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”
Amongst my various Pi projects, I’d taken the basics of battery power, and a single sensor, and had the idea to put them in the air. Some of my early inspirations in Pi work were high altitude balloon flights, but since ballooning itself is going to be a learning path, I decided to start with … Continue reading “Let’s Go Fly A Kite”
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”
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”
This is easy-peasy, and also limited to a specific audience. However, we are all about automation here are Rancho Techlemode, so what the heck! With Coronavirus and COVID 19 rapidly escalating, the exhortation to “wash your hands” is often repeated. Social media posts recommend specific songs to sing along to, to make the minimum 20 … Continue reading “Corona Cleaner – an iOS Shortcut”
Microsoft is allowing administrators to create a policy that automatically closes out Groups . . .
In the past few years, a new approach to data security has emerged: DCAP, short for Data-Centric Audit and Protection.