Why would one do such a thing? It’s going to take a few posts to flesh out this situation but I wanted to share something interesting. If you have a need to power a tiny 12v fan, like this one I ordered from Amazon you can draw power from your motherboards JRGB header/s (if you’re not using them for lighting). I’m using an MSI B450M Mortar motherboard and was thinking of a way to power the small fan:
This project has been in the works for a while but I was determined to wrap it up this weekend and to my relief everything’s working as expected (I totally knew it would). It started off with a bargain find on eBay, a HP ProCurve 2910al-24G managed switch for $65 shipped. I looked up the specifications and was surprised to see it supported 10GBe via SFP+ and thought that would be pretty neat to add to my cabinet and start working towards a network with some 10GBe equipment. It arrived and to my disquietude realised when looking up compatible transceivers an optional module (HP J9008A) was required that added 2x 10GBe SFP+ ports, a module mine didn’t have. To my dismay and stuck with 1GBe I nearly gave up when I found the modules cost entirely more than I paid for the switch!
I’ve wanted to post about my home network since I started this blog, about the different equipment I chose and why, the costs, benefits and lessons I’ve learned along the way (quite a few actually). What you’re looking at is one such lesson I learned the hard way.
I am a big proponent of home automation and have been tinkering since at least 2011. Today I’m going to share how I’ve connected my Garage door to the internet. This is by no means a comprehensive guide and you will want to find the installation/setup documentation provided by your automatic garage door manufacturer.
My objective was to be able to open and close my garage door remotely. We’d been doing this with a WeMo Maker since the early 2010s because our garage remotes are trash but it became unreliable and required constant reprogramming, plus it didn’t integrate well with our ambient computing Alexa’s and Siri’s.
After some research I found what I was looking for on eBay, a generic WiFi gate opener that supported Alexa and IFTTT:
I had these shared on my old blog so I thought I’d add them here as they’re still on YouTube. No particular target audience, just fun projects.
Some people collect stamps, others coins; some will even accumulate taxidermy. I’m no different except my thing is technology. I have boxes of game consoles from the 90s, tablet computers, mobile phones… I used to collect desktop computers too until space (and my wife) intervened. I’m still allowed notebook computers however and that’s what I’m writing about today. I found this Toshiba R50-B on eBay for $75 and for my coin I got the notebook, charger and a travel case. Neat.
Since beginning my I.T. career I’d always repurposed older computers as my primary daily driver, using everything from a 6 year old Macbook Air, Thinkpad E520, Acer E5, Lenovo desktop, Samsung Galaxy Tab A, iPad and at the moment a Lenovo Y720 gaming notebook for in the office and a Surface Go when I’m out in the field – this combination although fine at getting their respective jobs done is not ideal; the Y720 is heavy and burdensome to transport and the Surface is plain slow especially when dealing with the web apps I need to use. It’s time for an upgrade…