Run home assistant in k3s - IOT for everyone - part 1

As a new home owner and nerd, I’ve been leaning into the “smart home” trend. Naturally, this makes for a great excuse to tinker with the latest IOT technology and to experiment with distributed computing. What better test bed for working with the ‘Service Mesh’ than coordinating micro-computer devices and sensors? To that end, I’ve chosen to use Rancher’s IOT focused kubernetes distribution k3s. I plan to write more about my setup in the future but, for now I’d just like to share my configuration for running the HomeAssistant platform on kubernetes cluster with a zwave gateway. Read more...

Starting a homelab for kubernetes development

The problem Local development environments are full of tradeoffs. Do you optimize for ease of installation, or “production” environment fidelity? Do you seed a subset of your production data for testing, or do you generate random datasets? Should it each service(persistence, api, batch) in the application be optional when developing new features? If you’re like me, these considerations are often a stumbling block on the path to a working prototype. Read more...
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