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New $5 Raspberry Pi computer

From: Phil Shapiro 

In case you haven't heard yet... 




Phil Shapiro, 

"Wisdom begins with wonder." - Socrates 
"Learning happens thru gentleness." 

Surveillance camera solutions

From: Dan Lyke 
So I've been asked to put together a quick and dirty solution to some
surveillance needs in the inlaw household, like "Order it off Amazon
Prime today, configure it there at their house on Friday" sort of

This is basically "record interactions between helpers and
mother-in-law to prove to father in-law that mother-in-law's dementia
is beyond what can be handled within the house". Thus  I expect that
the situation in the inlaw household will resolve itself within half a
year or so, and then I'd like to re-purpose those devices to other

I have a netbook I could re-purpose to this. I was thinking drop a 1TB
SSD into that and get a pair of WiFi cameras, but the state of control
software has changed since the last time I looked at this, and I don't
know about usability vs cameras that can just record to an SD and who
could read that SD and...


Anyone of you guys ever use Asciidoc and the subsequent tools?

From: Lynn Dixon 
I am wanting to dig into Asciidoc pretty hardcore and learn it quickly, so
I figured I would poll the collective to see if anyone has any good
learning materials like primers and such.

Alot of the teams at Red Hat use it for documentation and I need to get
"schooled up" on it.

Here are the links I have so far:

XVFB - Virtual Frame Buffer

From: Mike Harrison 

Not directly related to a thread, but we we chatting about GUI’s on servers. Sometimes, some program requires one to run, even though it really should not. 

I’ve had good luck with XVFB, 

Like if I want to run a VPN system (IKE) that has a bogus GUI requirement, I run:

/usr/bin/xvfb-run  /usr/bin/ikec -r 208.x.x.x -a

Which makes that program think it is in a GUI. Even when it’s not. 

From the manual; 

  "Xvfb is an X server that can run on machines with no display hardware and no physical input devices.  It emulates a dumb framebuffer using virtual memory.”

It’s a useful tool in your arsenal.   

Headless VM Server

From: asg 
I=E2=80=99m building a new VM server and want to try to use Ubuntu and =
KVM. Can anyone recommend a good web-based KVM manager?


Stephen Haywood
Owner: ASG Consulting