Using Raspberry Pi for Displaying Ubiquiti CCTV Cameras in Kiosk Mode

I recently blogged my home office setup. When we bought the house, there is a TV wall mount already installed in my office, right above where I put the elliptical: Unfortunately, I couldn’t use it because the previous owner didn’t leave the mounting VASE plate with us. I wanted to put a spare monitor there and use it to view the live footage of my Ubuiqiti Unifi CCTV cameras. after several failed attempts in finding the compatible VASE plate, I finally managed to find one on Amazon, so I mounted a spare 24 inch monitor onto the wall mount. I

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My Home Office Setup

Introduction With the current COVID-19 outbreak, more and more people have started using home office as the primary work location. So far I’ve seen many people sharing their home office setup on social media, I thought I’d share my home office (a.k.a Man Cave) is setup. Hopefully you can find some useful tips from this post. I have previously shared my experience in setting up home network and automation, I won’t repeat what’s already been covered. you can find my previous posts here: part 1, part 2, part 3. We moved into our current house around 18 months ago. When

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Presenting in Microsoft Ignite the Tour Sydney 2020

Next week, I will attend the Microsoft Ignite the Tour in Sydney and present a session on Azure Monitor and Azure Pipelines with fellow Azure MVP Alex Verkinderen. Our Session is called “Azure Monitor – Design and Implement a Monitoring Solution for Your Azure Environment using ARM Templates and CI/CD Pipelines”. This is a deep dive level 400 session on implementing monitoring solutions using Azure Pipelines based on real-world experience. If you are planning to attend Microsoft Ignite the Tour next week in Sydney, I encourage you to attend our session.

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Upcoming Conferences and Book Release

It’s been a while since my last post. Other than the 2-week holiday I had in China around Christmas and New Year period, I spent most of my December and January working on a new book called Inside Azure Management. This book is the successor of our best selling Inside OMS book. The band (5 authors listed on the cover) got together few months ago, and started working on a new version. Since OMS doesn’t exist anymore, we have renamed the book to “Inside Azure Management”, and covered additional topics such as Azure Governance, Application Insights, Azure Monitor, Azure Migration,

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My Journey to a Smarter Home (Part 3)

This is the 3rd part of the blog series. I have covered my home network setup using Ubiquiti Unifi devices in part 1, and Xiaomi home automation products in Part 2. In this part, I will discuss my experience with Google Home and Sonos products. It’s been over a month since the last part, this is because I was waiting for Google Home Hub to be released so I can get my hands on it and included it in this post. Google Home Speakers I bought my first Google Home speaker when they were firstly released in Australia last year

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My Journey to a Smarter Home (Part 2)

This is the 2nd part of the blog series. I have covered my home network setup using Ubiquiti Unifi devices in part 1, you can find it here. In this part, I will discuss the home automation solutions I have put in place using various products from Xiaomi and their Mi Home ecosystem partners. My cousin is a HUGE Xiaomi fan. Back in 2013, during my holiday in China, he showed me his Xiaomi phone and the Mi Box. I “felt in love” with Xiaomi products ever since. Xiaomi is a fairly young company, only founded in 2010. It has

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My Journey to a Smarter Home (Part 1)

Over the last month, I have published 8 blog posts. Right now, although I still have few more on my to-do list, I’m just a bit over it. I want to write something different than my usual topics. I don’t know how many I am going to write right now, but I want to dedicate the next few posts to something that I have spent a lot of time on over the last couple of years – on all the gadgets I have installed at home, especially around home automation. I will share my experience on the following product families:

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This Blog Gets another Facelift

It has been 7 years since I started blogging here. As the technology progresses, I have changed the theme and the blog title few times to make sure it is still relevant and reflecting what my main focus are. The last time I updated the look-and-feel of this blog was back n July 2014 – almost 3 years ago. Over the last year or so, I am not particularly happy with how my blog looks. By having the phrase ‘System Center’ as part of the blog title, it makes me feel being antique, not to mention like many other folks

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Upcoming Webinar on OpsMgr and OMS

Two of my good MVP buddies Dieter Wijckmans (@DieterWijckmans) and Thomas Maurer (@ThomasMaurer) will get together and deliver an online webinar sponsored by Savision (@Savision) . The topic is: Combining Monitoring & Analytics with SCOM and OMS. It is scheduled on Thursday 22nd of June 4PM CEST | 10AM EDT | 9AM CDT. If you are interested in SCOM and OMS, I strongly recommend you to register and attend. You can find more information in the registration page HERE

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New Blogger in the Family

I have been blogging for six and half years and to this moment, I’m still enjoying it. Few months ago my better half has decided to start blogging as well. Although my partner also works in IT as a project manager, her real passions are photography and cooking. She has decided to start a blog focused on food and recipes. By doing this, not only she gets to create her favorite dishes, she also gets to take pictures too. Then there was a lot of preparation to get her started. I helped her registered her chosen domain name, got a

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