Using a Raspberry PI as a Kiosk for Home Assistant or Grafana

At the start of this year I bought the house I had been renting for the previous 14 years and since then I’ve been busy doing things like renovating and automating it.

How I’ve done that will be in a separate series of blog entries, however at it’s heart is a Raspberry PI 4B with the official touch screen mounted at the top of a wall in the Kitchen running Home Assistant.

I also have a larger monitor mounted on a wall in my home office which has a Raspberry PI 2B which shows a Grafana dashboard for monitoring my home systems.

In both instances they are running as a kiosk so that when they boot up they automatically open a browser on a fixed page.

This guide covers how to setup a PI from scratch into a simple kiosk.

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Getting a dial-up modem working with VoIP

Recently I’ve been doing a lot of Retro computing, mostly with the BBC Master 128 last year & this year I’m going to be doing more with other older systems ranging from a Commodore 64 that’s ready to be worked on to operating systems like CP/M & Bulletin Boards (BBS).

As I’m intending on doing some videos later on how bulletin boards were accessed in the old pre-Internet days. Now these days we have WiFi modems available which emulate a dial-up modem & then connect to a bulletin board (they do still exist) over the internet.

But that’s too clean & modern so how about using an old modem? So to do that I wanted to setup a pair of modem’s so that we can reproduce an old dial-up experience.

US Robotics 56K modem we will use to dial in with

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Setting up a compute node

In this article I will go through the setting up of a compute node in the cluster from configuring it on the network, adding storage on the NAS and configuring docker.

Although these instructions are for the Raspberry PI, they are also used for other node types

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