Use the Sonos API to gather alarm data

My alarm clock setup is based on a Sonos One that plays music and Home Assistant in combination with DeCONZ and Node-RED to automate my bedroom lights as a wake up light. I could also control the music to the Sonos One from Home Assistant, but I don’t want to rely on my home automation setup for me to wake up. Currently, the Home Assistant integration does not get the alarm data itself, but luckily the Sonos API is easily accessible!

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What it takes to pursue a bachelor’s degree by following a distance learning program

Back in 2011 when I was 17 years old I started with my studies on ‘senior secondary vocational education’ (MBO). This was the first time I fell in love with technology. The more time I spent on training and certifications, the more exemptions I received from teachers. After getting my diploma, I wanted to start working with all the new technologies in enterprise environments & apply what I learned throughout my certification journey. I started to work at Avanade but always with the dream to pursue my bachelor’s degree. Distance learning was the best option while starting a hectic career in IT consultancy.

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Bye Philips Hue & Xiaomi Bridge!

My smart home journey started years ago with a simple Philips Hue configuration. After integrating Home Assistant, I wanted to have some door/window sensors and temperature sensors. I bought the Xiaomi Aqara bridge and implemented all the sensors into Home Assistant. I quickly realized I now have two Zigbee bridges due to the fact that both Philips and Xiaomi want a ‘customized’ standard. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
I needed to do something…

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Azure Bastion changes everything!

This week Microsoft quietly released some information about a new Azure solution called Azure Bastion. Azure Bastion acts as a gateway between a Virtual Machine in Azure and your session in the Azure Portal. This means that without assigning a Public IP address, you are able to connect to your Azure Virtual Machine through the Azure Portal. No Remote Desktop environment or jumpbox needed. Azure Bastion is currently in Private Preview.

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My Office 365 based personal, secure & unique email system

A secure email system is important to protect yourself from the increasing phishing and spam attacks, where hackers try to steal money on a large scale. More and more organizations hosting personal data are getting hacked, where hackers misuse this personal data to launch attacks. In this blog post I will introduce you to a solution I’ve created based on Office 365 and PowerShell to prevent that my email address is spread more widely on the internet.

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