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Rating: 3 - Link to this Article 06-27-2022 Solar Monitor Updated View Webcam for 06-27-2022 NO COMMENTS
My recent JSON and XML parsing adventures inspired me to update my old solar generator status page. The current version displayed current output and total from the last day / week / lifetime which was handy, but the actual API from my solar controller has a lot more data to parse. So parse it I did, and now I have individual panel status as well as latest system errors. Curiously, the system goes into an error state every evening when the sun goes down. I guess I figured a daily event would not be treated as an error, but that's why I don't develop solar controllers.
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Rating: 3 - Link to this Article 06-25-2022 Chia Plotting Makes Drives Tired View Webcam for 06-25-2022 NO COMMENTS
After burning up both my Samsung 970 EVO Plus NVMe and my SK Hynix PC711 NVMe creating Chia plots to fill my ever hungry crypto farm, I decided to slow my roll a bit. While the two cheap 240GB SATA drives I purchased to help generate plots never really performed that well, I was curious if a RAID 0 configuration would help give them a boost to get closer to my fabulous NVMe performance. That answer was decidedly no, with only about 1/6 the NVMe speeds achieved. However, with my NVMe drives now throwing SMART alerts I'll stick with this setup until the farmer fills up or they fail. Whatever happens first.
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Rating: 3 - Link to this Article 06-24-2022 Crypto Conversion to Chia Complete View Webcam for 06-24-2022 NO COMMENTS
After completely converting my old crypto mining machine above my fridge from Ethereum proof-of-work GPU mining to Chia proof-of-space farming, I decided to spruce it up a bit. Instead of hiding it on top of my dusty fridge I decided to turn it into an art piece and mount it on my wall. Of course you can follow along at my dedicated status page or my chia wallet. With all my GPUs sold at maximum profit, that leaves two spare PCs with nothing to do except mine Raptoreum until their CPUs burn out.
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Rating: 3 - Link to this Article 06-23-2022 Husqvarna Automower 315x View Webcam for 06-23-2022 NO COMMENTS
With the summer weather approaching 90°, I decided I do not want to mow my yard anymore. Fortunately, a wide variety of robotic lawnmowers are available, and after some research I landed on the Husqvarna Automower 315x. I immediately set about making a bunch of YouTube videos, and eventually discovered the developer portal. This of course necessitated a new dedicated web application which now tracks my robotic mower as it meanders aimlessly across my yard saving me from heat stroke.
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Rating: 3 - Link to this Article 06-06-2022 Goodbye Forever eBay View Webcam for 06-06-2022 NO COMMENTS
I am closing my eBay account of 23 years today thanks their absurd seller policies that allowed the following individual to completely rip me off.
I'm posting this here as a warning to stay away from this idiot, or in case someone else searches for him and needs additional evidence against him.

eBay ID: herringtonelectronics
eBay URL: https://www.ebay.com/usr/herringtonelectronics
Physical Address:
Stephen Herrington / Tait Herrington
3693 Kirkland Dr
East Tawas, Michigan 48730-9544

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Rating: 3 - Link to this Article 05-12-2021 Ramping Up The Crypto Currency View Webcam for 05-12-2021 NO COMMENTS
With the recent explosion of Ethereum cryptocurrency, I've upped my GPU game to a 2080 and 3 1060s for a total of 104 MH/s @ 500 watts. That currently nets me $700/month, which is nuts. I can't get any more GPUs since I refuse to pay 200% over MSRP for one, so I decided to add the proof-of-space crypto Chia. I have plenty of old hard drives to fill up with plotting, so my recently converted to integrated graphics primary PC has been assigned to the cause. While not nearly as profitable, it's enjoyable to see all drives hit 100% utilization while plotting as fast as I can.
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Rating: 3 - Link to this Article 01-21-2021 Return to Ethereum Mining View Webcam for 01-21-2021 NO COMMENTS
After retiring my previous mining rig 3 years ago, ETH values have again risen to the point where mining is at least entertaining if not exactly profitable again. With a spare 1060 6GB video card not doing much else, I decided to join in on the fad again. This time a quick Google search yielded the perfect settings for maximum hashrate. Since my system is stable I'm not even bothering with a dedicated machine, it will just slowly mine away and just like last time I refuse to invest in any more hardware.
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Rating: 3 - Link to this Article 01-18-2021 Mobile Phone WAN Backup Success View Webcam for 01-18-2021 NO COMMENTS
With my ISP upping my monthly fee another $5/month, I decided it was time to see if I could survive without them for a month. After cancelling service for a month, I get discounted "promotional" rates saving $25 / month. I'm happy to say the experiment worked perfectly with my router picking right up after I swapped connection to my phone hotspot. It even updated the DDNS IP address for this webserver. Android 11 recently added the Ethernet sharing which makes this possible, so after a few more trial runs I'm ready to destroy my "unlimited" data plan for a month and get back into the promotional pricing party.
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Rating: 3 - Link to this Article 12-02-2020 GLAS Thermostat Discontinued View Webcam for 12-02-2020 NO COMMENTS
With my beautiful GLAS thermostat having now served me well for over 2 years, it was disappointing (but understandable) that JCI has decided to discontinue the device. I immediately bought a cheap backup in case one fails in the future, but realized if support is ending I'd best get the latest firmware update now while it's still available. The micro USB port on the thermostat seems to provide power, but won't turn on the thermostat, so I was forced to use the 24v wires from my existing thermostats. Being lazy, I decided to use uninsulated wires to extend the HVAC wires so I didn't have to uninstall my existing thermostat. Of course they shorted, and of course it cut all power. I quickly discovered the 3 amp fuse my heat pump has to protect against idiots such as myself, and replaced it with a 5 amp I had on hand (3 amp on order). After my electrical adventure, the new thermostat finally booted up and revealed a rather old firmware version. A quick firmware update and factory reset later, and it's now on the latest firmware. I disconnected my Frankenstein wiring and packed it back into the original box in case I need it in the future. Hopefully JCI provides connectivity beyond the life of my current thermostats.
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Rating: 3 - Link to this Article 11-17-2020 Xbox Series X Sold! View Webcam for 11-17-2020 NO COMMENTS
Less than a week after securing my prized possession, I couldn't resist pocketing the $300 profit potential. Within an hour of listing my Xbox Series X for $799 it was sold for that ridiculous price. I'm expecting mid-April before they are back in stock at the regular MSRP, but I'm OK with waiting that long since my Xbox One X has all the horsepower I need for my current projectors limitations. Now I'm left eyeing my Series S which is selling for a $150 premium currently. If I sell both now I can effectively get one for MSRP when it's back in stock and only be out $50.
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