I hate Apple. I don’t like the company. I don’t like their business practices (for the most part), and I’m not a real big fan of their UI/UX/interface design either. At home, I run everything on Linux, with the exception of a Windows desktop I use for gaming. I like knowing what my systems are doing, and being able to get into the guts of things to fix them if needed.
In today’s online world, there’s an ongoing conflict between content creators who want (and deserve) to make money from their projects, and the end users who are tired of being inundated with ads and having their privacy and personal security breached by tracking software aimed at following their every move online.
In a previous post on Using a Raspberry Pi For Digital Signage, I mentioned that I was using my Raspberry Pi as a display for viewing the cameras for my Zoneminder system. Since I didn’t want to put a plaintext password into a script, I was wondering if there was some other solution I could use to have the script pass the login information to the Zoneminder server. As it turns out, Zoneminder has this feature built-in!.
I like collecting things. On one hand this is a problem, because I currently have way too many things. On the other, having different kinds of collections just makes me happy. I have many different kinds of collections. There are my books, DVDs and Blu-Rays, Pop figures, enamel pins, model vehicles, stuffed animals, posters, etc. I decided a couple of months ago that I would like to document everything I have digitally.
I have a surveillance camera system using four (cheaper) wireless cameras and Zoneminder to monitor and record events. I’ll discuss this setup in more detail in a future post. For now though, I want to describe how I set up a spare Raspberry Pi as a viewer for the four cameras. This is just loading the URL for the “montage view” in Zoneminder, which let’s you see all your cameras arranged in a grid.
I ran into a weird problem with Ubuntu 18.04 on one of my computers recently. I was performing a regular software update via the Software Updater GUI when the install got stuck at Installing for x86_64-efi partition. I left the computer for a couple of hours but the install never moved beyond this point, so I had to find the updater process and kill it. I had a feeling that things weren’t going to behave nicely after a reboot since I had interrupted an update in the middle of a GRUB install.
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