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Living Room / Re: good Videos [short films] here :)
« on: July 16, 2024, 12:11 AM »
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Living Room / Re: Gadget WEEKENDS
« on: March 16, 2024, 06:16 PM »
You like the ZimaBoard 432?

It's a great little unit, plenty of power for something like pfsense, at the moment I've just been playing with it seeing what its native OS is like, I'd need to redo my networking a little before incorporating it running pfsense but I don't have the time right now.

CasaOS is a container management front-end based on Debian, got a lot going for it but I found it rather flakey so just installed DietPi along with Portainer.

Have also installed ProxMox on it and run pfsense through that but it didn't really leave enough resources for the other things I was looking at running, 8GB version would have been ok though.

You might want to look at the ZimaBlade, same sort of thing but cheaper because you add your own RAM, (DDR3 SO-SIMM).
Downside is only one Gbe port but decent Intel secondhand PCIe cards are easy to get if you don't already have them lying around.

Base model with 2 core CPU is only US$64 with the 4 core at US$96 - they're pre-order ATM - looking back this probably would have been a better choice for me since I have spare RAM I could have used and therefore bumped up on the CPU.

Btw, don't know if it's still applicable but a first order on a new account got me a 30% discount, so the 432+SATA Y cable was ~US$115.

Living Room / Re: Gadget WEEKENDS
« on: March 16, 2024, 06:19 AM »
It's been awhile so time for some gadgets:

Last time I was in the UK, (2022), I picked up a Samsung Gear 360 kit, (VR headset plus the camera), for the princely sum of £25 on eBay.
Wanted it for the cameraw which I've used while 4wding, works well.


Budi multifunction stick.
uSD storage and card reader, SIM storage and removal tool, USB-C to USB-C cable with USB-A, micro USB-B, and Lightning adaptors, plus a phone stand.


ZimaBoard 432, mid-range version. 4GB RAM, 32GB eMMC storage, 2 SATA ports, 2 Gbe ports, PCIe x2 slot, silent.
Thinking of plugging a WiFi 7 card in and using it for pfsense or OPNsense, depending on how good wifi support is.

Shown mounted on a 3D printed 'sled' for mounting in a rack, along with two 120GB SSDs, and a 4 port Gbe card.


Just recently, Akaso Brave4 action cam for upcoming trip, (4 cruises back-to-back, Sydney->New York, 67 days), comes with a load of mounting accessories.


VEEKTOMX 22.5W 10Ah Power Bank, wanted something a little smaller and lighter than my usual Romoss 74W 20Ah Power Bank with PD and QC.


LENCENT 65W Universal Travel Charger to keep things charged.


HGFRTEE 14" 4k portable IPS display, USB-C power/video input + mini-HDMI input, stero speakers


Flextail Zero Pump inflator/deflator.


You could also try setting a value regardless of whether there's a match or not:
Duration = if ($_ -match '(?smi).*\ssession duration was\s+([^\s]+)\s+.*') { $matches[1] } else { "Unknown Duration" }

P.S. I can't actually test it as I only have a Win10 machine, wish I could suggest something more.

Try string interpolation:
Code: PowerShell [Select]
  1. 303 {"303 - User Disconnected From Resource: $($Duration)"}

DC Gamer Club / Re: Latest Game Giveaway
« on: December 25, 2023, 05:47 PM »
Caveblazers is free on GOG until January 5th.

That appears to be regional, A$1.19 until Jan 5 here.

General Software Discussion / Re: Undelete utilities - differences?
« on: December 15, 2023, 05:19 AM »
If you want to try something free there's PhotoRec:

PhotoRec is a file carver data recovery software tool. It doesn’t recover the original filenames but it can recover delete files even from corrupted filesystem. PhotoRec recognizes and recovers numerous file formats including ZIP, Office, PDF, HTML, JPEG and various graphics file formats. The whole list of file formats recovered by PhotoRec contains more than 480 file extensions (about 300 file families). It’s possible to create custom signature to recover file format unknown to PhotoRec.

If you want a GUI there is QPhotoRec in the archive.

QPhotoRec is a file carver data recovery software tool with a graphical user interface. Like PhotoRec, it doesn’t recover the original filenames but it can recover delete files even from corrupted filesystem.

Living Room / Re: good Videos [short films] here :)
« on: October 30, 2023, 06:46 PM »
Thanks for sharing these, 4wd. They're interesting. :Thmbsup:

Thanks 🙃 I found these in posts on Lemmy which I've been aimlessly roaming through the last few months.

Portrait of God - Short horror film

A religious girl prepares a presentation on a painting titled "Portrait of God". What she sees challenges her beliefs.

Living Room / Re: good Videos [short films] here :)
« on: October 28, 2023, 02:51 PM »
The Statement - H. P. Lovecraft adaption

After investigating an Elder cult's meeting place, a professor wakes to find himself in an interrogation room with a grotesquely scarred hand.

Living Room / Re: good Videos [short films] here :)
« on: October 24, 2023, 04:42 PM »
Backwoods - H. P. Lovecraft adaption.

1907, Massachusetts. A scholar drifts from his path and finds himself in a house he takes for deserted. Deserted, apart from a beguiling book containing dark secrets that exerts a powerful hold over those who come into contact with it.

General Software Discussion / Re: Macro Creation programs
« on: October 05, 2023, 11:38 PM »

Circle Dock / Re: Help? Download link is down :(
« on: September 03, 2023, 10:44 PM »
No idea, think I used it for about a month approx. 13 years ago.

Circle Dock / Re: Help? Download link is down :(
« on: September 01, 2023, 12:09 AM »
You can also grab from Softonic, just select it in the dropdown.

Circle Dock / Re: Help? Download link is down :(
« on: August 29, 2023, 10:57 PM »

I am asking for a program.

Given the following on the site you refer to:
Many devices that uses vendor-specific protocols are also supported.

Unless you expect someone to spend their time snooping Bluetooth protocols between various vendor devices, anything other than what can be reported by the Windows API, (and any BT devices a prospective coder might have), isn't likely to happen.

Living Room / Re: Looking for Raspberry Pi with Pass-Through Power
« on: August 18, 2023, 07:40 PM »
Probably your easiest option if it has to be a RasPi is a 3B/4B, (whichever the vendor recommends for the software), and a PoE hat for it.

For example:
Official RasPi PoE+ version

It'd pay to check Jeff Geerling's write up on the PoE hats.

BTW, for something cheaper and maybe more familiar, there are lots of cheap NUCs on ebay, eg. Industrial Fanless NUC which are probably cheaper than a RasPi 4B + case + PSU and certainly have a lot more grunt under the cover.
Could check if the software vendor offers an x86 software version.

Living Room / Re: Looking for Raspberry Pi with Pass-Through Power
« on: August 17, 2023, 07:28 PM »
Do they give a minimum RasPi version?

Living Room / Re: Looking for Raspberry Pi with Pass-Through Power
« on: August 17, 2023, 07:54 AM »
None of the RasPi series have two ethernet ports so you'd be better off looking at one of the 'rivals', for example:
NanoPi R2S
Odroid H3

There are probably others, I was looking at the R2S to run pfSense as a gateway.

Given it's for monitoring which shouldn't be too CPU intensive, I would think something along the lines of the R2S would be suitable.
Plus it's small enough to glue to its PSU and plug into a power outlet.

Living Room / Re: Looking for Raspberry Pi with Pass-Through Power
« on: August 17, 2023, 03:19 AM »
Only thing I've ever seen is the old hack of a Pi in a power board here but being homebuilt it's excluded.

Besides that nothing but the old SheevaPlug/GuruPlug - not even sure you can get them anymore - but they weren't power pass-thru.

To expand on it a little:

Code: PowerShell [Select]
  1. # BLEPower.ps1
  2. # Credit to:
  3. #
  5. Get-PnpDevice -FriendlyName "*" | Where-Object { $_.InstanceId -match 'BTH' } | ForEach-Object {
  6.   $local:test = $_ | Get-PnpDeviceProperty -KeyName '{104EA319-6EE2-4701-BD47-8DDBF425BBE5} 2' | Where-Object Type -ne Empty;
  7.     if ($test) {
  8.       "$($_.FriendlyName): $(Get-PnpDeviceProperty -InstanceId $($test.InstanceId) -KeyName '{104EA319-6EE2-4701-BD47-8DDBF425BBE5} 2' | ForEach-Object Data)%"
  9.     }
  10. }

NOTE: Apostrophes (') have been turned into ' above.

Code: Text [Select]
  1. PS T:\> .\BLEPower.ps1
  2. Basilisk X HyperSpeed: 15%
  3. Air-Fi Touch Hands-Free AG: 100%
  4. MI Portable Bluetooth Speaker Hands-Free AG: 90%
  5. QCY-Q26 Hands-Free AG: 100%
  6. PS T:\>

 - some peripherals don't report battery usage correctly, eg. the MI Portable Bluetooth Speaker Hands-Free AG above always reports 90%,
 - you need to check the device is connected since Windows retains the battery levels even when devices are disconnected, (see here: StackOverflow).

In that case I think it would be better to term it as 'installed' rather than 'connected'.

W.r.t. to NICs, connected usually means a network connection, in the case above 'Ethernet 3' is installed but has no network connection.

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