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This site is dedicated to all HCL Digital Solutions (esp. HCL Notes/Domino and XPages), smart home solutions and stuff I may find worthy to write about.

Fixing the ESP8266 on macOS

Sunday, January 17, 2021 at 11:34 AM UTC
I am tinkering with smart home for a while now and before Christmas I remembered that I once used to be an electronic technician - that's more than 25 years ago. However, I wanted to refresh some of my skills. I got the right tools now and so I wanted to dive into the world of Arduinos. I got a starter kit 5 years ago from my company as an Advent calendar - but didn't to anything with it. [...] 

ioBroker wins: goodybe, Phoscon app

Sunday, January 3, 2021 at 5:00 AM UTC
A few days ago I decommissioned the Phoscon app to control all my Zigbee devices. The reason: it's buggy as hell. I only changed some bulbs and renamed existing bulbs in the same room - and suddenly the switches associated with the former bulbs started to go crazy and and switched sockets that never were a part of that former group/room. I also did not like the UI of the app at all. Since I [...] 

The Phoscon app and switches

Saturday, November 28, 2020 at 7:10 PM UTC
Today I noticed a weird issue using the Phoscon app. For all who are not aware: this is the software that is used to setup smart stuff on the Conbee Zigbee gateway. Every time you add a new switch, it will create a new group. Depending on the device type the group's name is different. I was at IKEA today to buy a LED panel (FLOALT 30x90) for the ceiling in one room and I also bought 4 sw [...] 

Nope. The MBP 16" 2019 still sucks

Saturday, November 28, 2020 at 12:22 AM UTC
Remember when I thought my issues with the MBP 16" were history after the macOS 11 update? They are still there. This machine is unusable once you do one of the following: try to tame the crazy fan with Macs Fan Control use Teams/GotoMeeting with a webcam AND sharing your screen in general use external monitors and try to outperfo [...] 

Zigbee, Homekit and a Pi

Wednesday, November 25, 2020 at 7:05 PM UTC
Today I decided to note down my experiences during my journey setting up various Zigbee devices with Apple Homekit. There are several steps involved. As I wrote them down in markdown, you can find the document on my Github account here. [...] 

Moving Domino to a container

Saturday, November 21, 2020 at 8:07 PM UTC
Today I successfully moved a Domino server from a native installation on a non-supported Linux to a docker container. It actually wasn't really a moving as I installed a different server version. The original server was V11 and the containerized one now is of course the latest code drop of V12.  I used my own guide to create the new container, copied over the existi [...] 

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