Tear Down Your Castle! – A Story Of Culture & Cloud Natives.

We run our own path, but I still say I have been pretty lucky to see a lot of architectures in the last 15 + years, some rather average, through some pretty amazing architectures. The ones I count as amazing ones, you probably interface with as a user in your daily life as apps on … Read more

Making Data Driven Decisions With A PV Array, Home Assistant and MQTT

I have been always wanting to add a Solar PV array to my house and recently, it made sense and I purchased a modest (7.5kw) system for my house. It has been as much of an IT journey of integration and extracting value from disparate systems has it been of reducing my carbon footprint. When … Read more

Bridging Mosquitto MQTT into Azure IoT Hub with an Arduino based ESP32

I have been on a journey to explore Azure IoT and push the thousands of events that flow through my local MQTT broker (Mosquitto) in to Azure IOT. After my last post in using the Azure IoT SDK for Python conjunction with Paho MQTT I thought my work here was complete, but have just recently … Read more

Bridge Building – Mosquitto MQTT to Azure IOT Using Paho MQTT and the Azure IOT SDK’s

I have been on a journey to explore Azure IoT and push the thousands of events that flow through my local MQTT broker (Mosquitto) in to Azure IOT. From direct connection to Azure IOT-Hub (via MQTT and SAS tokens) through to Azure IOT-Edge running locally with MQTT. I have been able to achieve my goals … Read more

Replacing Mosquitto with Azure IOT Edge

In a previous post, I spoke about using Mosquitto client tools to publish to Azure IOT Hub, that was the beginning and I am on a journey in my new role to explore Azure IoT and understand the art of the possible. What is possible, I guess we will find out. Who has the longest … Read more

Publishing & Subscribing to MQTT Topics Using Mosquitto Client Tools & Microsoft Azure IoT Hub

Public cloud brings a paradigm shift in what can be done, the art of the possible is possible and in the context of this post, I am planning to replicate ~250ish MQTT topics running in a Mosquitto MQTT container in to Azure IoT Hub. From ML (Machine Learning) through to anomaly detection and everything in … Read more

Installation and Integration of a Hydreon RG-11 Optical Rain Sensor with a PLC & HomeAssistant

This is an article I have been meaning to write for some time. I guess I haven’t as this sensor has been something that has just worked out of the box and hasn’t skipped a beat in almost 5 years. I use OpenSprinkler to drive my irrigation and I will soon share how I integrate … Read more

Flashing Tasmota on a Sonoff Dual R3 & Integrating With Home Assistant

PLC based appliance modules have been something of a staple in my house over the last 10 years and at recent count, I had 72 X10 appliance modules. The challenges with X10 are pretty widely known but with the advances in X10, most of these challenges around reliability can be pretty easily solved. Adding in … Read more

TLS 1.3 – Faster, Safer and Just Awesome

Recently I thought it was time to get back to basics, time to get in to the detail and I gave an internal session at Microsoft on (TLS) Transport Layer Security 1.3 and why its such step change for TLS. I am sure you are probably aware TLS is an encryption protocol that protects Internet … Read more