With the recently released homebridge-nest-cam plugin, my old Dropcam has new life in HomeKit. This, combined with Steve Troughton-Smith’s tweets about the Pi Zero W, has sparked a desire to setup additional HomeKit cameras.
I ordered a Pi Zero W Camera Pack, and set about following Wojtek Pietrusiewicz’s instructions for configuring it with homebridge-camera-rpi.
It was easy to get the Pi connected to the network, but I ran into trouble when I needed to install
ffmpeg. I couldn’t get it working, and based on some comments, I think it may be fairly difficult to install. I’m speculating that something changed between the Rasbian Stretch image of November 2017 and the image of March 2018.
Instead, I used the pre-built image of homebridge-camera-rpi. After using Etcher to flash the image onto my microSD card, the only modifications I made were to the
/wpa_supplicant/wpa_supplicant-wlan0.conf file to add my network SSID and passkey, and to tweak the settings of the plugin in
With that, I was able to see the Pi on the network (via Lanscan), and add it in the Home app.
Every time I see “Shared Links” in the macOS System Preferences Extensions Pane, I get excited, and then remember that this was ripped out of Safari. 😞
I spent some time last night writing a Python script to pull down recent posts from WordPress in Dr. Drang’s WP-MD format. This is a test post from the Micro.blog macOS app; hopefully it gets pulled down into my local source folder.
In case you’re looking for any additional reasons to dump Facebook:
Zuckerberg […] seemed to give Facebook “systems” credit for finding and stopping […] messages inciting ethnic violence in Myanmar. […] those messages were discovered by [NGOs] that tried in vain for days to get Facebook to address the problem.
NGOs Complain They’re Doing Facebook’s Work For Them
Looks like iOS 11.3 fixes one of my Music.app gripes — opening a playlist, playing a song, and tapping on the song’s album name to see the album would take you back to the playlist view. Now you have a choice of Artist, Album, or Playlist view.
This is a great primer on iOS privacy from the team behind Halide. I didn’t realize you could use the Share Extension to publish to Instagram without granting them access to your photos!
A Picture Is Worth a Thousand Cookies
The Homebrew team has reverted their previous decision to force
python to point to
python3. What a confusing mess.
According to PEP 394,
python should point to
python2, for consistency across Unix-like systems, so this restores compatibility.
I just ran into this macOS Apple Pay bug. It’s getting tedious to keep hitting edge cases:
Unable to add Apple Pay wallet after restoring a Time Machine Backup
I knew we got a lot of snow, but I didn’t realize it was 21”!
Worcester snowfall — 21.8 inches — sets record for date
Finally giving Taskmator a try — I’ve been meaning to download this forever.