With the retirement of the Weather Underground API, I needed to make some changes to my
I’ve been using the homebridge-weather-station-extended module to show the outside weather, but that seems to be abandoned, and only offers support for the Weather Underground API. As an alternative, I found the homebridge-weather-plus module. homebridge-weather-plus supports the Dark Sky API, the OpenWeatherMap API, and the Yahoo weather API, in addition to the Weather Underground.
In the end, the configuration was dead simple, per the project’s readme. I added this to my
config.json, replacing the
XXXs with my API key, and the
long with appropriate values:
"locationGeo": [lat, long],
And with that, I have weather forecasts available to me in the home app again:
I’ve started seeing the same thing Gabe reports; firing off my shortcuts by voice is unreliable. This just started happening in the last week or two.
The Toxic Fragility of Siri Shortcuts
Getting some work done at New City Microcreamery this morning.
I just got hit by this Spectrum ISP price hike. I think we can look forward to a lot more of this over the next two years…
RSS feeds are hopelessly broken in Outlook, which is unfortunate, because it’s the only tool I’ve found to view feeds that are locked behind Sharepoint authorization.
I have a ticket to catch Los Campesinos! At the Sinclair tonight; unfortunately, I’m not going to be able to use it.
I also realized I never posted anything from the last time they came through town. Here’s their fantastic performance of “Avocado, Baby” at The Paradise, March 11, 2017:
I went to update my iMac to macOS Mojave, and I was reminded that a number of macOS Server services are no longer supported:
[…] in the fall of 2018, new installations and upgrades of macOS Server will require you to migrate most services to other software.
Apple has provided documentation for migrating from macOS Server to open source solutions, and the instructions for moving to
vpnd are fairly straightforward:
Turn off VPN in macOS Server (leaving your settings intact).
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<!DOCTYPE plist PUBLIC "-//Apple//DTD PLIST 1.0//EN" "http://www.apple.com/DTDs/PropertyList-1.0.dtd">
Set the file ownership to
sudo chown root:wheel /Library/LaunchDaemons/ vpn.ppp.l2tp.plist
sudo launchctl load -w /Library/LaunchDaemons/ vpn.ppp.l2tp.plist
Verify that the job is running:
launchctl print system/vpn.ppp.l2tp
Once I had completed these steps, macOS Server showed the VPN as running, and my attempts to disable it via the switch would result in it turning right back on. Fortunately, this is the only service I’ve been relying on macOS Server for, since caching was moved into the OS, so my migration was this easy. Replacing some of the other macOS Server services appears to be quite a bit more complicated.
I just stumbled on this series of videos Narragansett Beer compiled: an oral history of the Hotel Vernon, the Yacht Club, and the speakeasy in the cellar.
I’m thrilled to see that XLD, the venerable audio transcoding app, is alive and well on Mojave. It was just updated to be a 64-bit application, and it supports dark mode!