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Emulating sunsets and sunrises with Tasker and Yeelight

It's getting darker and gloomier here in the northern hemisphere, especially in the UK where the natural light is out past 6 pm. Since these conditions are not going to improve anytime soon (until...
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Getting Alexa to talk

Encouraged by my recent 'successes' with Amazon Echo and NodeRED, I came up with few more scenarios that I would find rather useful. Getting Alexa to talk when you have pending notifications on your...
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Alexa, wake up my computer (Tasker too!)

It's not the first time I deal with this project, and oh boy, each time it does change quite a bit. How is this different this time? And why would you care?  You are...
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Tasker and NodeRED – Streamlining notification system

From the previous write up we know I can use Tasker and NodeRED together. I want to have a very efficient and easy way of sending the notifications to my phone. Instead of creating...
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How to add SSL certification to NodeRED

I'm playing with Alexa and Amazon AWS services. Frankly speaking, to get anything to work there is always something else that you need to do. Each time I spend more than an hour trying to...
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Alexa and NodeRED integration

It's oh so good to walk into the office and completely ignore the light switch. Hey Alexa, please please make it shine! I guess you are familiar by now with my WIFI light switch...
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Integrating NodeRED and Tasker

NodeRED is easy and powerful. Currently, I'm running the NodeRED server on my RaspberryPi Zero connected to the router directly. It handles my light setup, but what I have been missing for a while...
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Hacking ESP8266 smart plug – serial adaper

I was excited to see the dev pads on the Oittm ESP8266 Smart plug.  I finally found some time to open this up and hook up the wires.  My hopes weren't too high, but...
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A hackable ESP8266 inside a smart plug

I had a chance to review an Oittm Smart WiFi Plug recently. I also tried to see if I can use Tasker with it, but Wireshark returned encrypted data. No success, for now... While...
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Make a Amazon Dash security sensor

This is probably the last Amazon Dash hack I can come up with. The previous one - Wireless Doorbell was a great success and I'm still using it whenever I'm awaiting a delivery. If you...
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Emulating sunsets and sunrises with Tasker and Yeelight

It's getting darker and gloomier here in the northern hemisphere, especially in the UK where the natural light is out past 6 pm. Since...

Getting Alexa to talk

Encouraged by my recent 'successes' with Amazon Echo and NodeRED, I came up with few more scenarios that I would find rather useful. Getting...
video

Alexa, wake up my computer (Tasker too!)

It's not the first time I deal with this project, and oh boy, each time it does change quite a bit. How is this...
video

Tasker and NodeRED – Streamlining notification system

From the previous write up we know I can use Tasker and NodeRED together. I want to have a very efficient and easy way...

How to add SSL certification to NodeRED

I'm playing with Alexa and Amazon AWS services. Frankly speaking, to get anything to work there is always something else that you need to do....