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Kniwwelino – Publish and subscribe to custom MQTT Broker

Kniwwelino programming Board. Image courtesy of http://www.kniwwelino.lu

Kniwwelino and MQTT   Recently I had the chance to play around with a Kniwwelino , and wanted it to communicate with my custom MQTT Broker (Mosquitto). Although  there is a lot of Documentation on Kniwwelino’s Site, it is lacking some examples  for using a custom MQTT Broker.  In this post I share my experiences and …

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Home Assistant – Troubleshoot Configuration Files and Real-Time Logs

Working with Home Assistant (HA), and especially it’s yaml files, chances are that you have done a little edit that caused  HA to stop working. Within the Graphical User Interface (GUI)  there’s a possibility to verify configuration files, but I ‘ve seen it confirm my files, but yet the HA server didn’t come back up …

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Most played Games in 2017

Another year, another “best-of” List. , I’m not going to list the best games of 2017, as I haven’t played every Game I’d like to (yes I’m looking at you Super Mario Odyssey) Also, my Pile of shame has reached  a new record . For these reasons you’ll find many Games released in 2016 (or …

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Home Assistant: One-click System Check with color light

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  Goal One button launches a Home Assistant script which checks if all Doors / Windows  are closed and  all Lights are turned off, and sends a message containing the name of the open sensor . Finally a Light is turned on with a specific color code: The button can be  a “virtual” switch inside …

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Home Assistant – Plot a Graph with Object’s Attributes

  Intro Home Assistant is a great Home Automation Software. It provides features and benefits that surpasses the software provided by the Hardware Manufacturers by far. One such example are my TP-Link HS110 Smart WiFi Plugs with Energy Monitoring. The provided App by TP-Link (Kasa) is limited: only one Smartphone or Tablet can manage the …

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Building the Best WiFi Network at Home with Ubiquiti’s Unifi Products

  The Problem Up until recently, I had accumulated 3 Access Points (AP’s for short) in my Home for my WiFi Setups: AVM FritzBox in the Basement (for the occasional Netflix Session on the Cross Trainer) D-LINK DIR-615 in the Living room Linksys WAP54G in the Bedroom (when being sick in Bed) For best performance, …

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Moonlight vs Steam Link

I looked for a solution to stream PC Games to a Raspberry Pi instead to a Steam Link Device. Here ‘s my quick comparison between the Steam and the Moonlight Streaming Solutions Overall best Solution : Steam (Link) The choice is mainly due to it’s Hardware independence and the better controller remapping process. I’ve had …

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Price Evolution of NES Games

As a NES enthusiast, I got myself a copy of the “NES PAL-B Price Guide“, published by 2 NES Collectors known as “NES Commando” (which I recommend to any NES Collector out there!)   I’ve bought and sold many games over the past few years, and this guide allows me to keep track of current …

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2 Things I don’t like in the new Zelda Game

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The Internet is full of positive reviews for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. (and they’re right, the Game is brilliant) After 30+ hours of playing this gorgeous Game, I can only list 2 things that I don’t like. It’s much easier to list my dislikes than to list the positive aspects of …

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Steam – Forgotten Gems 1

I have a lot of Games in my Steam Account. So many that I sometimes forget older titles I really liked to play. Parsing through my Steam List, I usually find tons of great Games I once liked to play. So here are a few of these forgotten Gems : Colored Game Title link to …

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The Wii U is not a failure

Now that the Nintendo Switch is out, I keep hearing that the Nintendo Switch performs so much better than the failed Wii U. Failed Wii U ?!? In my opinion the Wii U is everything but a Failure. In fact, there is no “great” or “failed” console, it’s the games that are running on it …

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Pi2Scart – RGB Video for Raspberry Pi

It’s 2017, and everyone is excited about 4K Gaming, except a few fellows who enjoy “Retro” Games. People like myself enjoy Games from the NES/SNES Era, when the optimal resolution was 240p. With today’s standards, we expect modern Hardware  (like the Raspberry Pi) to output video via a digital interface (HDMI) in 1080p (FullHD) minimum. …

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