Category Archives: Geek

“We’ve arranged a civilization in which most crucial elements profoundly depend on science and technology.” –Carl Sagan

Build a Raspberry Pi Webcam Server in Minutes

I have this up and running with the official Pi NoIR v2.1 camera module. I purchased it from these guys, as Bezos has enough money already. This camera will soon be moved to the basement Pi to try and revive the OpenCV oil tank monitor project.… Read the rest

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Raspy Pi Cam and VLC Streaming 

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Pi-Hole with Unbound

Going right to the top on DNS lookups. I am liking Cloudflare’s offerings, but I want to try this solution out for a couple of days at least.

https://docs.pi-hole.net/guides/unbound/

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Checking Hard Disk Sanity With Smartmontools (Debian & Ubuntu)

Now that I have loads of files hanging off my Pi with zero redundancy, monitoring hard drive health is a pretty good idea.

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Weather Station

So, out of the blue, my father emails me asking if Calin might enjoy a weather station. I figured he had an unused one that he found while cleaning out the house. I am fairly certain I have seen an unused weather station in that house before.… Read the rest

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OneDrive on Linux: Take 3

I wrote about rclone yesterday, which claims to sync your OneDrive files to your Linux host. This is something that Microsoft has failed to provide to the Linux community. I was hoping to gather all of my files, and then Jenny’s files, to one main source in the house, and have that sync with OneDrive in order to get the whole cloud thing sorted finally.… Read the rest

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Top Linux Distros at This Time

Top Ten on 3/22/2020
  • I tried MX Linux, but it wants to run from a USB thumb drive, so…no.
  • I’ve already detailed my not enjoyable experience with Manjaro.
  • Elementary apparently wants money, so no. Yes, I am one of those Linux users.
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Manjaro Linux

I was feeling a little restless a few weekends back, and Fedora on my laptop was not exactly doing it for me, so I decided to try a new distro. Looking at what the cool kids are using, I grabbed Manjaro, which is Arch-based.… Read the rest

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rclone: Cloud Storage Glue for Linux

Man! My last post was in November!?!?! I have been on quite the ride since then. Someday, I will get you caught up.

What I want to document today is a new toy that I just discovered, called rclone. Basically, it runs on Linux boxes and allows syncing with Cloud storage services that do not normally sync with Linux.… Read the rest

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Let’s Encrypt, again, Part 3

Another 3 months has past and I needed to renew my certs. The previous method for taking care of NycNyne is still a relatively simple one liner, but matthannan.net continues to be a nightmare. Well, a hassle, anyway.

I went with the links in the Part 2 of this series and was mightily struggling with the first one.… Read the rest

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