A Triumph for Home Automation

Last night, er… this morning, I was rudely awoken by my Google Home. But, I’m glad I was because one of our sump pumps had failed and there was water in the basement. What could have easily been a massive mess, was just a bit of water around the pit, and couple inconvenient hours as I pulled the pump out […]

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Choosing a panel

As a technology enthusiast, digging into the underlying system specifications was of particular interest to me, both for the panel and inverters. I’m not going to get into detail around the inverter debate, but based on my research I’m solidly in the “micro” side of things, given the type of system I wanted installed here. Qualifying it that way, is […]

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The battery dilemma

Going off grid is the solar power dream, right? Actually, I think that’s the wrong way to look at it. The grid is the ultimate battery backup for your solar installation. Local storage, aka batteries, are a great way to insulate your house from a grid outage or peak usage pricing, but I think for most people they probably aren’t […]

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Going Solar

I’ve been thinking about getting solar panels put on the house for a while, but never really got around to actually doing it until now. Part of the delay was that I expected the total system cost to be significantly higher than where it ended up. The last time I looked into it, none of the online tools I used […]

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Walmart sells Vudu to Fandango

Vudu is my favorite platform for streaming movies because they prioritize quality, both on the audio and video side of things. While it’s not quite as good as UltraHD Blu-ray, it’s close enough that I don’t feel the same necessity to own a disc that I used to. I guess it’s not really surprising that Walmart would sell off Vudu, […]

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Loving the RAID talk here

Good news if you are a fan of Linux kernel RAID, but everyone else is SCREWED :). Interestingly the author didn’t discuss the software solution I use (Windows Storage Spaces). Before going all in on WSS, I did test that I could migrate the array between boxes, but since raw performance wasn’t a massive concern I didn’t test that directly. […]

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Not cool Western Digital, not cool at all

While this issue shouldn’t impact those using software “RAID” systems as directly as those with the real kit. It’s terrible that Western Digital (WD) is using SMR on drives specifically targeted at NAS/RAID use cases. Some users are experiencing problems adding the latest WD Red NAS drives to RAID arrays and suspect it is because they are actually shingled magnetic […]

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