Squid Web Cache Server on Arch Linux

Squid Web Proxy Caching on Arch Linux

Squid is a web caching proxy that can reduce bandwidth and improve web browsing speed and response times by caching frequently requested resources. It can also be used as an antivirus, content filter and an ad blocker with various plugins.

ESP8266: Send & Receive Data

Send & Receive Data with ESP8266 Wi-Fi Module

ESP8266 Wi-Fi module can be configured as a Station / Client or an Access Point. Once it the ESP8266 module is configured in either mode or both mode simultaneously it can be used to communicate with other Access Points or Clients. ESP8266 module can handle multiple connections if configured and send / receive data.

Install LazyLibrarian on Arch Linux

Install LazyLibrarian on Arch Linux

LazyLibrarian is an automated download manager much like Couchpotato, Sonarr or Headphones but for  for eBooks. It is not being actively developed and there are several dead Github repositories. It does work to an extent and there are currently no alternative download manager for eBooks.

Mega Cloud Sync in Command Line on Arch Linux

Mega Cloud Sync in Command Line on Arch Linux

Mega is a more secure cloud based hosting service that encrypts your data unlike more common services like Dropbox. For very sensitive data it’s still advisable to go with a service that specialises in enterprise data security. Free users are supplied with 50 GB storage which is more than even a generous service like Copy which provides up to 45 GB with 5 referrals.

ESP8266: Configure as a Station / Client

Wire & configure ESP8266 07 Wi-Fi Module

The ESP8266 Wi-Fi module can function as a Station / Client which allows other Access Points (APs) to connect to it. Station (STA) mode is useful when the module will only send / push data to another device as opposed to receiving / serving data. Prior to setting up the module as a Station, wire & configure ESP8266 module. It is also possible to configure ESP8266 module as an Access Point or both AP and STA modes simultaneously.

ESP8266: Configure as an Access Point

Wire & configure ESP8266 ESP07 Wi-Fi Module

The ESP8266 Wi-Fi module can function as an Access Point allowing other Stations / Clients to connect to it like they would to any router. Prior to setting up the module for use wire & configure ESP8266 module. Besides configuring the module as an Access Point it is possible to configure ESP8266 module as a Client / Station or both modes simultaneously.

Install FlexGet on Arch Linux

Install FlexGet on Arch Linux

FlexGet is a download manager similar to NZBGet or uTorrent Server except that it is Command Line only and has no Graphical interface. It can handle torrents as well as nzb’s and can be configured to download content from many sources including rss. Since it has no graphical interface it can be quite complicated to configure. On the other hand it is not limited to downloading specific media types like movies so it is very powerful in how it can be configured. If couchpotato, sonarr and headphones just isn’t enough, Flexget can fill in the gaps.

Install Home Assistant on Arch Linux

Install Home Assistant on Arch Linux

Home Assistant is a Python 3 based home automation platform that can interface with a plethora of devices. It is relatively new and thus requires some knowledge especially when configuring it. Most of the configuration is done via YAML config file.

Ambilight Clone with Arduino & WS2801 LED Pixels

Setup Ambilight Clone with Arduino & WS2801 LED Pixels

There are multiple methods and devices to get Ambilight like effects. One of the simplest is to use Arduino with WS2801 or similar lights. Arduino is easy to program with the help of Adafruit library. Boblight Add-On for Kodi (XBMC) along with the Boblight Daemon outputs the required data from the video stream to Arduino via USB or possibly another communication method.

Setup Ambilight with Kodi & Boblight on Arch Linux

Ambilight with Boblight Add-on & Kodi / XBMC on Arch Linux

Boblight uses server-client model and consists of two component parts. The client component captures video or audio input, processes the stream and sends the resulting light data to the server. In this case the client is Kodi Boblight Add-On. Boblight daemon – boblightd runs in the background and translates the light data from the client into commands for the external light controller such a Arduino. Before configuring the software build Ambilight Clone with Arduino & WS2801 LED Pixels.