# Siri Shortcut Controlled IR Remote for Home Receiver Using a Raspberry Pi

In my HomeKit™ household, one missing piece was turning on/off AV receiver, as the receiver only had an infrared remote control (no network connection). Since there was already a Raspberry Pi connected nearby (used for AirPlay® playback), a solution presented itself. Using some additional hardware I had available, there is even a way to control the receiver with Siri® shortcuts.

# Revisiting Homekit USB Webcam on Raspberry Pi 3

On home HomeKit setup, some homebridge plugins (Nest, WeMo) needed updating. And flaky webcam performance needed addressing. It was also time to update the node.js install. Got it all completed.

# Kubernetes 1.11 on Ubuntu 18.04 bare-metal single host

My Kubernetes 1.10 home cluster went down after some system updates and I couldn’t bring it back. It looked like incompatible kubelet versions and kubernetes tools updating underneath it from 1.10 to 1.11 was at least part of the problem alongside a docker upgrade. So I brought it back up quickly again using kubeadm, as described below.

Python3.7 final has been released near end of June 2018. Here are the instructions on how to build from source on a Raspberry Pi running Raspbian stretch.