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Buying a 3D printer in 2024: Creality vs Prusa vs BambuLabs

Buying a 3D printer in 2024: Creality vs Prusa vs BambuLabs

I decided to buy a 3D printer to help me finish some projects at home. Buying a 3D printer requires some research, so I'm sharing mine here to help you. Why buy a 3D printer? If you've spoken to me over the past couple of years, you'll know I bought and renovated a...

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Automating Velux Blinds with Home Assistant

Automating Velux Blinds with Home Assistant

I have two Velux windows in my roof, each with a battery-powered blind, charged by a built-in solar panel. Each blind has its own Velux KL312 remote which has three buttons: blind up, blind down and stop. The remotes can't be included in Home Assistant without an...

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Upgrade Raspberry Pi 4 with an SSD drive

Upgrade Raspberry Pi 4 with an SSD drive

SD cards can fail when used in a Raspberry Pi. Failure isn't an option for me, since I use my Raspberry Pi 4 to run my smart home. In my older Raspberry Pi 2, the SD card failed and my whole smart home went offline. That was painful. To avoid making the same mistake...

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How I built new habits: The 66 Day Habit Challenge

How I built new habits: The 66 Day Habit Challenge

Building a new habit is hard. I usually stumble into habits, both good and bad. When I'm deliberate about a habit, it sticks for several days, but if I stumble off track - because of work, travel or life in general - I usually stay off track. Travel disrupts my...

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My top 5 home automation projects

My top 5 home automation projects

I've been automating my house since 2012. I started out with basic home 'automation' which turned the lights on and off at set times. Since I now spend a lot more time at home (thanks COVID!) I've implemented different home automations to help make life at home a...

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Buying Bitcoin for Beginners

Buying Bitcoin for Beginners

Almost 10 years ago, I remember hearing stories from friends about how they bought bitcoin by mailing envelopes of cash to strangers they met online. It felt shady. Fast forward 10 years and crypto, NFTs and web3 are all hot topics. To avoid missing out, I decided to...

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