CT30 Thermostat Zwave trouble

Written by on 29th January 2015 in Uncategorized with 0 Comments

I bought several of these thermostats because they are cheap basic ZWave thermostats. Turns out, there is a very specific bug for some of these (including one that I received)! It makes all other zwave devices in your network go offline, because if floods the network with messages!

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Google Maps is sleazy

Written by on 15th January 2015 in technology with 0 Comments

Earlier today, I was looking for a local ski shop because I wanted to buy some new boots tonight for this weekend. So I opened Google Maps, and it gave me results for several options. So I clicked on the first one and was checking out their website, they had good inventory and I opened the chat window to talk to someone there. I was asking about inventory, at which point I discovered they aren’t even in this state! Google Maps was showing me a place on the map that did not exist. I wasted a good 20 minutes looking around at boots.

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What I learned from owning a Laundromat

Written by on 7th January 2015 in laundromat with 0 Comments

Back in 2009, I bought a laundromat…

I thought it would be pretty easy: clean the place up, respond to voicemails from people that lost money, fix the machines that were broken, and collect the money for a low-stress passive and reliable income source.  So I thought at the time.

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Raspberry Pi to open Garage Door

Written by on 10th November 2014 in raspberry pi with 0 Comments

I came across a neat project that someone did where they wired up their garage door to be opened by their Raspberry Pi.  I thought I would give it a try and I had some issues.  I made this post in case someone else runs into the same problems.

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No more motorcycle

Written by on 9th September 2014 in motorcycle with 0 Comments

Motorcycle Knocked OverMy motorcycle was hit by a car a couple weeks ago. It was hit with such force that it was knocked over onto its side and the steering lock was broken off! I was able to drive it home, however it definitely had some problems. In the end my insurance company ended up writing it off completely, so I took the money and I’ll get a new one later.

On the plus side, Progressive was a pleasure to deal with, I had no trouble getting my claim in and they got me a check.

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Yelp hides bad reviews

Written by on 19th June 2014 in Uncategorized with 1 Comment

I’ve noticed that Yelp has been showing a line at the top of reviews claiming that they don’t delete bad reviews.  They claim that if a business owner pays them for an account they can’t delete negative reviews, and give links to google and other researchers that back up their claim.

From my personal experience, I can say that I know that they do in fact delete/remove bad reviews.  I left a bad review for a Limo company and for a CPA, and now both are gone!  I only noticed it because the CPA called me and politely asked if I would remove my bad review, as he didn’t feel it was justified.  I told him I would think about it and reconsider, and went back to Yelp to see what it was I had posted.  The bad review I left was gone!  I then checked the limo business only to find out that bad review was also gone!

I then logged into the account, and my bad reviews are still there!  Somehow, my reviews aren’t showing up when you visit the page.  Which makes me wonder why I should ever trust them again…

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I’m a lumberjack and I don’t care…

Written by on 23rd September 2013 in Uncategorized with 0 Comments

This past weekend I finally got the view I paid for!  The builder never got around to it, and time and time again I said I would do it, and would do it this weekend if he didn’t, so now I have my view!  Now I can see the ski slopes.

Before and after:

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icinga-web with Win2008 R2 AD/LDAP on CentOS 6.4

Written by on 23rd July 2013 in centos, icinga, technology with 0 Comments

I had a devil of a time getting icinga-web to authenticate to AD.  The howto did not work for me (I am using that example’s settings in the solution below).  I tried everything I could think of, the error I was receiving was:

[fatal] Uncaught AppKitPHPError: PHP Error ldap_search(): Search: Invalid DN syntax (/usr/share/icinga-web/app/modules/AppKit/models/Auth/Provider/LDAPModel.class.php:136) (/usr/share/icinga-web/app/modules/AppKit/lib/logging/AppKitExceptionHandler.class.php:59)

For me, as a workaround I opened up the LDAPModel.class.php file and right above that line in the getLdaprecord() function I added this:

$basedn = "DC=domain,DC=local";

Then I tried to login as that user, and it did create the user!  I gave the user permissions and then logged out.

I then stopped httpd, deleted the cache (rm -rf /var/cache/icinga-web/config/*) and restarted httpd.  In fact during the process I stopped and restarted httpd and cleared the cache many times!

Then I commented out the line I added in LDAPModel.class.php and logged in as the user with AD credentials!  I’m not sure why, but I couldn’t create the user myself, I had to allow icinga-web to create it for me.

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Have MRTG monitor drives >2TB

Written by on 16th August 2012 in technology with 0 Comments

I ran into a problem where MRTG couldn’t graph disk space on arrays larger than 2TB.  This isn’t the fault of MRTG, but rather the SNMP OID I was using only went this high.  I found another set of OID’s that worked instead, but they were off by a multiple of 4.  In case anybody else runs into this problem, here is the code that worked for me.

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Running IPv6 when your ISP doesn’t yet support it [solved see comments]

Written by on 2nd July 2012 in technology with 1 Comment

I ran into an issue where a client wanted to run IPv6 internally for testing, but their ISP did not yet support it.  So we decided to use the FE00:: space and carved out a /48 for them to use.  We set each subnet internally to use a different /64, and thought all was well.

Until World IPv6 day that is (June 8th 2012).

Suddenly, websites (such as Google and Bing) take 30+ seconds to load.  I quickly realized that it was because the website supported IPv6, and DNS was returning a v6 address (which we didn’t have a route to).  I found out that there is no way to make Microsoft DNS server not return the v6 address (and only ipv4).  We can’t run a 6to4 tunnel, as we have nothing on the other side to turn it back int IPv6.  We couldn’t run a Teredo relay either for security reasons.

So far I haven’t found a solution to this, until your ISP supports IPv6 there is no good way for us to solve this.  It seems we should disable our “private ipv6″ addresses we are using internally and let them fall back to link-local.  If anyone has a solution or idea please comment.

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