Updated Guide: Weewx, Nginx, Belchertown, MQTT/WS

This is an updated and streamlined guide for the installation of Weewx 4.x, with the Belchertown 1.1 GUI, Nginx, the MQTT/WebSockets extension, mosquitto, and Let’s Encrypt, because well – WebSockets require SSL… on a new Debian 10 installation. The old guide can be found here – which is a mess and shouldn’t be used. Things to keep in mind… Fresh Debian 10 server installation – only thing installed apart from the default packages: SSH Server. Using Nginx, MySQL (MariaDB) for the general heave-ho’ing of data. No need for PHP or FPM here! Note: MySQL in my instance is on a […]

Involving the community in newsletters / Email Blasts

Community involvement is key in growth for new prospective customers and no less, customer retention. Especially more so with keeping the wider community in the loop with smaller-scale community events. As always, not everyone will subscribe to an email/newsletter, but it will provide an incentive for users to subscribe! Fast forward many months, or years down the road, not only do you have a subscriber base that can be quite large, you will likely retain a rather high percentage of users, new and old, that will still read the newsletter. Such will be extremely beneficial on upselling current customers’ new […]

Dumping all frames from a video file with VideoLAN

There are so many guides on the internet, and unfortunately, not a single one of them satiated my desire for what I wanted to do! So below is a nice one-liner to, you guessed it, dump just about every frame from a video, with VideoLAN via the PowerShell/command prompt. The TLDR: Go to where you have VideoLAN installed, for me it is C:\Program Files\VideoLAN\VLC Ensure you have a dump/output folder created – probably best to have it in the same location that the video file is sourced at. For me, it is aptly named output in the Documents folder. Modify […]

CenturyLink & IPV6 with pfSense 2.4+

Over the years, IPv6 has been on the up and up in terms of implementation and usage. pfSense has had native IPv6 support since the 2.x series, unfortunately, CenturyLink’s IPv6 implementation has been riddled with ‘fun road bumps’ along the way – be it downtime, slowness, among other fun routing issues observed. CenturyLink (as of early 2020) still does not provide static IPv6 allocations to Fiber or DSL customers – it still remains as DHCP (of sorts). Before you continue onward with this article, please keep in mind the following… Your DSL Modem is in ‘bridge mode’ and NOT ‘routing […]