Nov 232017
 

I bought a pair of cheap USB headphones yesterday so I could test out whether my sound issue on my computer was due to my sound card, or another issue.

The issue I after plugging them in however, was that I could not easily switch the sound output to the USB headphones.
I don’t run pulseaudio, so I was left with playing with configuration files to try and switch the audio over.

If I had been running pulseaudio, I’m sure this blog post would have been much shorter!
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Nov 202017
 

Last weekend I wrote a post about the Reject Shop IP camera that was being sold for $39. I decided to have a deeper look at it to see if I could use it without relying on the app.

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Nov 122017
 

Spotted in the catalogue for $39.


I spotted a iDigital branded “Home Security WiFi Camera with Smart Phone App” in the latest Reject Shop Catalogue and was intrigued about what sort of specs I’d find in a discount store IP camera, so I picked one up to have a look.
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Oct 222017
 

My ADSL connection went down for quite a while recently, but I managed to use a Telstra 4G USB Stick with my Raspberry Pi as a secondary internet link to tide me over until my ADSL was restored.

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Sep 272017
 

I wrote a little snippet to update my PXE server’s Debian netboot image so I can schedule this to run every month or so to ensure that my Netboot image is up to date.

The variables are to set the Debian mirror, architecture, and paths and filenames for the downloaded image file, and where the image file should be un-tarred to.
I have architecture in there because I had some old machines which require i386 kernels. If you don’t need i386, then you can replace all the arch variables and hardcode amd64 instead.

#!/bin/bash
debmirror=http://mirror.internode.on.net/pub/debian
arch=amd64
tmpfile=/tmp/$arch-netboot.tar.gz
tftppath=/srv/tftp/deb-stable/$arch
wget $debmirror/dists/stable/main/installer-$arch/current/images/netboot/netboot.tar.gz -O $tmppath
tar -C $tftppath -xzf $tmpfile ./debian-installer/amd64/initrd.gz ./debian-installer/amd64/linux --strip-components=3

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