Brent Saltzman

  1. Building a Sports Ticker using ESPHome and Home Assistant

    Some home automation projects take years to get off the bench, sometimes finally. This was mine. This project took about five years from conception to completion. Not for lack of trying, but simply due to complexity and competing attention, the Sports Ticker project sat on my workbench collecting dust. But…

  2. Building a Sports Ticker Part 2: Showing Sports Scores and Data

    As I wrote in Part 1 of Building Your Own Sports Ticker, one of the more difficult parts of this project was getting the sports data to show it on the ticker. This headache was solved when I encountered the custom Home Assistant component, ha-teamtracker. You can install it using…

  3. Install Plexamp Headless on a Raspberry Pi

    Easily get up and running with PlexAmp Headless and start listening to your high quality music like you've never heard before!…

  4. Creating a Watchdog script

    ...I want to ensure the services are up and running at all times, and if for whatever reason they're not, I want things to self-heal or alert me if they don't.…

  5. PSA: Keep your dogs safe on night walks

    I'm writing this article because a pup in my neighborhood was severely injured by a car at night. Please take this seriously and keep your dogs safe! Dog walking at night can be a great way to bond with your pet and get some exercise, but it is important to…

  6. Shell Scripts to Automate Common Maintenance tasks for Linux servers

    Truth be told, one day I will learn and use somethimg like Ansible, but today I use the following scripts to make regular maintenance tasks easy for the linux servers in my home lab: For my Ubuntu/Debian servers: #!/bin/bash # Update the system sudo apt-get update -y sudo apt-get…