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So Frenck... Who are you?!

How nice of you to drop by and showing an interest in my human existence 😊.

I’m Frenck, and I mainly write about the IoT (Internet of Things) and Home Automation 🏡. Come with me on my domotics adventure that turns my house into a real smart home that, most importantly, meets all the WAF (Wife Approval Factor) guidelines and scores high WAR (Wife Approval Rate) scale 🙆.

Wife Approval Factor: A term used by guys to describe how likely their brilliant home improvement projects, social plans or geek toys will be accepted by their wives. ~ urbandictionary.com

I use Home Assistant as my home automation system, which is built with the Python3 programming language and allows you to tie an amazingly amount of IoT devices together. The best part of it, its open source, and you can smoothly run it on a cheap Raspberry Pi.

If you are still reading, the chances are that you are probably interested in the “howto” part of this all. Don’t worry, I’ll provide tutorials on different subjects, like z-wave, lighting automation 💡, and presence detection. Other types of things; Sharing of my configurations, stories about contributions I make to the open source community, and along the way, I’ll do some reviews on IoT hardware.

I have 30 years of programming experience, in many languages, and working as software & DevOps engineer in my day to day job. In my private time, I’m using this experience to work on the Home Assistant project. I like to give back my knowledge and time to the open source community. You might have found me via one of the many add-ons I’ve created for the Home Assistant operating system: Hass.io. My Hass.io add-ons are probably the most downloaded and used add-ons in the world.

My Hass.io add-ons are probably the most downloaded and used add-ons in the world.

I also have a personal life (yeah really!). I live in Enschede, a city in the east of the Netherlands, I’m a father of a 5-year-old baby girl 👧, a 1-year-old big boy 👶, and engaged to the love of my life 💑.

I’m a nerd and I am proud of it. It is my hobby, which I turned into my profession while maintaining it as my hobby. As a nerd, I do have some other interest, which may pop up on my site from time to time. For example, things like encryption, programming in general, GPG/GnuPG/OpenPGP 🔒, and maybe I’ll throw in something personal from time to time.

I’m a nerd, and I am proud of it.

My life is a busy one. Being a family man, creating time for the people around me, having a full-time job, create time for my hobby, and contributing to open-source projects (like Home Assistant), is like juggling ten balls at the same time. We all got the same 24 hours in a day and the time doesn’t wait or stop. Are you in some sort of like-wise situation?

Years ago I decided to become more productive in my life and started working on systems to achieve that goal. You’d probably had one (or more) of those todo-lists right? Yeah… Thought so… so did I. They grow, become obsolete and eventually forgotten.

Procarastination is oppertunity’s assassin. ~Victor Kiam

I use a method called “GTD” (Getting Things Done) and developed my own habits and disciplines in the past years. On my website, I share some of those habits and (hard) learned lessons once a while. Happy productivity!

Hoping you are enjoying my site, and please, feel free to contact me any time! 👊

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