So you read my post on setting up the ultimate media server for movies and tv shows and you’re in awe over how amazing a feeling it is to automate something that is such a pain to manage manually. You might also wonder what it would be like to get notifications when episodes or movies are downloaded. I came up with a rather non-obvious solution that might pique your interest: getting download, etc. notifications via text message.
A more appropriate title for this could be: How to setup Windows 10 firewall rules to kill network traffic to an application when it disconnects from your VPN connection, for whatever reason.
If you’re concerned with privacy and you’re using a VPN connection on your computer to browse the internet, you’re likely wanting to protect your downloading habits from prying eyes among other things. In a previous post I documented the ultimate automated media setup and covered a bit on setting up a VPN to ensure you’re safe from your ISP and other 3rd-party snoopers. In this post I want to show you how to setup an application in Windows 10 to kill network activity only for that application using just the Windows Firewall and some straight-forward inbound/outbound rules.
This post is a continuation of my original post guiding you through setting up a headless Raspberry Pi Zero W on macOS. Immediately after I wrote that post, not much happened with my rPi and it sat unplugged for a few months while I mulled over a project to put it to use for. Over the coming months however I have been increasingly interested in home automation exclusively with HomeKit. I got to wondering, “I should be able to control all the connected devices in my home using just the Home app running iOS 11 on my iPhone 7 Plus and not these other inferior apps!”.
While doing research for home automation, I stumbled on homebridge and it dawned on me that to use my rPi just for it. After getting everything installed and setup a few times (wiping the SD card between installs and retrying), I came to realize how surprisingly easy it is to setup! In this post I’m going to show you how to get your own rPi running homebridge, and even recommend some plugins to use to make it useful.
Updated: Dec 15th 2017 (Thanks to everyone who’s signed up to ExpressVPN with my referral link, I’ve received over 2 months of free service so far which means those who’ve used it have as well! 😊)
Updated: Sept 19th 2017 (added a section for auto-connecting to a VPN provider when it disconnects)
Until now, I’ve been really happy with managing my personal media collection on my computer. Lately though, with an ever-growing collection of media, I decided to change that. This article will outline the gauntlet I ran to discover what the ultimate automated media setup would look like in practice.
Note: This post is strictly and entirely an educational experiment and I am in no way condoning the use, nor advocacy, of software to acquire copyrighted media content. If you use this information for such a purpose, you have been warned 🕴.
Recently I acquired a RaspberryPi Zero W, a few years after I regretted selling my RaspberryPi B board back in 2013. The following is an account of the trials and tribulations I endured to get it connected to the internet!
This setup requires no monitor, or external keyboard, not even the OTG USB cable that I bought because I thought I needed it.
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