• Holy War

    From Psi-Jack@CRBBSNET to Netsurge on Wed Jul 17 20:17:16 2019
    Re: Holy War
    By: Netsurge to All on Fri Jun 28 2019 08:54 pm

    I know that in the past a question like this would start a holy war but I'm going to ask it anyways.

    Aside form the OS that your BBS might be running on (I know a lot of people are using Pi's or a hosting slice to run their bbses), what is your day to day go to OS.

    Hmmmm... Been using Linux as a desktop since 1992~1993.

    I personally have an iMac at home and a Mac Pro and MacBook Pro from work that I live in.

    Heh, I got my soon-to-be-ex-wife, while were not seperating that is, an iMac for her, because I told her I wouldn't support Windows, and if she wanted to run it, she would basically be on her own. She'd ran Linux for a while though, until she up and decided she has to have an iPhone, which doesn't have iTunes. :)

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  • From Netsurge@CRBBSNET to Psi-Jack on Wed Jul 17 20:34:04 2019
    Heh, I got my soon-to-be-ex-wife, while were not seperating that is, an iMac for her, because I told her I wouldn't support Windows, and if she wanted to run it, she would basically be on her own. She'd ran Linux for
    a while though, until she up and decided she has to have an iPhone,
    which doesn't have iTunes. :)

    Now that Apple has finally decided to kill iTunes, Linux might be a good
    choice to go back to, lol.

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  • From Psi-Jack@CRBBSNET to Netsurge on Wed Jul 17 20:55:47 2019
    Re: Re: Holy War
    By: Netsurge to Psi-Jack on Wed Jul 17 2019 08:34 pm

    Heh, I got my soon-to-be-ex-wife, while were not seperating that is,
    an iMac for her, because I told her I wouldn't support Windows, and
    if she wanted to run it, she would basically be on her own. She'd
    ran Linux for a while though, until she up and decided she has to
    have an iPhone, which doesn't have iTunes. :)

    Now that Apple has finally decided to kill iTunes, Linux might be a good choice to go back to, lol.

    Wait? What?

    I mean, this is kind of interesting news to me because I actually switched, not long after my wife did, from Android to Apple, for my cell and tablet computers, because for me, they were more reliable as both pocket computers AND cell phones, where-as my Android was more pocket computer than usable cell phone. heh

    So I have very much integrated myself into the Apple ecosystem with the iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, Apple Watch, HomeKit home automation (with custom devices I've been making for automating my house, which maybe some day I will make my BBS able to blink the light in my office when someone "pages the sysop"). :)

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  • From Netsurge@CRBBSNET to Psi-Jack on Wed Jul 17 21:39:34 2019
    Wait? What?

    They killed the desktop app only and are replacing it with a much lighter
    Apple Music app.

    So I have very much integrated myself into the Apple ecosystem with the iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, Apple Watch, HomeKit home automation (with
    custom devices I've been making for automating my house, which maybe
    some day I will make my BBS able to blink the light in my office when someone "pages the sysop"). :)

    Have you heard of HomeBridge? It's a node.js app that allows you to add close to anything you want to HomeKit.

    I too have a lot of stuff being controlled via HomeKit. HomeBridge allows me
    to use cheap Sonoff relays and other smart devices that aren't homekit certified such as Lightify lightbulbs.

    I even created my own garage door opener with an arduino, a relay and a reed switch which is used to check if the door is open or closed.

    I also have it tied to Plex to set the room lighting based on what we are watching.

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  • From Psi-Jack@CRBBSNET to Netsurge on Thu Jul 18 00:11:22 2019
    Re: Re: Holy War
    By: Netsurge to Psi-Jack on Wed Jul 17 2019 09:39 pm

    Wait? What?

    They killed the desktop app only and are replacing it with a much lighter Apple Music app.

    Hmmmm... Odd... I hadn't heard. Course, I betcha they still don't have a Linux app yet. And I'm curious what they're going to do with iTunes Match, which I use to "match" digital media I own with digital media they have in their Apple Music libraries, or if they don't, mine get uploaded and still shared with me. I use that heavilly. LOL

    So I have very much integrated myself into the Apple ecosystem with
    the iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, Apple Watch, HomeKit home automation
    (with custom devices I've been making for automating my house, which
    maybe some day I will make my BBS able to blink the light in my
    office when someone "pages the sysop"). :)

    Have you heard of HomeBridge? It's a node.js app that allows you to add close to anything you want to HomeKit.

    Yep! I'm debating on whether to use HomeBridge or HomeAssistant's HAP-Server (which is Python-based). So far, HomeBridge has been rock solid reliable, while HomeAssistant itself seems to lag often and randomly, and has some issues with http.

    I liked the concept of HomeAssistant, but when I installed the latest version these issues started popping up.

    I too have a lot of stuff being controlled via HomeKit. HomeBridge allows me to use cheap Sonoff relays and other smart devices that aren't homekit certified such as Lightify lightbulbs.

    I even created my own garage door opener with an arduino, a relay and a reed switch which is used to check if the door is open or closed.

    Oh, I went WAY further. I designed an ESP 8266, and eventually changed it out for an ESP 32 because I needed more power for my 1994~1996 model Liftmaster Security+ (non-2.0), and needed to detect various analog-style signal patterns through the control wire connected to the motor unit. I tapped it straight into the limit switches in the motor unit to detect garage door position, and into t he motor itself to sense whether it's opening or closing, and tapped into the power of the motor unit itself. Further, I used KiCad to design a circuit board, had Seeed Studio "print" me 3, and I designed 1 power regulator myself to downstep the power properly, and added that to the sheet, since they required 5. ;)

    And then, the belt of my garage door unit broke. So I just replaced the whole unit with a garage door unit with built-in WIFI and myQ. And now I can just use most any myQ plugin for homebridge, homeassistant, etc, and avoid the $60~90 cost for the additional myQ Hub they expect you to buy seperately (for HomeKit support).

    Other than that, I've been making all sorts of control units for various things, humidity sensors that control exhaust vents, ceiling concealed
    miniguns with IR+PIX+Sonic sensors for targetting (just kidding on that last part.), sonic sensors for the garage to both detect a car, and to signal when the car is pulled up a safe distance from the garage entrance, and when it's too far in, etc.

    I also have it tied to Plex to set the room lighting based on what we are watching.

    Iiiiiinteresting idea, that one. I should look into that. :)

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