Home Assistant and Google Actions

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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

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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

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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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Media Centre

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Originally posted 2017-06-27 15:39:23. One of the best purchases you can make is a media centre and a NAS (Network Accessible Storage) if you have a network of course. A media centre like Kodi (the new name for XBMC) allows you to streal all kinds of media to your TV (I think some people still like a big screen). This includes streaming of movies or TV from tv-catchup services or youtube. You can also put all your MP3 files or CD rips on the NAS so they can be streamed to your sound system. Kodi is a great, free media



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How do I pick a great host for my website?

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Originally posted 2017-11-16 15:03:16. So after my ‘rant’ about HostGator and the trials and tribulations I have experienced with them, it begs the question “What should I consider when selecting a hosting company?” Well I’m glad you asked! I have finally bitten the bullet and signed up for a new hosting company myself. The pain of staying with HostGator finally became greater than the pain of throwing away 3 years of pre-paid hosting. If you signup to inmotion hosting by clicking the link I will get a small commission. First, you need to consider what type of hosting you require.



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