How To Track Crypto Prices in Home Assistant
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How To Track Crypto Prices in Home Assistant

Over the past few years, I’ve been intrigued by cryptocurrencies. I find the ups, downs, and various forums or news articles very interesting. I’ve even bought, sold, and held several coins myself. To find the prices, I typically would open the Coinbase app, authenticate with 2FA, and then switch to the correct tab to view…

Chore Tracking with Point System in Home Assistant
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Chore Tracking with Point System in Home Assistant

In this guide, I’m going to show you how to create your own chore or task tracker within Home Assistant, using only default Home Assistant features – no third-party products or additional addons/integrations are needed. You can optionally assign a point value to each chore, allowing your kids to earn “points” for completing their tasks….

Add Mealie’s “Meal of the Day” to Home Assistant
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Add Mealie’s “Meal of the Day” to Home Assistant

By far one of my most-used Docker images is Mealie, a self-hosted recipe manager and meal planner. Adding new recipes to Mealie is as easy as pasting a URL into the app. Mealie will automatically pull in the ingredients, cooking steps, and images. It’s truly awesome, and I use every single day. One of the…

Hass Workstation Service: Automatically change desktop Wallpaper Based on Weather
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Hass Workstation Service: Automatically change desktop Wallpaper Based on Weather

Have you ever thought how cool it would be to if your desktop PC wallpaper automatically changed based on the weather outside? For example, if it was raining, the wallpaper would change to a live “rainy” wallpaper, or if it was sunny, it might show a beach with moving waves. In combination with Home Assistant,…

How To Run VMware Workstation Virtual Machine in the Background
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How To Run VMware Workstation Virtual Machine in the Background

In this guide, I will show you how to run your Vmware Workstation VM in the background and automatically after reboot, using either a batch file in the Startup folder or Windows Task Scheduler. This means that after your host computer or server restarts, your VM will automatically startup without you needing to launch the…

How To Automatically Connect USB Drives to VMware Workstation On Power On
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How To Automatically Connect USB Drives to VMware Workstation On Power On

After spending a few hours migrating Home Assistant from a raspberry pi to VMware Workstation, and passing the my Nortek GoControl USB dongle successfully from my Windows 10 PC to the VM, I quickly realized that if I close the VM Player window or my Windows PC reboots – it doesn’t automatically reconnect the USB…

How To Install Home Assistant using VMware Workstation
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How To Install Home Assistant using VMware Workstation

In this guide, I will show you how to migrate Home Assistant from a raspberry pi to VMWare Workstation 16 Player. Or, if you don’t have Home Assistant installed yet, you can still follow this guide exactly as is. You just won’t have a snapshot to import; you’ll be starting with a fresh HA instance….

How To Pair Ikea Tradfri Motion Sensor to Home Assistant
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How To Pair Ikea Tradfri Motion Sensor to Home Assistant

In this guide, I will show you how to add an Ikea TRADFRI Wireless Motion sensor to Home Assistant in 2021. This device uses the Zigbee prototcol, not zwave, so you will pair it using the ZHA integration within Home Assistant. For reference, here is what it looks like: Unbox Device The first step is…