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The Ergonomics of Compactness

Re-Homing Home Assistant, Again

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It has been 7 months since my last re-homing Home Assistant article. In the time since, I've re-homed it twice more, and it seemed worth making a few notes. At this point, it's fair to say my Home Assistant install is more of a vagabond, constantly searching for warm (but not too warm!) hardware to inhabit in the night...

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Multi-Instance Klipper with Canbus

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Last fall, I had considered setting up multiple instances of Klipper on a single machine. I ultimately went with a dedicated SBC for each printer, though, mainly for resilency, but also because I dreaded writing the udev rules for the can interfaces.

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Radxa Zero 3

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Nary a month on the heels of my writing about the Radxa Zero 2 Pro, I'm delighted to report I've received the Radxa Zero 3w. Setup couldn't have been easier—in just over a week, I managed to find and install an operating system.

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Printing with Radxa Zero 2 Pro

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The week before last, I won the sbc lottery. I happened onto the allnet website during the brief moment when the Radxa Zero 2 Pro was available. I ordered 2. They arrived in record time, exceeding their estimated delivery by half a week.

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Autumn Leaves

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It's not unimaginable to hypothesize that for many people, the number of hours spent typing is the largest percentage of time spent moving a part of their body. When put this way, it's surprising that we don't have typing networks where we watch people type as spectators like soccer or rugby. Maybe this is the true joy of gaming tournaments. As a middle-aged person, I will spend, on the low end, another 41,600 hours of my life typing should I live an average lifespan.

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Re-Homing Home Assistant

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This summer, I overhauled my blinds, upgrading the nodemcus to Xiao esp32c3s so I could run the more modern version of Tasmota on them, and start testing out matter. It worked really well (I think I had procrastinated upgrading because of the costs of esp32, but it's gotten so much cheaper now than it was a couple of years ago). Which got me thinking: could I install a zigbee chip on one of my blinds and use zigbee2tasmota to expose them over matter, thus eliminating HomeAssistant? I installed z2t and was surprised at how well it worked with my lights, but the berry scripts to expose zigbee endpoints aren't done yet. (It is on the road map so I'll definitely keep an eye on it as the project develops.)

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SBC Reflections

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The world of single board computing is alive right now. Like Julie Andrews spinning on a grassy hilltop, if you're willing to go down the rabbit hole, you'll might come out singing. The 'chip shortage' of the past few years has left many people (myself included) a lot more willing to experiment than they might otherwise have been. Internet sentiment evidences a community that is a strange mix of excited, annoyed (the comments on this article), and somewhat unsettled. I can't wait to see what another year or two brings as people respond to what's going on in this space.

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Exploring the Engram Keyboard Layout

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Exploring layouts for my new keyboard and decided to give the Engram Layout by Arno Klein a go.

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Cheating with Vim

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Last week, I decided to have an affair with the text editor of my youth: Vim. No matter how thoroughly I work to assimilate a command's syntax, I always have to refresh after some time away.

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Collaborative Book Authoring

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When I used to use Atom, there was a great collaborative writing tool called Teletype. It allowed multiple people to be editing the same files at the same time. I've been working on a book lately and wanted to get another one in progress with a group of authors, so I tried to find something that would duplicate Teletype's functionality iThonically.

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MWeb: Markdown Editor

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A few weeks ago, I happened onto MWeb and everything changed. MWeb has a great preview, a good library that integrates well with its desktop version, and allows easy editing of files in external folders, including the git repository that hosts this site.

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