Taking over an ADT Alarm and integrating it with OpenHAB

As you can see from previous posts, I’ve started automating my house. There was an ADT alarm system installed. I was given a user code, but that was it. I opted not to pay ADT’s ridiculous monthly fee since reasonable monitoring can be had for $10/month. Looking at the panel, I have a Safewatch ProContinue reading “Taking over an ADT Alarm and integrating it with OpenHAB”

Using Perl and ImageMagick to Generate Meme Image Macros

Sometimes I feel a need to automate some meme generation. Luckily I found this incredibly helpful blogpost from jackmeme. http://www.jackmeme.com/blog.php?id=1 I used it as inspiration and did something similar in Perl. Of course the Imagemagick perl-magick reference was invaluable. http://www.imagemagick.org/script/perl-magick.php The first thing I thought of with automated meme generation? The Weather! See my previousContinue reading “Using Perl and ImageMagick to Generate Meme Image Macros”

Collecting ONSSI Ocularis CS RC-C Logs with nxlog / Logstash / Elasticsearch / Kibana3

Edit: This post is pretty old and Elasticsearch/Logstash/Kibana have evolved a lot since it was written. That’s quite a title. I work with an ONSSI Ocularis CS setup. Originally installed with NetDVMS, but upgraded to RC-C. This post builds upon a couple earlier posts http://www.ragingcomputer.com/2014/02/logstash-elasticsearch-kibana-for-windows-event-logs http://www.ragingcomputer.com/2014/02/sending-windows-event-logs-to-logstash-elasticsearch-kibana-with-nxlog What does all this mean? This heavily redacted screenshotContinue reading “Collecting ONSSI Ocularis CS RC-C Logs with nxlog / Logstash / Elasticsearch / Kibana3”

Sending Windows Event Logs to Logstash / Elasticsearch / Kibana with nxlog

Edit: This post is pretty old and Elasticsearch/Logstash/Kibana have evolved a lot since it was written. Part 3 of 4 – Part 1 – Part 2 – Part 4 This is a continuation of http://www.ragingcomputer.com/2014/02/logstash-elasticsearch-kibana-for-windows-event-logs Again, I took a lot of inspiration from http://sysxfit.com/blog/2013/07/18/logging-with-logstash-part-3/ The nxlog reference manual is surprisingly well written with excellent examples.Continue reading “Sending Windows Event Logs to Logstash / Elasticsearch / Kibana with nxlog”

Securing Elasticsearch / Kibana with nginx

Edit: This post is pretty old and Elasticsearch/Logstash/Kibana have evolved a lot since it was written. Part 2 of 4 – Part 1 – Part 3 – Part 4 This is a continuation from http://www.ragingcomputer.com/2014/02/logstash-elasticsearch-kibana-for-windows-event-logs The great folks working on Kibana have been so awesome as to provide an example nginx configuration! https://github.com/elasticsearch/kibana/blob/master/sample/nginx.conf Kibana promptingContinue reading “Securing Elasticsearch / Kibana with nginx”

Logstash / Elasticsearch / Kibana for Windows Event Logs

Edit: This post is pretty old and Elasticsearch/Logstash/Kibana have evolved a lot since it was written. Part 1 of 4 – Part 2 – Part 3 – Part 4 Have you heard of Logstash / ElasticSearch / Kibana? I don’t wanna oversell it, but it’s AMAZING! I’ll start with a screenshot. You know you wantContinue reading “Logstash / Elasticsearch / Kibana for Windows Event Logs”

Windows Grab Frames for Time Lapse

It’s that time again! Another construction project at work! It was decided that I would run another time-lapse webcam of the construction process. This was a little last-minute. Our electrician mounted an analog camera and plugged into a network video encoder. http://www.axis.com/products/cam_m7001/ I haven’t had time to set up a proper linux box to manageContinue reading “Windows Grab Frames for Time Lapse”

HTTP Live Streaming Windows Desktop to Roku Using VLC

I should stop reading Reddit when I’ve got some time to kill. It ends up eating into time I don’t have to kill. http://www.reddit.com/r/Roku/comments/1b9uuv/stream_desktop_to_roku/c95f2nl HTTP Live Streaming (HLS) looks pretty easy to do with VLC. http://wiki.videolan.org/Documentation:Streaming_HowTo/Streaming_for_the_iPhone It requires having a local web server. xampp is my favorite way to install apache on windows. You couldContinue reading “HTTP Live Streaming Windows Desktop to Roku Using VLC”

Nexus 7 USB Webcam with Torque Track Recorder

I’ve never wanted to embed a tablet in my dash more than I do right now. While browsing reddit a couple days ago, I came across this post about using a USB webcam with an OTG adapter. Which lead me to this page about Nexus 7 webcam. I am a huge fan of Torque OBDIIContinue reading “Nexus 7 USB Webcam with Torque Track Recorder”

The RIPINATOR – Semi-automated DVD Ripping

The Ripinator!!! Motivation: My fiance and I have a stack of DVDs. They’re dusty and inconvenient. I wanted to rip them to my network storage so I can easily watch them from my Boxee Box. It’s not that I’m lazy, but I hate doing repetative things if I can automate it. Overview: I’m using PerlContinue reading “The RIPINATOR – Semi-automated DVD Ripping”