So a couple of weeks ago I checked the vendor website for my ADSL router and found that there was updated firmware available. Just as I’d done two or three times previously I downloaded the firmware, logged in to the router’s administrative page, uploaded the new firmware and pressed the on-screen button to restart the router. Only one problem, there’s a tick-box to select whether to restart with the current settings or to perform a factory reset.
Perhaps a blog posting of my adventures – or misadventures – with the all encompassing field of “smarthome” and connected technology. It seems to be one of those areas that’s “coming soon” for years, decades even. One of my personal interests while at university was home automation, I’ve got magazine cuttings and project plans dating back to the mid-1980s.
A modicum of interest, a few half-hearted attempts and a lot of reading.
I experiment. I play. I write and I take pictures. Some of the site is organised around topics, other parts are organized by date, then there’s always the cross-references between them.
Long ago it started as a learning experiment with a few static HTML pages, then I added a bit of server-side includes and some very ugly PHP. A hand-built journal/blog on top of that PHP, then a few experiments in moving to various static publishing systems. I’ve never wanted a database-based blogging engine, so over the years I’ve tried php, nanoblogger, emacs-muse, silkpage and docbook before settling on emacs org-mode for writing and jekyll for publishing. But the itch remained… I never really liked jekyll and the ruby underneath always seemed so much black magic. So now the latest incarnation is org-mode and hugo.