Homebridge is an awesome little utility that allows you to add “non supported” smart-home devices to homekit. Once added, they behave like normal homekit devices for the most part. This is particularly useful if, for example, you have hundreds of pounds worth of LIFX bulbs that don’t support the software update for homekit support (grr).

Here’s my setup for running homebridge with the LIFX extension on a Raspberry Pi 2 model B. This assumes you have already installed raspbian on your Pi and managed to SSH in:

Continue reading “Homebridge”

I miss reachability

You know that feature where on a plus phone you could double tap (not press) the home button and all the icons slide down into reach? The one we mocked as a terrible hack only required because the phone was too big?

I’ve just moved from an iPhone 6S Plus to an iPhone XS. The iPhone XS does not have reachability.

I miss it.

A Simple Bread Maker Recipe

I love my bread maker. Since being given it for my birthday last year, I haven’t bought a single loaf of bread from the shop (although I have bought a lot of flour!). This is the recipe that I’ve used most:

  • 400g Strong Bread Flour
  • 1tsp Salt
  • 1tsp Yeast
  • 1tbsp Olive Oil
  • 300ml water

Setting: “French”. On my machine it takes 6 hours to finish, but using the timer I usually put a loaf on before I go to bed so I wake up to the smell of freshly baked bread. 👌

An Ode to 3D Touch

I just tried to hard press on my friend’s android phone to move the cursor – it felt so broken. 3D touch (force touch?) is a feature that it seems cool to mock for being a bit gimmicky or even useless, but I want to stand up for 3D touch as being one of my favourite things about my iPhone 6s. Here are three things that 3D touch has brought to my life that I like: Continue reading “An Ode to 3D Touch”