Configuring headless raspberry pis

Yeah. Needed to do this for some testing, some websites needed hosting, some microservices needed running, and some other inane mundane stuff had to be done with these pi zeros I had. Now that they are set up, they are feeding me info and stats about different things like power usage, failed code builds, lagging…

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How to Reformat Stubborn Flash Drives with Operating Systems – using DISKPART

I am working with Raspberry Pis again and running into this issue where I have burned operating systems to sd cards but when i try to re-use one it doesn’t come up in my PC. Diskpart to the rescue… I remember in the past I used to use this page a lot: https://www.howtogeek.com/235824/how-to-clean-a-flash-drive-sd-card-or-internal-drive-to-fix-partition-and-capacity-problems/ Mainly I…

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Android 9 Pie – Bluetooth & WiFi Always Scanning?

It started as an option to turn off the instant you upgraded to Android Pie 9. Here is the screen to turn off always on wifi and Bluetooth scanning: Here is the options screen as it should be: The only other noticeable things about the update is the volume sliding mechanism after 1hr of phone…

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Servers, Downtime, Motivation and Planning

Servers – Services and old web projects have been down for past two months at my place. – I sorted through some network troubles and been providing upgrades for some of the services hardware – New CPU fan for Radio machine – Net gains of space on all machines due to data consolidation and regular…

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Rainy Day Quake Matches

There’s nothing quite as relaxing. If I could say the perfect ambiance for Quake would be a gently rolling thunderstorm with a near-constant downfall of rain that’s audible. It gives a nice feeling when you are playing the one map in the game that is kinda like de_aztec (from Counter Strike), rainy, thundering and foreboding.

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How to run Lambda code locally

To get here I started google searching “run aws sam on mac” and found this AWS article: Installing SAM CLI using Pip I didn’t have pip installed, but I had pip3 installed, so I ran the same command it mentions and saw it install everything correctly. pip3 install aws-sam-cli   After this I am looking…

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Save The Power Project and Going Serverless

I want to save power at home because it becomes more costly in the summer. I have a plethora of spare computers and servers that aren’t hooked up that I would like to make use of in a “serverless” setup. And I have a handful of running machines that are running your typical operating systems…

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Ask Alexa to Start a Stopwatch

Wow, today I found a free and easy solution to the problem with Alexa not having a stopwatch capability backed in. This is the Alexa Skill I use for Stopwatch I only have to use these commands to get the info I need from it: “Alexa, open stopwatch” = start “Alexa, ask stopwatch” = status…

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