Clashing Cameras and video conferencing.

I have had Zoom fail to connect to the camera on my PC over the last couple of days. Zoom say to make sure that other camera using applications have detached. I used [ctrl][alt][del] to start the task manager and noticed that Teams was still running. So I used the end task button and the camera came on. I launched the teams app and discovered in the setting panel, the switch i.e. checkbox that keeps it running when the call ends. This was on; now its off and it seems to be behaving.

Event Monitoring

My recent problem with the Raspberry Pi is an event monitoring and notification problem. It’s one, that over my career, I have spent a lot of time considering, but today, I only have one server. I don’t think I need or want to afford something like Zabbix, which comes with a series of event monitors and reporting and dashboard functionality. I have however adopted the habit of attempting to dovetail with host OS’s logging and reporting schemes. At the moment, I have written two event monitors which report to the desk top. Can I do better? Here are my notes. Continue reading “Event Monitoring”

On Germany’s election system

The German Federal elections must meet the requirements of Article 38, §1 of the German constitution, “the delegates of the German Parliament (Bundestag) […] are elected in a general, direct, free, equal and secret vote.” This article talks about how Germany does proportionality, overhang seats, inverse success values and their threshold rules. It also looks at how problems represent themselves in the UK. … Continue reading “On Germany’s election system”

Logitech K380

I bought a Logitech K380 for use with my phones and new tablet. It’s manual is here, and it connects to the tablet with a US keyboard configuration. This can be reconfigured using the Android setup bluetooth screens. …

To pair/connect, press one of the yellow buttons until the white light flickers, make the client issue a bluetooth scan, select the K380 and you will be issued with a 6 digit challenge, when typed into the keyboard the pairing is made.

To connect tap the paired channel button, the light pulses; if paired this is what you need.

Instant Ink

I have finally succumbed. I have subscribed to HP Instant Ink. What’s not to love? Ink arrives, you run out, you replace the cartridge, rinse and repeat. The good news, it doesn’t start until you insert an instant ink cartridge, the bad news, they won’t report on your usage until after you subscribe and the fee is usage based. The ultra low usage is also very small so I didn’t use it. Let’s hope I have got it right. Continue reading “Instant Ink”

Red Flag (in Tower Hamlets)

I discovered co-incidentally that some one had marked wikipedia’s Red Flag Anti-Corruption page as of not significant interest, and has now been deleted. They were a party formed in Tower Hamlets and one of their leaders, Andy Erlam was party to the election court case that voided the 2014 election of Lutfur Rahman. I might restore it, here are my notes. Continue reading “Red Flag (in Tower Hamlets)”