Summer update: Kinoko Kombucha promoting Hive on it's label, HF24, HiveWallet and analog hobbies. And then some.

Summer??? Yeah. Clickbait. Well actually, I wrote this post quite a while ago. So make that an "autumn" update :) This update therefore contains some updates inside. Such inception.

Taken with my analog cam (read more about that below)

It's been a while since you heard from me. Busy summer holidays with kids at the house meant a bit more activities away from computer. With Covid around we only did a short holiday trip to one of the dutch islands (which was great!). However Kinoko Kombucha kept me busy too. As the fermentation process is a weekly recurring thing, and I found some distribution channels, it slowly becomes "work" :)

1. updates

Then Hardfork 24 testing came along and the interesting process around the release. Before that I had updated HiveWallet to HF24, which I then actually forgot to push one change into the live code, resulting in pushing another bugfixing release for the new chain-id after HF24.

But now you can use Peakd again with HiveWallet Keychain integration as well as all your favorite NFT apps and other apps supporting Keychain for login.

2. Kinoko Kombucha adds "powered by Hive" to the label:

Currently I produce around 100 liter Kombucha per month. These are distributed in 500ml, 250ml and some 1 liter bottles (all glass bottles, for reuse with deposit). Initially I printed the labels in house, in black/white. But with production ramping up a bit, I figured it would be nicer to have a full colour label, so now the new labels proudly feature the "Powered by Hive" badge! Kinoko is currently distributed through 2 local stores and on sale in the (The official HiveFest #1 hotel in 2016) VolksHotel in Amsterdam! Check it out in full effect:

Kinoko collage: Bottles and 2 closeups of the label

Immutable temperature logs

The website now features graphs of the temperature readings I immutably log onto the Hive blockchain every hour from 3 separate locations: fridge, fermentation area and office.

For this logging I'm using the Sonoff TH10 Smart Wifi switches coupled with AM2301 temperature sensors. The Sonoff switches are flashed with the opensource Tasmota software so I don't need to trust third party API's and instead only have local area "smartness". I did this with all domotica recently so I don't depend on third party cloud servers creating network tunnels, penetrating into our house. Tasmota is opensource domotica software which can be flashed onto an array of "smart" switches and lightbulbs and what not.

Using the Tasmota software I configured logging using MQTT protocol on a certain interval. This MQTT logging gets picked up by the MQTT agent which runs on a Raspberry Pi minicomputer. On the Raspberry Pi I run a Python script which collects the readings during 1 hour and finally logs once the mean result onto the Hive blockchain on the @kinoko account. (Using @holger80's Beem)

Screenshot of the graphs:
Oops... forgot to update the logger after the HF24, now done!

Soon HF 24: updating my API nodes and HiveWallet Done!

As HF 24 is now scheduled for 8 september I'm doing my utmost best to get HiveWallet running with the new cha(i)nges. For IOS I needed to update my development computer onto the latest Xcode, which in turn needed an Operating System version upgrade :P With the development tools set I hope to make progress and get some bugs out of the way as well.

With the upgrades in memory usage as well as updates on Hivemind, I might be able to phase out or repurpose one of the 3 servers currently making up my Hive API cluster:

Mandatory upgrades after HF24 happened:

  • Witness scripts (pricefeed, failover)
  • HiveWhale monitoring script
  • HiveWallet (already mentioned)

3. Getting a small truck driving license

Last winter (summer) in that good old pre-covid era we went on a 3 month campervan trip in New Zealand. We loved it so much and with kids slowly getting locked in fixed holiday seasons due to school, we thought it would be great to spend our holidays campervanning in Europe. As we liked our somewhat bigger campervan in NZD, we are looking for nice second hand options here. In order to not be too bound by weight limits of the regular car driving license I'm currently doing the "Small truck" driving license, which involves a couple of theory exams, official doctor examination (passed!) and then a driving course and exams. Looking forward to this and working (learning!) to pass these tests in september, so we might go on campervan shopping/scouting spree in the beginning of fall.

Update: Unfortunately I already failed the drivers exam twice. I hope to pass it next time :P - fingers crossed.

4. Minted some Koinos

Curious where the Steem alumni team will go with Openorchard. I found the novel decentralised decoupled mining by submitting proofs to a Uniswap inspired market making ETH1 smartcontract very interesting. Therefore I tried mining some coins on my nodes and will look into it some more the coming months. Mining only lasts half a year, of which one month or so almost past. Who knows, moonshot! But the team is a talented bunch of gifted folks, so let's see where they go!

5. Thrifting away into the analog abyss

A couple of weeks ago I went to the local thrift shop for a second hand clock. Then in the electronics / camera area i found an old but shiny / brand new state "Praktica MTL-3" analog camera. I bought it for 4 (!) Euros and brought it home to show my kids. Then we made a small adventure out of it to find / buy a analog film and the photography shop was so kind to explain and test the camera, which passed it flawlessly. (A camera from West Germany from 1970's). It is a great hobby and I try to bring my camera most of the times I go on the road. With an analog camera you train yourself to look around you better IMHO. it's not "point, shoot, result". No. You are limit to the 36 picture cap of the camera, so one is more "careful" (at least I am) for taking random pictures, but really try to save for nice (haha) shots and then only make 1 shot of the scene instead of trying 10 different options. Taking a shot also means: finding the right shutter speed, f-value, and manually focussing... Lastly one need to keep the horizon straight, which seems to be a specific daunting task for me :P Then... once the film is finally full, rewind, bring it to the store and wait for them to develop. Then the funny thing: They develop from analog to negatives, which then get scanned into the computer and printed digitally :P So far for the analog abyss... I've been watching some movie clips to "self develop" films which I what I will try to venture in the coming months, so I don't depend on the waiting times and shop opening hours.

Here are some of the pictures I did on my 35mm camera:
(these are downsampled and sized down for peakd server saving :D):

cows in a foggy morning

electricity factory

a road in maastricht

view from Vlieland, staring towards Harlingen - home of the HiveWhale

Dutch lowlands shot, with US forest fire sky (for real)

contrasts of summer

Summer field

// That's it for now.
// But not for long.
// Stay tuned for more 🥽 !


That made me wonder. When HiveFest? Will it be HiveFest #1? (Ten previous SF1-4 was .. Spin-oFfs?)
Same place? Summer? 2021? 2022? Masks or Hugs?

btw, Sonoff + Tasmota is a really nice combo (btw, Sonoff RF Bridge can let you extend your kingdom to the 433MHz realm)

Yea, hivefest, would be nice to have somw hive big meetup to see everyone

I made another post about this topic. Check my blog!

HiveFest.... hmmm what is that? :)

Ah... 433mhz i need to check it.

I flashed Tasmota on our Vaporware wall socket switches so they became LAN-only instead of phoning/tunneling to some random server out of my control. The on-device software by Tasmota is really versatile, easy to program with DST, timers, and the MQTT and is convenient too.

This all, combined with an opensource HomeKit on an Raspberry makes for a fun domotica setup.

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Got a lot on your hands at the moment, this hivewallet would it be just to handle the coins or a full Hive client like Ecency? Great pictures btw

no competition to full fledged mobile clients. has:

  • Basic wallet function with biometrics
  • Keychain for Hive enabled in-app dapp-browser which enables u to use your keys to login to any Keychain supporting hive app on your mobile.

Still great, if it can work as current keychain for desktop and aloud access to dapps, I still aleays prefer official wallets over third party

Nice to hear from you! Nice photos!
I'd ask but Mr. Gandalf already asked ;)

Super to have news from you !
I ask news of you to a mutual friend sometimes ... one who speaks french of course !
Gretting from FRANCE @roelandp
@cleanplanet is still alive thanks to you since Krakow...
Hope to meet you again

Hahaha! a post from the vault? I can relate to that, you gotta love the PeakD drafts!

ah no it was centralised on my home computer :)

I think the Kombucha label is so uplifting, yay us!
Generally an amazing post my friend.

These are some nice shots!

What a great job you have done. It's nice that there are such passionate people!
Thank you for your creativity and desire to improve this site.

It's great that you started posting again after very long absence.

These subjects are interesting. All of your photos are beautiful. I especially love the last two photos. The sun rays behind the wonderful huge clouds are very gorgeous. The wildflowers filed is picturesque. Great capture! ;)

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Do not miss the last post from @hivebuzz:

Feedback from the November 1st Hive Power Up Day

I am a great believer in kombucha, it is incredible and a bit complicated for me to understand how you merge the chain of blocks with it, my question would be what process to use to bottle? I understand that the liquid should be filtered and then pasteurized, greetings

We provide unpasteurised Kombucha, hence working meticulously clean and hygienic is key. We have sent batches to the food lab for investigation to keep a professional eye on its contents. Yes prior to bottling we filter the raw Kombu through very fine filters to get out left over yeast bits, which are perfectly fine to drink, but make for a less then optimal experience, structure wise.

We bottle the kombucha in house and cool them until delivered at the cooled fridge of our resellers.

after HF24 hive price is down but I can buy them cheap and increase my HP that good news.
and I don't use or wallet today by chance I clicked the link it has improved a lot add payout option and awards as well and it looks quite nice and is the pic of heart on tree bark is done by you

Yes all the pics in this post are done by me.

Good Kinoko Kombucha, for helping the hives to fly...
I am glad to hear it...

super cool! Wish you the best of success!