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Home Automation- @home_assistant

On my previous post I mentioned that I was going to try OpenHab …Hmmmm
I did but gave up quite swiftly ! I just couldn’t invest in the effort to switch over and so I have returned to Home Assistant.  At the time I was having issues with MQTT and switches, updates just seemed to break my setup but after one of the updates and me trying out Arendst’s Sonoff-Tasmota firmware things settled down. I am now a big fan of Arendst ‘s firmware.
I had initially been using the Energenie MiHome hub and sockets but I have started to replace them with Sonoff devices, S20 sockets and a Dual controlling the fishtank Pump and lights. The Energenie devices are just unreliable and slow, there can be up to 30’s delay on changing state and as I had added more ( I did have 6 sockets ) about 30% of the time some of them just didn’t trigger.
Home Assistant is quite active Updates are very frequent so some times it can be a mildly irritating when trying out the latest changes, like the Automation editor changes! I converted mine following Ben @BRUHautomation ‘s youtube vid but a lot of them just didn’t convert well,some of them having empty values, so as to not upset Mrs Page28 too much I have gone back to the original versions and will wait a while for it to mature. Personally I don’t think having to format Json strings into a GUI frontend editor is good ! Just add it in the background or have a drag n drop element approach !
One Hit in the Household is the Hue PIR sensor for the Dim and dingy kitchen stairwell, Immediate positive feedback 🙂
I have also built an esp8266 PIR sensor using Mertenats code and put my 3d printer to good use…

I also plan on using more of these Yunshan relays and using Arendst’s Sonoff-Tasmota but changing the sonoff_template.h to include it.

/*
sonoff_template.h – template settings for Sonoff-Tasmota

Copyright (C) 2017 Theo Arends

This program is free software: you can redistribute it and/or modify
it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by
the Free Software Foundation, either version 3 of the License, or
(at your option) any later version.

This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful,
but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of
MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the
GNU General Public License for more details.

You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License
along with this program. If not, see <https://www.gnu.org/licenses/>.
*/

// User selectable GPIO functionality
enum upins_t {
GPIO_NONE, // Not used
GPIO_DHT11, // DHT11
GPIO_DHT21, // DHT21, AM2301
GPIO_DHT22, // DHT22, AM2302, AM2321
GPIO_DSB, // Single wire DS18B20 or DS18S20
GPIO_I2C_SCL, // I2C SCL
GPIO_I2C_SDA, // I2C SDA
GPIO_WS2812, // WS2812 Led string
GPIO_IRSEND, // IR remote
GPIO_SWT1, // User connected external switches
GPIO_SWT2,
GPIO_SWT3,
GPIO_SWT4,
GPIO_KEY1, // Button usually connected to GPIO0
GPIO_KEY2,
GPIO_KEY3,
GPIO_KEY4,
GPIO_REL1, // Relays
GPIO_REL2,
GPIO_REL3,
GPIO_REL4,
GPIO_REL1_INV,
GPIO_REL2_INV,
GPIO_REL3_INV,
GPIO_REL4_INV,
GPIO_LED1, // Leds
GPIO_LED2,
GPIO_LED3,
GPIO_LED4,
GPIO_LED1_INV,
GPIO_LED2_INV,
GPIO_LED3_INV,
GPIO_LED4_INV,
GPIO_PWM1, // Sonoff Led Cold
GPIO_PWM2, // Sonoff Led Warm
GPIO_PWM3, // Red (swapped with Blue from original)
GPIO_PWM4, // Green
GPIO_PWM5, // Blue (swapped with Red from original)
GPIO_CNTR1,
GPIO_CNTR2,
GPIO_CNTR3,
GPIO_CNTR4,
GPIO_SENSOR_END };

// Text in webpage Module Parameters and commands GPIOS and GPIO
const char sensors[GPIO_SENSOR_END][9] PROGMEM = {
“None”,
“DHT11”,
“AM2301”,
“DHT22”,
“DS18x20”,
“I2C SCL”,
“I2C SDA”,
“WS2812”,
“IRremote”,
“Switch1”,
“Switch2”,
“Switch3”,
“Switch4”,
“Button1”,
“Button2”,
“Button3”,
“Button4”,
“Relay1”,
“Relay2”,
“Relay3”,
“Relay4”,
“Relay1I”,
“Relay2I”,
“Relay3I”,
“Relay4I”,
“Led1”,
“Led2”,
“Led3”,
“Led4”,
“Led1I”,
“Led2I”,
“Led3I”,
“Led4I”,
“PWM1”,
“PWM2”,
“PWM3”,
“PWM4”,
“PWM5”,
“Counter1”,
“Counter2”,
“Counter3”,
“Counter4”
};

// Programmer selectable GPIO functionality offset by user selectable GPIOs
enum fpins_t {
GPIO_RXD = GPIO_SENSOR_END, // Serial interface
GPIO_TXD, // Serial interface
GPIO_HLW_SEL, // HLW8012 Sel output (Sonoff Pow)
GPIO_HLW_CF1, // HLW8012 CF1 voltage / current (Sonoff Pow)
GPIO_HLW_CF, // HLW8012 CF power (Sonoff Pow)
GPIO_ADC0, // ADC
GPIO_USER, // User configurable
GPIO_MAX };

/********************************************************************************************/

// Supported hardware modules
enum module_t {
SONOFF_BASIC,
SONOFF_RF,
SONOFF_SV,
SONOFF_TH,
SONOFF_DUAL,
SONOFF_POW,
SONOFF_4CH,
S20,
SLAMPHER,
SONOFF_TOUCH,
SONOFF_LED,
CH1,
CH4,
MOTOR,
ELECTRODRAGON,
EXS_RELAY,
WION,
WEMOS,
SONOFF_DEV,
H801,
YUNSHAN_RELAY,
SONOFF_SC,
MAXMODULE };

/********************************************************************************************/

#define MAX_GPIO_PIN 18 // Number of supported GPIO

typedef struct MYIO {
uint8_t io[MAX_GPIO_PIN];
} myio;

typedef struct MYTMPLT {
char name[15];
myio gp;
} mytmplt;

// Default module settings
const mytmplt modules[MAXMODULE] PROGMEM = {
{ “Sonoff Basic”, // Sonoff Basic (ESP8266)
GPIO_KEY1, // GPIO00 Button
GPIO_USER, // GPIO01 Serial RXD and Optional sensor
0, // GPIO02
GPIO_USER, // GPIO03 Serial TXD and Optional sensor
GPIO_USER, // GPIO04 Optional sensor
0, // GPIO05
0, // GPIO06 (SD_CLK Flash)
0, // GPIO07 (SD_DATA0 Flash QIO/DIO/DOUT)
0, // GPIO08 (SD_DATA1 Flash QIO/DIO)
0, // GPIO09 (SD_DATA2 Flash QIO)
0, // GPIO10 (SD_DATA3 Flash QIO)
0, // GPIO11 (SD_CMD Flash)
GPIO_REL1, // GPIO12 Red Led and Relay (0 = Off, 1 = On)
GPIO_LED1_INV, // GPIO13 Green Led (0 = On, 1 = Off)
GPIO_USER, // GPIO14 Optional sensor
0, // GPIO15
0, // GPIO16
0 // ADC0 Analog input
},
{ “Sonoff RF”, // Sonoff RF (ESP8266)
GPIO_KEY1, // GPIO00 Button
GPIO_USER, // GPIO01 Serial RXD and Optional sensor
0,
GPIO_USER, // GPIO03 Serial TXD and Optional sensor
GPIO_USER, // GPIO04 Optional sensor
0,
0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, // Flash connection
GPIO_REL1, // GPIO12 Red Led and Relay (0 = Off, 1 = On)
GPIO_LED1_INV, // GPIO13 Green Led (0 = On, 1 = Off)
GPIO_USER, // GPIO14 Optional sensor
0, 0, 0
},
{ “Sonoff SV”, // Sonoff SV (ESP8266)
GPIO_KEY1, // GPIO00 Button
GPIO_USER, // GPIO01 Serial RXD and Optional sensor
0,
GPIO_USER, // GPIO03 Serial TXD and Optional sensor
GPIO_USER, // GPIO04 Optional sensor
GPIO_USER, // GPIO05 Optional sensor
0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, // Flash connection
GPIO_REL1, // GPIO12 Red Led and Relay (0 = Off, 1 = On)
GPIO_LED1_INV, // GPIO13 Green Led (0 = On, 1 = Off)
GPIO_USER, // GPIO14 Optional sensor
0, 0,
GPIO_ADC0 // ADC0 Analog input
},
{ “Sonoff TH”, // Sonoff TH10/16 (ESP8266)
GPIO_KEY1, // GPIO00 Button
GPIO_USER, // GPIO01 Serial RXD and Optional sensor
0,
GPIO_USER, // GPIO03 Serial TXD and Optional sensor
GPIO_USER, // GPIO04 Optional sensor
0,
0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, // Flash connection
GPIO_REL1, // GPIO12 Red Led and Relay (0 = Off, 1 = On)
GPIO_LED1_INV, // GPIO13 Green Led (0 = On, 1 = Off)
GPIO_USER, // GPIO14 Optional sensor
0, 0, 0
},
{ “Sonoff Dual”, // Sonoff Dual (ESP8266)
0,
GPIO_TXD, // GPIO01 Relay control
0,
GPIO_RXD, // GPIO03 Relay control
GPIO_USER, // GPIO04 Optional sensor
0,
0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, // Flash connection
0,
GPIO_LED1_INV, // GPIO13 Blue Led (0 = On, 1 = Off)
0, 0, 0, 0
},
{ “Sonoff Pow”, // Sonoff Pow (ESP8266)
GPIO_KEY1, // GPIO00 Button
0, 0, 0, 0,
GPIO_HLW_SEL, // GPIO05 HLW8012 Sel output
0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, // Flash connection
GPIO_REL1, // GPIO12 Red Led and Relay (0 = Off, 1 = On)
GPIO_HLW_CF1, // GPIO13 HLW8012 CF1 voltage / current
GPIO_HLW_CF, // GPIO14 HLW8012 CF power
GPIO_LED1, // GPIO15 Green Led (0 = On, 1 = Off)
0, 0
},
{ “Sonoff 4CH”, // Sonoff 4CH (ESP8285)
GPIO_KEY1, // GPIO00 Button 1
GPIO_USER, // GPIO01 Serial RXD and Optional sensor
GPIO_USER, // GPIO02 Optional sensor
GPIO_USER, // GPIO03 Serial TXD and Optional sensor
GPIO_REL3, // GPIO04 Sonoff 4CH Red Led and Relay 3 (0 = Off, 1 = On)
GPIO_REL2, // GPIO05 Sonoff 4CH Red Led and Relay 2 (0 = Off, 1 = On)
0, 0, 0, // Flash connection
GPIO_KEY2, // GPIO09 Button 2
GPIO_KEY3, // GPIO10 Button 3
0,
GPIO_REL1, // GPIO12 Red Led and Relay 1 (0 = Off, 1 = On)
GPIO_LED1_INV, // GPIO13 Blue Led (0 = On, 1 = Off)
GPIO_KEY4, // GPIO14 Button 4
GPIO_REL4, // GPIO15 Red Led and Relay 4 (0 = Off, 1 = On)
0, 0
},
{ “S20 Socket”, // S20 Smart Socket (ESP8266)
GPIO_KEY1, // GPIO00 Button
GPIO_USER, // GPIO01 Serial RXD and Optional sensor
0,
GPIO_USER, // GPIO03 Serial TXD and Optional sensor
0, 0,
0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, // Flash connection
GPIO_REL1, // GPIO12 Red Led and Relay (0 = Off, 1 = On)
GPIO_LED1_INV, // GPIO13 Green Led (0 = On, 1 = Off)
0, 0, 0, 0
},
{ “Slampher”, // Slampher (ESP8266)
GPIO_KEY1, // GPIO00 Button
GPIO_USER, // GPIO01 Serial RXD and Optional sensor
0,
GPIO_USER, // GPIO03 Serial TXD and Optional sensor
0, 0,
0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, // Flash connection
GPIO_REL1, // GPIO12 Red Led and Relay (0 = Off, 1 = On)
GPIO_LED1_INV, // GPIO13 Blue Led (0 = On, 1 = Off)
0, 0, 0, 0
},
{ “Sonoff Touch”, // Sonoff Touch (ESP8285)
GPIO_KEY1, // GPIO00 Button
GPIO_USER, // GPIO01 Serial RXD and Optional sensor
0,
GPIO_USER, // GPIO03 Serial TXD and Optional sensor
0, 0,
0, 0, 0, // Flash connection
0, 0, 0,
GPIO_REL1, // GPIO12 Red Led and Relay (0 = Off, 1 = On)
GPIO_LED1_INV, // GPIO13 Blue Led (0 = On, 1 = Off)
0, 0, 0, 0
},
{ “Sonoff LED”, // Sonoff LED (ESP8266)
GPIO_KEY1, // GPIO00 Button
0, 0, 0,
GPIO_USER, // GPIO04 Optional sensor (PWM3 Green)
GPIO_USER, // GPIO05 Optional sensor (PWM2 Red)
0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, // Flash connection
GPIO_PWM1, // GPIO12 Cold light (PWM0 Cold)
GPIO_LED1_INV, // GPIO13 Blue Led (0 = On, 1 = Off)
GPIO_PWM2, // GPIO14 Warm light (PWM1 Warm)
GPIO_USER, // GPIO15 Optional sensor (PWM4 Blue)
0, 0
},
{ “1 Channel”, // 1 Channel Inching/Latching Relay using (PSA-B01 – ESP8266)
GPIO_KEY1, // GPIO00 Button
0, 0, 0, 0, 0,
0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, // Flash connection
GPIO_REL1, // GPIO12 Red Led and Relay (0 = Off, 1 = On)
GPIO_LED1_INV, // GPIO13 Green Led (0 = On, 1 = Off)
0, 0, 0, 0
},
{ “4 Channel”, // 4 Channel Inching/Latching Relays
0,
GPIO_TXD, // GPIO01 Relay control
0,
GPIO_RXD, // GPIO03 Relay control
0, 0,
0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, // Flash connection
0,
GPIO_LED1_INV, // GPIO13 Blue Led (0 = On, 1 = Off)
0, 0, 0, 0
},
{ “Motor C/AC”, // Motor Clockwise / Anti clockwise (PSA-B01 – ESP8266)
GPIO_KEY1, // GPIO00 Button
0, 0, 0, 0, 0,
0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, // Flash connection
GPIO_REL1, // GPIO12 Red Led and Relay (0 = Off, 1 = On)
GPIO_LED1_INV, // GPIO13 Green Led (0 = On, 1 = Off)
0, 0, 0, 0
},
{ “ElectroDragon”, // ElectroDragon IoT Relay Board (ESP8266)
GPIO_KEY2, // GPIO00 Button 2
GPIO_USER, // GPIO01 Serial RXD and Optional sensor
GPIO_KEY1, // GPIO02 Button 1
GPIO_USER, // GPIO03 Serial TXD and Optional sensor
GPIO_USER, // GPIO04 Optional sensor
GPIO_USER, // GPIO05 Optional sensor
0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, // Flash connection
GPIO_REL2, // GPIO12 Red Led and Relay 2 (0 = Off, 1 = On)
GPIO_REL1, // GPIO13 Red Led and Relay 1 (0 = Off, 1 = On)
GPIO_USER, // GPIO14 Optional sensor
GPIO_USER, // GPIO15 Optional sensor
GPIO_LED1, // GPIO16 Green/Blue Led (1 = On, 0 = Off)
GPIO_ADC0 // ADC0 A0 Analog input
},
{ “EXS Relay”, // Latching relay https://ex-store.de/ESP8266-WiFi-Relay-V31 (ESP8266)
// Module Pin 1 VCC 3V3, Module Pin 6 GND
GPIO_KEY1, // GPIO00 Module Pin 8 – Button (firmware flash)
GPIO_USER, // GPIO01 Module Pin 2 = UART0_TXD
GPIO_USER, // GPIO02 Module Pin 7
GPIO_USER, // GPIO03 Module Pin 3 = UART0_RXD
GPIO_USER, // GPIO04 Module Pin 10
GPIO_USER, // GPIO05 Module Pin 9
0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, // Flash connection
GPIO_REL1, // GPIO12 Relay1 ( 1 = Off)
GPIO_REL2, // GPIO13 Relay1 ( 1 = On)
GPIO_USER, // GPIO14 Module Pin 5
0,
GPIO_USER, // GPIO16 Module Pin 4
0
},
{ “WiOn”, // Indoor Tap https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00ZYLUBJU/ref=s9_acsd_al_bw_c_x_3_w (ESP8266)
GPIO_USER, // GPIO00 Optional sensor (pm clock)
0,
GPIO_LED1, // GPIO02 Green Led (1 = On, 0 = Off)
0, 0, 0,
0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, // Flash connection
GPIO_USER, // GPIO12 Optional sensor (pm data)
GPIO_KEY1, // GPIO13 Button
0,
GPIO_REL1, // GPIO15 Relay (0 = Off, 1 = On)
0, 0
},
{ “WeMos D1 mini”, // WeMos and NodeMCU hardware (ESP8266)
GPIO_USER, // GPIO00 D3 Wemos Button Shield
GPIO_USER, // GPIO01 TX Serial RXD
GPIO_USER, // GPIO02 D4 Wemos DHT Shield
GPIO_USER, // GPIO03 RX Serial TXD and Optional sensor
GPIO_USER, // GPIO04 D2 Wemos I2C SDA
GPIO_USER, // GPIO05 D1 Wemos I2C SCL / Wemos Relay Shield (0 = Off, 1 = On) / Wemos WS2812B RGB led Shield
0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, // Flash connection
GPIO_USER, // GPIO12 D6
GPIO_USER, // GPIO13 D7
GPIO_USER, // GPIO14 D5
GPIO_USER, // GPIO15 D8
GPIO_USER, // GPIO16 D0 Wemos Wake
GPIO_ADC0 // ADC0 A0 Analog input
},
{ “Sonoff Dev”, // Sonoff Dev (ESP8266)
GPIO_KEY1, // GPIO00 E-FW Button
GPIO_USER, // GPIO01 TX Serial RXD and Optional sensor
0, // GPIO02
GPIO_USER, // GPIO03 RX Serial TXD and Optional sensor
GPIO_USER, // GPIO04 Optional sensor
GPIO_USER, // GPIO05 Optional sensor
0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, // Flash connection
GPIO_USER, // GPIO12
GPIO_LED1_INV, // GPIO13 BLUE LED
GPIO_USER, // GPIO14 Optional sensor
0, // GPIO15
0, // GPIO16
GPIO_ADC0 // ADC0 A0 Analog input
},
{ “H801”, // Lixada H801 Wifi (ESP8266)
GPIO_KEY1, // GPIO00 E-FW Button
GPIO_LED1, // GPIO01 Green LED
GPIO_TXD, // GPIO02 RX – Pin next to TX on the PCB
GPIO_RXD, // GPIO03 TX – Pin next to GND on the PCB
GPIO_PWM2, // GPIO04 W2
GPIO_LED2_INV, // GPIO05 Red LED
0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, // Flash connection
GPIO_PWM3, // GPIO12 Blue
GPIO_PWM4, // GPIO13 Green
GPIO_PWM1, // GPIO14 W1
GPIO_PWM5, // GPIO15 Red
0, 0
},
{ “Yunshan Relay”, // wifi relay Relay
//
0, // GPIO00 Module Pin 8 – Button (firmware flash)
0, // GPIO01 Module Pin 2 = UART0_TXD
GPIO_LED1_INV, // GPIO02 Module Pin 7
0, // GPIO03 Module Pin 3 = UART0_RXD
GPIO_REL1, // GPIO04 Module Pin 10
GPIO_KEY1, // GPIO05 Module Pin 9
0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0,
0, // GPIO12 Relay1 ( 1 = Off)
GPIO_USER, // GPIO13 Relay1 ( 1 = On)
0, // GPIO14 Module Pin 5
0, // GPIO15
0 // GPIO16 Module Pin 4
},
{ “Sonoff SC”, // Sonoff SC (ESP8266)
GPIO_KEY1, // GPIO00 Button
GPIO_TXD, // GPIO01 RXD to ATMEGA328P
GPIO_USER, // GPIO02 Optional sensor
GPIO_RXD, // GPIO03 TXD to ATMEGA328P
0, 0,
0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, // Flash connection
0,
GPIO_LED1_INV, // GPIO13 Green Led (0 = On, 1 = Off)
0, 0, 0, 0
}
};

Home Automation – start of a journey ?

Recently I have been playing with Home Automation …

On Black Friday, I  on a whim bought an Amazon  Echo Dot and shortly after a Philips Hue starter pack… I am now hooked…
With a shake up in my home network configuration,  another project… to try out Pfsense as a firewall !  I had a spare RaspberryPi knocking around. I had a quick look around bought a couple of esp8266 based  boards to play around with and found what I thought were 2 contenders cor the control interface for my automated Home..

 

OpenHAB – I started looking at this  first as I quite liked the look of the interface, configuring turned out to be a bit of a chore, there was a designer but found it a little hard to use and not intuitive but I went with it ! I kept thinking maybe I should do a bit more reading and watching tutorials  as I configured it but  on trying to set up the Philips hue I came across a big WTF ! moment … To set it up it suggested Wireshark and capturing keys etc. I Can do that but thought no…! and switched to Home Assistant.

 

 

Home Assistant – My first impression was it was less mature and still having growing pains as it wasn’t consistent in its installation options.  I started installation and tried two routes , the installer script and from an image. I started configuration but I managed to break the configuration quite quickly, not being a programmer I’d not used YAML before and didn’t realise that YAML was very very whitespace dependant…  so I decided to follow a few guides and quickly was drawn in by an great set of  Youtube tutorials presented by  Ben at Bruhautomation  

 

 

 

Now hooked I started playing around with a relay board that arrived before the NodeMCU boards.  This arrived with the firmware in Chinese ! Google translate kind of to the rescue and then it started the hunt for alternative firmware, the Home Assistant forums pointed me in a few directions, I am currently about to  try out different firmwares as the Home Assistant configuration seems very fragile, finicky and very easily broken.

 

 

 

Adding more switches to the setup broke the MQTT . The switches I added were command line  as I was trying to add my latest addition, some Energenie Mihome socket adapters and bridge , after a lot of forum reading and using commands from posts like this one  with the addition of a Command_state and a value template they worked 

command_state: ‘curl -u “<username>:<password>” -X GET -H “Content-Type: application/json” -d “{\”id\”:12345}” https://mihome4u.co.uk/api/v1/subdevices/show’
value_template: ‘{{ value_json.data.power_state == 1 }}’

MQTT seems to work very temperamentally and the Sonoff relay ( another purchase and currently running ver 1.01 of KmanOz’s firmware  with the addition of a DHT22 ) seems not to want to work eventhough its there in the interface..
Which is a pity as I’d like to start to integrate my BrewPi’s into the setup. which has led me onto what looks like could be another project  the esp8266 version of the old BrewpPi

Maybe  I aught to give openHAB another go….

Time to wind up this post with s screenshot of my frontpage from Home-Assistant. (captured after several flakey restarts where components failed to start)

more on my repair from @MotorolaSupport

Motorola aren’t my favourite company at the moment..

My Moto X 2014 went away for a screen replacement and for some reason the preferred authorised repair centre was in Germany, the repair took a couple of days short of a calendar month…. quite a long time …nay a very long time…and cost just over €200… as compensation for the time taken I was offered a £10 play store voucher which felt a little bit like a slap with a wet fish…

I’ve had my phone back for a short time and it’s now got a very annoying sound of stuck surfaces becoming stuck/ unstuck as you handle it. It’s also got a crease in the Leather back which I thought was just from the inflatable lilo style protected packaging , I thought the leather would recover but… you guessed it ..it hasn’t.. and a more detailed look you can see where the press footprint is on the leather, so I’m surmising it could be  crush damage to the superstructure of the back panel from the press…. or some ‘misplaced’ double sided tape ….

Photo on 01-09-2015 at 12.32 #3

Red circle sounds of sticky tape parting, the  green circle the crease

Photo on 01-09-2015 at 12.32

Crease , could be a crush injury from the press used to put the back cover on… or a piece of errant  double sided tape

 

John Broskie’s Octal Aikido

I got that All in One Aikido Stereo Octal PCB out of that dusty box it had been sitting in, in the Cellar ever since my father became ill and then died in 2012.
I had it 95% complete ( the board not the case to put it in) I just had to make it into a headphone Amp. I found a few notes but was missing the all important manual, one note had part of a circuit  and R22 with a question mark next to it after a quick google search I came upon a post in a forum, it was from me asking about the schematic as it wasn’t correctly shown in the booklet ! After delving through past emails I had sent one To John himself, I sent a quick hopeful email as the links to the pdf versions of the manuals on his Tubecad.com site were no longer valid.
A week later and after reading on the tube cad site that John had been out of action with a nasty stomach bug in came a reply from John with not one but two attached PDF’s Smile for an LSA\HPA stereo octal PCB and a REV. B All in One Aikido Stereo Octal PCB Unfortunately my board is a REV. A but working from this info, my DVM and MK I eyeball and from a pdf for the Aikido mono Octal Rev.C that I found on one of my old memory sticks I realised with some extra resistors I could make it into a HPA based on the Mono board, the changes are shown in orange in the cct diagram below…

IMG_4721 IMG_4720

 

the Circuit as the DVM and MK I eyeball see it

Scan 3

Valve Amps

Valve amps have resurfaced in my thoughts again !

That Octal Aikido Valve amp PCB by John Broskie that I came across via his Tube Cad Journal and  purchased from his outlet Glass Ware , that 95% completed PCB that’s been sat on the shelf since my Father died, I really aught to get it finished !.. 
My only wish is that the all in one board that  I bought could do White cathode follower. I wanted it to be another Headphone amp but John didn’t have stock of the correct PCB in stock…  I may look at cutting the pcb tracks and adding the required resistor  .

I’ve not fallen out of love with my LitteDot MKIV  and its tube rolling capabilities , its just  I aught to finish that project…

IMG_2391 IMG_2397
All quiet-ish in the apple garden

Well since my last post , I’ve had me 4S replaced, and it seems to be working very well.

The only slight and I mean slight rumble in  the Apple garden was with my new Apple Air Smart cover, The iPad Air itself is fantastic, it’s even took a tumble from the kitchen worktop and survived !

the problem … the magnetic clasp on the smart cover detached whilst I was trying to adjust the volume using the side buttons whilst watching a movie. I certainly don’t trust it now !

Storm clouds in my Apple Garden

 

My nicely walled, secure and normally sunny  serene garden of Smooth Apple integration and functionality has been disturbed by Dark storm clouds from my replacement 4S, the seeds of trouble and disillusionment are slowly germinating as  My 4s continues to not want to play nicely!

The reason for my Disillusionment  I have attempted a restore. In fact several restores ! Machine resets, firmware restores, network setting resets in fact everything that seems to have worked for people in the forums BUT my Wi-Fi woes still exist !
One of the attempts was to go back to IOS6 which my replacement 4S came with, Yes, I kept the update file before I went to try IOS7 with my original phone, Unfortunately Apple, after a bit of digging around on the web have now revoked the keys to let me drop it back.Crying
In fact one of my searches led me to search Apples own community forums. It seems that I am not alone with this problem, Admittedly I may be part of a small proportion of users effected but it doesn’t make me feel any better Sad
I feel a visit to my Local Apple Store is in order, hopefully they can sort me out either a replacement or drop me back to IOS6 where the peace and tranquility can once again be restored to my nice Walled Apple Garden.

EDIT

After an online chat  and a subsequent telephone call my replacement is being replaced, will the replacement bring sunshine or darken the skies even further ? I’ll keep you posted !

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IOS 7

Well IOS7 seems to be Apples buggiest release yet !
Oddities with lock screen ! Then Problems with WiFi even after 7.0.3 update.  I’ve Just had my 4s in a funny WiFi on / off inverted state !
When The control center said WiFi was ON the system said it was OFF and entering to look at networks the toggle switch was ON but no networks were reported ( and yep there were several that I should have seen) .
Toggle the settings around and one was always NOTed!
A Device hard reset eventually sorted it !!!
Me thinks Apple rushed this OS release as it’s not to their usual standard !
OR my replacement 4S is faulty !!

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After an evening trawling the web and looking at several forums, my longterm goal will be to get a DOD LS300W Super High Definition Car DVR but they are approx £160 from the UK supplier https://dod-tech.co.uk

 

dod tech LS300W

 


But in the short term just to try things out, I’ve gone for something cheaper Oh Really?

A lot cheaper, £29 Oops it’s reported to be a fake but what the hell, I’m gonna give it a go a

F900LHD VG11

russian fake DOD F900LHD VG11

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