Generating circular gallifreyan for prettier menus

Gallifreyan is a fictive language from the TV series Doctor Who. The show is great, and the circular designs used in the show are pure art. Fortunately, some fans sat down and completely defined a font based on those designs – you can find the guide for Sherman’s Gallifreyan here, but there are other fonts out there as well. I …

Discord webhooks now implemented + sneak peek of my smarthome system

On the left screen you can see the Discord message notification about the message sent by my smarthome system. On the right you can see me configuring an event that runs every minute and calls the “/discord/sendMessageViaWebhook” endpoint, which, as the name implies, uses a webhook to write a message into a Discord channel (the webhook itself can be configured …

Going full movie security system with laser barriers

Two nights ago, I couldn’t find any sleep, so I figured I might as well put that time to use and build some laser barriers for my smarthome. As it turns out, I already built reed switch devices, and swapping the reed switch with a photoresistor was all I had to do hardware-wise. A software update and a freshly printed …

Proxying camera streams with PHP to keep an eye on my home

What’s the point of a smarthome system that can remotely control everything if you can’t check in on it? Recently I was in need of watching my oven while testing a new recipe. Being me, I didn’t want to sit in front of it for half an hour, so I decided to put my smartphone to good use and streamed …

Improving smarthome response time by utilizing sockets

Previously, blocks used HTTP GET requests in order to get their data to the server. It works well and is easily implemented, but it’s slow as hell. A second, give or take, is a loooong time for timing critical applications. Let’s assume just for the sake of it (and definitely not because I’m doing exactly that) that I’m developing a …

Using Alexa for better voice commands

I previously used Tasker on my smartphone in order to issue voice commands. The issue is, I had to have my phone around me and waiting for commands at all times. It’s kinda clunky, it drains the battery, it’s not a great solution over all. As it turns out, Amazon’s Alexa does indeed have an API and can be incorporated …

First contact

Man, this weekend. My smarthome got about 10 times cooler. Web push notifications Someone smart thought, hey, there’s this cool thing called push notifications and it’s not on the web, let’s fix that. And now we have web push notifications. In short, a website can send notifications to devices. It’s pretty awesome. It took me the night from friday to …

Fallout 4 Terminal

Link to the Github repo. The repo contains a detailed description on how to build your own holotapes. It’s pretty easy as I originally planned to use it for my smarthome system some day. At this point I don’t think that’ll ever be the case, so I decided to put it up on Github.