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How to Flash Tasmota using Tuya-Convert onto a Arlec Smart Plug PC190HA from Bunnings

Here are my notes from the process of flashing this smart plug using Tuya-Convert – https://github.com/ct-Open-Source/tuya-convert This is the plug: https://www.bunnings.com.au/arlec-smart-plug-in-socket-with-grid-connect_p0135440 These are my notes: Arlec Model: PC190HASmart Plug-in Socket with Grid Connect Running on Ubuntu 20.04 Steps: Clone tuya-convert repo run ./install_prereq.sh edited the config.txt and set: WLAN=wlp3s0 rebooted for a clean environment run […]

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Using Zoho Email for a Local Football Club

I have recently helped my local football club – https://litchfieldfc.com.au – to move their email over from Office365 to Zoho email services – https://www.zoho.com/mail/. Overall it was a great experience, and I would recommend Zoho to other clubs and similar small organisations looking for email services. Here are a few things that I found nice […]

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Quick Review of Samsung Galaxy A70

I recently got myself a Samsung Galaxy A70. This is a quick review of how I’m finding it after 4 days of use […]

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Brent Simmons – inessential – You Choose

Brent Simmons wrote a great post on his blog that I enjoyed reading: https://inessential.com/2019/10/29/you_choose You choose the web you want. But you have to do the work. A lot of people are doing the work. You could keep telling them, discouragingly, that what they’re doing is dead. Or you could join in the fun. Again: […]

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Using a Raspberry Pi 2 as a Router + Configuring Raspbian for IPv6 with Aussie Broadband

I recently decided to move away from using my Wifi access point as a router, and instead use an old my Raspberry Pi 2 as my router. I had a few reasons for doing this: I wanted a more up-to-date device as my internet facing box. My Wifi AP hasn’t received any firmware updates in […]

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How to install Kodi 18.3 on Raspberry Pi 3 with Raspbian 10 Buster

Note – 2020-01-06 – The latest version of Kodi is now available in the standard Raspian 10 repository, so installing the standard way will get a working, up-to-date version, no need to add extra sources. To install just run: Kept for historical purposes: Since the release of Raspbian 10 Buster, I have really enjoyed using […]

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How to enable BFQ IO Scheduler on Ubuntu 19.04 – with Ansible playbook to set it up

I was trying to enable the BFQ scheduler on my laptop running Ubuntu 19.04, because as I moved around and created some large files my computer became basically unusable. After some investigation I found the page on the BFQ scheduler and how it is meant to address these sorts of issues. There is some instructions […]

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Running Nextcloud on the Raspberry Pi 3 – Nginx Reverse Proxy, fixes for upload timeouts and more

Under my TV I have a Raspberry Pi 3 running Kodi, which works great for watching/listening to all my media. However, with it idling and always-on, I thought it would be great to be able to use it as a Nextcloud server as well. Here’s some details on my setup, as well as a some […]

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How to get VMWare Remote Console to install on Kubuntu 19.04 – Probably works on other Ubuntu Versions also

When trying to set up my new Kubuntu install I went to install the VMWare Remote Console, and to my annoyance the installer would fail without any feedback on what was going wrong. Here’s what I needed to do to fix it. To start with , some details of my machines and setup: Date: 2019-05-24 […]

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How to Play Age of Empires 3 on Ubuntu Linux using Steam Play – Solving the “Invalid CD Key – Error loading the PID Generator DLL”

This guide is based on one I found here: https://verybadfrags.com/2019/04/14/play-age-of-empires-iii-on-linux/ It was done with the following system: Date: 2019-04-20OS: Ubuntu 19.04Steam Play Version: 4.2-3Graphics: Nvidia GTX 860m with proprietary driver This is to fix the error that you get when trying to run Age of Empires III: “Invalid CD Key! – Error loading the PID […]