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DIY HD Antennas made from Aluminum foil and cardboard

Posted by pete_c , 24 October 2016 · 557 views

I have been utilizing a old fashioned combo VHF / UHF antenna for HD OTA viewing which works well but is a large attic footprint.  I have adjusted it and do get some 60 plus HD stations with it.  I also utilize an amplifier with the antenna.   Most of it is junk TV so really only care about 10 stations or so. Note that the followi...


From: KODI conversations

Posted by pete_c , 16 September 2016 · 637 views

@AlArmy of Darkness? Personally like Angel of death better....AOD is Amazon on demand which worked in the EU/UK but not here in the US.@dementeddigitalI'd love to know more about your configuration. Are you using a VPN?noHere only utilize Ubuntu for my Kodi boxes / LCD TVs. Boxes are Aopen Digital engines.I do run Kodi on my Android tablets and Windows 10...


PFSense - PfBlocker

Posted by pete_c , 24 August 2016 · 799 views

PFSense - PfBlocker PfBlocker is a package for pfSense version 2.x that allows you to add IP block list  and country block functions  to a pfSense firewall or router. PfBlocker was created to replace the functions of the IP Blocklist  ,and Country Block packagesApril 29, 2016 Personally I would recommend installation.  Takes 5 minutes....


PFSense UPS connectivity / NUT service

Posted by pete_c , 25 July 2016 · 1365 views

Over the years here have added bits and piece to my PFSense firewall.  Decided it would be better to document each plugin / piece separately in separate blogs. 1 - NTP server via hardwired serial GPS / PPS connection - customized serial wire with a PPS signal Anyone using PFSense as a firewall?  2 - VPN - IPSec configuration (will be a...


Pine A64 / 2 Gb ramblings

Posted by pete_c , 19 July 2016 · 970 views

I do not know best title for this post which is posted here today on July 19, 2016. I got one gratis a couple of weeks back and played with it.  Only familiar here with the RPi/Arduino/OpenWRT device tinkering here. I like that it is 64 bit and has 2Gb of Ram ARM based computer built with an RTC clock (with an optional battery). H...


Xi3 Xi5A ramblings

Posted by pete_c , 21 June 2016 · 772 views

Purchased two Xi3 Xi5A (AKA Piston / Steam) micro PC's last week. The company has gone out of business.They are well built machines. They were introduced in 2013 at CES. Piston Wiki Steam Machine (hardware platform)  https://upload.wikim...ter_ces2011.jpg  Here is an early review of the device f...


PFSense VPN Easy Peasy way

Posted by pete_c , 12 June 2016 · 2188 views

Base: 2.3.2-DEVELOPMENT  (amd64) - Note PFSense interface has been rewritten.  Much easier navigation. Note this is a post from over here  on Cocoontech.  PFSense navigation / gui has been updated a bit over the years and this post relates to using current beta version.Base: 2.3.2-DEVELOPMENT  (amd64) - Note PFSense interface has been rewri...


Zone-Minder Pliable Pixels zmNija client

Posted by pete_c , 24 February 2016 · 650 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...


Openpeak O2 Joggler-Openpeak 1-2 Devices modifications

Posted by pete_c , 19 January 2016 · 808 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...


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

Posted by pete_c , 17 June 2015 · 3182 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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