A Look into Prepper Life: EDC

Prepping has been something I’ve looked into for a few years now and tried to keep a proper mindset to plan for life’s chaos. With that comes stocking up on a couple weeks of food at any one time, keeping extra water on hand and one important item: an Every-Day Carry (EDC) bag.

I like being prepared for day to day situations and issues. With this, I wanted a few things:

  • Easy/comfortable bag that’s light enough to walk with or use on my motorcycle
  • Big enough to carry a few tools and tech devices for home/work/travel
  • Be able to literally walk out the door at anytime for even an overnight and be ready

First, the bag:

This bag is small enough to be easily carried but can still pack a bunch of gear and even some “Get home” essentials (water filter, emergency radio, etc). I went with Grey to keep it blending in a little better but may even get a black one to allow better blending in a group; Think grey-man concept. This is comfortable on my motorcycle even for a couple hours due to the extra cross strap that keeps it stable as well.

The fun stuff: The gadgets and gear

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Overly complicated ideas: IRC command of servers!

A little background: I get these ideas once in a while that eventually come to fruition after a couple months of brainstorming and tinkering. I’ve had the idea for a while of having a central way to maintain my fleet of Linux servers I host along with Windows if possible. In the past, I used ssh keys to login and run updates. It worked pretty well but I’d like a way to remotely run and/or monitor these. Enter IRC…

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WiFi Surveillance System 101

Little background: Everyone has a little paranoia. We all have a little fear inside and wonder what if? I have some expensive toys and I’d like the peace of mind knowing their safe along with keeping an eye on my little fur child Shadow while I’m away from home. Turns out, doing this isn’t nearly as hard as one might think…

Fast forward a couple weeks of planning and I have a solid DVR and wireless system running that allows me to monitor and record any activity while I’m away from home, using off the shelf WiFi cameras and freeware.

The parts:

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Latest Addiction: Twitch Heroes!

So there’s a new “game” (if it can be called a game?) that’s been sweeping around and has gotten a small amount of attention. The game is called Twitch Heroes.

It’s an ingeneous little bit of code which syncs with Twitch and creates a small avatar that automatically starts fighting villains/baddies in the live stream of the game which looks kinda like below:

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Most complicated home network ever…ever.

A little background:

I’ve been building and tinkering with computers since I was about 12, when I got my own laptop and desktop both from garage sales and began swapping parts, doing OS upgrades from floppy disks and doing whatever I could to tinker with them. Fast forward almost two decades, and I’m still at but on a much larger scale.

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Arduino Wireless Logging, Post Four: The Graphs

When I got all this data logged and running, I wanted an easier way to show data than spreadsheets or queries. The end goal was actual graphs to show trends and what not. Introducing “phpgraphlib”. This is an open source piece of code built to implement charts/graphs into webpages with ease. This took a bit of work, but here’s the idea behind it:

  • Be able to load a web page and show trends/data
  • Pull this information on demand from a database

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Arduino Wireless Logging, Post Three: Mysql, PHP, and a little networking

Here’s where things started to get a little more complex. At this point, I have a wireless system to transmit data from multiple nodes to a central hub (node0) which collects and shows the data via serial connection.

The general idea/goal is this:

  • Arduino Nodes send data to central node
  • Central node is connected to home network and sends this data to a LAMP server (Linux-Apache-Mysql-PHP)
  • The server takes this data, breaks it into a mysql statement, and pushes it into the database to log

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