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Upgrade FrSky D4R-II without a USB FTDI adapter using a RS232 COM serial port

I’ve just bought a D4R-II receiver supporting telemetry. This is a great little small, lightweight receiver that can be easily flashed to support full frame 8 channel CPPM output. You can get the software and manual from the FrSky website … Continue reading

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Max! Thermostat Pairing Procedure Protocol Information

This is just a quick post to document some reverse engineering of the Max! wireless/radio thermostat valves and window shutters to help others who might want to work on the project. I’ve simply attached a copy of the spreadsheet I … Continue reading

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Metoffice Observations in OpenHAB

The article explains how to access MetOffice Observations in OpenHAB via the JSON API they provide. In the UK the MetOffice offer free weather observations and forecasts via their DataPoint service. This could be used for a variety of rules … Continue reading

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Home Automation: Integrating Salus RT500 RF in OpenHAB using a Jeelink

We recently had a new boiler fitted with the Salus RT500RF controller. I’ve been playing around with a lot of home automation recently involving LightwaveRF, RFXCom unit and OpenHAB. Having temperature monitoring in my lounge and bedroom I really wanted … Continue reading

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Accessing partitions within an image or LVM volume used as an iSCSI target

I recently reinstalled the software on my NAS (open media vault) and tidied up the host name etc. As part of this I changed the name of the iSCSI target. This meant that my media PC wouldn’t boot over the … Continue reading

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/dev/md0 can’t read superblock

Sometimes when my Stora NAS gets rebooted the array fails to mount and I get /dev/md0 can’t read superblock To correct this I do the following: Try mount /dev/md0 (you probably tried this and got the above error) Do xfs_repair … Continue reading

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XBMC Frodo for Legacy AMD Graphics Cards (pre 5xxx)

Apparently AMD/ATI graphics cards less than 5xxx series have been left behind in the latest drivers. This is a bit of a pain for me as I have a 24xx series in my media PC. I tried the stock XBMCbuntu … Continue reading

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MediaPC in a Xen Virtual Machine

The aim of this project was to get my MediaPC running as a VM host. This would allow me to run instances alongside my MediaPC, thus giving me a platform to experiment and develop things without having to setup separate machines etc. … Continue reading

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Lenovo USB Modem in Linux (Ubuntu 10.04)

I recently bought a Lenovo USB modem for some experiments in telephony that I am working on. I want it to work on Linux. It is based on the Conexant RD02-D400 device. When plugging it in I get the following … Continue reading

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Google Powermeter

A post on hackaday alerted me to google power meter and them releasing their new powermeter API. This looks pretty cool- especially for my energy monitoring project! Taking a look at the more detailed information it looks like Google have some … Continue reading

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