John P. Hoke https://hoke.org/john Random Non-Sequiturs & Photography Thu, 24 May 2018 14:17:05 +0000 en-US hourly 1 90982829 Using WeeWX for Home Automation https://hoke.org/john/2018/05/using-weewx-for-home-automation/ Thu, 24 May 2018 14:17:05 +0000 https://hoke.org/john/?p=3120 John P. Hoke - Random Non-Sequiturs & Photography

Now that Wunderground has decided to remove free API access for PWS owners, we needed a local replacement using WeeWX for home automation systems.

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WeeWX Weather Station Post Install Configurations https://hoke.org/john/2018/05/weewx-weather-post-install-configurations/ Mon, 21 May 2018 00:01:58 +0000 https://hoke.org/john/?p=3110 John P. Hoke - Random Non-Sequiturs & Photography

Previously I posted about migrating my Davis Vantage Pro2 Weather Station running WeatherCat software on a MacMini to WeeWX software on a Raspberry Pi. This continues the configuration and customization of the solution

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The Hubitat Journey Continues – WebCoRE https://hoke.org/john/2018/05/the-hubitat-journey-continues-webcore/ Fri, 04 May 2018 12:58:57 +0000 https://hoke.org/john/?p=3087 John P. Hoke - Random Non-Sequiturs & Photography

The continuing saga of Local Processing – WebCoRE  In my post yesterday I described the initial migration steps from SmartThings’ (ST) cloud based home automation to Hubitat’s local processing solution. I am extremely impressed with the speed of Hubitat Elevation’s (HE) automations, and the depth of integrations they already provide, and continue to develop. Another benefit […]

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Migrating from SmartThings to Hubitat https://hoke.org/john/2018/05/migrating-from-smartthings-to-hubitat/ Thu, 03 May 2018 11:59:16 +0000 https://hoke.org/john/?p=3077 John P. Hoke - Random Non-Sequiturs & Photography

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 based on the Samsung SmartThings ecosystem, which at the time was probably the best available for the investment (time and […]

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Weather Station Migration to weeWX on Raspberry Pi https://hoke.org/john/2018/03/weather-station-migration-weewx-raspberry-pi/ Mon, 19 Mar 2018 19:50:13 +0000 https://hoke.org/john/?p=3053 John P. Hoke - Random Non-Sequiturs & Photography

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 microclimates that if you don’t like the weather you can drive 5 minutes and be in completely different weather. As […]

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Saying goodbye to our best friend https://hoke.org/john/2017/07/saying-goodbye-to-our-best-friend/ Tue, 25 Jul 2017 16:10:12 +0000 https://hoke.org/john/?p=2889 John P. Hoke - Random Non-Sequiturs & Photography

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 of deer and black bear, and guardian of the home – and the best damn dog I’ve ever had the […]

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Australia, New Zealand & New Photo Gear https://hoke.org/john/2017/07/australia-new-zealand-new-photography-gear/ Tue, 18 Jul 2017 00:48:56 +0000 https://hoke.org/john/?p=2862 John P. Hoke - Random Non-Sequiturs & Photography

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 I do love visiting these cities, the trip there and back is hellacious and it takes me days to recover […]

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Home Automation with SmartThings and ActionTiles https://hoke.org/john/2017/06/home-automation-smartthings-actiontiles/ https://hoke.org/john/2017/06/home-automation-smartthings-actiontiles/#comments Tue, 27 Jun 2017 23:21:48 +0000 https://hoke.org/john/?p=2804 John P. Hoke - Random Non-Sequiturs & Photography

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 for is not very different from a home security alarm control panel. I wanted a wall mountable or tabletop touch […]

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Home Automation Solution Mapping https://hoke.org/john/2017/06/home-automation-mapping/ Sun, 11 Jun 2017 23:01:59 +0000 https://hoke.org/john/?p=2759 John P. Hoke - Random Non-Sequiturs & Photography

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 out all the connections, dependencies and devices in the house. I tripped across SmartHomeDB on my twitter feed and gave […]

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Summer Travel: Australia and New Zealand https://hoke.org/john/2017/06/summer-travel-australia-new-zealand/ Fri, 09 Jun 2017 09:16:12 +0000 https://hoke.org/john/?p=2741 John P. Hoke - Random Non-Sequiturs & Photography

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 Christchurch, New Zealand; a few days in Sydney and Canberra, Australia then the long haul back home. With any luck […]

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