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A New Toy: HP EliteDesk 800 G4 Mini PC
I just bought a thing.
It has been a refresher lesson in Intel CPUs for me, as well as a revisitation of what my financial pain threshold is. Even this ($288) is a bit above what I wanted to comfortably pay, as I need to drop more RAM into it.… Read the rest
Posted in Geek Tagged BiL, Bored Geek, Calin, Fortress of Solitude, hermit, home assistant, HP EliteDesk 800, mini PC, Proxmox, RaspberryPi Leave a comment
Enter the Heat-Pump
Today the line-sets went in, as well as the massive heat-pump.
The covers on the channels are a great sign. These are paintable, so we’ll be shopping for some grey paint come Spring. They put a vacuum on the line-sets and they are all sound, so they charged and primed the system.… Read the rest
Posted in Life Tagged Calin, filters, heat-pump, mini-splits, mitsubishi Leave a comment
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
Posted in Geek, Life Tagged Calin, esp8266 esp32, home assistant, home improvements, Jenny, mini-splits Leave a comment
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
Posted in Geek Tagged Calin, cock-a-hoop, databases, Grafana, humidity, InfluxDB, Jenny, python, RaspberryPi, Remote GPIO, temperature Leave a comment
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
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
Posted in Geek Tagged Calin, COVID adventures, DS220j, DS720+, Jenny, NAS, nightmare, Synology Leave a comment
Andromeda at 50mm, again
Went out on the 14th and took a quick 470 pictures of a blank spot in the sky. Actually, they were 4 seconds a piece, so just over a 30 minute exposure. Stopped down to f/2.8 and tried out reducing to ISO 640.… Read the rest
Posted in Astronomy, Photography Tagged 50mm, Andromeda, burn out, Calin Leave a comment
Shooting the Milky Way
I hadn’t tried to shoot the Milky Way yet, so after Calin went to bed last night, I snuck down to the park to avail of some reasonably dark (no street lights right in my southern view) and open skies. I was down there about an hour and a half, snapping away like a nut.… Read the rest
Posted in Astronomy, Photography Tagged astrophotography, Calin, Jupiter, lenses, Messier, Milky Way Leave a comment
This thing was in the sky for about a month before things lines up enough for me to get a glimpse of it. Never could see it with my naked eye.
Most folks say binoculars are the sweet spot. Guess what I do not have.… Read the rest
Posted in Astronomy, Photography Tagged astrophotography, Calin, comet, D40, neowise, Nikon Leave a comment
It’s all over but the shouting
I think, and I could very well be wrong, but I think I am done with the main structure for the fort.
The painter showed up bright and early this morning. She was sober this time, which was a plus. She stained the gangplank, then knocked out the unpainted half of the front wall, then got started on the light blue of the inside.… Read the rest
Posted in Life, Woodworking Tagged almost there, Calin, charcoal, compost, fort, Jenny, mung wood, paint, railing, slide, trim Leave a comment