Using a Raspberry Pi to control my Hottop Roaster with Artisan Software

Hottop KN-8828B-2K+ Coffee Roasting in Kariong

Originally posted 2018-03-05 14:39:40. So this is my coffee roasting setup and has been for some time. I know it’s not elegant but it’s functional. You see my computer on the left and my coffee roaster on the right. I lashed out and purchased a Hottop KN-8828B-2K+ which has USB control. I have had this roaster almost since it was first released onto the market, probably late 2015. When I purchased it, there was no actual software available for it but in my research I came across the Open Source Artisan software and thought I would give that a try.



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BOM Radar and Oz Weather in Kodi (Media Player)

kodi runs on a raspberry pi

Originally posted 2018-02-15 11:44:33. This article will help you configure the BOM Radar and weather forecasting in Kodi and make the skin persistent. Read on and I’ll explain. As part of my Home Theatre systems, I use a device that runs the open source media player, Kodi. Kodi is the ‘new’ name for an open source program that started as the Xbox Media Centre (XBMC). Way back when I first started running this, there were a few ways to run it on a Raspberry Pi. There was a product called Openelec (still around I think) and a modified version of



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Home Assistant and Google Actions

google home mini

Originally posted 2017-10-31 13:40:06. So I just got another Google Home – but this one is a Google Home Mini. I got this one for my office so I can listen to background music easily without blasting music everywhere at home. I’m also planning on getting a mini for our bedroom to listen to music with the new sleep timer that was recently introduced. However, the purpose of this post is to speak about the Google Actions Integration with Home Assistant. You will remember from my previous blog posts about controlling my Limitless LED lights with Google Home that I



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Review of Inmotion Hosting, HostGator and VentraIP

business website design kariong

Originally posted 2017-11-20 16:09:16. As I mentioned in my last blog post ‘How do I pick a great host for my website?’ I have finally decided to take the pain of remaining with HostGator and moving to a better host. I did a lot of research and settled on using Inmotion Hosting. Also as part of my last article, I nearly fell off the chair when I saw the new VentraIP plans so I’ll talk about that as well. If you signup to inmotion hosting via the link below I will get a small commission. Inmotion First Impressions Well firstly,



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Sonoff Switches with Tasmota and new MQTT Addon Home Assistant

sonoff s22 switch mqtt firmware

Originally posted 2018-11-14 12:41:45. I know I have done a few articles now about Sonoff switches and MQTT in Home Assistant. However a lot has changed – also my understanding has changed and so it’s time for another post about this. I’m also going to take a crack at making a video showing how to flash a sonoff switch with Tasmota. For reference, my previous posts can be found here: Home Assistant Updates May 2018 and Sonoff-Tasmota update How to use a Sonoff Switch with Home Assistant So lets look at the changes in MQTT introduced with the new MQTT



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