Category Archives: Geek

“We’ve arranged a civilization in which most crucial elements profoundly depend on science and technology.” –Carl Sagan

Like Frankenstein’s Monster, Just Zap It With Electricity

Electricians are arrived at the house at about 8:00AM. Told me it’d be about four hours to install the 240-volt from the circuit breaker panel to the outdoor heat-pump. They were done a touch past 10:00AM.

I turned the Nest thermostat, which drives the oil burner, down to 58F and ran around setting the head-units to 66F.… Read the rest

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And the Next Day, Mini-Splits

Everything happens at once. Yesterday we took down a 75′ spruce tree, and today they started installing our ductless mini-splits.

Today, they installed the four head-units, the backer plates for the exterior channels, and the pad for the outdoor compressor. Tomorrow they install the line sets and hopefully the outdoor compressor.… Read the rest

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Modernizing My Temperature and Humidity Sensor

My basement temperature and humidity sensor has been up and running for 2.5 years now with hardly a hiccup at all. But, it is time for an upgrade.

I’ve made some tweaks to the page over the years, but I ‘ve grown less and less happy with the matplotlib implementation.… Read the rest

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Installing Unifi controller Docker container on Synology NAS – Thiago Crepaldi

Really, I used this just as a guide to update the Unifi controller in the Docker container. You could do that a time or two before it gets simple, which it is. Just a new way of doing things, I guess.… Read the rest

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TP-Link is no Cisco: VLAN configuration

On the surface, my TP-Link T2600G-28TS v3 managed switch appears to have everything that I would expect to have for some intermediate networking in the home. Most of my complaints with the device, to date, have been minor, such as the idle time-out having a max of 120 seconds.… Read the rest

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Synology NAS VPN Server

It has been a long while since I wrote about VPN servers. This is because of the change of job, and then working from home for over a year because of COVID-19. But I have kept playing with the technology over the years.… Read the rest

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Installing the Unifi Controller on a Synology NAS in 5 minutes — (2019)

Slowly I turned. And step by step. Inch by inch…

[Step-by-Step] Installing the Unifi Controller on a Synology NAS with the use of Docker. Up and running in 5 minutes.

Source: Installing the Unifi Controller on a Synology Nas in 5 minutes — (2019)

Unifi Controller is now running on the Synology NAS and the unifi service is disabled on the Pi3.… Read the rest

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Beginning of the End? NTP Server Migration

A few weeks back, we had an unexpected power-outage at the house. As the Raspberry Pi does not natively have a real-time clock built into it, this plays havoc on the network. Somehow, NTP and DNS are linked in this space.… Read the rest

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The Tale of the Two NAS Boxes

Wow, what a run this was! I got tired of waiting for the WD MyBook or whatever it was called to be back in stock, so I started looking for better solutions. OpenMediaVault was not really getting things done for me.… Read the rest

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OneDrive on Linux, Revisited

You may recall that I managed to get OneDrive running on my main Pi with the goal of uninstalling the OneDrive client from the Windows machines and just running everything via a mapped drive to a SAMBA share.

This has been…mostly working.… Read the rest

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