John's Musings


Yeah, Me Neither

Welcome To My Blog!

Figured it was time to make a blog. 140 characters of Twitter could never be enough to contain me.

Headphones and Shit

Make no bones about it. I am an audiophile (phool). Headphones are abundant and nowadays celebrities and artists slap their names on ...

Tracking NOAA Satellites And Shit

If you wonder why I add in "and shit" on a lot of my web page titles watch Mr. Lahey on The Trailer Park Boys and you'll understand fully. ...

Why Doesn't the SDRPlay RSP1 work on Linux when the RSP2 does?

Interesting issue I encountered recently on my laptop running a new version of Linux Ubuntu 16.04.3 LTS. The SDRPlay RSP1 would not work ...

Adalm-Pluto SDR - Or - Good God They Make It So Hard

The latest "darling" in the SDR world is the ADALM-PLUTO SDR which is a $99 receiver and transmitter and is quite hackable. It has a weird ...

Tecsun PL-880 vs. Tecsun PL-660

If you go online and Google a shootout vs. the Tecsun PL-880 (left) and the Tecsun PL-660 (right) you'll almost see the PL-660 come out on ...

Dreams of a Little Boy

When I was a kid, probably around 12 years old or so I was into the CB radio craze. My mom and dad got me a Lafayette Tube CB and dad ...

Tecsun PL-880 Review

Recently rediscovered an old love of mine. Short Wave Listening (SWL). I have many SDR radios which are technically superior because they ...

Reading Other Peoples Pager Traffic And Shit

Did you know a lot of people still used pagers? I had no clue. Did you know that all that pager traffic and all those messages are sent ...

Emby vs. Plex

It's been a while since I talked about media servers. Every mythical "power user" should have a NAS (Network Attached Storage). And on ...

SDRPlay RSP2 Review

Like I don't have enough SDR radios............I have a couple of the black dongles, a couple of the blue dongles, a couple of the Version 3 ...

Make a Raspberry Pi 3 RTL-SDR Server

First of all, why would you want to do this? Here's my best explanation. You can mount the SDR and Raspberry Pi somewhere permanent like ...

Create a Trunking Scanner for $25 (okay $50)

First of all some definitions: Trunked radio - Unlike a conventional radio which assigns users a certain frequency, a trunk system takes ...

How to use an UpConverter with SDR in GQRX

As with most geeky things I've found that NOBODY hardly puts those "seal the deal" details on the internet. Smart guys will say something ...

The Outernet and Shit

You know what the internet is. Did you know there was such a thing as the Outernet? The Outernet is sometimes called the "Library in ...

Survival Computer

We all have computers however they are more and more reliant on an internet connection, but what do you do when that internet connection is ...

Software Defined Radio

Software Defined Radio - What is it? Most of us think of it as a hardware device and it is but it passes many critical functions off to the ...

iPhone Tethering with Router with DD-WRT

Suppose you are a very low usage internet person. Check email and read FoxNews once a day. You probably have a smart phone that has a ...

Synology RT2600AC Review

I'm a firm believer that a stock router from Walmart or Target is wildly ineffective and minimally secure. I'm also a firm believer that ...

Home Automation - The Struggle is Real

Decided to make some upgrades to my oh, so perfect home automation system and alas, this is when you find the struggle is real. Everyone ...

Open Source Firmware for Routers and Shit.

Sigh. I'm always touting network security and I'm firmly of the belief that one of the best things you can do is to buy a new router and ...

More Router Security

The other day I made a Facebook post which got more attention than I expected. I told the story of an acquaintance of mine who heard I was ...

DD-WRT OpenVPN

Okay this is harder than it should have been. Tons of information on the internet, NONE of it in one place. Why, SpongeBob, why? This is ...

LED Strip Lighting

Home automation is kind of like a drug. The more you get the more you want. And the more you study and read up about it the more you see ...

Best Router Deal in History with some caveats.

Ok the goal of getting on the internet at home usually involves having the cable company come out and give you a modem. You in turn need a ...

Router Firmware - LEDE

Well, I bought a new router and that means I've got to exploit it for all it's worth. If you have even an inkling of network security ...

Router Review - Linksys WRT3200ACM

I need another router like I need a hole in the head or an STD. That being said I stumbled across the router deal of the decade for a ...

How to Make Your Own VPN Server

So the ISP's are selling your web history, and you never should trust the wifi network at the hotel, the restaurant, or the coffee shop. ...

MQTT PIR Motion Sensor with ESP8266 Feather Huzzah in Home Assistant

Because Motion Sensors for Home Automation cost so much money I decided to build one of my own from the prodigious spare parts box in Castle ...

Printing on Eggs and Shit.

So I've got a couple 3D printers and a vinyl sign machine and I'm always looking at related forums and reading the industry magazines. One ...

Original Prusa i3 Mk 2 - 3D Printer Review

I started 3D printing about a year or so ago with an inexpensive Prusa i3 3D kit from RepRapGuru. Wow the price went up some! It was like ...

Home Automation Hardware

So you've decided to automate your home some, huh? But don't know much about it, huh? Seems you go to Walmart or Home Depot or Best Buy ...

Home Automation

Well, I don't know much about Home Automation, but I'm learning, and I like it. This journey started out with one goal in mind. To turn a ...

Songle Internet Controlled Relay from ESP8266

I bought a Songle 2 channel relay from here with the hopes of hooking it directly to the ESP8266 GPIO and using it over the internet based ...

ESP8266 Hack of inexpensive WiFi Outlet

NOTE: This is a fairly involved project that requires soldering, Chip programming, setting up a server of sorts, etc. Took me two and a ...

ESP8266 Weather Appliance

Found this cool project to create a weather appliance from an ESP8266 Weather Station. What's an ESP8266, you say? It's an Internet of ...

LCD HD44780 Raspberry Pi 8 Bit Wiring

Had some issues with 4 bit wiring of my HD44780, 20x4 LCD which I use in a project in a tube amplifier. Every time the AC power is thrown ...

Easy calendar instructions

Simple Steps:Get a Raspberry Pi. I recommend the Zero for this project and I strongly recommend getting the Adafruit kit that has the ...

Easiest Raspberry Pi Wall Calendar Yet

What you need: - Raspberry Pi Zero (or better) - SD Card - TV with at least one HDMI input- Wall mounting bracket for TV- HDMI Cable - ...

JBL Flip 3 Bluetooth Speaker Review

How have I missed this? I'm almost embarassed. I'm usually all over technology, especially when it is audio related but I missed the boat ...

Maytag Washer Repair LNC6764A71 Water Pump

Let me start out by saying if you are buying a new washer resist the urge to buy one that has a fancy LED display with push button controls ...

Security Cameras

Decided to put a dedicated security camera up and put in the requisite homework. Rising to the top of most lists is the ReoLink RLC-410. ...

Jivelite - The Squeezebox Touch Clone - PiCorePlayer

Once upon a time there was an awesome audio device called the Squeezebox Touch from Logitech. The Touch was loved by audiophiles for its ...

NAS Software ***BEST*** Of 2016

Now that I have built up 5 server devices and tried a bunch of NAS Operating Systems I'm prepared to make my call on which one is "BEST". ...

Over The Air Broadcast TV

Some time back I did the math and decided that full blown cable or satellite TV just wasn't worth it. High speed internet, Hulu, Netflix, ...

Seafile - A Dropbox Replacement

One of the joys of having your own server is the ability to run your own Cloud Server. Everything exists in the mysterious Cloud however I ...

Ubuntu Server

After much internal strife and debate with myself I opted to install Ubuntu Server on my headless server made from spare parts. There are a ...

Parts! Parts! Too Many Parts!

Out of the current fiasco of building file servers I had one bad motherboard, however I wasn't sure at the time if it was the board or the ...

NAS Software

Now that I have a couple of home made file servers it's time to play around with some NAS software. While this is far from a comprehensive ...

The King Of All Home File Servers

Once I finally understood the ins and out of building an adequate home file and media server I figured I would step up my game and build a ...

A Tale Of Two Servers

Well, I built my first file server which you can read about here. So in true Obsessive Compulsive fashion I decided to build another one. ...

Network Attached Storage Project

I've always needed a network file server but now more than ever. But network file servers are expensive. So I decided to see if I could ...

Where have all the Protocols gone?

Technology both excites me and frustrates me. Computer technology has some amazing and helpful innovations that provide blazing speed but it ...

FreeNAS

Time to build some Network attached storage. Yes there are a lot of ways to back up but mostly I've been hanging a USB hard drive off a ...

Network Switches

It's a wifi world, it really is but I've just figured out that you really need to go back to basics and get a switch. Why? It's called the ...

What Is Computer Security and Where Is It?

I've been kind of harping on computer security based around that all important network connection to the internet but it is much more than ...

Home Network Progress

I've given great consideration to network security lately and have taken some measures to harden my network a bit. One glance at the news ...

Network Security

Take a look at your Shared area in File Manager on Mac or in your Network Neighborhood in Windows (shudder). How many devices are there? ...
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