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Author Archives: John P. Hoke

Husband, father, Coffee Junkie, Mac Addict, InfoSec Professional, amateur photographer, craft beer and whiskey connoisseur, 2A supporter, IoT & Smart Home fiddler, UAV flyer & all around Curmudgeon and Generally Sarcastic SOB (not necessarily in that order). The opinions expressed on this blog are mine alone and not those of my employer, family, pets, the voices in my head, or anyone else for that matter ... hell in an hour they may not be mine either :-)
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Migrating from SmartThings to Hubitat

All Politics (and Automation) is Local As I have written about previously, I’ve been working on a smart home / automation solution in my house for about 12-18 months now. My initial buildout was heavily […]

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Weather Station Migration to weeWX on Raspberry Pi

Weather Station Migration: Mac to Raspberry Pi I have been running a Davis Vantage Pro 2 weather station in my backyard for just under four years now. The area I live in has so many […]

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Saying goodbye to our best friend

Goodbye my friend … Just over eleven years ago, my wife and I rescued a fuzzy black and white bundle of joy. Roxy, our border collie / lab mix became our best friend, terrorizer of woodpeckers, herder […]

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Australia, New Zealand & New Photo Gear

Business travel may not be glamorous, but has its perks. I returned home from this weekend from a business trip that took me to Auckland and Christchurch New Zealand as well as Sydney Australia. While […]

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Home Automation with SmartThings and ActionTiles

Do press the shiny red (ActionTiles) button! Moving further down the road of my smart home automation insanity, I’ve started looking for a panel to control things around the home. The paradigm I was looking […]

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Home Automation Solution Mapping

Home Automation, or has my house become self-aware? SkyNet Be Damned! I’ve been playing around with Home Automation and SmartHome IoT technology for a couple of months and went searching for a way to map […]

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Summer Travel: Australia and New Zealand

Fixin’ to get ready It’s looking like I’ll be doing some (work) summer travel this month, heading down to Australia and New Zealand. This is a long, whirlwind trip, a couple days in Auckland and […]

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Image Optimization – ShortPixel for WordPress

ShortPixel – (Image) Size Does Matter The majority of this website is related to my photography obsession hobby. I’ve always walked a fine line on image optimization – trying to get the smallest images with […]

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Photography backup and archiving – plan for disaster

Protecting your work with a successful photography backup plan I’ve been asked how I protect my artwork, images and related information with a dedicated photography backup plan. I take a belt and suspenders approach with […]

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