Mi Flora’s and Home Assistant

Plants are expensive. And they tend to die when not looked after carefully. Since my wife and I suck at looking after plants, I bought a Mi Flora’s. Here’s how they help us safe money via Docker, MQTT and Home Assistant! You’re probably reading this because every year you have to buy several new plants,
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The power of Docker Compose

Earlier I wrote about how to start with Docker. Though Docker by itself is a powerfull tool, you can do a whole lot more with it (in less time) when you get the hang of Docker Compose. And the best part: like Docker, it is very easy to start with Install Docker Compose Docker Compose
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MQTT broker via Docker

MQTT is a great and simple way to read statusses of your IOT devices. But how do you set up a MQTT broker? Via Docker Compose it’s surprisingly easy, as you’ll find out if you read on. If you are interested in home automation, you inevitably will come across the acronym ‘MQTT’ which stands for
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Home Assistant via Docker

By now a lot of people have heard of Home Assistant and also of Docker. Both looked a bit intimidating to me when I first looked at them, so, how do we set up Home Assistant with Docker? There is quite some documentation available at home-assistant.io but they assume you already have Docker running. Lets
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How to start with Docker, now?

You read about it everywhere, but how do you start with Docker? Luckily, starting is just a few mouse clicks away Docker looked daunting to me when I first read about it. I didn’t know where to start and couldn’t really find a great tutorial on how to get me started. After a lot of
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