Installing TvHead End On a Raspberry Pi5 with Ubuntu 24.04 LTS

How many TV’s do you have in your house? I only have one that is connected to a DVB-T (Digital Video Broadcasting) network, and whilst I stream the majority of content, there are times where I wish to watch free to air television. The problem with that is our primary TV is consumed by others … Read more

Building Frigate With Google Coral TPU, Portainer, Docker On A Raspberry Pi 5 with NFS Storage & Home Assistant Integration

NVR (Network Video Recording) and false positives. Two words if you have been in this game long enough you will be familiar with. Tree’s that move, a spider all create noise to the point you tune out. Argh. I never have relied on the smarts of my Geovision camera’s but have used SightHound, Synology Surveillance … Read more

Building a GitHub CoPilot (Equivalent) Using LM Studio, Ollama & Continue Running On Apple Silicon

AI is changing the world, it’s disrupting industries, deriving business value and reducing the barrier to entry to many fields of work. Like many of you reading this, I too am a regular user of ChatGPT, Bing’s CoPilot (Free GPT 4) and have also used GitHub Co Pilot. Before we get started, here is a … Read more

A Powerful Combination For Driving HVAC Efficiency : Polyaire AirTouch 5 + SMA Energy Meter + Amazon Alexa + Door Sensors + Home Assistant

Recently after a some deliberation in living with a undersized and under performing cooling system for 15 years, my family decided to replace our multi zone gas ducted heating and evaportative cooling system with a Fujitsu R2 High Static Cooling Solution (16.5 KW Cool / 20.5KW heating). As usual lets start with a video to … Read more

Setting up MRTG Traffic Monitoring On Cisco / Ubiquiti devices in 15 minutes

Before we get into this post. Let’s start with the solution. Let me show you my installation and what you will build. You can access my installation of MRTG here, and click through my ports. Have a play. Traffic monitoring, do you monitor your switch ports? If you don’t I urge you to. In a … Read more

Using A Raspberry Pi 5 & Ubuntu 23.10 As A Desktop Replacement (2024)

It’s the start of the year and I am between jobs. Most people have multiple devices, but I don’t. I am not one to have a device for this and a device for that. I live and breathe off one device and this is by choice. So whilst I am between jobs, I still need … Read more

Battle of the NAS’es – Why are QNAP NAS’es attacking my Synology NAS?

Are QNAP NAS’es trying to destroy all Synology NAS’es? Hang on let me explain, but before I do that a NAS is a Network Storage device, that typically today runs an embedded Linux OS, has a variety of applications and provides storage in the form of NFS, SMB and other protocols (even ISCSI) to devices … Read more

Building My Super DoorBell – Part 1 Integrating Home Assistant Notifications via Amazon Alexa with TTS and Alexa Media Player

Note– Amazon Alexa now requires 2FA App Integration. This tutorial is accurate at the time of authoring (January 2024). If you have Google powered voice assistants, this post could be applied to Google NEST by using Onju Voice My humble doorbell has been a journey, yes it still rings a traditional doorbell chime (16V AC) … Read more

Updating a DNS A Record Based On Your Home IP Address Using FreeDNS , Amazon Route53 and Azure DNS

Let me ask you some questions… If you answered yes to all of the above questions, then read on. This website and other services I rely on daily, is hosted from my house and yes, my IP address changes from time to time, but my services are reliable. From my VPN to Home Assistant, this … Read more