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TAM horror

My FRITZ!Box has been getting empty answering machine messages! One every 45 minutes. It turns out that Telstra has a potentially useful service that delivers SMS messages as voice messages. Unfortunately, figuring the service out is less easy. Read More...

FRITZ!Box VPN to FreeBSD

I recently acquired a FRITZ!Box 7272 with the aim to replace my m0nowall firewall and ADSL router. The original idea was to simplify and hence improve my IPv6 connection to Internode and use the FRITZ!Box’s phone and Fax services on my fixed line. The catch is that I run a permanent LAN to LAN VPN connection between my house and the farm … and the FRITZ!Box was going to have to do this. Read More...

Tronixlabs LCD Backpack

For my Raspberry Pi GPS NTP server project I found it useful to have a display available to put up simple status messages for example the IP address and the output of ntpq.

To that end I purchased a Serial I2C backpack for HD44780-compatible LCD modules from Tronixlabs. Although they provide a tutorial for the use of these devices I had greater success with a different Python library. Read More...

Hardware faults

We had a bit of a glitch with the weather station reporting rainfall and what I found was not what I expected Read More...

Lacie 2Big NAS



I purchased a Lacie 2Big NAS to act as backup storage - it was quiet and nicely designed - it fitted into a home environment. Unfortunately, the device only offered email notifications of failure - which didn’t fit well against my Nagios based monitoring approach. A bit of protocol reverse engineering and studying their released sources resulted in a Nagios plugin that could monitor the NAS’s health.

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