Side projects, books, technology and anything else I feel like writing about

Avoiding SecurID and AnyConnect

I previously wrote about avoiding AnyConnect and that approach still works great if you are on a system that will allow you to run the RSA SecurID application.  However, there is still a problem if you are using Linux and want to connect to VPN using RSA tokens.These instructions are written for Debian, but everything here is generally available and most requirements are probably already packaged for your distribution.  First, you will need OpenConnect and…

PiCam site

I finished my PiCam project, and after it was live for a few days, I was bothered by what a pain it is to view images and video.  This little system already has a lot going on, so I wanted to create a simple, nearly static website to view images and video.  I decided to go with mustache templates because they make creating static sites easy.  I also decided I should use one of the languages…

C.H.I.P. resurrection

I got a couple C.H.I.P. computers during their Kickstarter campaign.  I also got one of their HDMI "DIPs".  I did a few things on these little guys, but never built a project out of them.  They were living in my pile of SBCs, so they needed some love.My first hurdle with getting these systems back online was that they didn't seem to be connecting to WiFi automatically.  I know this was set…

BeagleBone Black and Quake 3

In my quest to make use of all my single board computers, there was one project that just needed a bit of modernization.  Back in 2014, I created a Quake 3 server using a BeagleBone Black (BBB).  This little machine traveled with me for quite a while, but it was taking up extra space in my already stuffed backpack and so it got added to the pile of SBCs in my closet.I began by making…

Raspberry Pi Zero motion capture camera

When the Raspberry Pi Zero v1.3 announced they were going to have a camera port I immediately bought one along with a camera.  I got the pieces, put it together, took a few pictures and forgot about it for a while.  Then, The PiHut came out with their ZeroView and I got a new idea for the camera.I had been having a problem with our mailman throwing packages, literally.  I work from home and…