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PFSense dum de dum

Posted by pete_c , 24 August 2016 · 26 views

PFSense dum de dum. Filler. What's next? next /nekst/ on the first or soonest occasion after the present; immediately afterward. 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 r...


PFSense UPS connectivity / NUT service

Posted by pete_c , 25 July 2016 · 168 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 · 162 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 · 236 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 · 364 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 · 474 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 · 553 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 · 2588 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;...


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

Posted by pete_c , 20 February 2015 · 4681 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...


Optex Combo HDIP Camera board modification

Posted by pete_c , 28 December 2014 · 97 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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