2021-01-18 | Raspberry Pi Connectivity Alert
I have a recurring issue where I’ll walk by my shelf of Raspberry Pi’s and knock the cord out of something. Many times, I won’t know about it for days. So I made them blink when I do this.
My original solution deployed TICK Stack, with each individual Pi feeding stats into InfluxDB, and Kapacitor configured to alert on sudden loss of metrics from a host. This worked, until I knocked the cord out of the Pi running TICK Stack.
2021-01-17 | Networked ATSC DVR
Some time ago, I bought a standalone ATSC tuner so that I could watch TV at my desk, without having to depend on the setup or state of any other “things” on my desk. Watching the news shouldn’t depend on the desk being in any particular configuration - say, if I’ve still got my work computer hooked up at 10pm, or am in the process of an OS reinstall on my laptop.