Building a Cheap USB to ArtNet Node

My go-to lighting design software is MA Lighting’s dot2 software which offers a free onPC platform similar to grandMA2 with 1 free universe, however, dot2 only supports ArtNET / sACN output unless you have a MA Lighting node or console which are very expensive. While I now use a DMXKing eDMX1 PRO as my main...

Dynamic MECM Task Sequences with UI++

For years I have been building and managing task sequences in MECM for various applications and device types. What resulted is folders full of task sequences that have tons of shared logic, with the primary differences being the images being applied, applications installed, and network settings. While there isn’t anything wrong with this approach, it’s...

Copy SMSTS Logs During Task Sequence

One simple way to improve the workflow of your MECM OSD is to setup automatic uploads of task sequence logs on success or failure. This can be accomplished very easily using A Square Dozen’s Building a Better Task Sequence to provide error handling logic in your task sequence. Once you have your error handling task...

Injecting Drivers in MECM Task Sequences

This post demonstrates how to do an MDT style folder based driver injection during OSD. While there are many ways to accomplish driver injection during MECM task sequences, my university has always used a folder based system, originally modeled off the DriverPaths1 model outlined in this post by Michael Petersen. I particularly like this configuration...

Cisco Meraki Intern Interview Experience

My name is Carter and I’m a 3rd year computer science student from Oregon State University. I’ve worked for 3 years at OSU as an informational technology technician and web developer, have published and contributed to a decent amount of open source software, and have only had one small internship in high school as a...

Thread & The State of the Smart Home

8/5/2024: Updated to add details from Nest Hub (2nd gen) testing. Introduction I’ve been using smart home devices for many years now as an early adopter of the Amazon Echo and Google Home. I was immediately impressed with the capabilities of Google Assistant, but over the years I have become more dissatisfied with Google as...

Learning React / Next.js from a Vue developer’s perspective

First things first, I wouldn’t necessarily consider myself a “Vue Developer”. I have a few years of experience working in Vue, but I’m by no means a professional. I started learning Vue in 2020, but only really started building projects with it in late 2021. Since then it’s been my primary framework, and over the...

Introducing Rack Manage

Background As an IT technician, one problem my team and I have faced is trying to track down a specific piece of equipment in one of our many server and network rooms. As a university IT team consisting of mostly students, we have a lot of new and inexperienced technicians not familiar with our server...