Category: Technology

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A Quiet New Year in a Smart House

Well, we’re 10 days into 2022 and I’ve yet to write a blog post. New Years is usually quiet for us, but this is ridiculous! There just hasn’t really been anything exciting happening. New Year The New year was a quiet one for us. Anna and I went for a stroll around Furnace a couple...

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Solar Monitoring

I added to my solar monitoring systems over the Christmas break. I’ve already built a Solax WordPress Plug-in. The plugin corrects the data from our inverter and displays that info and lots of other data on our website. I wanted to see this data on a constantly active screen in the kitchen too. So, I...

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Free Electricity

We’ve been a little obsessed with our electricity usage lately. All prompted by the fact that we’ve had solar panels and battery storage installed. This came with the ability to track our usage a little easier and I built a nice addition to this website that shows how our solar panels are performing. I added...

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Building a Solax WordPress Plugin

I couldn’t resist building a Solax WordPress plugin as a project following the installation of our new solar panels and battery. The Solax Inverter has a Wi-Fi dongle that uploads data to Solax Servers where we can see various stats about the usage on the Solax Cloud portal. There is also a Solax App that...

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Solar Battery Storage and Force Charging

Our new Solax solar system seems to be working well. There were a few teething problems and plenty to configure to get it all working in what we think is the most efficient way, so here’s the deal. The solar panels started working straight away. Even on cloudy days they were pretty much covering our...

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Driving through an Advert

Our first proper drive in our new car yesterday was like driving through an advert. Winding Welsh roads, leaves blowing in the wind, driving rain, splashing through pools of standing water and stunning welsh countryside. There was even a medieval castle. Meanwhile we were warm and comfortable as we glided along almost silently in our...

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New Car Day

Yeah, New Car Day finally arrived! To be fair it was only a few days after the originally planned date and I think the car itself did land with Shukers Hyundai in Aberystwyth last week. They then had to do some checks and register it etc so we were able to collect it yesterday. New...

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Going all in on Electric

We’ve been ‘all electric’ at home since we built the house almost 20 years ago. There’s no mains gas and we didn’t have an oil tank so our energy has been all-electric. It’s worked well, but we’ve always wanted to be generating our own electricity really. We did look into have photo-voltaic tiles on the...

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Frontier X ECG Monitor Review

The wonders of Facebook marketing managed to start advertising the Frontier X ECG device to me within hours of me returning home from hospital following my heart attack. Being something of a gadget hound and tech-lover my interest was of course piqued. Frontier X The Frontier X is a small, easy to use ECG device...

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My Apple Macintosh Timeline

I seem to be a little out of sync in the Apple Macintosh timeline at the moment. It seems as though I always need to upgrade just before a major new release. My recent upgrade to a new iMac occurred not long before Apple were about to release Macs based on a completely new architecture....