My Home Automation Journey – Part 3

I’m going to talk a little more about rules, routines and controlling devices in this post. Routines One of the things I have utilised in the SmartThings app is routines, there’s 4 default routines: GoodBye, I’m Back, Good Night and Good Morning. Initially I used these to set the status of the Security monitor SmartApp,… Read more »

My Home Automation Journey – Part 2

This is a continuation of my last blog post, in this installment we’ll talk about some of the sensors I’m using, the SmartApps involved and how I manage ‘presence’ Phase 3 – Sensors and Rules. As I mentioned previously I added a Samsung SmartThings Hub so that I had ZigBee and Z-Wave capabilities, in addition to this there’s… Read more »

My Home Automation Journey – Part 1

So as a tech guy, I have a lot of stuff on my home network, multiple servers, a couple of OpenStack clouds, NAS’s and various other peripherals. Because of this, I have always tried to keep as much as I can on wired ethernet with only a few devices (Phones, Laptops and Tablets) On Wifi. In… Read more »

Openstack Essentials Part 2 – Installing Swift on Ubuntu

In this post we’re going to go over the installation of swift as well as a couple of architectural considerations and key topics. To work through this how-to you are doing to need at least 5 Machines, 2 for Swift Proxies and 3 for Swift Object servers, these machines can be AWS instances, VM’s or physical… Read more »

Getting started with Docker

Recently I started looking at docker and containerising micro-services (hastebin, etherpad, etc), docker affords you the option of isolating various services without the overhead of running multiple VM’s or openstack instances (like I do today) my end goal is to eventually store these docker images in glance and then use nova-docker to deploy them automatically but… Read more »

Opensource Log Aggregation: Kibana

When I first started in IT back in the mid 90’s having a syslog server and grep was about as good as it got with centralised log management, things have moved on significantly in the last decade with the advent of Splunk and other commercial tools, but what choice do you have in the Open Source world?… Read more »

OpenStack Essentials Part 1 – The Noisy Neighbour Problem

Anyone who’s worked in one of the bigger public clouds will tell you: noisy neighbours can be a real issue. so what is a noisy neighbour? Just like any virtualised environment your instances are sharing physical hardware with other instances, possibly from other companies or groups, imagine if your nice real time node.js app was placed… Read more »

IRC Bouncer

I lurk quite a lot on various IRC Channels on freenode whilst i’m sitting at work but it’s kinda annoying that I miss the conversation whilst i’m travelling to and from work, this is where an IRC bouncer comes into play, it sits in between your IRC client and the IRC server you are connecting… Read more »

Setting up an APT repo

You’re an Ubuntu user right? You’ve got a bunch of VM’s or OpenStack instances all running Ubuntu, must be slow to update right with you getting all of your packages from a public APT repo? Well, what you really need is a private APT repo – a place where you can simply download your packages once… Read more »

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    My Home Automation Journey – Part 3

    I’m going to talk a little more about rules, routines and controlling devices in this post. Routines One of the things I have utilised in the SmartThings app is routines, there’s 4 default routines: GoodBye, I’m Back, Good Night and Good Morning. Initially I used these to set the status of the Security monitor SmartApp,… Read more »

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    My Home Automation Journey – Part 2

    This is a continuation of my last blog post, in this installment we’ll talk about some of the sensors I’m using, the SmartApps involved and how I manage ‘presence’ Phase 3 – Sensors and Rules. As I mentioned previously I added a Samsung SmartThings Hub so that I had ZigBee and Z-Wave capabilities, in addition to this there’s… Read more »

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    My Home Automation Journey – Part 1

    So as a tech guy, I have a lot of stuff on my home network, multiple servers, a couple of OpenStack clouds, NAS’s and various other peripherals. Because of this, I have always tried to keep as much as I can on wired ethernet with only a few devices (Phones, Laptops and Tablets) On Wifi. In… Read more »

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    Openstack Essentials Part 2 – Installing Swift on Ubuntu

    In this post we’re going to go over the installation of swift as well as a couple of architectural considerations and key topics. To work through this how-to you are doing to need at least 5 Machines, 2 for Swift Proxies and 3 for Swift Object servers, these machines can be AWS instances, VM’s or physical… Read more »

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    Getting started with Docker

    Recently I started looking at docker and containerising micro-services (hastebin, etherpad, etc), docker affords you the option of isolating various services without the overhead of running multiple VM’s or openstack instances (like I do today) my end goal is to eventually store these docker images in glance and then use nova-docker to deploy them automatically but… Read more »

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    Opensource Log Aggregation: Kibana

    When I first started in IT back in the mid 90’s having a syslog server and grep was about as good as it got with centralised log management, things have moved on significantly in the last decade with the advent of Splunk and other commercial tools, but what choice do you have in the Open Source world?… Read more »

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    OpenStack Essentials Part 1 – The Noisy Neighbour Problem

    Anyone who’s worked in one of the bigger public clouds will tell you: noisy neighbours can be a real issue. so what is a noisy neighbour? Just like any virtualised environment your instances are sharing physical hardware with other instances, possibly from other companies or groups, imagine if your nice real time node.js app was placed… Read more »

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    IRC Bouncer

    I lurk quite a lot on various IRC Channels on freenode whilst i’m sitting at work but it’s kinda annoying that I miss the conversation whilst i’m travelling to and from work, this is where an IRC bouncer comes into play, it sits in between your IRC client and the IRC server you are connecting… Read more »

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    HP Helion Cloud Tech Thoughts: Automation and OpenStack technology

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    Setting up an APT repo

    You’re an Ubuntu user right? You’ve got a bunch of VM’s or OpenStack instances all running Ubuntu, must be slow to update right with you getting all of your packages from a public APT repo? Well, what you really need is a private APT repo – a place where you can simply download your packages once… Read more »

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