So... I finally bothered to install the blogging software, and spent an evening on it.
I had some simple requirements...
- It had to install on Linux.
- It had to be free for personal use (preferably open source).
- It had to use a database that did not require all that special support from the web host (ie. plain text files, or SQLite).
- It had to actually work.
So, checking out some of the blog software comparison sites I found the software called dotclear.... what a mess... their documentation goes all out to mention how they support sqlite, and how wonderful it truly is that they support it...
I spent about two hours trying to get that to work, at first I attempted to install this following the "simple" instructions they provide, and whammy ran into a major problem, no SQLite option from the database. Given that this special install method required installing a script on the server and it downloaded, I figured maybe it didn't download all the files cleanly. So, I then proceeded to download the complete package and install that way.... nope, same issue. So, I started hunting through the source to figure out the SQL database support for the installer... they didn't have any in there... so I'd have to hand write a config file to support this... given the fact that the installer didn't see the SQLite support, I couldn't trust the rest of the program...
So, round 2? Right, next option was a piece of software I'd seen a little before, but never used, installed, or supported. It's called Serendipity, went to their website, followed the quick start guide, and boom, it's up and running.
Anyhow, in the next few days, I'll be putting together a little DIY guide for building a simple ATO (Automatic Top-Off) for a Freshwater Aquarium. I've seen some guides on line, but most of them seem to want to deal with massive Aquariums (100+ Gallons for instance), or the worries dealing with a saltwater/reef. Freshwater is much more forgiving in what you can and can't do with regards to supplies.
Anyhow, I've started piecing the parts together, I have :-
- 5 gallon bucket
- Lid for the bucket
- 10 feet of flexible piping
- Small submersible pump (not near it at the moment, when I post with more details tomorrow, will detail manufacturer and model)
What I still need:-
- A couple of float switches (horizontal and vertical)
- Aquarium Silicon
- Some method to handle the float switch handling and overflow prevention, and other stuff.
I'm also interested in installing an Aquarium Tank Controller.
Tomorrow (now I've got this software online), I'm intending to do another post with details of possible electrical diagrams and other diagrams. I'll put together proper instructions and once the thing is built, I'll have photo's and explanations of what I had to do differently.