PHP on Linux authenticate users with a Windows Server Active Directory 2

PHP on Linux authenticate users with a Windows Server Active Directory
A common request when building INTRANET web applications is to have users use only one  common shared set of  login credentials. Typically in most small and medium businesses this means that logging into a Windows Server of some kind to access the network.  Windows Servers use Active Directory (AD) ,which is  basically Microsoft’s glorified LDAP ...

Easy battery powered Mailbox Door IoT sensor using ESP32 5

Easy battery powered Mailbox Door IoT sensor using ESP32
This post is how I took my rusty (literally) old mailbox and made it into a battery powered smart mailbox (an IoT device) , that sends you an SMS  (text messagE) or MQTT alerts, and in the process  how I  learned about Arduino and particularly  the ESP32 chip which lets us relatively easily  setup with minimal ...

Running Mosquitto MQTT on Windows 10 super easy 9

Running Mosquitto MQTT on Windows 10 super easy
So I’ve been playing with IoT lately,  using platforms such as  Arduino , Raspberry Pi and when it comes to being able to have these devices communicate with a hub or server, the de facto standard is to use a MQTT  server and protocol  . Unfortunately, prior to Windows 10  finding a  native Windows  version is ...

Raspberry Pi Zero W LED stock ticker code and demo 3

Raspberry Pi Zero W LED stock ticker code and demo
So I was recently intrigued by Raspberry Pi Zero W, it’s small ARM-based Linux PC with integrated WiFi and ability to connect shields (known as Hats or pHats in Raspberry lingo) , got me thinking what kinds of interesting applications could I use it for. After coming across the Scroll Phat HD in my electronics ...

Honest Review : Trackimo GPS dot live tracker

Honest Review : Trackimo GPS dot live tracker
Do you need near real-time GPS tracking for persons or property such as drones, baggage or other valuables in transit or anything that moves and you need to keep an eye-on?  The Trackimo GPS tracker can be purchased as low as $99 /for 1-year free tracking or $139 new from their website. The device  allows you to view it’s ...

Review: Viper SmartStart Remote Car Starter

Review: Viper SmartStart Remote Car Starter
Viper SmartStart is a new all-encompassing car remote start and alarm system that allows you to simply push a button on your smartphone in order to lock or unlock your car, remote start your car, or locate your car. You can even connect to this service through your smartwatch. This new system uses cloud services ...

DJI new SPARK selfie drone for $499 4

DJI new SPARK selfie drone for $499
Well today DJI is announced a new, smaller selfie class drone the colorful DJI Spark ,. The new DJI Spark drone unveiled at the official May 24th 2017 DJI announcement event in NYC has the following features…. Primary Features: Class: Selfie drone Flight time: 16 minutes Speed: up to 31mph Battery: Swappable, Micro USB chargeable ...

new hobby drone photography – drones and aerial photography (aka Quad copters)

new hobby drone photography - drones and aerial photography (aka Quad copters)
So I have had my eye on getting a drones (formally known as a quad copter) or UAV in FAA parlance ) for a while. I had started seeing the DJI Phantom series of drones pop-up here and there and had always been curious and intrigued by the flying camera. But I could never rationalize ...

Honest review AnyMote and Amazon Echo (“Alexa”) as a universal TV Remote control 8

Honest review AnyMote and Amazon Echo (
I recently picked up Anymote, hoping to use it as an way to voice control my TV channel viewing. AnyMote is a universal Smart Remote Control hardware and software solution that allows you to control all of your home’s infrared and WiFi devices like TVs, stereos, set-top boxes, media players, Bluetooth speakers, lights, cameras, and ...