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  • I’m Anthony from Montreal. I like to write about tech stuff.
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Home Assistant Energy Dashboard

How I use PowerCalc to Track Power Consumption in Home Assistant

I was recently looking for a way to estimate power consumption in Home Assistant without buying any additional hardware. I already have a Kill-A-Watt, so it’s easy to just go around and start collecting data for 24/7 devices and devices with on/off states in Home Assistant. PowerCalc ties this data together with an easy to use integration. Intro ⚡ So why am I doing all this? First I want to shout out the amazing developers behind HydroQC which brings in data from Hydro-Quebec directly into Home Assistant....

June 14, 2024 · 4 min · Anthony Di Iorio
Canon R6 II

List of Mirrorless Cameras with UVC Webcam Support

Here is a list of UVC protocol mirrorless cameras you can use for video calls, live streaming, or recording directly to your PC with OBS. Cameras with UVC support don’t need any extra software running on your computer to work, just plug and play. I’ll try to keep this up to date as new cameras are released. Canon Canon EOS R5 C (576p30) Canon EOS R6 II (1080p30) Canon EOS R8 (1080p30) Canon EOS R50 (1080p30) Canon PowerShot V10 (1080p30) DJI DJI Osmo Pocket 3 Fujifilm X-Processor 5 (4K60) Fujifilm X-H2 Fujifilm X-H2S Fujifilm X-S20 Fujifilm X-T5 Fujifilm X-T50 Manual...

May 25, 2024 · 2 min · Anthony Di Iorio
GU10 Light Bulb

Luminus Elite PLZ2033 LED Bulb Review

In November 2019 I purchased these Luminus GU10 spots at Costco. The big “Natural Colours CRI > 90” stamp on the box caught my eye. The price was too good to be true, $15.99 for 8 bulbs, and it turns out it was indeed. These lights fell far short of their rated specifications, exhibiting color shift and failing after a mere 1 year, 7 months, and 14 days. I used these lights anywhere from 8 to 14 hours every day for 591 days....

April 13, 2024 · 5 min · Anthony Di Iorio
CUPS Config

How to Add AirPrint to a Brother Printer With CUPS

I’ve got this old but extremely reliable Brother HL-2270DW that has served me well for over a decade. I want to be able to use it driverless on Android and iOS. Enter CUPS, an open source print server that can bring modern features to any old printer. When combined with Avahi mDNS/DNS-SD you can discover and print seamlessly from your Android or iOS smartphone, tablet, Chromebook, and more. Tutorial First, make sure your locale is set so the expected paper size is selected....

April 12, 2023 · 2 min · Anthony Di Iorio
2021 Toyota Corolla

2021 Toyota Corolla LE Mini Review

This is a mini review from my limited experience with a loaner 2021 Toyota Corolla. This is mostly for my own notes. Audio / Infotainment The base model 6 speaker system is not great. You get door speakers plus windshield firing tweeters in the front, and two rear speakers. The front left tweeter was not working so I can’t commend on soundstage. Stock tuning is bad. It has poor bass extension and sounds bloated....

April 10, 2023 · 3 min · Anthony Di Iorio
Leofoto LHC-60 Clamp

Convert your Manfrotto Ball Head to Arca-Swiss with the Leofoto LHC-60

I was looking for a small tabletop tripod when I discovered pretty much all of them are using Arca-Swiss style quick release plates now. It seems like an interesting system, so I wanted to try it out on my trusty Manfrotto 055 Ball Head. I quickly learned Manfrotto clamps are custom and you need to use a small adapter boss to convert the Manfrotto anti-twist into a standard anti-twist post....

January 26, 2023 · 2 min · Anthony Di Iorio
H2n

Zoom H2n Review

The Zoom H2n is a versatile recorder that has served me well since 2012. I’ve used it to make field recordings, voice overs, and even for ham radio to record satellite passes. Review The Zoom H2n can record from it’s four capsules in four modes: XY: 90° Stereo XY pattern Mid-Side: Front facing and a figure 8 side capsule with adjustable pattern or raw recording. (default 0dB = 120°) 2 Channel Surround: 360 recording from the XY and MS capsules 4 Channel Surround: Split files from the XY and MS capsules The H2n can record at up to 24bit/96kHz in WAV or MP3 from the internal microphones or an external input....

January 24, 2023 · 4 min · Anthony Di Iorio
The greatest pizza of all time

Anthony's Pizza Dough

After months of experimentation, I have finally published my pizza dough recipe! This foolproof dough makes delicious pizzas at home. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do! Pizza Dough Calculator Ingredients Bakers % Grams Flour (AP/Bread) 100% 608 Water 60% 365 Yeast (IDY) 0.50% 3 Salt 2% 12 Oil 2% 12 Total 1000 Number of Dough Balls: Makes 4 x 12" 250g dough balls Print PDF 🖨️...

August 10, 2022 · 3 min · Anthony Di Iorio
Retevis RT8 Image

Retevis RT8 Review and Programming Guide

The Retevis RT8 GPS is an inexpensive handheld radio with DMR digital voice capability, packed with many cool features, and very extensible with custom firmware. Video Review First Impressions Programming GPS to APRS Custom Firmware Conclusion Video Review First Impressions The RT8 has a solid plastic case with a nice finish. The radio is rated IP67 for dust and water resistance and has gaskets around the accessory port, battery, and battery contacts....

November 29, 2019 · 8 min · Anthony Di Iorio
S243HL

Acer S243HL Monitor Repair

Another Acer monitor bites the dust! Previously, my B243H failed a month before the warranty expired, it was repaired by Acer. Unfortunately, this S243HL was out of warranty so I took the repair into my own hands. A common fault across cheap consumer grade monitors is lousy Chinese capacitors that fail rather quickly. In this case just over 3 years. The culprit, two Su’Scon SG Series 470uF 16v capacitors that bulged....

September 7, 2016 · 1 min · Anthony Di Iorio