Sytone's Ramblings

The occasional posts of a guy who plays with technology

Using git aliases

I work with git for home and work project, I recently found you can use alias across all platforms due to the way it runs on windows. So all these aliases will work happily on git for windows and h......

Filling your calendar for the week, increase productivity! Mileage may vary

I like to ensure my calendar gets filled for the next week, this way I know what is happening and it is hard to book a last minute meeting to surprise me. I guess this is a productivity hack. If yo......

New PowerShell module for Home Assistant

So after making the PowerShell script for Home Assistant I decided to spend a hour and pull it together to be a full module and push it up to GitHub. This is now in place and support just turning a......

Getting PowerShell to work with Home Assistant

I wanted to turn on and off my office lamp from my desktop, sure I can use a switch but it is hooked up to Home Assistant so lets make it automatic! The main scenario was to toggle it at 10pm so wh......

iPhone hotspot issues? Getting it to work with windows.

Had an issue the iPhone hotspot would not work on windows, it would see the network and try to connect, on the phone the hotspot bar at the top would appear and disappear. Simple solution… Go to se......

Getting a DietPi image running on Hyper-V

Why? Because it is faster to test installs and adding items to the DietPi installer with snapshots! Also it makes a great small Linux installation to run other items off in Hyper-V. Go get the Vir......

Getting HP Officejet Pro 8620 scan to network working...

So, tried to do this. Failed… Why? not because there was a issue with the share or the user/pass combination. It was the SMB process and stack locations in the I/O request packets (IRPs) that are u......

Developing Home Assistant on Windows using the Subsystem for Linux

I love Home Assistant and use it to control my house. I run it on a Pine64 board and it handles everything. However for developing and modifying it I want to have a slightly better environment than......

Using Microsoft Flow with Home Assistant

Now that Microsoft Flow is out of Beta I thought I would play with it and integrate it with Home Assistant running my house. The Microsoft Flow is fairly flexible and has more flow options than IFT......

Running Home Assistant on Pine64

This is a dump of me setting up Home Assistant on a Pine64 board I have. I am used to OpenHAB and have created bindings for it so this should be a new challenge and a way to see how well it works. ......