Archive for February, 2015

Raspberry Pi 2

Posted: February 10, 2015 in HA, Hardware
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By some bizarre fluke I was actually in a position to respond to the email from various suppliers that the new RPi 2 was out and in stock on it’s day of release. This meant that I had in my sweaty palms a brand new RPi 2 the day after it was announced. Migrating OpenHAB across to the new box was a bit of a pain as I had never bothered to document the steps I had taken before, so things would fall over because I had forgotten to install or configure things.

Once it was done I have to say the difference between the original RPi & the new one were astonishing. OpenHAB is an utter dog to get started on the RPi 1. Using the command line and running the ./ it took 2 minutes and 15 seconds to get to the OpenHAB is running message. On the new RPi 2, it took less than 30 seconds.

From a development standpoint it makes a huge difference as the system effectively reloads when you update the rules fileā€¦ so trying to write rules on a RPi was painful. At least on the RPi2 there’s a lot less waiting.


New Equipment Cupboards

Posted: February 2, 2015 in House
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As part of various discussions about the house, it was made clear that the “dust trap” that is my AV shelves is not the best solution. I looked at various options to replace the units with something that would allow me to keep the equipment closed away. Not only would this lower the dust on the equipment, it would also improve the “minimalist” look my wife desires.

After checking out some really good Ikea hacks, I thought my best solution was something like the Besta range, but then modified for better cooling and internal cable runs. When I actually sat down to figure out the details it became apparent that there was no way in hell that I could actually fit the equipment into the cupboards unless I left the back off or magically made the units deeper.

Non Ikea AV racks/cupboards of the size I want are so expensive that there’s absolutely no way I could afford them, so even trying to justify them would be utterly pointless!

A scurry around my favourite forums revealed that several people had the same issue but had ended up having bespoke units made for a lot less. One of the companies that kept coming up was

Thankfully the focus has now moved on from the AV cupboard to other things, so I’m no longer in the market, but I am still planning on getting a unit from them one day.