Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Capsaicin Chaos - Episode 5 - Lettuce Love

Capsaicin Chaos - Episode 5

Lettuce Love

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[ Lettuce Roots & Water Change Video ]



[ Lettuce Time Lapse Video ]



[ Pepper Time Lapse Video ]



 

[ Live Stream ]



[ Previous Episodes ]

[ Intro ]

    This week I don't have a ton of updates on the peppers as far as me changing things up.  I have been using the same solution to water them.  I gave them a slight feed on Monday(11/27/2017) night and they have been growing like weeds since.  Every plant that we have is growing strong.  I will add pictures below of each plants progress.
   The real focus of this weeks episode is going to be our hydroponic lettuce.  The lettuce is 13 day old Black Seeded Simpson and you can follow its life cycle through the precious episodes of the show linked above.  Yesterday(11/28/2017) I changed the water in the bucket for our DWC setup we have our and in our video at the top of the page you can see a time lapse of me mixing our new nutrient solution as well as the root structure of the plants.

[ PPM Bump ]

    You can follow the lettuce grow in real time  on the live stream.  The lettuce is starting to grow strong and our current solution was very low PPM and consisted of mostly rhizotonic.  Below you can see what I used for nutrients as well as the ppm and pH of the solution.

  I will continue to update you on the progress now that we have upped the nutrients in our solution.  I have had really good success in the past with the Flora Duo series.  I love the control over the mixture and being able to specifically tune my solution for the different stages of my grow.  It really helps with flowering plants like our peppers.

[ Lettuce Timelapse Video ] 

[ Lettuce Pics ]







[ Anaheim Peppers Update ]

[ Anaheim #1 ]





[ Anaheim #2 ] 



[ Anaheim #3 ]



[ Big Tai Hybrid Peppers Update ]


[ Big Tai Hybrid #1 ]





[ Big Tai Hybrid #2 ]



[ Big Tai Hybrid #3 ]



[ Big Tai Hybrid #4 ]



[ Big Tai Hybrid #5 ]



[ Updated Room Pics ]




















Tuesday, November 28, 2017

macOS - HighSierra Root Without A Password & How To Fix!

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[ What and Who ]


    Today it was shared with the world that there is a massive bug in the latest updates to the macOS.  HighSierra seems to have a bug that only effects system that got HighSieera through an update.  This means if your machine came pre-installed with HighSierra you are not effected by this bug.  This bug allows the users to bypass authentication when accessing anything that requires privilege escalation.  This is anything from changing settings to installing certain apps.

[ How To Test ]


    You can test this out yourself and see if your machine is affected first hand by opening up your System Preferences and going to the Users & Groups tab shown below.

 



    Once you are in the users and group tab click the lock icon on the bottom left-hand side of the screen as shown below.





    This will open up an authentication prompt asking for your username and password.  Replace your username with the username 'root' and click unlock.  It will fail the first time but if you click it a few more times quickly(spam click it) it will unlock and the lock icon will change to the one shown below meaning you are authenticated and able to change settings.





[ Wrap Up ]

      For now, there isn't much we can do other than sit back, crack open a beer an wait for Apple to release a patch.  Let me know what you think on this whole thing and if you feel that it isn't okay for Apple to release software with bugs like this.  Happy hacking and don't forget to give this post the +1 and keep coming back for more content like this!

[ UPDATE ]

   There is now a known fix for this issue!  Check out the blog(and massive thanks goes too) the guys over at collectiveidea for figuring out how to fix this for now!  Check out there post here.

Monday, November 27, 2017

Capsaicin Chaos - Episode 4 - HOBloom System Updates

Capsaicin Chaos - Episode 4

HOBloom Updates


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[ Live Stream ]



[ Previous Episodes ]

[ The Times They Are A Changing ]

    Today's show is going to be a little different than normal.  I have had a few major changes I have wanted to make to the HOBloom client and server side code.  The first major change I have wanted to make for a long time now was splitting up and moving the client and server-side code.  Previously, everything was in one repo and the client side code was in a subfolder on the main repo named client.  This repo was hosted on my personal GitHub account and can be found here.  I have now created repositories for each project under the YieldTek GitHub.  You can find the server side code here and the client here.  The next major step I took was refactoring the server.  The server-side code was a mess and had way too many things hard-coded or doing logic inside of the main hobloom.js file.
    If you want to see the refactor check out the previous link and switch to the development branch.  I moved all appliance and sensor management into there own classes, created tons of static utility classes for previously (unnecessarily) non-static methods.  I moved a ton of logic around and did a lot of general clean up.
    Onto the client.  For the client, I originally wrote it using Angular 2.  I don't hate angular but, it ended up being way more bloated and picky than was required for my project.  I have wanted to rewrite it for a good bit now using ReactJS.  The code isn't on git yet as I am not totally done but, this past weekend I taught myself react and rewrote a good bit of the client using React.  So far, I love React.  It is light and flexible and I love having all of my javascript and JSX in one file.  It is extremely powerful yet it never forces your hand on anything.  I still have a lot to learn but, so far so good.
   I also decided I didn't want to use intervals anymore so I decided to remove the REST API from the server and replace it with socket io.  I am now using real-time socket connections to push updates to and from the client only when necessary.  This allows me to avoid having to make unnecessary API calls to do things like check for settings changes.

[ Wrap Up ]

    I hope you are looking forward to the improvements to our open source grow software.  If you like this post be sure to give it a plus one and comment below with any questions you have.  I'll see you tomorrow with another garden update.  As always thank you for reading and happy growing!

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Capsaicin Chaos - Episode 3 - Week One Wrap Up

Capsaicin Chaos - Episode 3

Weekly Wrap up


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[ Live Stream ]



[ Previous Episodes ]



[ Video ]

    Below I have added a little video I made showing the grow room now that the tablets are up with our UI running on them.  Let me know in the comments below or on YouTube if you like the weekly videos and I will keep doing them.  If you guys like them enough I may do a few a week.


[ Lettuce Tent ]
    Our lettuce is still going strong.  I was going to change the water today but the water level is still really good so, I decided to give it another day or two before replacing the water and adding some nutrients to bump the PPM up a bit.  Below I have added some pictures of the lettuce tent and as always you can check out the link at the top of the page for the live stream to check in on the tent 24/7.




 






































[ Anaheim & Big Tai Hybrid Peppers]

    This week we didn't have to do much to our seedlings.  I did give them a small bit of water I mixed up Saturday(11/25/2017).  Below is the mixture I used to water my seedlings.  We will continue to use this mixture for another week or two until the seedlings get a little bigger.  Once they start getting larger we will bump up the PPM gradually and start adding our NPK in the water as well as the small amount of fertilizer in the soil.



    Once the seedlings all had a night to absorb the new nutrient mix, I took them out of the tent one by one this morning(11/26/2017) and picked the weakest seedling out of each cup. This left me with one seedling per cup.  Whenever I put down seeds I always add two to each cup and pick out the weakest. This gives is a better chance of getting at least one seed to germinate in each cup.  When I use starter plugs I sometimes avoid this step but, even then I will do it sometimes just to be safe.  Below I have added pictures of each plant before and after the removal of the extra seedlings.

[ Anaheim #1 ]















[ Anaheim #2 ]








[ Anaheim #3 ]




[ Big Tai Hybrid #1 ]








[ Big Tai Hybrid #2 ]






[ Big Tai Hybrid #3 ]





[ Big Tai Hybrid #4 ]




[ Big Tai Hybrid #5 ]








[ Room Updates ]

  This week I have an exciting new upgrade to the grow room.  I finally got around to mounting two tablets on the wall outside of the room to run the UI for my automation system.  I have added pics below of the tablets as well as the overall room set up just to track changes over time.







[ Wrap Up ]

  As always thank you for reading and following along with my growing experiments.  If you like what you see don't forget to subscribe to our youtube channel.  You can also support work like this for as little as one dollar a month on our Patreon! If you have any comments or questions drop them in the comment section below and I will be sure to get back to you.  You can also reach me using the email info at the top of the page with any questions or concerns.  As always keep learning and happy growing!