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 …

Asterisk on AWS Linux

A couple of months ago I decided to move my company’s Asterisk PBX system from one of our physical data-center servers to Amazon’s AWS EC2 Platform. We had been using Trixbox since 2006, but the Community Edition of that product …

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 …

EC2, UFW and Broken SSH Access

I’m a big fan of Amazon’s EC2 platform and long ago migrated all of my servers to its “cloud”. I’m also a realist when it comes to security and take all of the reasonable precautions I can to limit my …

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 …

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 …

Build Your Own Mail Server – Pt I

There’s no doubt about it, setting up a mail server can be a daunting task. Luckily, there are plenty of options available these days that negate the need for setting up your own server, but if you want total control …

Ubuntu 13.04 on the Dell Inspiron 17R Special Edition

I’ve been wanting to replace my 17” Macbook with a new laptop running Linux for quite some time now. I replaced my Macbook Air with a Dell XPS 13 running Ubuntu a few months ago, and that’s been working GREAT! …

Install Linux Mint on a Mac Mini 2.1

Over the past six or seven years, I’ve managed to build-up quite a repertoire of Apple hardware products. As OS/X progresses, unfortunately, some of my older hardware just isn’t able to perform with the latest OS in a way that …