Installing overlay to arcade control panel

After planing a control panel for the arcade; after building the control panel; after designing it’s artwork and getting it printed, it is time to install the overlay on the control panel.

Today we look at the installation process of adding the control panel overlay (CPO) to the control panel.

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Graphics design for Control Panel Overlay

An important but often overlooked aspect of building a custom arcade control panel is the artwork. The overall look and feel of an arcade cabinet is greatly affected by its look, and the sideart and Control Panel Overlay (CPO) are the most visible parts.

Historically, arcade cabinets were always decorated with attractive graphics to entice players to the machine, and arcade cabinet graphics is an essential part of that retro gaming arcade look.

When we discussed building a control panel, we mentionned visual aspect can be anything from single-color to airbrush passing by recycled posters or purposely-printed graphics.

Whatever the selected method, the visual design of the control panel should be taken into consideration during the planing phase.

Today we will discuss the process of designing the graphics that makes a control panel overlay.

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Migrating HomeAssistant server

I’m a geek, you’re a geek, we’re all geeks.

And geeks like their homes to be geeky too.

Back in 2021 this geek installed HomeAssistant on a raspberry pi 2b.

Now… the Raspberry pi 2b is not fully supported by Home Assistant anymore, so anyone doing any serious home automation may want a more official Home Assistant release, or someone may simply want a more powerful server.

Note: in retrospect, even after upgrading hardware, there is no significant improvement on the rapidity or versatility of the server; the pi 2b was plenty powerful for Home Assistant. It is a shame that it is more and more complex to install to this platform, particularly with the current microchip shortage making Raspberries scarce.

The discussion for today will be around Home Assistant migration from one machine to another. This may be a choice from many not only because they are using an old pi and want a more powerful server, but perhaps one has a better machine that rendered itself available. Perhaps one just got a deal on a pi 4. Perhaps it is a way to ensure everything backs-up. Perhaps it is just for experimentation. Nevertheless, here are questions that may arise while migrating from one Home assistant server to another, and how to solve them.

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Adding sensors to clock

I’m a geek, you’re a geek, we’re all geeks.

And what if one geek has a tasmota device with extra pins laying around, and a desire to add sensors to the home automation system?

That’s what is being done today — Adding DHT11 to one Tasmota clock.

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