I worked primarily from home for over a decade, and though I now have an office with a few employees, many of the challenges remain the same. Key among these is power, or lack thereof, and the havoc it can wreak. I recently set about upgrading from my old consumer UPS approach to a real always-on power solution for the home, and thought my blog readers would like to follow along!
NUT is a wonderful and extensible power management framework, and the Raspberry Pi is an awesome platform on which to run the UPS monitoring drivers and upsd server daemon. Even if you’re not running vSphere, a Pi running NUT makes sense for the connected servers found everywhere today.
Like the many fanboys I interact with, I was excited to track my iPad’s progress as it left Shenzhen, China, landed in Anchorage, Alaska, and worked its way to my door. But I noticed something odd about my UPS tracking numbers, and it inspired a hack that could reveal the true number of iPads to be delivered as well as their destination, two pieces of information Apple does not want us to know!