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Adding custom APC Inrow monitoring to uptime

Today’s challenge — Monitor and graph the air conditioning system to track performance. With an uptime server installation already in place, I set about adding snmp v2 monitoring to track things like air temp, status, etc. By default, the uptime monitoring software doesn’t have built in support for my air conditioning system (apc inrow sc 100) so I had to…

Raspberry pi near space satellite

Getting a Raspberry Pi to near space, Part 1 The Challenge: Get a raspberry pi to near space Have it take pretty pictures using the pi camera Make sure it logs lots of interesting temp/humidity/gps/telemetry data Get it back home safely   The Gear: Raspberry pi model B Raspberry pi camera NEO-6M GPS GY-86 attitude meter DHT-11 humidity sensor DS18B20…

Quick tips: Adding driver packs to WDS

Windows giving a BSOD when trying to PXE boot? Windows setup crashing when trying to install over the network? Sounds like you need to get the latest drivers on your boot image! Here’s how. Step 1: Grab the proper driver package from the manufacturer (in my case it was lenovo). Some companies, like Lenovo, roll up all of their drivers…

Colo vs Cloud vs local hosting

A comparison between Cloud hosting, Colo hosting (datacenter hosting), and local on-site hosting At first glance, the low cost of cloud and co-location hosting per month may put them far ahead of on-site hosted servers, and in some cases they are. In today’s post I break down the cost per year, extrapolated out over twenty years, for a server heavy…