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Nagios Thermometer

Nagios Thermometer

Aug 17, 2013

Nagios is an open source IT Infrastructure monitoring system. It is mature, widely used, supported, flexible and extensible. Perhaps the industry standard. Nagios at Home I use Nagios on my LAN at home to monitor Remote virtual machines that host my personal blogs business sites Status of Raid arrays Linux Microsoft Server 2008r2 Disk space availability on...

Walker; 2013 National microMedic Contest Entry

Walker; 2013 National microMedic Contest Entry

Jul 31, 2013

My entry to the Parallax, Inc. 2013 National microMedic Contest. Walker is a Windows Phone 8 application for activity tracking. It uses geoLocation to record GPS data. It creates a .gpx file and saves to SkyDrive. Sensor data created from a Parallax propeller with temperature, humidity and heart rate sensor data is sent to Walker via bluetooth. This sensor data...

Getting Over Building Bridges

Getting Over Building Bridges

May 13, 2013

At the Infuse -Open Mic MAY 12 Every SECOND Sundy event in Phoenix, Arizona I read the following. Thank you Lalli for hosting and snapping an image of me with my camera. Sure hope I can share this in Spokane, Washington at the Broken mic where I read my first poem in public. Bummed that I can’t hem and haw to introduce my latent flaw so here I go with this tale...

Dagu i-Racer Windows Phone 8

Perhaps I should have worn shoes! i-Racer is a Bluetooth enabled Windows Phone 8 application that will control a Dagu i-Racer remote control model car. I posted a short video of the first working prototype of my app to control the Dagu i-Racer remote control car on youtube. No it didn’t go viral but at the time of this writing it’s the most widely viewed...

DIY Workbench LED lighting

DIY Workbench LED lighting

Feb 16, 2013

After looking around Homedepot and Lowes a few times I wasn’t satisfied with the price, size or color temperature of any of the lighting solutions I saw. Blam, Pow and Zap! DIY to the rescue. I bought some surplus LED light modules on a string of 20 from MPJA. An eight foot length of angle aluminum and some screws from Homedepot. Got busy this morning, drove to...

Friday Night Diversion

All the batteries in my perhaps ten year old four handset cordless phone system are pretty much giving up the ghost. Out the door from CostCo I get a new Panasonic system with another four handsets for about eighty bucks. The technology has come a long way. These are so much easier to read. Plus the system is Bluetooth compatible allowing me to make and answer...

My First Single’s Dance

As I left for the singles dance I learned about on MeetUp I tweeted: “33% overweight, no teeth, shabby wardrobe – Heading for a singles dance! http://bit.ly/N8rFqu I did get a haircut! ;-)” Never mind that I had chickened out of going to two previous similar events. I found a reasonably clean shirt in the closet, but I felt it was a little tight and...

Solar Eclipse 2012

Solar Eclipse 2012

May 20, 2012

(edit, added Eclipse pictures) As a break to reading about XAML data binding in Windows 8 Metro applications I decided to make a solar observing telescope for the upcoming Eclipse around 5:30PM here at my Mom’s home in Los Angeles. I raided the Christmas supplies for a couple elongated toilet paper rolls. One slightly less in diameter than the other. I created...