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Cole Brodine
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Professional Electrical Engineer, Father, and all around Pain-in-the-neck.
Professional Electrical Engineer, Father, and all around Pain-in-the-neck.

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I recently have been interested in doing some Home Automation projects.  I started off by installing a Lutron Radio RA2 lighting control system and a URC system when we built our barn home.  As I mentioned in previous posts, I have a server at home…
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I recently got a Raspberry Pi Zero W to play with.  It is a fantastic little development board for only $10. I decided to use it with my smart-home setup to monitor my washer and dryer. I mostly followed Shmoopty’s Raspberry Pi Appliance Monitor guide. …
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I’ve been enjoying watching and following along with some of the home automation projects on a Youtube channel I like, called The Hookup.  A recent project looked like fun, and since I have always been wanting to try Arduino programming, it was the…
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This weekend we had quite a bit of rain, so I attempted to upgrade my smart home system setup using Node-Red and Home Assistant in a Docker Container on my unRAID server.  I recommend using the Community Applications Plugin on unRAID to help you find…
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We recently installed some planter beds for my wife’s garden.  To help make sure everything stays nice and watered, I built her an irrigation system out of PVC pipe.  Even if you haven’t worked with PVC before, this is a pretty easy project. Tools…
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I wanted to graph and monitor my Internet usage.  I already have some great system monitoring and graphing setup using Grafana, InfluxDB and Telegraf on my unRAID boxes by following PanzerschreckGER’s Reddit Tutorial. This post will assume you have setup…
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I have a docker container for MineOS installed to make it easier for my kids to play Minecraft.  I setup a few servers for them to play on together but recently the servers all disappeared!  It turns out that MineOS expects certain user/group permissions…
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Now that I’m successfully caching steam downloads, I thought it might be fun to try caching other content.  My goal was to cache windows updates.  What I did here is probably pretty specific to unRAID but I thought it might be helpful for somebody. While…
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I’ve been experimenting with installing SteamCache as a Docker container on my unRAID server using the instructions provided by SquishedMoo here: https://squishedmooo.com/?p=1#comment-4 I ran into issues with websites not loading for me and discovered…
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For work I have to send notifications to our Large Power customers to let them know when to shed electrical load.  The program is voluntary, so our company tells them when to shed load and then they are billed based on their demand during that time.  To…
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