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I’ve hired a new minion, Kevin is his name. Kevin likes to roam around and is often connected to the internet through any available Wifi network. Most of those networks are not even mine, so I can’t open any ports there. So how do I access Kevin’s services then? Simple through the TOR network.
I recommend you read this page if you have a similar situation, where you have a server of any kind on a strange network, and you still want to be able to access it from anywhere.


Our energy supplier has installed a so called Smart meter in our house recently. Well, it turns out that this particular meter isn't that very smart. So I had to invest some time on a rainy day to make the meter smart enough for my purposes.
This means that I can now read the counters of the Smart Meter from all over the world, whenever I like. I don't have to get out to the meter cupboard every weekend and take some pictures of the counters to keep track of my energy consumption anymore.

The next step will probably be automating the logging of the counters. That will allow me to create beautiful graphs of my annual, monthly, weekly, daily and hourly energy consumption.