## Automate shutters with an ESP and Home Assistant

I recently did a proof of concept on shutters automation by hacking the remote control: the idea is to wire the ESP in parallel with the remote control buttons.
My remotes are Bubendorff 41677 but it should work with a lot of other remote controls.

## How to monitor pellet stove's tank

I have a great Rika pellet stove, but despite all the embedded electronics, it is unable to warn me just before the pellets tank is empty. As I already have my own low-power wireless devices and home automation tools, I just added a distance sensor and designed some enclosures.

## How to compile KiCad 5.1.x for Debian 10

I was looking to use InteractiveHtmlBom plugin for KiCad but unfortunately, Debian maintainers did not set KICAD_SCRIPTING option in the official package. After a few failing attempts I even tested the official flatpak package but it is an old version (currently 4.x) and scripting is not enabled too.

So I dug further until it actually succeeds to compile :-)

## Thinkpad T440p & fingerprint sensor under Linux

There are a lot of pages stating that the Thinkpad T440p fingerprint sensor is not working well under Linux, but those are old and outdated. For me it worked well after figured out which packets to install:

## Setup Pi-Hole & WireGuard VPN on smartphone

WireGuard is a new VPN software, which is described as It aims to be faster, simpler, leaner, and more useful than IPSec, while avoiding the massive headache and using state-of-the-art cryptography. Pi-hole is a black hole for Internet advertisements, ie a server blocking advertisements at DNS level.

I have Pi-hole on my home network but wanted to have it also as DNS server on my phone when I am not at home. As I have a bad DSL connection, I can not rely on my home server. So I put Pi-hole on a VPS server I rent: it works, flawlessly.
Nevertheless, it was an open DNS resolver, which can be used to amplify DDoS attacks; there is already 2212 unsecured Pi-hole on the Internet, so I do not want to add another one.

Pi-hole provides documentation to use OpenVPN, even to redirect only DNS requests but it is not efficient on a phone as it is not a stateless connection, so it consumes battery; moreover, GSM/Wifi switch is not really handled, you have to reconnect. The solution comes from WireGuard which is stateless, and provides Android & iOS apps. I struggle to configure everything, so here is what I did: