How to add (experimental) sensors support for IT8665E in CentOS

Due to missing driver support for newer hardware I have been missing hardware monitoring on my home server for more than 4 years now, having access to only hard disks temperatures.

Now the time has come to upgrade the good ol’ machine to a new hardware configuration – and of course the new hardware is also unsupported in even the latest CentOS kernels.

Google has nightmares and sees evil things

No, the site wasn’t hacked (I checked and double-checked), I haven’t started hosting viruses or other nefarious things, the warning you may be seeing appears to stem from the fact that Google’s algorithms decided (after over a year) that they don’t like a particular program I link to¬†and flagged an entire category of articles as dangerous.

Thanks also to the fact that Google’s SafeBrowsing lists are used by all major browsers this warning is present in all browser while accessing any of my tech-related articles. So until Google gets its fact straight and has less nightmares about invisible enemies, you’re free to browse those articles at your own risk. Or not, your choice.

How to tweak Samba on ASUSWRT with both public and protected folders

ASUSWRT does a decent job at providing Samba shares to the Windows clients on the network and this will work in most cases. However, if you need to mix password protected with public (open) folders, the firmware cannot handle this scenario.

Fortunately, Asus made a decent job at making the firmware customizable enough that this functionality can be enabled with a bit of custom tweaking.

How to fix “Invalid IMEI” error on some MediaTek devices

After flashing a different firmware with FlashTool you might discover that you’ve ended up erasing a custom partition that was holding factory preset configuration, including the IMEI value(s).

In this case the device will end up not being able to register to the mobile networks.

How to play sounds (or run anything) on startup and shutdown with Raspbian

The Raspberry Pi is very handy for fun projects, and sometimes these projects require running specific events (like playing a sound) on startup or shutdown, or even in both instances – for an interactive machine that reacts to user input and presence, for example.

Sounds on startup and shutdown can also be used as a means of confirming those specific actions taking place – startup is complete and shutdown is taking place (and will complete in a very short while).

Sound Blaster Audigy 5/Rx software controls

Since I’m personally interested in using soundcards that support tone (bass / treble) adjustments and I’ve noticed this information is particularly difficult to find online I’m posting screenshots with the software functionality and controls of the cards that I’ve personally tested and/or used, for anyone else that may be looking for this same information.