Brent Saltzman

  1. Finding your place in TicketMaster's Taylor Swift Era's Tour Queue

    If you're finding yourself on Ticketmaster's website waiting for Taylor Swift concert tickets and the website says you're 2000+, like below: If you're curious about what your actual place in line is, read further. Ticketmaster's website does a few client-side obfuscations of the data it receives over web requests. Using…

  2. Repair Yamaha Home Theater Reciever - Internal Error

    Does your Yamaha Home Theater receiver show "Internal Error" all of a sudden? Well, thankfully the fix is very easy!…

  3. Upgrading MariaDB from 5.x to 10.6 on CentOS

    Starting with Home Assistant version 2022.2, MariaDB versions older than 10.3 will be depreciated and the Home Assistant recorder will no longer connect to databases running on older versions. This post will walk you through upgrading MariaDB on CentOS. First. Make a backup of your server and databases.…

  4. Webcam Tally Light with Home Assistant

    If you've ever worked in Television or Broadcasting (or any type of production that involves cameras) a Tally light is an indicator that is within view of the talent so they know they're on the air. It's generally when any microphone is unmuted (in the case of TV) and whenever…

  5. Using Home Assistant to start a Plex playlist using Alexa

    One of my favorite Home Assistant use cases is to control as much as possible using voice assistants. I enjoy the freedom of just shouting Alexa and asking her to do things and Home Assistant allows you to do so much more than what is available just from the Amazon…

  6. How to use Home Assistant's new Energy Management with your Utility's Smart Meter

    Back in the August 2021 release [https://www.home-assistant.io/blog/2021/08/04/release-20218/] of Home Assistant [https://www.home-assistant.io], Energy Management for your home [https://www.home-assistant.io/home-energy-management/] was introduced. This system combines energy delivery, energy production, energy storage, and energy usage into one single pane…