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Peter Andersson

I've already got a female to worry about. Her name is the Enterprise.
-- Kirk, "The Corbomite Maneuver", stardate 1514.0


I have a long time looked at Telldus Tellstick that can control wall-plug socket recievers and other devices. Finally I got my hands on one that my collegue wanted to sell.

This article will describe how to get it up and running on a x86_64 CentOS 6 box, the procedure would be the same on RHEL or Feodora and similiar on other Linux distributions. Unfortunatly the only distribution that has pre-made packages is Ubuntu so I will describe howto download the source code, compile it and get the amazing Telldus Tellstick up and running.


Kudos to Telldus that has understood the power of OpenSource and opened up the device to let third-part  vendors make solutions based on the device.

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As a monitoring fanatic, I think that have mirrored disk without monitor the mirror is worse then not have a redundant disk system at all. If you think that you are safe and you are not, is worse then be aware of a risk and calculate with it.

This article will describe how I did monitoring my FreeNAS system mirrored disks status using Nagios or op5 Monitoring. I assume basic knowledge of Nagios or op5 Monitor and that a Nagios agent is installed.

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My old NAS built on top of CentOS has some performence issues and the disks are quit old now. The hardware is leftovers that is approx 8 years old and not highend at that time either. The disks age has worried my for a time and I would like to have higher redunduncy with raid1/mirrored disks.

After some research I decided to run my new NAS on FreeNAS, which has all the features I use, like: CIFS, NFS, FTP, SSH, Rsync, Unison, iSCSI and also easy administration and disk management.

This article will describe how I did setup Nagios or op5 Monitoring on my FreeNAS system. I assume basic knowledge of Nagios or op5 Monitor.

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After a long wait CentOS 6 is here.

Before installing, read the release notes

Filled Under: centos

Finally, the most important and useful widget to Ninja has arrived. As everybody in the IT industri today knows, the cloud is where we all want to go and nirvana will be accomplished. To get there it is a god idea to let your favorite monitor solution keep track of when you can read more about this holy graal.

The widget keeps track of how many times the word "moln" appear on idg.se webpage and displays it in a easy view in The Tactical Overview.


Screenshoots from the different modes:



Kudos to op5 support that has created this excellent widget 



It is very handy to have a temprobe attached to network devices like a Wlan router, if OpenWRT is installed it is easy to use 1-wire devices. By using this method it is possible to create wireless temperature probes that uses Wlan.

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To be able to administrate my OpenWRT router from Internet I need to open the ssh port on the Wan interface.


It is real simple, just add to following to /etc/config/firewall:

#open ssh on wan interface
config rule               
        option src              wan
        option dest_port        22
        option target           ACCEPT    
        option proto            tcp 

And restart the firewall:

#/etc/init.d/firewall restart



After struggeling with my Linksys WRT-160NL to get OpenWRT stable I finally gave up. It ended upp with DD-WRT instead. Unfortunatly DD-WRT do not have the functionality I want like:

-rndis device so I could use my Android phone to connect to Internet

-1-wire device support

-Nagios agent

The solution was to buy another device where OpenWRT support is working better with USB and Gigabit interfaces. After some research I found TP-Link TL-WR1043ND for approx 50€.

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I have a need of GPS tag my digital photos. Unfortunatly a GPS device to my camera costs approx 230 Eur. In my humble opinion I think that is way of, especially considering that with some software in the camera any standard USB GPS reciever would do the job. They cost approx 40 Eur.

I have an Android phone where there is tons of apps that could create a GPS log whenever I want to, however it drains the battery in just a couple of hours. I want to track my routes at least a whole day without the need to charge.

The solution is to buy a GPS logger and after some research I found Ventus GPS Route Logger G730, and it looked like it would work with Linux.

This article will describe my experience making the G730 Ventus GPS Route Logger and Linux.

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Presenting collected Nagios data has been cumbersome. But now with op5 added funtionality, storing the data in a database makes it much easier. Morten Bekkelund has created a nice dashboard typically used in NOCs.

The dashboard has been modified and improved by the community and an example can be seen at op5 sandbox dashboard and can be downloaded from op5 community.

The original project place is http://dingleberry.me/2010/04/our-new-dashboard/


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