For my first post I will introduce you to a piece of software I have been working on for the past few weeks.
Since getting into mining (in a purely recreational way) I have been trying to come up with a way to automate my miner. I live in a house with solar panels on the roof but no way to store the electricity generated. So I have been trying to solve the problem of turning on my mining software only when the weather is acceptable, therefore, generating your choice of cryptocurrency from free electricity!
I started with the idea that my software needed to follow these requirements:
- Check to see if the sun is up
- Check to see if the weather is acceptable
- Start or stop the miner depending on the conditions
Head over to https://github.com/howbotnik/sunmine to grab a copy and see how this could run on your system.
The config file needs building first and the project runs using Python:
[Location] # for local weather information country_code = GB location = London # for the sunrise / sunset api latitude = 51.5074 longitude = 0.1278 [Tokens] open_weather = **OpenweatherAPIKey** [Communication] # Emails user when turning mining on or off recipient_email = email@example.com sender_email = firstname.lastname@example.org password = password smtp_server_address = smtp.gmail.com smtp_port = 587 [Miner] # read the documentation for best practice program_location = **path to your executable miner** [Weather_types] weather_codes=["800","801","802"]
This config file makes a lot of the program customisable and the program is set up to email when the miner switches on and off.
Weather_types section allows the user to adjust the types of weather that are acceptable for mining using the https://openweathermap.org weather codes.
As for scheduling, I have had this running successfully as a Scheduled Task on Windows and you can also run it as a cron task on Linux systems.
Do you have a use for this? Have you found any problems with the code? Could you suggest any further improvement?
This program could be used to initiate any program and is not only limited to mining. Certain home-automation processes may only need to run during sunny periods. The rest is up to you!