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The Way I Approach IoT Use Cases

The Way I Approach IoT Use Cases

After an amazing conversation with a few talented developers, I came to the conclusion that I should probably create an article that can double as both a reference point and illustrative purposes. This article is about the thought process I personally take when creating new […]

The Remote Server Far, Far Away

The Remote Server Far, Far Away

At the heart of any great system administrator or network engineer you will find two main values. The first value is a consistent devotion and energy towards the reduction of liability, and the other value is the constant struggle to learn, adapt, and navigate the […]

Evaluate Your Backup Strategy, Speed Up Recovery, And Save The Day

Evaluate Your Backup Strategy, Speed Up Recovery, And Save The Day

We all leverage and depend on technology for everything. For that reason, those who are responsible for the critical components that power the world know how important a solid backup policy is. They also ideally understand how amazing it is to have redundancies and data […]

Why I Use Nagios XI To Monitor My Network

Why I Use Nagios XI To Monitor My Network

Earlier I wrote an article about my uncommon residential network setup consisting of many homes connected and managed through the use of enterprise hardware. As this network grew, so too did the need to keep everything online 24/7 and low maintenance. Monitoring software sends alerts […]

ESP8266 + ESPEasy And Why You Need It

ESP8266 + ESPEasy And Why You Need It

Opening up the Arduino libraries and sketching an ESP8266 concept for hours sounds like a lot of fun, and sometimes is, however we have reached an era of IoT where it makes sense to only spend a few minutes as opposed to hours on something […]

PBX Voice CAPTCHA And Why It’s Amazing

PBX Voice CAPTCHA And Why It’s Amazing

Generally speaking, one of the most undervalued servers I host is an Asterisk PBX build.  This VoIP server is home to roughly 15 active extensions, 10 DID phone numbers, and three conference lines spaced across several locations. On average the server processes 80-100 inbound and […]

Tech Tools Worth Considering

Tech Tools Worth Considering

I’m not in the field as much as I used to be, but I certainly understand the value of having every tool imaginable around me at all times. The most frustrating thing is knowing that you needed that one extra USB dongle or device that […]

Building A Corporate Family Network

Building A Corporate Family Network

Being a network or system administrator is an around the clock job. Family reunions can sometimes involve an unending line of questions about personal computers, phones, and other consumer level challenges. I think of the similarities to owning a pickup truck and getting calls from […]

IP Camera in a Car

IP Camera in a Car

I’ve been able to do some pretty miraculous things with 3G/4G cellular links over the past decade. Technical challenges many said were impossible to solve at the time. Years ago the main challenge was not only signal strength and coverage, but also identifying ways to […]

Let’s Talk About Smart Homes

Let’s Talk About Smart Homes

A few years ago I started to scratch the surface of smart home automation and Internet controlled “things”. I first explored the basics of board relays and how to customize ON/OFF control based on web browser actions. **On a side note, the first time you […]