Saturday, October 10, 2020

End of the Blog: The New Blogger Interface is Broken

 Well, I've wondered when I'd give up blogging, and it looks like "now" is the right answer.  Why?  Because Google has forced the new Blogger interface on everyone as of a few weeks back, and say what you will about how "responsive" or "beautiful" or... whatever web developer bullshit you want, it fundamentally fails as a blogging interface.

A fundamental feature of a blogging interface is that it deals well with text.  The new Blogger interface?  It burns a ton of CPU on new hardware.  On older hardware?  It's literally unusable - and I mean this as someone who has experience with high latency internet connections.  I'm going to go through this absolute abomination, and then?


And then I'm done.  I'm not going to fight my tools this badly for the sake of blogging.  Maybe Google will un-fuck their interface.  Maybe I'll get around to hosting my own site again.  Or maybe I'll just stop even trying to engage with the modern internet.

Saturday, September 26, 2020

Solar 2020 Part 7: Inverters, Conduit, and AC Wiring

This week, I'll be focusing on the side-of-house part of the install - inverters, combiners, and into the meter box!


I've used fancy combiners/disconnects, mostly because I just wanted something classy looking instead of the knife switch disconnects I could have used.  I really like Midnite's style.


Solar comes to the house, goes to the inverters via a locally-approved variant to the NEC, and heads out to the grid.  How?  Keep reading!

Saturday, September 12, 2020

Solar 2020 Part 6: Equipment Overview

For this week, let's take a break to examine the hardware I'm using for my solar install.

The core bits of the hardware involved are ITEK 295SE panels, Sunny Boy inverters, and Midnite combiners/fuse boxes, in various configurations.



Saturday, August 29, 2020

Home Solar 2020 Part 5: The House A-Frames

With lessons learned from my office panel A-frames, I set out to build the home solar A-frames - but with more process improvements to make things better!


Saturday, August 15, 2020

Home Solar 2020 Part 4: Uprights and Side Rails

With the concrete footings for the main house frames poured, I set about doing something useful with them - like putting uprights and side rails on!  These are the foundation for the A-frames which I've been working on for a while.


It seems I didn't actually take a picture of them when fully painted before I started installing the As, but you get the idea.

Time to go up!

Saturday, August 1, 2020

Solar 2020 Part 3: Home Concrete Footings

Like most of my projects, the theory of "Oh, I'll just punch some holes in the ground!" for my home solar array met with an awful lot of "Well, that didn't go as planned."


But, punch I did, and I've got plenty of holes in the ground, filled with concrete, ready for the uprights!



Saturday, July 18, 2020

Solar 2020 Part 2: Office A-Frames, Local Wildlife, and Comets

A little while back, I left things on my office install with the footings poured and the side rails mounted.  This week, it's time to build and mount the As that go on top!


ARM posts are delayed by a bit, mostly because I was up super late last night trying to get pictures of a comet (and succeeding, mostly).