ICE OEMs are dropping the ball on EV conquests

This is kind of off topic for what we usually cover here, apologies, but it’s something that I’ve been thinking about recently (mostly because it’s been relevant). Although, if you think about cars as gadgets, and most new cars are really computers that happen to take you places, maybe it’s not so far into the weeds :)… For OEMs, especially […]

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Ubiquiti UniFi OS – Dream Machines 1.12.22

I have been running the 1.12.x BETA releases on my UDM-Pro for quite a while. Mostly because of [relatively minor] stability issues with the 1.11.x release. Crossing my fingers that UI has fixed it, but not holding my breath :). That said, 1.12.22 is looking really solid. With a massive list of improvements, and finally some [mostly] functional traffic rules. […]

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Home Assistant + Unifi + Sun Power Solar Energy Integration

The massive amount of user provided integrations to various 3rd party providers available to Home Assistant is one of the best things about the platform. This is a quick walkthrough of how I used hass-sunpower (https://github.com/krbaker/hass-sunpower) via HACs to pull electricity consumption & production values into Home Assistant so I could see it in the Energy dashboard.

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Then There Were Two

I hadn’t made the time to write this post, mostly because I wasn’t quite sure how to explain how weird it was to go from EV-curious to a two EV household in four months… Some of that weirdness is perfectly encapsulated in the research article linked below, which has helped to frame the things I wanted to say out loud. […]

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NeoCharge Smart Splitter – $499? WTF?

I firmly believe that there are no bad products, only bad prices. The NeoCharge Smart Splitter falls is the perfect example of what I mean. The concept is great in its simplicity. A fantastic use of basic IoT “smarts” to deliver something that can make using a single 240V receptacle much more convenient. But let’s be honest, it’s also something […]

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Rising Supercharging Fees Suck, but they are not the end of the world… cough… autoevolution…

I understand why drivel like this hackjob from autoevolution titled “EVs No Longer an Economic Alternative to ICEs As Supercharging Rates Go Through the Roof” exist. The answer is clicks. So usually I ignore the poor math, logic, reasoning, and improper use of data because it’s generally better to just ignore stupid, than engage with it. But today, I’m rolling […]

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Hubitat 2.3.1

I’m thrilled with how my Hubitat keeps getting better, and today is the perfect e.g. because they released a new update which is awesome. The feature that has me most excited is the “Sticky trigger”, this comes in two flavors, with the net impact in how much easier it is to write rules like “lock the door after 10 min”. […]

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