

If you wish to see my first blog post about this, see here.

.

First I'll start out with the MERV 14 …

more ...

DIY PurpleAir Sensor


Story about alarm flase positives

Recently my alarm kept triggering and I couldn't figure out why. I first figured out which motion sensor was causing it. That helped a bit, but not enough. I then boosted up the logging and discovered (1) it happened very rarely when nobody was home and (2) also around the …

more ...

Home Automation in the Cloud

I setup a home automation system in my house and it runs from the cloud. Yup, you read that correctly. I do understand a lot of "home automation" now runs from the cloud but my definition of home automation isn't Hue, Smarthome, Nest, or one of the other half-baked systems …

more ...

Pages

  • About