After three great days at the PyCon US 2017 in Portland, OR Hendrik and I decided to participate in the development sprints succeeding the conferece. The code sprints are an essential part of PyCon, and a chance to meet some of the maintainers and contributors of various open source projects. For us it was the first time attending a code sprint. The day before the sprint there was a session helping people to set up Git, Python (including virtual environments) and getting familiar with version control.
After collecting some photovoltaic data using PikoPy and a some readings from the residential meter it was time to put everything together. The data is collected by a couple of scripts triggered by a cronjob every five minutes. $ crontab -l */5 * * * * python /home/solarpi/kostal_piko.py */5 * * * * python /home/solarpi/collect_meter.py */15 * * * * python /home/solarpi/collect_weather.py The results are then written into a SQLite database.
The first step of my plan, building a Raspberry Pi based photovoltaic monitoring solution, is finished. I created a python package that works with the Kostal Piko 5.5 inverter (and theoretically should work with other Kostal inverters as well) and offers a clean interface for accessing the data: import pikopy #create a new piko instance p = Piko('host', 'username', 'password') #get current power print p.get_current_power() #get voltage from string 1 print p.
After the 2013 Berlin Marathon sold out in less than four hours, the organizers decided to alter the registration process for 2014. First there was a pre-registration phase followed by a random selection from the pool of registrants to receive a spot. Those who were selected had to register until November 11th, 2013. Any spots that were not confirmed till the 11th would be offered to pre-registered candidates according to the order in which they were randomly selected.
A couple of years ago I was on a trip to Budapest with a couple of friends. While roaming the streets we were passing by a casino and my friend insisted that there was a perfect strategy that would only lead to winning at roulette tables. Curious as I was I had him explain his theory. The system basically works as follows: First, you place a coin on red. If red wins, take your winning and start over.