How to factory reset a Hue light bulb that won’t appear

Philips doesn’t make this super clear but if you buy a used Hue bulb or get one from Amazon Warehouse, they often won’t pair no matter what you do.

The trick is to use a dimmer switch surprisingly.

From their site:

Factory reset a Philips Hue light

Sometimes an issue with a Philips Hue smart light can be fixed by factory resetting it with the Philips Hue dimmer switch:

  1. Power cycle the light: switch it off, wait 15 seconds, and switch it back on.
  2. Hold the Hue dimmer switch within six inches of the light [bulb].
  3. Press and hold both the ‘ON’ and the ‘OFF’ button for at least 10 seconds until the LED indicator on the switch turns green.

For me, it also helped to unplug the bulb once more after this, then plug in and repeat the process. Then adding via using the serial number has a 100% success rate.

I pulled my hair out for a few days until I discovered this!

Hoxton Office Setup 2023

Workspace setup as of September 2023

  • Blue Yeti USB mic on a desk arm
  • Logitech gaming mouse
  • Sony A6500 mirrorless camera, outputting pure HDMI with a 16mm f/1.4 lens
  • Elgato Camlink 4k for video input input to PC via HDMI from camera
  • Elgato key light for fill light
  • for better audio processing
  • Samsung dual 4k rounded monitor on a heavy duty desk mount
  • Desklab monitor for the calendar screen
  • Kinesis Advantage2 keyboard
  • Bose Soundlink Mini SE bluetooth speakers
  • Glide Gear TMP100 Teleprompter with iPad Air2
  • Duet Air app for teleprompter screen mirroring on iPad
  • Plus Camo app for iPhone + Airpods Pro for travel

WordPress + Docker Double Caching with Redis and Nginx Reverse Proxy

(UPDATED 2021/09 for latest Traefik release, Brie) While WordPress is great it’s slow and taxing on a webserver. However ultimately Redis’ object cache and the related plugin as well as Nginx’s reverse proxy caching make for an especially fast site. Combine Traefik for management and do it all on Docker for an excellent solution.

Step 1: Create a basic Traefik folder (for this example in your home directory ~/Traefik

Step 2: in the new Traefik directory, create a conf directory and create the acme.json.

mkdir ./conf
sudo touch ./conf/acme.json
sudo chmod 0600 ./conf/acme.json

Step 3: Load the docker-compose.yml into the top Traefik directory as follows:

version: '3.8'
    container_name: traefik
    image: traefik:brie
    restart: unless-stopped
      - 80:80
      - 443:443
      - 8080:8080
      - /var/run/docker.sock:/var/run/docker.sock:ro
      - /etc/localtime:/etc/localtime:ro
      - /etc/timezone:/etc/timezone:ro
      - ./conf/traefik.toml:/etc/traefik/traefik.toml:ro
      - ./conf/traefik_dynamic.toml:/etc/traefik/traefik_dynamic.toml:ro
      - ./conf/acme.json:/acme.json
      traefik.enable: true
      traefik.http.routers.api-http.rule: Host(`traefik.${HOSTNAME1}`)
      traefik.http.routers.api-http.entrypoints: web
      traefik.http.routers.api-http.middlewares: https-redirect@file
      traefik.http.routers.api-https.service: api@internal
      traefik.http.routers.api-https.rule: Host(`traefik.${HOSTNAME1}`)
      traefik.http.routers.api-https.entrypoints: websecure
      traefik.http.routers.api-https.middlewares: security@file, compression@file, https-redirect@file, auth
      traefik.http.routers.api-https.tls: true
      traefik.http.routers.api-https.tls.certresolver: letsencrypt
      traefik.http.middlewares.auth.basicauth.users: "username:httpasswd_double_$$"

    container_name: sqlwp
    image: mariadb:latest
    restart: unless-stopped
      - ./mysql:/var/lib/mysql
      traefik.enable: false

    container_name: nginxforwp-${HOST1}
    image: nginx:stable-alpine
    restart: unless-stopped
      - /etc/localtime:/etc/localtime:ro
      - /etc/timezone:/etc/timezone:ro
      - ./wordpress-${HOST1}:/var/www/html
      - ${LOGS_LOCAL}:/var/log/nginx/
      - ./conf/nginx-${HOST1}:/etc/nginx/
      - nginxcache:/var/www/html/cache
      - wp-1
      traefik.enable: true
      traefik.http.routers.nginxwp-${HOST1}-http.rule: Host(`${HOSTNAME1}`)||Host(`www.${HOSTNAME1}`)
      traefik.http.routers.nginxwp-${HOST1}-http.entrypoints: web
      traefik.http.routers.nginxwp-${HOST1}-http.middlewares: https-redirect@file
      traefik.http.routers.nginxwp-${HOST1}-https.rule: Host(`${HOSTNAME1}`)||Host(`www.${HOSTNAME1}`)
      traefik.http.routers.nginxwp-${HOST1}-https.entrypoints: websecure
      traefik.http.routers.nginxwp-${HOST1}-https.middlewares: security@file, compression@file, https-redirect@file
      traefik.http.routers.nginxwp-${HOST1}-https.tls: true
      traefik.http.routers.nginxwp-${HOST1}-https.tls.certresolver: letsencrypt

    container_name: wpapp-${HOST1}
    image: wordpress:php7.4-fpm-alpine
    restart: unless-stopped
      - /etc/localtime:/etc/localtime:ro
      - /etc/timezone:/etc/timezone:ro
      - ./wordpress-${HOST1}:/var/www/html
      - ./conf/php.ini:/usr/local/etc/php/php.ini
      - nginxcache:/var/www/html/cache
      - sqlwp
      traefik.enable: false


Step 4: Create a .env file in the main Traefik directory


Follow the rest of the directions here:

2019/2020 US FBAR filing for expats

More as a reminder to myself, here’s the easiest way to do this year on year. This is not tax advice and should not be interpreted in any legal way to rationalize that.

Prerequisite: prior year’s FBAR filing PDF and Acrobat Pro (not the free version). If you’re adding accounts especially in bulk you’ll want to edit the XML – any freeware XML editor will do, like or a text editor like Sublime Text (install the Indent XML package which is what I used to get it formatted properly for reading).

Open your prior year filing then in Acrobat, go under the right-hand side Tools menu and choose Forms. Then click “More Form Options” to get the “Export Data” option.

** only use if edits needed – if no changes to anything but account values skip this **

Export as an XML file. Open in your XML editor. To add new accounts look for the tags like: <ffbar:FinAcctOwnedSeparately> then a bunch of data then some lines down, the closing tag </ffbar:FinAcctOwnedSeparately>.

You can just copy and paste these blocks of text to add new accounts and change the details inside accordingly. This is very useful if you have many accounts at the same bank for example for work purposes where the tags are <ffbar:NoFinInterestFinAcctOwned> and </ffbar:NoFinInterestFinAcctOwned>.

Save the XML file.

** end if editing not needed **

Open up a fresh FBAR form from FinCEN ( Open it in Acrobat, then under the same “More Form Options…” choose Import data… and import the XML file you exported above.

Change the filing name to something (i.e., My 2020 FBAR).

Change Line 1 to the current year filing (2019 in this case).

As of 2020 you have to add your D.O.B. on line 5. This is new. Add this in MM/DD/YYYY with 0’s if needed.

When finished, click “Validate” on page 1. Then save and submit.

If starting with an older year than your 2018/2019 FBAR, also note you’ll need to edit the XML for a breaking change they made – find the word in the XML line with the est:FilingType tag and change FFBAR to FBARX. This was a one time change that year which was a huge pain to figure out. Thanks to for finding this. Otherwise the IRS will accept the upload then send you a nice email “validation failed” without much context.

Fixing Vodafone UK London Underground wifi

If you’re using an iPhone and have a Vodafone UK monthly subscription, there’s a special wireless network SSID (VodafoneWiFi) that bypasses the annoying Virgin Media login screen everytime you’re in the London Underground (as with the SSID VirginMediaWifi).

Unfortunately there’s some sort of Apple issue that doesn’t let it connect directly as it asks for a username and password instead of using the SIM authentication (EAP-SIM). This config profile forces the iPhone to use the SIM to connect itself to VodafoneWiFi. Enjoy. Click here from your mobile browser and hit Install

UPDATE for 2020 – still works on the tube, though a little unreliable on newest iOS 13 as maybe 20% of the time it will refuse to connect. I suspect that’s an access point problem vs a phone problem. Either way this is as good as it gets!