Dec 092015

Growing up as a kid, we left the outer garage door closed and the inner door open. Never had any problems. Those days are over.

Until recently, leaving the main entrance door to an office open for visitors was the norm. Those days are also over.

For the inner garage door application, there are some really good options for increasing security while still providing easy access. I recommend the Schlage Keypad Entry with Auto-Lock. Click the image below for more info at Amazon. This lock provides good, light security for any door and is easy to install.

Schlage Keypad Entry with Auto-Lock

For commercial applications, you might want something more heavy duty. We installed the magnetic door lock pictured below at our office. Click the link for more information from the eBay seller.

Waterproof RFID Card Access with Magnetic Lock

Features include wireless remotes to open doors for visitors. The external keypad can be used with PIN only, RFID Card only, or both. Also included is an interior switch to be place near the door.

With a little bit of effort, you can inexpensively secure your Office or Home while still providing convenient access.

 Posted by at 10:34 am
Mar 042015

I’ve long been a fan of Synergy. Synergy is software for sharing your mouse and keyboard between multiple computers on your desk. It works on Windows, Mac OS X and Linux.

On my desktop, I run Windows with dual monitors as my main computer. The keyboard and mouse are physically connected to this machine. I also have a small HTPC-like Linux machine with its own monitor all the way to the left. With Synergy, I don’t need to switch mouse and keyboard to use the Linux machine. If I keep pushing the mouse to the left, it continues to the Linux machine. I can copy/paste between the two machines making it seem as if they are one.

Synergy Desktop

Yesterday, I upgraded from Ubuntu 10.04 to 14.04. I downloaded and installed the new version of Synergy for both machines. I went about configuring it like I had it before, namely editing /etc/gdm/Init/Default, /etc/gdm/PostLogin/Default, and /etc/gdm/Xsession as shown on the Synergy Wiki. For whatever reason, I couldn’t get it to work until AFTER I logged in. After much experimentation, I backed all that out, and added the following to bottom of /etc/lightdm/lightdm.conf


Where is the static IP address of my Windows machine running Synergy Server.

That’s all it took!

 Posted by at 11:10 am