thread New Fred time
Have any of you played around with home assistant (hassio) ?
I'm having a fucker of a time trying to set up my groups in a .yaml file.

/forget I spoke. After trying to wrangle this in the few minutes I had spare each I was getting nowhere, but am now I've had a couple of hours to scratch my head I am slowly getting somewhere.
Even if it is still doing stupid things like needing me to delete the file, reboot hassio, then save the new version of the file before my changes stick.
permalink Use a light switch.
Having said this, I was trying to work out when I last used a light switch in my house (except for the bathroom, WC and stairs).
I thought it was ages ago, then I remembered the cleaner always turns the lights off at the switch, so it's basically every week I have to turn them all back on.
permalink Internet of shit
You can see that that is ridiculous, can’t you?

Stubborn early adoption of gimmickry...
permalink I was engaging in self mockery, yes.
I'm the first to admit that I early adopt and end up doing ridiculous things.

However, it's super useful in some ways. I can heat the house up before I get home. I can turn the lights on with my hands full. I can turn the lights off downstairs from upstairs, and I can turn the lights off at night without taking my arms out of the duvet and/or disturbing the cat snuggling on my tummy.
I have full control of lighting in the downstairs rooms for different purposes without faffing around with lots of switches and wiring.
I also don't need Christmas decorations, and I can turn one light a funny colour so delivery people can find the house.

It's obviously as yet an imperfect implementation, but the ability to do all of these things is great, and wasn't available to mainstream punters as little as three or four years ago.
The early adopter plays a valuable role in stopping these companies going bust before they work out how these things are supposed to work, and I enjoy it.
permalink Yeah... I do get it
If you’ve really got faith, you should bypass the switches...
permalink Oh, I've got no faith,
and my cleaner appears to be hard of understanding, so the switch still works best for them.
permalink I only use a light switch for the downstairs bog when I'm ,
looking for tools*, utility room (looking in the freezer) or spare bedrooms. Everything else is controlled by my phone and a raspberry Pi. No server involved though, I built it all meself** including hand-knitted code.

*I have a Massive Toolbox in there, doesn't everyone.
**aside from the JSON code for the webserver***
***OK I didn't write apache, or raspbian etc etc
permalink wait, you have your lights connected to a server?
how the fuck does that work? I can barely get the wires in my house to not fall out of the walls.
permalink Not just lights
Got some switches, Google home mini, door sensors, movement sensors, alarm, IP cameras.
Luckily Xiaomi stuff from China uses the same plug sockets as Australia, so it's pretty cheap.
I like being able to say "night night Google" to turn on the lights, fans and air con upstairs, then wait 5 minutes and turn everything off downstairs.
I also like to know that when my wife inevitably leaves a door open with the aircon on that the ac will auto shut off after a couple of minutes.

Oh and in answer to your question, the light bulbs themselves connect to the raspberry pi
permalink Meanwhile...
I managed to drag myself to KX this morning and coughed and dozed my way to Edinburgh. I think Im over the worst of the Australian bastard.
permalink You called?
permalink *arf*