Home Assistant SSD

One of the things I like about blogging to myself is that the process tends to motivate me to do other things. This is one good example! I blogged a little about moving my Home Assistant server from a FreeBSD jail to a Raspberry Pi 4 (Pi) in my New Year blog here. In that, I also mentioned upgrading the OS from the micro SD (mSD) card to a more robust Solid State Drive (SSD). This is about how I created my Home Assistant SSD.

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Fire HD 8 and Google Play Store

Ok, who didn’t buy something they didn’t really need on Amazon Prime Day?  Just me?  Surely not!  But for just £44.99 I got an Amazon Fire HD 8 (10 Gen) and with a Mastercard promotion a 128GB micro SD card to bump up the storage for £8.45.  One of the first things I tried to do was install an emby client, which proved to be much more difficult than I’d imagined, at least until I discovered how to Install the Google Play Store on it.

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Arduino

I picked up my first Arduino as somewhat of an impulse purchase to avoid extortionate delivery costs when I was buying the Devastator Robot Platform which I blogged about here. I thought I might be able to use the Arduino to control the robot but ended up using a Raspberry Pi. I did eventually get around to playing with the Arduino kit and buying a few more along the way.

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Airsonic

This is another one of those things I really don’t need, but now I’ve found it and set it up I think it’s pretty cool and have been trying to find a more permanent use for it! Airsonic is a free, web-based media streamer, providing ubiquitous access to your music, although you’re probably best just checking out the website to find out more – https://airsonic.github.io/

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NGINX Proxy Manager

Using NGINX as a reverse proxy, with Letsenctypt to generate SSL certificates and secure access to my externally exposed services, was a real game-changer for me, automating something that in the past has been a real challenge.  NGINX Proxy Manager simplifies things even further and saves me having to edit multiple nginx.conf files.

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