UL Certification is a Band-Aid®

Safety certification in the US is more complicated than it should be. A big part of this is that Underwriters Laboratory (UL) plays a dual role in the ecosystem. I recently got in an extended discussion with a UL Supremacist around this, after I said something was UL Certified when that wasn’t technically true, because UL is a Band-Aid®, and […]

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California May Mandate Bidirectional EVSE

While I wouldn’t want to rely on a bidirectional EVSE as a complete home backup, it is a great solution for load shifting, and would be an excellent supplemental option when combined with a small permanent battery installation for home backup. As is the case with many of these things, California seems to be driving progress here, with the potential […]

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Fixing a strange Nextcloud CRON Not Running Issue

I’ve been having a weird issue with one of my Nextcloud instances where it indicates that CRON isn’t running, or more specifically “Something seems wrong.” But when I look at the CRON log, it looks like all is good, but it actually wasn’t because Nextcloud wasn’t surfacing an error, just failing silently. Which every IT person knows, is the worst […]

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Setting Guardrails?

One of the things I wonder, and worry, about as a content-creator (ugh, I hate that term) is how much responsibility is there to set and communicate the limitations/considerations/disclaimers around the things we create. Is there a duty to set guardrails? If so, what are those limits and is the value in the effort or the durability?

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