Time Machine Encryption Slow Takes Too Long

Time Machine encryption can take literally days to complete. How do you speed this up?

The problem is here: It is common and logical to follow the pattern:

  • Format a drive “Mac OS Extended (Journaled)”
  • Select that disk in Time Machine and select “Encrypt backups”.

Time Machine will perform the first backup (unencrypted) on the drive, then after it finishes, it will begin this long process of encrypting the drive. This is the routine that can take days, even if your first backup was only a few gigabytes.

The faster technique is in Disk Utility to format the drive “Mac OS Extended (Journaled, Encrypted)” which only takes a few seconds. Then select that disk in Time Machine and select “Encrypt backups”.

Time machine will perform the backup on the encrypted disk and will be done immediately after.

Hope this saves you some time!

NagiosTV for Nagios 4 October 2018 update

 I’m happy to share another great update for NagiosTV for Nagios 4

NagiosTV showing some Host and Service problems

NagiosTV is an alternate user interface (UI) for the Nagios open source monitoring system.

This UI is designed to be viewed on a TV or on your desktop to quickly see if all your services are up or down. This is not meant to be a replacement for the entire Nagios web interface, but an alternate way to look at the “what’s down?” part.

This version adds Flynn, the character from the game Doom. This is just a bit of added fun to bring some emotion to server monitoring. The more services are down, the more angry Flynn gets.

With this version, you just unzip the release into the built-in Nagios web user interface folder, and it runs alongside the built-in Nagios user interface. That’s it!

Please give it a shot, and let me know how it works for you!

Releases, installation instructions, and the source code can be found on GitHub at https://github.com/chriscareycode/nagiostv-react

Some History

Each time this project evolves it gets a little better and more easy to install. The original NagiosTV was essentially a database driven app that required MySQL, ndoutils package that would push the Nagios updates into the database, and the JavaScript frontend and PHP code to display the data. Needless to say there was a lot of stuff to set up to get this working.

Nagios Core 4.0.7 and newer comes with new JSON CGI’s https://labs.nagios.com/2014/06/19/exploring-the-new-json-cgis-in-nagios-core-4-0-7-part-1/ out of the box which is a game changer for tapping into the Nagios data from a web application. No more need for ndoutils writing out to a database. No more installing 3rd party tools like status-json and MK livestatus to tap into Nagios data.

The disk “your disk” wasn’t ejected because one or more programs may be using it

This error message has come up on a number of occasions and I’m sure many people have wondered what is the best way to deal with this. This is for macOS, OSX, Macintosh operating system. For historical sake, I’m currently running High Sierra.

I have found a few main things that cause this error on my machine…

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NagiosTV for Nagios 4

NagiosTV showing one service down in the CRITICAL state

NagiosTV is an alternate user interface (UI) for the Nagios open source monitoring system.

This UI is designed to be viewed on a TV or on your desktop to quickly see if all your services are up or down. This is not meant to be a replacement for the Nagios web interface.

This version adds Flynn, the character from the game Doom. This is just a bit of added fun to bring some emotion to server monitoring. The more services are down, the more angry Flynn gets.
When I walk into my office in the morning, I take a look over at Flynn and see if he is happy or angry. If he is angry then you can fix whatever needs fixing to make him happy again.

Included is a Node.js server which can be used to serve the NagiosTV web interface, and to optionally proxy connections to your Nagios server.

Open Source on GitHub: https://github.com/chriscareycode/nagiostv-react

Achieving high frame rate with a Raspberry Pi camera system

When you read about using Raspberry Pi cameras as part of your home security system, most of the information you will find will point you in the direction of running motion which is the de-facto standard for doing video motion detection on Linux. There are also variants of motion such as MotionEye or motionEyeOS which provide a nicer UI on top of motion.

Motion requires some horsepower to handle the video processing to detect motion, and also to run the web server and other features. On the modest hardware on the Raspberry Pi, I was only able to reliably achieve 4-10 frames-per-second at 800×600, depending on the Raspberry Pi model in use.

Using this technique below, my camera system is now able to get closer to the full resolution for each Raspberry Pi camera which is 1920×1080 at 30 frames per second – and reliably running for years without issue.

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