Tonight’s project? Working on a “music box” for my daughter. It is a little Raspberry Pi Zero with an RF reader connected. She can decorate little plastic RF tags to represent individual songs, tap them on the “music box” and the song will play on her HomePod Mini. It works!
Oh, and there’s more where that came from. A lot more! If you’re a technologist, never ever let yourself stop finding ways to engage your mind with technology. Every problem you solve, no matter how small, is valuable. Stay sharp. Believe in making the world better.
My evenings include building a Tailscale network for home services, writing a custom controller for RF transmission, integrating a 64x64 RGB display with my home automation, building a custom Apple TV scrobbler for Trakt, creating macOS menu widgets for my HVAC and Solar…
I am still on an Apple Watch Series 4 and was anticipating an upgrade this year. Unfortunately, I was hoping for a titanium watch, and unlike the S7, the S8 doesn’t come in titanium. Should I wait for S9, get an S8 in another finish, or find a titanium S7?
Now, thanks to Tailscale and Nginx Proxy Manager, I have my entire suite of self-hosted apps available on my tailnet, on a custom domain / subdomains, with auto-renewing LetsEncrypt certs. Getting traffic in/out of the proxy container was a challenge, as was HSTS. But it works!
Instagram is starting to catch on to my use of RSSHub to consume my timeline. My account was temporarily locked again for “suspicious activity.” One more time, and I think it won’t be worth it anymore. 🖕🏼Meta.
@cleverdevil @jeremycherfas I wonder if you could use an Arduino or Raspberry Pi Pico as an intermediary. (Depends on how much info you can find about the protocol, but I think it merely masquerades as a keyboard.)
Getting closer every day! I now have the ability, from Plex, to watch OTA TV, my “cable” channels from YouTube TV, all of my movie and TV library, and to find and “jump” to content in my streaming service apps (Disney+, Netflix, Prime TV, etc.)
@ronguest it is pretty cool! Now I can record YouTube TV content to my NAS, automatically detect commercials for skipping, and play it anywhere via Plex. Not every single channel is available due to licensing restrictions, but only one channel that I actually care about. Not bad :)
@toddgrotenhuis I’ll see if I can make some time. Quick summary: Install Channels DVR from getchannels.com. It’s commercial, but there is a free trial for a month. Set it up with your cable or live TV provider using “TV Everywhere.” Many cable and streaming providers are compatible. Set up github.com/kevdog114... There is a docker container linked on docker hub. Install github.com/xteve-pro... and point it at your m3u and xmltv that you get from the proxy Configure Plex DVR by pointing it at xTeVe
@cleverdevil very cool. If you post for that first service, what is Plex offering on top of it for you? (I’m big on Plexamp and the watchlist integration with JustWatch, but weak on the rest of the Plex ecosystem right now)
@toddgrotenhuis everything in one place. I have my movie and TV library, audiobooks, family videos, etc. all in Plex. Plus, now when I record something from YouTube TV, it ends up in my Plex library, pre-processed with commercials detected for skipping.