Author: John

Cheese fridge repairs

My cheese fridge was partially destroyed at the start of July. A car crashed into a power pole carrying both a 22kv distribution line and the 230v line for our house. They . touched . briefly It turns out a

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Setting up a CA SSL certificate in hMailServer

I’m a big fan of hMailServer, but the documentation for setting up SSL certificates and the certification chain is a bit lacking. The easiest way to check if hMailServer is setup correctly is to use OpenSSL. openssl.exe s_client -showcerts -connect

Posted in General Randomness, PC Tips, Tips

1,500,000,000 the Epochening

Don’t forget that at 2:40am, 14 July 2017 (UTC) the Linux epoch will hit 1,500,000,000 (1.5 Gigaseconds). Visit https://www.john.geek.nz/epoch to watch the excitement! It hit 1,000,000,000 back in September 2001 and it won’t hit 2,000,000,000 until May 2033.

Posted in General Randomness, Linux Tips

Modifying float voltage of a TP-SCPOE-1224

Adjusting the float voltage of a Tycon Systems TP-SCPOE-1224 The Tycon Systems TP-SCPOE-1224 is a Solar and Power over Ethernet powered DC UPS. You connect it up to a 12v battery, power it over ethernet, add an optional solar panel

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Power meter optical pulse detection

I’ve always planned to monitor my electricity usage. I had previously (about a year ago!) ordered some power transformers from seeedstudio and a six channel ADC for simultaneous three phase current and voltage measurement but never got around to starting

Posted in Electronics, Embedded Systems, Power monitoring, Projects, Wino-Board

Wiring up the ESP8266

Before you can program the ESP8266, you need to wire it up. First things first, the ESP8266 uses a 2mm pin spacing so you can’t use a standard breadboard as these use a 0.1 inch spacing. It also uses 3.3V

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Introducing the ESP8266

About a year ago I put up some money for the Wino-Board kickstarter project, received my Wino-Boards and did nothing with them for 12 months. They are effectively a tiny Arduino board attached to the innards of an ESP8266 WiFi

Posted in Electronics, Embedded Systems, ESP8266, Projects, Wino-Board

Fridge Wiring

My Humidity controller finally arrived this morning so I’ve started wiring up the control box.

Posted in Cheese Fridge, Projects

Fans in the Fridge

I’ve finally found a bit of time to get my fans installed in the fridge. I’m still waiting on the humidity controller to arrive from China. Everything else took about 8 days to arrive, but the humidity controller has so

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Drilling vents in the fridge

When I was investigating the wiring diagram of my fridge freezer, I was also trying to find out if there is anything important in the divider between the fridge and freezer. Based on the diagrams I was confident that there

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