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  • Using Google Assistant to Arm my House Alarm

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  • Easy HTTPS with Cloudflare

    HTTPS everywhere! This is the trend of late, and for good reason. Phishing, connection snooping, man-in-the-middle attacks and hacking in general is pervasive today and security on the web is more important than ever.

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  • My Phone Setup with Project Fi

    I love non-standard cell service setups. Actually, I probably annoy my family and friends because I am constantly trying different things, talking about it, and sometimes asking them to bear with me during a transition time when they can’t get ahold of me.

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  • Opening Garage Doors with a Raspberry Pi

    About 5 years ago, I wrote about a solution I had for controlling my garage doors from my phone. It was a fun project and generally has been working well. However, the triggering mechanism relies upon X10 through my Honeywell Vista 20-P alarm panel and is therefore not very transferable to others wanting to do a similar project. When friends ask about it and the possibility of doin...

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  • Ansible Provisioning for my Raspberry Pi

    A few years back, I bought a Pogoplug and got Arch Linux ARM running on it. It was a lot of fun to work on and I eventually got it configured as a Samba file server, DLNA media server, and running my vistaicm-server project to control my Honeywell Alarm System. It was suprisingly stable and I learned to love Arch Linux while fiddling w...

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