Mensa's apps. Pi-hole in Docker and Home Assistant
Last week, I was obsessed with Mensa’s app IQ Check. For some questions, it was pretty difficult to find the pattern. No, I'm not a genius, so I cheated by taking screenshots for the hardest questions, and then staring at them until the solution was obvious to me.
Check also Mensa Brain Training app. It's pretty amazing and has no ads.
Pi-hole in Docker
I upgraded my Raspberry Pi to "Bullseye", and I couldn't get Pi-hole running anymore because of some conflict with port 53 and DNS resolver.
I erased everything and flashed a new image. Now I run Pi-hole from docker. I'll just put here - more for me not losing it - the
docker-compose.yml config file. Thanks, Brain Wilson.
My own tweaks.
version: "3.7" services: pihole: # Runs a DNS server to blackhole advertising # It has a management interface running on port 80, # so we want to proxy it. # We are NOT running DHCP so port 67 is not exposed. container_name: pihole image: pihole/pihole:latest networks: - proxy_net expose: - "80" ports: - "53:53/tcp" - "53:53/udp" - "443:443/tcp" - "80:80/tcp" # Recommended but not required (DHCP needs NET_ADMIN) # https://github.com/pi-hole/docker-pi-hole#note-on-capabilities cap_add: - NET_ADMIN env_file: .env environment: VIRTUAL_HOST: "pi.hole" TZ: 'Europe/Bucharest' WEBPASSWORD: 'xxxx' ServerIP: "192.168.1.2" # Quad9 DNS1: "18.104.22.168" DNS2: "22.214.171.124" NETWORK_ACCESS: internal dns: - "126.96.36.199" - "188.8.131.52" volumes: - type: volume source: pihole_etc target: /etc/pihole/ read_only: false - type: volume source: pihole_dnsmasq target: /etc/dnsmasq.d/ read_only: false restart: unless-stopped volumes: pihole_etc: name: pihole_etc pihole_dnsmasq: name: pihole_dnsmasq static_content: name: proxy_static_content networks: proxy_net: name: proxy_net
Also, this weekend, I switched my home automation platform from OpenHAB to Home Assistant. It’s more intuitive and easy to use. The phone app offers me the possibility to check if that person is in the home area. If we are not home, I created an automation that puts the heating in Away mode and turns off all the lights.