Automating your home with 'themachine'

There will be more posts to come, but for some time I have been playing around with home automation. One of the things I really wanted to do was utilise some form of machine learning to make decisions about when I wanted the Shed's Airconditioning or the wall fan turned …

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Powershell + Windows Update

Windows administration is part of my job that I don't enjoy as much as linux, but it is still necessary. Though Windows is becoming less and less required, a lot of software still relies on it.

Microsoft to their credit are making an effort to shift people onto their new …

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WebService::Strava - A Strava API Perl Client

Being a Cyclist and a Geek, I like to track things. Being a Sys Admin and a Programmer I also like this to happen in the most efficient manner possible. Insert Strava, which is basically a social networking platform for cyclists/runners/swimmers (I believe they're adding more as well …

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Jira Automation + Copying Fields

We heavily utilise Jira at my place of work and one of our non IT based departments use it in their business processes. It was chosen to replace a custom developed, unreliable .NET application and apart from minor bending to suit the processes Jira is an excellent replacement. It's also far more reliable, far easier to keep up-to-date and runs on Linux!

In the latest update I had a chance to really push the new version of the Jira Automation Plugin, which is a free and open source plugin. Written by Atlassian to support their internal processes, It's a little nugget of awesome that has really extended what we can do without writing bulk custom code. more ...


My Xperia Z broke itself!

Mid June I was notified by Vodafone that I could transfer my Crazy John’s service and to sweeten the deal, I could upgrade early. I checked out what was available and the Xperia Z had the best specs and kept me on the same plan I had previously. The …

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Freehub Repair/Replace Clutch Master Cylinder

After the usual Saturday shopping I decided I needed to repair my Ute and my bike. I figured the best place to start was replacing my Clutch Master Cylinder, after 18 years of service it was no longer operating very well. Driving around wasn't so bad, but parking had become …

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Dancing with WebSockets

I learnt during the development of the EventStreamR frontend that websockets are cool! Another learning project of mine is NanodeControl and after learning what all the cool new things are available I wanted to have a crack at making it more modern.

After a bit of search around I came …

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