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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…

Do something will all these SBCs

I recently needed to set up a temporary network to test some ideas around microservices and proxies.  I didn't want to run any of these tests on systems I use regularly because they were truly experimental hacks.  I decided I could run them on Raspberry Pis and just use throwaway Raspbian images.  I was looking through the closet in my 0ffice for systems to test on and realized I have a lot of Single Board Computers.…

Linux System Monitoring Dashboards

I have a Linux NAS that I use to back up various things around the house. One day, I was unable to log into it via SSH. After I attempted a manual restart, I was still unable to log in. So, I had to drag a mouse, keyboard and monitor out of the closet to determine what was wrong. Turns out I had filled the small primary filesystem while saving bad sector data for a drive…

Avoiding AnyConnect

I've use an RSA key fob to generate tokens for VPN for as long as I can remember using VPN. Today, my key fob "expired" and I was forced to switch to an application based token generator. Along with this came an "upgrade" to Cisco AnyConnect, which I have heard nothing but negative things about from my coworkers. I knew that I did not want to install the client because it destroys…