ajfriesen
I write about home automation, self-hosting, home lab, DIY electronics and my progress as a content creator

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Nov
26
breadboard with an ESP8266 and other components

My first electronic hardware: a remote pc-switch for Home Assistant

A friend recently asked me, if I know a smart home switch that runs 5V and it is pretty small.
5 min read
Nov
19
Different air quality measurements like temperature, humidity, CO2 ppm, etc. in a dashboard

Measuring Air Quality in your Home Office

Measure Air Quality in your Home Office with Home Assistant
4 min read
Nov
09
Weather forecast and rain radar in home assistant

Rain Warning Sensor with Home Assistant

Disclaimer: This is only useful for people living in Germany. But you might get inspiration from this post to build
3 min read
Nov
02
Tuxedo Aura 15 laptop on lap outside in the park

Tuxedo Aura 15 Review - A Good Linux Laptop

A personal review for the Tuxedo Aura 15 from a long time Linux user and developers perspective
14 min read
Oct
30
Graph showing visitor count peak in the middle because of sharing on Reddit

The Reddit Impact

The impact of Reddit and what I learned from that.
3 min read
Oct
27
Pen holding up a laptop

Dell Latitude 5310 - bad performance on Linux

When I started my new job at gridscale (01.08.2020) I got a Dell Latitude 5310. Quickly I found
4 min read
Oct
13
Sonoff Basic

Smart bed heater update

Smart bed heater update with integrated timer function in ESPHome.
2 min read
Oct
12
Bed with snow in the window

Winter is coming - Build your own "smart" bed warmer

How to build a smart bed warmer with Home Assistant.
4 min read
Oct
02
How to choose an HBA card for your NAS or Server

How to choose an HBA card for your NAS or Server

I needed an HBA for my NAS. Did some research twice (did this a year or two ago already) and
2 min read
Sep
12
UptimeRobot Logo

Free Uptime Monitoring and Alerting for your Home Assistant

How to monitor Home Assistant or any other service with a free monitoring tool: UptimeRobot
1 min read