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Zone-Minder Pliable Pixels zmNija client

Posted by pete_c , 24 February 2016 · 245 views

Just a post here about a new application for use with Zone-Minder. zmNinja has been brought to us by Pliable Pixels, LLC located in Frederick, MD  What is zmNinja?  zmNinja is an awesome home security app that works along with Zone-Minder.   Various studies have shown its approximately 73% better than warm butter on toast. zmNinja...


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Openpeak O2 Joggler-Openpeak 1-2 Devices modifications

Posted by pete_c , 19 January 2016 · 392 views

12th of August, 2012 - Openpeak mod done to replace the EFI boot bios.  Coreboot-Seabios was written to replace the EFI boot bios on the Openpeak devices. SeaBIOS is an open source implementation of a 16-bit x86 BIOS, serving as a freely available firmware for x86 systems. Aiming for compatibility, it supports standard BIOS features and calling...


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Automate (without doing a number) Weather for $35 plus donationware

Posted by pete_c , 17 June 2015 · 2313 views

The etymology of this usage of number is:  The meaning "musical selection" is from vaudeville theater programs, where acts were marked by a number.  Specifically here doing weather automation without having to do a song and dance  (easy peasy)  Unrelated  in classical thought, the four elements earth, water, air, and fire frequently occur;...


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Pipo X7 Windows 8.1 Smart Mini PC TV Box Media Player $97.99

Posted by pete_c , 20 February 2015 · 4263 views

Just a quickie synopsis of a mini pc ordered on January 18, 2015 and received on February 20, 2015. It is called the Pipo X7 and it was on special for $97.99.  Will take some pictures and post here. It sold for $89.98 as a pre-order. PIPO X7 is a smart Streaming Media Player with Windows 8.1 OS. (Also called Internet TV BOX, set-top bo...


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Optex Combo HDIP Camera board modification

Posted by pete_c , 28 December 2014 · 36 views

Over the last few years I have updated my outdoor cams to HD IP using Grandstream OS camera boards and cameras.  Some of these cams have been DIY'd camera lens / IP boards into Speco Domes.  Today the legacy SD analog cameras are Optex combination PIR / cameras from about 10 years ago.  About 6 years ago updated the 38mm camera le...


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XBMC Security Cam Overlay Script

Posted by pete_c , 10 September 2014 · 3164 views

Found a new XBMC script that you can utilize for security cam viewing. Here I will post methodologies to create custom camera overlays using the script. Download the script here: XbmcSecurityCamOverlayAddOn    Discussion is here: Security CAM Overlay add-on  Its best to utilize one instance per camera.  Works great....


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DIY RF ID

Posted by pete_c , 16 July 2014 · 1190 views

I've been using little RFID tags from a company called Ananiah Electronics for a few years now.  They are reasonably priced and they work fine for me.  I have the tags mounted in the headliners of the automobiles and they utilize 12VDC from the automobile.  I have flip flopped using the tags with the batteries (which last typically over a y...


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Tweaking a TP-Link TL-WR710N & GL.iNet 6416A & Nexx WT1320 MicroRouter

Posted by pete_c , in OmniPro II modifications 31 May 2014 · 6400 views

 Specs:Interface 1 10/100Mbps WAN/LAN Port, 1 10/100Mbps LAN Port1 USB Port1 Reset Button Dimensions (W X D X H) 3.3 x 3.0 x 1.1 in. (85 x 75 x28 mm) Wireless Standards IEEE 802.11n, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11b Antenna Type On-Board WIRELESS FEATURES Frequency 2.4-2.4835GHz Signal Rate 11n: Up to 150Mbps(dynamic)11g: Up to 54Mbps(dynamic)11b: Up to 1...


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Weather radio integration for automation

Posted by pete_c , 23 May 2014 · 1649 views

Weather radio integration for automation Note that I need to edit this post having moved it from Homeseer.  A few Homeseer users have currently integrated a weather radio into their automation. The picture attached shows information related to last 2-3 years.  Tornado touch downs have occurred more than once in the area depicted below in the last 10 years.  I did have a video...


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Joggler Playing

Posted by pete_c , 09 April 2014 · 1403 views

Over the last few years I have been playing with a "few" devices made by a company called OpenPeak.  I have been using these little touch tablets for my automation consoles.  I have now over 20 of these devices running a variety of OS's sprinkled all over the house and primarily being utilized as Homeseer HSTouch consoles (running in Linux, Andr...






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