Site Updates

Subscriptions via e-mail

Posted on: Sat, 2018-12-15 - 15:16 By: danie

On the My Blog page I have added an option to subscribe to a daily e-mail with a excerpts of my blog posts for the prior 24 hours.  This may be preferable to some followers who don't want to check the site daily or who do not use a RSS reader.

I now have a Riot.im room for blog comments

Posted on: Sun, 2018-03-11 - 00:22 By: danie

Riot.im screenshot

I have created a dedicated room on Riot.im at https://chat.librenet.co.za/#/room/#gadgeteerza:librenet.co.za where my blog posts will also be appearing, and anyone can comment or post there.

Riot.im is an opensource alternative to Slack, and can also be used for team / company chats, communication, voice calls, file sharing, etc.

Viewport settings for mobile devices

Posted on: Tue, 2018-01-09 - 16:46 By: danie

I have set Viewport settings on my site for mobile devices so hope this will improve page scaling and rendering for mobile devices.

Note though that images are rendered to fit on the screens, so if you are viewing in portrait mode and the photo is a landscape photo, it may appear a bit skewed or squashed to fit. What I find works well for this (as a workaround unless I can find a better solution) is to rotate the mobile device to landscape mode which renders the photo fine.  I will anyway try and use a squarer format for photos in future which should render much better.

Home Assistant Page Created 8 Jan 2018

Posted on: Mon, 2018-01-08 - 18:32 By: danie

I've created the page at https://gadgeteer.co.za/homeassistant to follow my journey as a newbie in setting up and configuring Home Assistant to work. I've got as far as the basic set up and editing of config files. I'm currently exploring how Groups work (creates changes to the layout view) before I move onto adding more specific devices.

Currently, I have my weather station, Fitbit, Efergy energy monitor, monitoring what phones are at home/away all working.

Site upgraded to Drupal 8.4.4

Posted on: Fri, 2018-01-05 - 15:27 By: danie

Some downtime today between 14:00 to 15:00 whilst the site was being upgraded. The upgrade is finished and looks like everything is working fine.

Solar Page rebuilt 1 Jan 2018

Posted on: Mon, 2018-01-01 - 15:35 By: danie

For some odd reason, I noticed yesterday that this whole page had disappeared along with the video module (that displays embedded video for that page) was disabled. Yet the original static picture image was in its upload directory. Also, all my cPanel backup files had disappeared.... Yet the other recent additions all seemed to be in place. So I have rebuilt that page and it is back at https://gadgeteer.co.za/solar.

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