Dim Bulb Tester

WARNING: This post involves live mains electricity and is EXTREMELY DANGEROUS! Do not attempt this project on your own unless you are qualified to do so. I advise you to engage a licensed electrician to help you build this test …

Evernote, Wine and Xubuntu Linux

When it comes to Linux, the best desktop note taking tool, in my opinion, is Zim Wiki. I love this tool and have used it for a long time. That said, the 800 pound gorilla of note taking tools is …

Detecting Failed AD2USB to Raspberry Pi Connections

One of my ongoing home automation frustrations is the interface between my Ademco Alarm Panel and the Raspberry Pi I use to monitor the panel’s bus traffic. The problem that I have is a termination of the USB connection between …

Guest Wireless VLAN Via Airport Express

Wireless networks have become ubiquitous. We use them at home, work, mall, airport, coffee shop and just about everywhere else we go. When setting up a wireless network, it’s wise to spend some quality time considering how you plan to …

Infinite Video Loops on a Raspberry Pi

I recently upgraded my office by moving to a great new location. As part of the move I added a ton of new space to accommodate our rapid growth and even added a “play area” for the staff so they …

Soekris net4801 pfSense Router

I’ve been running a pfSense router on a small form-factor PC for a few years and have been happy with my setup. What I don’t like though is that the PC is relatively loud and draws way more power than …

Dayton Audio MA1240a Amplifier Hack

I recently bought a couple of Dayton Audio MA1240a Twelve Channel Multi-Zone Amplifiers to power the speakers I have throughout my home. What drew me to this particular amp was its fair price and the fact that it has an …

The Fireplace Hack – Revisited

Back in February 2013 I wrote an article entitled “Hacking a Fireplace”. In that article I wrote about how I used an Arduino to create an interface that would allow me to directly control my fireplaces from my home automation …

Posting Blog Entries to Facebook

Have you ever written a blog post and then tried to post it to Facebook, only to have it format incorrectly or not display an image? The Geek-Tips blog is powered by WordPress and leverages various plugins and customizations and, …

Using SNMP MIB Data to Capture Ink Levels

My regular readers know that I have implemented an extensive home automation system that allows full control and automation of everything from doors to lights to fireplaces to full multi-zone temperature management and includes various tracking and reporting functionality. One …