John's Musings


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Welcome To My Blog

Figured it was time to make a blog. 140 characters of Twitter could never be enough to contain me.

Home Automation Hardware

So you've decided to automate your home some, huh? But don't know much about it, huh? Seems you go to Walmart or Home Depot or Best Buy ...

Home Automation

Well, I don't know much about Home Automation, but I'm learning, and I like it. This journey started out with one goal in mind. To turn a ...

Songle Internet Controlled Relay from ESP8266

I bought a Songle 2 channel relay from here with the hopes of hooking it directly to the ESP8266 GPIO and using it over the internet based ...

ESP8266 Hack of inexpensive WiFi Outlet

NOTE: This is a fairly involved project that requires soldering, Chip programming, setting up a server of sorts, etc. Took me two and a ...

ESP8266 Weather Appliance

Found this cool project to create a weather appliance from an ESP8266 Weather Station. What's an ESP8266, you say? It's an Internet of ...

LCD HD44780 Raspberry Pi 8 Bit Wiring

Had some issues with 4 bit wiring of my HD44780, 20x4 LCD which I use in a project in a tube amplifier. Every time the AC power is thrown ...

Easy calendar instructions

Simple Steps:Get a Raspberry Pi. I recommend the Zero for this project and I strongly recommend getting the Adafruit kit that has the ...

Easiest Raspberry Pi Wall Calendar Yet

What you need: - Raspberry Pi Zero (or better) - SD Card - TV with at least one HDMI input- Wall mounting bracket for TV- HDMI Cable - ...

JBL Flip 3 Bluetooth Speaker Review

How have I missed this? I'm almost embarassed. I'm usually all over technology, especially when it is audio related but I missed the boat ...

Maytag Washer Repair LNC6764A71 Water Pump

Let me start out by saying if you are buying a new washer resist the urge to buy one that has a fancy LED display with push button controls ...

Security Cameras

Decided to put a dedicated security camera up and put in the requisite homework. Rising to the top of most lists is the ReoLink RLC-410. ...

Jivelite - The Squeezebox Touch Clone - PiCorePlayer

Once upon a time there was an awesome audio device called the Squeezebox Touch from Logitech. The Touch was loved by audiophiles for its ...

NAS Software ***BEST*** Of 2016

Now that I have built up 5 server devices and tried a bunch of NAS Operating Systems I'm prepared to make my call on which one is "BEST". ...

Over The Air Broadcast TV

Some time back I did the math and decided that full blown cable or satellite TV just wasn't worth it. High speed internet, Hulu, Netflix, ...

Seafile - A Dropbox Replacement

One of the joys of having your own server is the ability to run your own Cloud Server. Everything exists in the mysterious Cloud however I ...

Ubuntu Server

After much internal strife and debate with myself I opted to install Ubuntu Server on my headless server made from spare parts. There are a ...

Parts! Parts! Too Many Parts!

Out of the current fiasco of building file servers I had one bad motherboard, however I wasn't sure at the time if it was the board or the ...

NAS Software

Now that I have a couple of home made file servers it's time to play around with some NAS software. While this is far from a comprehensive ...

The King Of All Home File Servers

Once I finally understood the ins and out of building an adequate home file and media server I figured I would step up my game and build a ...

A Tale Of Two Servers

Well, I built my first file server which you can read about here. So in true Obsessive Compulsive fashion I decided to build another one. ...

Network Attached Storage Project

I've always needed a network file server but now more than ever. But network file servers are expensive. So I decided to see if I could ...

Where have all the Protocols gone?

Technology both excites me and frustrates me. Computer technology has some amazing and helpful innovations that provide blazing speed but it ...

FreeNAS

Time to build some Network attached storage. Yes there are a lot of ways to back up but mostly I've been hanging a USB hard drive off a ...

Network Switches

It's a wifi world, it really is but I've just figured out that you really need to go back to basics and get a switch. Why? It's called the ...

What Is Computer Security and Where Is It?

I've been kind of harping on computer security based around that all important network connection to the internet but it is much more than ...

Home Network Progress

I've given great consideration to network security lately and have taken some measures to harden my network a bit. One glance at the news ...

Network Security

Take a look at your Shared area in File Manager on Mac or in your Network Neighborhood in Windows (shudder). How many devices are there? ...
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