Author: JC

MikroTik Script: Router Rebooted Script

MikroTik Script: Router Rebooted Script

This is a useful little RouterOS script that will email you a nice report when your router reboots. The emailed report contains recent critical log events that may point you to the cause for the reboot. ie “router was rebooted without proper shutdown” or “out of memory condition was detected”.

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Amazon Prime Day 2018 Giveaways

Amazon Prime Day 2018 Giveaways

To promote Prime Day this year, Amazon is running giveaways worth well over $40,000 USD. The giveaways include electronics, laptops, tablets, jewelry, designer handbags, furniture, and various other high-end goods. There are 5 Big Screen TV giveaways including a Samsung 82″, TCL 75″, LG 75″, Samsung 75″, and a Polaroid 75″. Most of these giveaways run past Amazon Prime day so visit each link to enter all of the giveaways.

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How to convert 48V PoE to 24V PoE

How to convert 48V PoE to 24V PoE

48V PoE (Power over Ethernet) is also know as 802.3af and 802.3at (PoE+) is the most common voltage. Some devices from manufacturers like Ubiquiti require 24V PoE.  In this article I will highlight some of the inexpensive devices that you can use to convert 48V PoE to 24V PoE as well as

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ffmpeg: AMD & NVIDIA hardware video encoding (h264, h265)

ffmpeg: AMD & NVIDIA hardware video encoding (h264, h265)

I recently needed to export some video from an Enterprise Video Surveillance system. The system will only export mjpeg avi videos, which are huge files. I ended up using ffmpeg to encode these videos into h.264 mp4 files. I performed the video encoding on a machine with an AMD GPU. This article documents some of the ffmpeg command line switches require to perform hardware video encoding on both NVIDIA and AMD GPUs.

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MikroTik Script: Authentication Logging w/ Email Reports

MikroTik Script: Authentication Logging w/ Email Reports

In this article I will show you how to configure a separate log file on a MikroTik router that will only contain authentication log entries.  The log file will contain log entries for winbox, webfig, ssh, telnet, ftp as well as VPN user authentications.  Additionally,  we will configure a scheduled script to email this log file to ourselves daily.

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MikroTik Router as a SCADA Serial Server

MikroTik Router as a SCADA Serial Server

A large number of MikroTik Router models have a serial port that can be used to configure the device. The serial port can also be configured as an IP-based serial server. This is article I will show you how to configure a MikroTik Router to all TCP connects that get mapped to a serial connected SCADA device.

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Behind-the-scenes of a WordPress Blog (Part 3)

Behind-the-scenes of a WordPress Blog (Part 3)

This is part 3 of a series “Behind-the-scenes of a WordPress Blog

In the last post I talked about WordPress Updates, next we will discuss choosing a WordPress Theme. My requirements for a theme may not be the same as yours but here they are.

WordPress Theme Must Haves

  • Clean Layout, Pleasing to the eye
  • Distinctive separation of header, page content, and sidebars
  • Responsive / Mobile Friendly Layout
  • <canonical> tag support
  • Schema.org Meta Tags
  • Open Graph Meta Tags
  • Twitter Cards Support
  • Post Thumbnails / Header Image Support
  • Flexible Theme Widget Slots
  • Plays nice with Sitemap, SEO, Caching Plugins
  • Must be based on Bootstrap, UIKit, or some other full featured CSS Framework
This is an example of Mobile Friendly, Responsive Layout

Over the years I relied on the WordPress delivered themes, Twenty Twelve, Twenty Thirteen, etc. Each one was a little different, generally followed web standards and loaded fast. My problem with these WordPress themes was that they sometimes had over exaggerated styling such as the huge header images of Twenty Seventeen which placed every page’s content below the page fold.

My search for a great WordPress Theme lead me to the LightHouse theme. Lighthouse ticked all of the boxes and after using it for a while I decided to support the theme’s creator by switching to the paid version. It’s available at a reasonable price of $32 USD. Lighthouse is a Bootstrap based, mobile responsive theme. It features a good number of Widget slots which gracefully disappear in the layout when not populated.

So I use Lighthouse, it’s not the ultimate WordPress theme but it serves me well. I wish you Happy searching for a WordPress Theme that fits your style!