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  1. Emoncms no longer for free

    Uhm ... we are already paying for a Windows server ... But thanks for the heads-up for others if they want to host their own.
  2. Emoncms no longer for free

    Obviously. We tried one or two "free" Linux hosting's sites.
  3. Current Water Affairs.

    Too cool with wind. But thanks for the thought. :-)
  4. Current Water Affairs.

    And here it begins ... 50l pppd as from 1 Feb. Why, because, and I quote: "... more than 60% of Cape Town residents are not saving water." See here: Level 6B Water Restrictions Man, THIS is throwing a spanner in MY works! What I cannot fathom, probably it is political correctness, is why they simply, after all these months, don't just cut the over-users water ... really. When I am President ... Who in their right mind can today claim they did not know they are using more than their share of the water? Try to explain that to me after all these months of newspaper articles, boards and other warnings, emails, friends chatting, CoCT sending you correspondence, even visiting you?
  5. Emoncms no longer for free

    Hosting such software cost a wee bit. Am surprised they took so long. I know for we have been hosting EMON for a while now on a Linux virtual machine running a Hetzner rented Windows server.
  6. is this a normal charge pattern?

    IF I understand, yes, the BMV does that. Also a bit about that on the forum way back. BMV's need to be given some TLC now and then. Like a Zeroing and a manual set to 100% SOC. I do it every while when the system is fully charged. I switch of all, ensure that no current is passing through the BMV, and if so, and all is off, I Zero the current. Biding my time, seeing the batteries are fully charged, controllers are in float, yet SOC is not, I set the SOC to 100% manually.
  7. raspberry pi 3, where buy?

    Here you go: https://www.pishop.co.za/store/raspberry-pi-3---model-b When we developed SolWEB we wrote for Windows 1st because at the time a Mecer tablet was +- the same price as a Pi after you added the 'tomato sauce' in the casing + PSU + the right SD card. Allegedly there are quirks with different make and model SD cards in the Pi's. There was a some advice here on the forum somewhere. Versus a tablet that came with a built in bigger hdd + built in screen + a built in battery, it's own "UPS" - helps when one forgets to switch off all during system maintenance, for Pi's and SD cards do not like their power just to be switched off. Now, as the software ran over time on tablets, old and new, we found quirks on data from Axperts, dual and single, on GoodWE's, Microcare, Morningstar and even Victron. Zonhan controllers being the most interesting. Once we understood when and why, we coded for these anomalies and the system became stable. Some data quirks we dealt with inside SQL with Stored Procedures. Why am I telling you this? It is better to go the Pi route if the developer originally coded for a Pi. Another thought to consider. Ask the supplier of the software if you can take your existing tablet, install Linux on it, and then the software you want to run.
  8. Current Water Affairs.

    I agree. But then two thoughts popped to mind: 1) ANC is still doing / trying this "partnership" all over SA. Zuma is/was the master, without any rules unless he made them. 2) ANC will lose a serious amount of income. The thing with water was that it has been so cheap that no matter what one does, you cannot get any, if any, ROI. If the new fees and prices come into play, would one then get a ROI, I wonder. And would CoCT allow one to go "off grid" with water? We need to store about 60kl per annum. 5kl tank at +-R4.5k = R22.5k plus filters and pumps and all that, make it wot R35k? KIS i.e. cut mains and feed direct into house main feed. = R0.59c per liter for year one. = R0.06c per liter over 10 years - assuming, like with Victron, there are no replacements needed. (could not not gooi that reference )
  9. Laundry needs hot water

    We reached about R2.32 per kWh, then we got PAYG. Now we are on R1.61 per kWh and I am holding the fellow house dwellers in line simply by saying that if the meter is out of units, search for N ... as in "NOT My Problem"! Once SWAMBO and once her female "langhaarhuisdier" got worried, ONCE, and each bought units ... I was floored. Rest are ducking and diving ... I am a patient 'N' fellow. See, the "requests" are simple: 1 - Use power wisely. 2 - Switch off at the wall if not in use. Got the house down to +-110w between 12am-7am, Eskom, with batteries carrying about +-45w 24/7, to keep them active. Have a add-hoc peak of 220w during this time due to an older fridge, just not enough justification to buy a new A++ fridge ... yet ... for the old folk. Therein my hindrance ito cost vs ROI to go bigger with solar, as most of the power is used after hours because for some reason CoCT is unreasonable ito going grid tie, feeding back to use at night. Must send Cyril a email on the matter. If CoCT comes with a fixed connection charge, identifying me as a ideal candidate, then I will have a serious reset ito point of departure. And IF there is a 30% increase on top of that, it will become a matter of principal to go "off-grid", bit for bit.
  10. Current Water Affairs.

    None. :-) Plan is to overrun them all with "14,100,000 citizens which would be fit for service should the country enforce conscription laws" - at which point I will respectfully decline.
  11. Current Water Affairs.

    This looks different, or am I missing something, includes up to 22nd or April as at the time posted here. http://www.csag.uct.ac.za/current-seasons-rainfall-in-cape-town/
  12. Laundry needs hot water

    I. Am. Going. To. Send. A. Email. To. Someone!!! I can NEVER get those low tariffs ... ever. Need a drink! Ok, calmness prevails, back to the matter on hand. I am all for EV tubes. Our geyser has been hot and not bothered with no help whatsoever from Eskom due recent water rationing being in effect in Cpt. Even before our new norm, EV tubes, if warm water usage is adjusted, can negate Eskom completely. Expensive, hell yes, but if user manners are adjusted, they can pay for themselves quickly. Took me less than 24months to settle them way back in 2012 or some such. One quirk we stopped, was using warm water for washing machine. Pipes where to long, so we changed the soap for cold water, problem sorted. Lately, rainwater is all that is used, so there is now even less chance of hot water. :-)
  13. Current Water Affairs.

    O. My. Word. (... no words for that inconvenience, loss and frustration!) After our last Quickot popped, +-1 week after the 5 year warranty expires, like a bell ringing on the hour, I had a 10 year warranty Duratherm geyser installed with part insurance monies and part own rands. Being outside, being a "solar geyser" and all that, it was installed as is outside the house over the bathroom windows, with no nothing around it. Keeps the temp perfect on the coldest mornings, as per Geyserwise temp. And because I am chasing the 5kl, I am told that the meter supplier of CoCT, has developed a reader that reads their meters to give you continues display of WHO (ja I am chasing) is using water. They guess about R350.00. Hope it has a alarm in it, future version may even store data locally. Or you can buy the official reader, about R50k - but it can read up to a lot of homes! :-) Took a wee bit of effort (if sending mails can be classified as such) for I "chased" the meter manufacturer down, from my desk, in Germany, using a stickon local serial number to identify the right version, to a importer in Jhb who sold the meter to CoCT, 2-3 years ago. Point is, I think it would be great if the meter can pick up wastage, and close the line.
  14. Wind Turbine Overview

    Note: I do not vouch for him or GWStore. But it is most interesting. Nearly 90% of my original solar stuff came from GWStore. Then I read about the drama years later and promptly ignored them. One day, needed a few parts, ordered again from GWStore - I am very brave see. :-) Jason Sole delivered, in person, my last order. As a matter of fact, he has done so on more than one occasion, even on a Sat when he was close to Bellville. At one point he was even selling GWStore. Now his name appears again. Ai tog!
  15. Current Water Affairs.

    Two things. 1) For the life is me, we cannot get 6 people below 5kl pm. 2) Is does not look promising ... the rains that is. https://www.dailymaverick.co.za/article/2018-04-17-capewatergate-tiers-of-state-come-together-right-now-over-water-but-dam-levels-continue-to-drop/?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=WATER CRISIS Mailer 20 April 2018 58 Citadel&utm_content=WATER CRISIS Mailer 20 April 2018 58 Citadel+CID_45b156954aa90027baea629709c7f116&utm_source=TouchBasePro&utm_term=Tiers of state come together right now over water but dam levels continue to drop#.WtnSFL6FOUl
  16. A situation that we may or not be aware of.

    I want to hear of what you guys think of the chances of WW3 starting, soon. That soapie, think it is called uhmm something like TrumClint in the USA and locally, the one called GorZuuuum, takes a lot of press attention. So whilst the worlds and our media focuses on these soapies, the Russian Northern fleet passed quietly through the English Channel late last week on it's way to Syria, by direct order of Putin, who have warned the world media a few times, and USA specifically, to stay out of Syria, the last year. See here: https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2016/oct/21/russian-warships-pass-through-channel-watched-by-royal-navy So Syria got worse and I started looking into the story and into Bashar al-Assad and all that. His wife did a interview too. What he says in the interviews makes sense, more sense than Clinton and the WikiLeaks last week marring her effort even more. There are some very interesting perspectives out there, for and against depending on who you want to believe but what is clear to me, the USA best get their heads out of there collective arses and focus on their own problems, they have a lot. Then I came across this when in July 2016 Putin said, and what caught my attention in his speech, I quote: "I don't know how to get through to you anymore." The full speech here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kqD8lIdIMRo He makes a lot more sense compared to Obama / Clinton. Happened to see this from about 2 weeks ago, some very fierce words aimed at Russia, made by the US Army Chief. I quote: "We will beat you harder that you have ever been beaten before." See here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VvVrQqU1Gwc Right up Clinton's avenue, not? Against what Trump says. And that was after General J. Dunsford told the US Senate in Sept 2016, and Hilary is pushing like hell for it today, I quote: "For us to control all of the airspace in Syria would require us to go to war, against Syria and Russia." https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fmE9Jj-rEVs So as I said above, late last week the Russian Northern fleet passed quietly through the English Channel, after: Russia already did this: http://defence.pk/threads/putin-orders-40-million-citizens-to-prepare-for-‘nuclear-bombardment’.453545/ And China too: http://www.morningledger.com/world-war-3-russia-china-citizens/13112080/ So what is your take? EDIT: Some more info: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EyL5w7MtrtY
  17. A situation that we may or not be aware of.

    My gut tells me that the previous attacks where gas was used in Syria, was 10 to 1 homemade, and not military grade as claimed. All to get peoples emotions worked up, done by nefarious characters, which in turn gives the USA a reason to respond, justifying their presence and military budget. For there is some that claim it could have been chlorine filled mortar bombs manufactured locally using 9kg LPG gas containers, like so:
  18. A situation that we may or not be aware of.

    @gabriel - as previously promised. :-) Just over a year after the last post, here we are again. I quote a little story / question from a lady named Lisa who keeps track of these things: A clean-cut athlete from a wealthy family sees a skinny, underprivileged kid. The athlete wants to blow off some steam and look cool to his prep school friends, so he punches the skinny kid right in the face. Later, when the athlete is questioned by the school, he says that the skinny kid did something horrible, and thus, deserved the punch in the face. Because the athlete is rich, well-connected, and the star of the football team, the administration and the cops opt to believe him because it makes it a whole lot more acceptable that he punched the skinny kid. But when the skinny kid gets home, he talks to his big brother. His brother may not be from an elite background like the athlete, but he is just as big and just as athletic. He has grown up hard, so he is way, way more aggressive. And he has friends. Big, aggressive friends who are willing to fight viciously and who have the skills to back it up. The big brother contacts the athlete and his prep school friends. He warns them that his skinny little brother has had enough. He is angry that they lied about his brother and that everyone pretended to believe them. He tells them that if they ever pick on his brother again, they’ll be answering to him and his badass friends. If the athlete has any common sense, he’s going to see that he and his friends are outnumbered, outgunned, and outmatched. No matter how “special” they think they are, how can they possibly win a fight against more numerous opponents that have the same skills and the same weapons, but more – many more – people to wield them? If you were the athlete, what would you do in this situation? Are games being played around the middle east yet again, my buddy Trump, who by the way is doing a sterling job (sic). The nerve agent used on the Russian spy in London, there are rumors tests show that it was manufactured by USA / UK. Why would Russia blatantly kill someone and leave evidence of it? Are they poking the west, or where they framed? Then I read this: April 3: President Trump said that he was pulling American troops out of Syria. April 8: A gruesome gas attack was allegedly executed on Syrian civilians, complete with gruesome videos of suffering toddlers. Trump decides not to pull the troops just yet. April 9: Sen. John McCain blames Trump and says Assad was “emboldened” by his call to pull the troops. April 11: Russia warns the US against striking Syria. Moscow’s UN envoy Vasily Nebenzia warned Washington that it will “bear responsibility” for any “illegal military adventure” it carries out. April 12: Sec. of Defense Mattis said there was “still no evidence” to confirm the gas attack but he believed there was one anyhow. April 13: So, without evidence, the US military bombed Syria in retaliation for the alleged gas attack. They struck 3 different sites. April 14: Russia was a wee bit ticked off and warned, “Such actions will not be without consequences.” April 16: Russia presented “proof” that the UK actually carried out the gas attacks. Anyone heard of that? There was NO EVIDENCE that Assad gassed his own people but USA bombed them. FWIW, USA bombed them right before the investigators arrived to confirm or deny the claims that they had these chemical weapons. Russia with 3 586 128 military people and 2nd in the world it military strength, backed by China with 2 693 000 military people being 3rd in the world, against the US of A, being the 1st ito military strength overall, with 2 083 100 - maybe that "athlete" should reconsider? All the above smells like when Iraq was attacked with no evidence, to date, of their alleged "weapons of mass destruction". And today, China, Russia is dealing with OPEC not with PetroDollars, but sticking it to the USA by starting to use PetroYuan. What do you guys think?
  19. anyone for a shipping container house?

    @gabriel - at that price, you are starting to look a caravans that has similar features. :-) One day ... (click here) when I am all grown up and all that.
  20. CoCT introduces monthly electricity service charge

    Have had nothing yet, what are the chances that you are identified because your consumption is so low? From what I gathered over the years, the infrastructure maintenance is where they lose the most if everyone goes solar. So this could be there counter move?
  21. Current Water Affairs.

    iPhone, iPad, iPod ... Reminds me of the pick below. I I I ... Me me me ... My needs, my rights, mine. My right to use as much water as I want ... :-) The more people, the more rights. We cannot possibly all be right, meet all our own needs, without something giving.
  22. Current Water Affairs.

    With the mass immigration into Europe, Europe is changing, and it is not for the better, it seems. Their indigenous populations dwindling, forcing them to get new blood in, but controlled, not skyrocketing as is currently taking place. I think the major news outlets are keeping it quiet, as it is politically incorrect to mention anything but good news. That was till Sweden started to face some serious matters lately, London lately taking some stabs (sorry it just came out). Most of the Europe's nations are facing more and more serious crimes, and not from their own citizens. Coming from SA, our crime levels still tops theirs (generally speaking), but the point is, theirs are escalating fast and their cultures are changing, by force in most cases, and their politicians are powerless. That is the part where we miss the bigger issue. The majority are peaceful, really good people, the ones I know. And they abhor violence. Problem is the vast majority don't do anything, just distance themselves from the radical extremists, who in the end targets them too. I agree. If Europe stayed out of Africa, leaving Africa to develop at Africa's pace with African values, it could have been a totally different place. Vicious, hard, ruthless and all that ... maybe. A VERY simplistic view. Europe was forced to harvest and secure resources in a few very short months. African population just moved around as the seasons changed. So Europeans entered Africa, nirvana compared to what they where used to deal with. Today we have the conflict all over the continent, the non-European's still the losers overall. In the end, with some patience: AWA - Africa Wins Again.
  23. Leo

    Sent you a Message Leo. Am not into the business, but have a keen interest to have see what it is going can cost.
  24. Current Water Affairs.

    I understand the overall progress of countries in Africa statement from Johan, for all does not begin and end in Namibia. :-) Love Nam, good people, solid citizens and the shaunas are awesome ... to get STUCK in!. Ok, maybe more in Angola. And yes Botswana and Zambia (I am told) are some countries trying really hard and succeeding. Nigeria, Rwanda, Burundi, Libya, Egypt, Algeria, Sudan, Somalia, Ethiopia, DRC, Zimbabwe, Uganda are not where they can be. And that other little secret, Boko Haram. The further they move down, the bigger the problem for countries in Africa, and us, becomes. Even SA is unaware of our risk. http://ewn.co.za/Topic/Boko-Haram-in-South-Africa So ja, Africa is not for sissies, not if your wife and kids are right there next to you somewhere in Africa.
  25. Current Water Affairs.

    Hypothetical question: Would it be called a collapse, and too late to sell, when Capetonians are "invited" to join each other in ques to get our allocated 25l pppd? Where does one draw a line in the sand?
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