I have been working from home full time for over a year now since I have moved to Arizona. Working from home is nothing new to me at this point, but it is new to a lot of people who are being urged to work from home at this time. I wanted to share a few tips I have learned over the last year of working from home to help keep you productive and motivated.
As COVID-19 (coronavirus) continues to spread and affect more people, reasearchers are working tirelessly to find an antivirus for it. I was wondering if there was any way I could contribute to the efforts using my computer. Turns out there is!
I was looking for a side project to work on one day and thought of being notified whenever a new client connects to your wifi. Of course, I could check the active clients by simply logging on to my router and manually checking, but what fun is that? I wanted a solution that was automated. So I decided to create a simple Python script that checks for new DHCP leases every 15 minutes via a cron job.
If you read my most recent post you would know that I recently installed PiAware on one of my Raspberry Pi’s. I was very content with my setup… for a few hours. I had two things I was displeased about with my current setup. The first is my antenna / tracking distance, but that is something I plan to fix down the road. My main concern was that I wasn’t storing any flight data locally. Not that it really matters, but I wanted to be able to keep track of which flights I had tracked that day, and FlightAware doesn’t keep that historical data per user (I think). So, I decided to write a simple Python script to keep track of unique flights I have tracked per day.
I had an extra Raspberry Pi 3B laying around not being utilized for anything and was struggling to figure out a use for it. I have recently become fascinated with aviation, so I thought I would try to do something relating to that. I stumbled upon PiAware and was amazed at how easy the setup seemed to be. I quickly downloaded and flashed PiAware and had the OS up and running within 5 minutes. I ordered a FlightAware Pro Stick Plus ADS-B receiver and a cheap onelinkmore 1090 Mhz antenna and had to wait 2 days to receive them, which is today.