Get Synology Photos Face Recognition working without GPU

After my previous post on having Synology DSM installed as a VM on VMWare Exsi, I wanted to test Synology Photos. I therefore imported around 6000 pictures to see how it worked. After the upload my People section in the Albums area didn’t work and never found any faces. This…

Run Synology DSM as a VM on VMWare ESXi with your own hardware

Only use this for test purpose. If you really like Synology DSM and want to use it private or for business you should buy a Synology NAS and pay for the hardware and software. My reasons to test the Synology DSM 7.x on my own hardware was because of the…

Securing your Home Assistant with automatic backups to the cloud

I’ve invested tons of hours in our Home Assistant installation, so it would be a disaster to loose all the work if something goes wrong. Home Assistant has backup functionality build in. It can take full backups and snapshots, but it stores the backup files on the local machine running…

Get Home Assistant talking through Sonos speaker using Googles Text-To-Speech service

In our house we have different automations that use our Sonos speakers to say something. For example if Aurora (our daughter) opens her window, the speaker in the kitchen tells us. Our alarm also warns us if any intrusion is registred at night when we are sleeping. To do this…

Updating Home Assistant without anything breaking

One of my primary and very important goals working with Home Assistant is that I want to be able to update Home Assistant at any time without anything breaking in my setup, for example integrations, automations, scripts etc. I simply don’t want to have to do rework after an update,…

Split your configuration up in multiple files

After some time doing a lot of stuff in configuration.yaml, I found that I needed to make a much more clean setup, where things were split up in multiple files instead of all automations being in automations.yaml etc. Basically my configuration.yaml and automations.yaml files contained thousands of lines making them…