Putting ESPHome on Arlec Smart Plug In Socket

I got some of these Arlec Smart Plug In Sockets from Bunnings. Apparently they are Tuya devices but I decided to take the brute force approach to putting ESPHome on the. First challenge was getting the tri point screw out. I had to buy a special screwdriver for this. Once I got the screws out,… Continue reading Putting ESPHome on Arlec Smart Plug In Socket

Let’s Encrypt when your server is behind a firewall and you can’t use DNS Challenge

Sometimes you want to give a server that is  behind a firewall a valid SSL certificate. Let’s Encrypt provides a nice solution for this called DNS Challenge. The problem with DNS Challenge is it may require some manual configuring to on your server to set it up. That is all fine and good but sometimes… Continue reading Let’s Encrypt when your server is behind a firewall and you can’t use DNS Challenge

MSSQL ODBC Client on Debian 9 Stretch

Many years ago fREW Schmidt wrote a very handy article on installing MSSQL ODBC drivers in debian. Since then Microsoft have improved their support of debian somewhat and things have changed making it easier to install, however they still (as at 2017-11-06) have not released proper drivers for Debian Stretch. Add the microsoft repo echo … Continue reading MSSQL ODBC Client on Debian 9 Stretch