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These days you can waste a lot of money on smart appliances. Or make such smart devices yourself. ESP As I said in my previous article about our staircase with 600 LEDs, Espressif ESP boards are ideal for when you want to make things that connect to the Internet: Luckily other development boards are very good at that. Those boards contain the ESP8266 microchip. That chip can be programmed in the same way as an…

I regularly get questions about how my network and applications are organized at home. That’s why I made this blog post. To share my setup and learnings with you. The server cabinet Until recently, there was quite a mess underneath our countertop. Somewhere between the potatoes and the milk, you could find our modem and a lot of wires. To untangle this mess, I bought a small server cabinet. The server cabinet Inside this server…

Recently we transformed our attic into a bedroom for our eldest daughter. There was no door before, so we had had a closet made with a sliding door in it. As a result, the attic is divided into a bedroom on one side and a dark staircase on the other. That dark stairwell begged for lights. After some playing around, this is the result. TL;DR; Order this: ESP8266-boardPower supplyPower CordJumper cables2 LED strips (5m IP30…

On Tuesday, our cleaning aid cleans the house. There is nothing as lovely as arriving in a thoroughly cleaned house. Unfortunately, it doesn’t stay clean for very long. We have three children, and sometimes it seems as if more food ends up on the ground than in their stomachs. Stupid Roomba In 2013, when I was still living a bachelor’s life in a small apartment with two cats, I had about the same problem. Cats…

In het verleden heb ik al heel veel bots op de wereld losgelaten. Ik maakte bijvoorbeeld al een bot die boetes uitdeelt bij dt-fouten. EĆ©n die een kaas aanraadt wanneer iemand say cheese zegt. EĆ©n die elke dag een GIF uit The Sound Of Music tweet. Om nog maar te zwijgen van de talloze Facebook commentbots. Omdat het bijna kerst is en ik fan ben van hoe ongelofelijk slecht Home Alone wel niet is wou…