Self-Hosted Voice Control (for Paranoids)

Building a self-hosted voice interface for HomeAssistant Voice control is both a new, and quite old, piece of the home automation puzzle. As far back as the 1960’s, science fiction depicted seamless voice control of computers, culminating in, to me, one of Star Trek’s most endearing lines: “Computer, lights”, followed by the satisfying brightness of hands-free lighting! In the last few years, real-life technology has finally progressed to the point that this is truly possible.

Building LibreOffice Online for Debian

LibreOffice Online is a very cool project by the fine people at Collabora to bring the LibreOffice core functionality into a web browser. In effect, it’s a Free Software version of the Google Docs suite of productivity tools, allowing one or many people to edit and save documents in a browser. The software builds on the LibreOffice core code, and currently is only distributed as a Docker image, obtainable from the link above.

Build A Raspberry Pi BMC

IPMI BMCs are pretty ubiquitous in the datacenter and enterprise computing, because in a warehouse full of computers, finding and walking up to one just to reset it or check its console is quite daunting. The same goes for a home server: it may just be in my basement, but in a closed-up rack it becomes a huge hassle to manage a machine without IPMI. I try to get it on every motherboard I buy, but currently my Ceph nodes are running with motherboards that lack built-in IPMI.


Welcome to my new blog, build in Hugo! Hopefully this one will stay online a little longer than my previous Wordpress-based sites! On this page you will find posts about cool stuff I’m working on, things that interest me, and general tech news and my opinions thereof. I hope you enjoy your stay!