Building a Custom Ambilight System For Any Input With A Raspberry Pi and Hyperion

Another one of these? Really?

Yes. I love my Ambilight setup on my TV, and when I was originally doing this had some trouble oweing to different information here and there, so decided to do my own blog post on the matter.

What is this project? It’s an Ambilight system that runs from a Raspberry Pi that works on any HDMI input. This was very important to me, I did not want to use the Raspberry Pi as a media player, I love my Apple TV for that and I wanted other sources to work.

So, if you want something like the below, then continue reading….

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Getting Started with VMWare Distributed Switching

Introduction; This post will be a brief intro into VMWare’s distributed switch technology and how to get your feet wet in the setup. This will not cover the advanced features or in-depth configuration but a followup may come in the future. I was myself rather confused at the concept at first and failed to see … Read moreGetting Started with VMWare Distributed Switching

Building a compact, quiet, low powered ESXi/Storage Whitebox Hybrid

Intro. So it’s that time of year again when my girlfriend and I decided we wanted to move, after a few months of searching we found a very cosy (and a not so cosy rent price to go with it) flat in Zone 1/2, London. Without boring you with a life story, the aim of … Read moreBuilding a compact, quiet, low powered ESXi/Storage Whitebox Hybrid

pfSense: A Guide to NAT, Firewall Rules and some Networking 101

How to pfSense. So, you’ve decided to ditch that POS ISP provided router, or just literally anything marketed towards consumers and have installed pfSense, so.. what now? The following will be a guide on how to create, manage and understand both firewall rules and NAT in pfSense. I get asked a lot of questions daily and I … Read morepfSense: A Guide to NAT, Firewall Rules and some Networking 101

Fixing ESXi 6.5 On HPE G7 Servers

HP, you motherfuckers. So there I was, moving VMs off of my main host (DL380 G7, 2x x5690’s, 192GB RDIMM), getting ready to replace the 8x 300GB RAID10 array I’ve been using for a while now with some 1TB disks and SSDs, awesome, right? So the host was powered down, ready for an upgrade, and … Read moreFixing ESXi 6.5 On HPE G7 Servers

Getting Started with VMware’s ESXi

Virtualization is awesome. It’s been the standard for enterprises for many years and although containers are gaining interest, virtual machines remain the go-to for any business; you’d be either crazy or incompetent not to go down this route in most scenarios. This post will go through the very basics of setting up and using ESXi.

Tunneling Specific Traffic over a VPN with pfSense

Recently I stumbled on a post in /r/sysadmin by /u/ThatOnePrivacyGuy that had a spreadsheet he had created comparing a load of VPN services, you can find it here. This got me thinking, my automated downloads crunch through terabytes of data every month on a home connection, and if my ISP were to look into this it would not … Read moreTunneling Specific Traffic over a VPN with pfSense

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