Home Life with Siri

Last summer, along with some more traditional kitchen renovations, I added Apple’s HomeKit capabilities to my 500sf NYC apartment. Not a lot, just enough to play with, and to make some minor improvements in my 21st-century lifestyle. I went with HomeKit because, for now at least, I feel Apple has the best privacy story, and … Continue reading “Home Life with Siri”

Battery-Powered Outdoor Test

One of my goals for my Raspberry Pi sensor rig is to put it on something that flies and record telemetry data. While I work on the send-telemetry capability, I figured a quick test of the ability to record telemetry locally (that is, on the Pi) would be useful. I also introduced a switched power … Continue reading “Battery-Powered Outdoor Test”

Achievement Unlocked: Header Soldering

As part of my quest to build a fully-functional cloud-enabled weather station, I am going to need a custom HAT (Hardware Attached on Top). I also want to practice soldering something cheaply-replaced before starting some LoRA transceiver soldering. Hence, I decided to try the forty pins involved in attaching a header to an Adafruit perma-prototyping … Continue reading “Achievement Unlocked: Header Soldering”

Pi Progress

The past week has brought several positive developments in my effort to build a fully functional Pi-based weather station. The short version is that everything works…kind of. Let’s start with power. My goal is to have a self-powered weather station running off a solar battery rig. I’m happy to say that last week I got … Continue reading “Pi Progress”

Cross-Post: Convert Adv Ediscovery Exports to .pst

A couple of months ago a colleague of mine posted a piece on how to convert Advanced eDiscovery exports from their native format to .pst format. The issue had come up a couple of times when, in order to ingest content into a third-party tool, the .pst format was either required or preferred. Props to … Continue reading “Cross-Post: Convert Adv Ediscovery Exports to .pst”

Weather Pi in the Azure Sky (I)

One of my longer-term side projects is to build a weather station. For starters, I belong to a kayaking club, with a boathouse on the water, and one of the chief concerns of paddlers is the weather conditions, especially wind speed and direction. Additionally, as I’ve been studying Microsoft Azure for a while now, I’ve … Continue reading “Weather Pi in the Azure Sky (I)”