Tweeting beer temperature sensor – make your home brew more geeky

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Tweeting beer temperature sensor

Today’s post will be all about my idea for a tweeting beer temperature sensor!

Few weeks back I started brewing my own beer. It was really great fun and I plan to make some more, in fact my next batch will be a lovely vanilla infused stout.

When reading about brewing stout, I’ve found out that it needs a fairly high fermentation temperature of around 21C. I thought that the best way to keep my beer at this temperature, would be to use a fish tank heater! Dedicated beer heating equipment can be really expensive, so I am planning to stick the fermentation vessel in a nice, warm water bath which will be monitored by the tweeting beer temperature sensor! Read more Tweeting beer temperature sensor – make your home brew more geeky

Asterisk & Google Talk with application-specific passwords

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Not long ago when I was travelling, I had to use my Gmail account to access some info I needed printed. I had no choice but to use an Internet cafe. This left me feeling rather uncomfortable, I really don’t like using publicly available computers, you never know what combination of malware/spyware/any-other-god-only-knows-what-ware these have on them.

After I was back at home I decided to switch on two-factor authentication on my Google account – this way I would significantly increase security of my account and next time I have to use my email on a public computer I won’t have nightmares afterwards! I am not going to get into too much details of what this involves, however part of the process is to generate an application-specific password for all the applications you use. Read more Asterisk & Google Talk with application-specific passwords

HTPC project – cinema in my living room – part 3 – HD Edition

HTPC project – cinema in my living roomWelcome to part 3 of the “HTPC project – cinema in my living room”. Part 1 was a brief introduction to HTPC world, focusing mainly on hardware side of building a HTPC. Part 2 focused mainly on the software side of the htpc setup.
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Cisco IOS – upgrade after failed boot

Cisco IOS – upgrade after failed bootHow to revive a Cisco router after unsuccessful IOS upgrade

Just a reminder for myself. As recently I started attending Network Infrastructure course I am spending more and more time with Cisco equipment. The last couple of days proved to be a bit troublesome (not to mention bad luck with ebay shopping – damaged wic-1enet & vic-2fxs that turned out to be 2x wic-1t – damn you ebay!). It seems that something goes wrong every other day! Good job I am patient I suppose. Next time one of your routers start crashing on boot after IOS upgrade it can be revived using following commands:
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HTPC project – cinema in my living room – part 2

HTPC project – cinema in my living roomWelcome to part 2 of the “HTPC project – cinema in my living room”. Part 1 was a brief introduction to HTPC world, focusing mainly on hardware side of building a HTPC. This part will cover the software side of setting up a home entertainment unit . It should give you a good understanding of what a basic HTPC setup should have in order to run smoothly.

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VOIP – cheaper alternative to land line

VOIP – cheaper alternative to land lineLast year I decided that I have enough of paying for my land line. Virgin Media (TeleWest back then) would take about £120 whether I was making any phone calls or not. Considering that I used my mobile for most calls I had to look for cheaper alternative. After considerate amount of research there was only one way to go – VOIP . Read more VOIP – cheaper alternative to land line