I’ve been using Zoneminder for my home security cameras for about 10 years now, and I think it’s time for a change. Zoneminder has always been pretty stable for me, but lately it’s been causing a lot of problems that I don’t have the time or the energy to deal with anymore.
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.