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Driving a Lifx Z-Strip based on Audio

Introduction I’ve previously discussed building a Stereo Console that is backlit using a LIFX Z-Strip. We thought it’d be cool if the backlight modulated in conjunction with the music we …


Audio Front-end for the ESP32

Introduction As part of a larger project, I wanted a way to capture the audio signal from our HiFi and sample it with an ESP32 Microcontroller. Our HiFi has a handy tape-dubbing output which I’m …


Cleaning up Electricity Meter Data

Introduction I’ve previously written about how I harvest the readings from my utility meters and put them into InfluxDB. This follow up post describes how I clean up that data using …


Monitoring Utility Meters

Introduction There are quite a few options for monitoring your whole house water or power usage, but i’m not thrilled about adding a bunch of extra hardware to my breaker panel. I’ve known for a while …


Setting up InfluxDB on Docker

Introduction Docker is a great lightweight container system for running applications on your home server. I run it on my Synology DS918+, which stores all our backups and runs most of the services for …


Building a Stereo Console

Introduction We bought a record player and started collecting vinyl during the pandemic. We weren’t able to find a well suited piece of furniture, so i set about making a console out of some …