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Category: HOW-TOs

The Family Dashboard

I’ve written a little about PHP before, because I think it’s a great
utility language for writing quick things you need to do. Plus, it
allows you to use a web browser as your interface, and everyone has
a web browser. That makes it very convenient for my family, because I
can make simple web interfaces for the various things I normally have to
do from the command line. more>>

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Adding IoT Flare to a Hot Springs and Spa Business

As the folks at Bozeman Hot Springs usher their hot springs and spa into the 21st century
with new technology and pools, they are thinking about new ways to delight
their customers and stay top of mind. One recurring request,
no doubt from the avid skiing community, is the ability to read current
pool temperatures online, in the same way ski resorts publish current snow
conditions. more>>

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GRUB Boot from ISO

Last year I worked on a project to add an OEM-style rescue partition to a
computer. Where most OEM installs have a custom program that just rewrites
an install image over the top of the partition, in this case, everything
was based on open-source software. more>>

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AWS EC2 VPC CLI

There’s just something about the fresh start you get with a new job. Both my
previous job and my new one began with the opportunity to build a new
infrastructure from scratch. In both cases, as is common with startup
infrastructure in its early stages, everything was to be built using Amazon Web
Services (AWS), specifically using its Elastic Cloud Computing (EC2)
infrastructure. more>>

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Transferring Conserver Logs to Elasticsearch

If your organization manages Linux, AIX, HP-UX or Solaris servers
in-house, chances are your system administrators at least
occasionally need low-level access to those devices. Typically,
administrators use some kind of serial console—for example, traditional
serial port, Serial-over-LAN or Intelligent Platform Management Interface
(IPMI). more>>

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What’s New in 3D Printing, Part IV: OctoPrint

This is the last article in a four-part series on the current state
of 3D printing. In the first part, I gave an overall introduction to
differences in 3D printing since I wrote my original articles on 3D printing
three years ago. The second piece focused on advances in 3D printing
hardware, and the third column covered 3D printing software. more>>

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