Website monitoring using headless Raspberry Pi

As a webmaster, there is nothing more embarrassing than a client calling you to tell you that their site is down, when you’re the one that should be monitoring it can calling them instead. I had this happen to me once and that was enough for me to formulate a solution. I had a raspeberry…

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Barcode Check-in using google forms

I was enlisted to help with technical setup of a conference with approx two hundred (200) attendees over seven days. We were faced with a problem of tracking all meals taken by the conference attendees, essentially a meal check-in system, mostly for billing purposes and capacity planning. The main requirement was a simple automated or…

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Magic squares

Problem Derive a 3×3 grid with random arrangements of number from 1 to 9 inclusive, where the sum of the diagonal, vertical and horizontal numbers are equal. A | B | C D | E | F G | H | I A+B+C = D+E+F = G+H+I = A+E+I = C+E+G Most people may not…

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Windows Bluetooth Locker

Every had that need to lock your computer whenever you have to talk away from it. Maybe it’s a policy where you work or maybe just for security. This can come in VERY handy when you’re at an airport for example. well i set forth to solve that problem one day when I got fed-up…

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CRM Desktop

CRM Desktop for windows allows you to search through customers and also gives an alert for tasks based on the due date and time. It iterfaces with the hosted SugarCRM instance using the web services via REST API Features Customer Search Launch website from desktop app Task alert popup Installation Download CRM Desktop Unzip CRMDesktop.exe…

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Static IP address on OSMC

The standard place on Linux for the network configuration is /etc/network/interfaces , but OSMC uses connman which is a lightweight network controller designed for embedded devices. Connman uses different files to the traditional Linux network configuration files. To define a static IP address one should create a config file in the /var/lib/connman directory with a…

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Email my public address

As by now you would have known that I have a RaspberryPI connected to my TV running OSMC. I recently had to need to connect to this RPI remotely. So as we all do I punched a hole in my router to the device on the ssh port. I also signed up for DynDNS so…

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Make your Raspberry Pi speak!

I found an article online once that taught me the “say” command on OSX – which i think was pretty cool! The command line function allows you to activate the speech to text feature of OSX and can be used for a variety of fun project. You can try it by firing up terminal (Applications…

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Bittorent Sync is the future of sharing

Two years ago I was a dropbox advocate, one year ago I said forget dropbox, google drive is the way to go, now i’m blown away by Bittorrent Sync. Now don’t get me wrong these incumbent technologies are still useful and is in no way phased out but bittorent sync is nascent, raises the bar…

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