Home video security with Zoneminder and Ubuntu

zoneminder logoThis weekend my colleague brought to our office simple 20$ webcam. I have to say that my previous attitude to such toys was quite ambiguous. But idea to build home/office video security system based on such webcam(s) and Ubuntu changed my mind especially taking into consideration extremely low cost of end system and it’s capabilities. First of all I was interested in events replay, multiple camera zones and web interface. As it was discovered later, such system provides tons of useful features.

ubuntu logoIn this post I’ll provide you with a free-style guide on how to set up home video security system that supports above mentioned features and is based on rather cheap webcams, free as beer software ZoneMinder and Ubuntu. I used Hardy Heron Ubuntu (8.04) for the installation but this guide should also work for 8.10 (Intrepid Ibex) and Jaunty Jackalope (9.04).
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Read CHM files in Linux

CHM is the file extension for Microsoft Compiled HTML Help that is a proprietary format for online help files, developed by Microsoft and first released in 1997 as a successor to the Microsoft WinHelp format. It was first introduced with the release of Windows 98 crap.

There are three most popular tools to read CHM files in Linux: gnochm, xchm and kchmviewer.Read More »Read CHM files in Linux

Switch to Ubuntu from different Linux distros or other OSes

Few will deny that many people that use Unix-like Operating Systems or M$ Windows make the switch to Ubuntu these days or are considering it. The following links will show you Ubuntu equivalents of many traditional Unix applications, and tasks. SwitchingToUbuntu/FromLinux Switching to Ubuntu From… Read More »Switch to Ubuntu from different Linux distros or other OSes

Bash shell FAQ

Below is impressive FAQ on bash (GNU command language interpreter) shell. It’s taken from here (thanks to maintainers!). How can I read a file line-by-line? How can I store the return value of a command in a variable? How can I insert a blank character… Read More »Bash shell FAQ

Run Photoshop with Ubuntu (or any other Linux)

Adobe Photoshop (or simply Photoshop), is a graphics editor developed and published by Adobe Systems. Currently it’s market leader for commercial bitmap and image manipulation, and is the flagship product of Adobe Systems. Unfortunately it’s available for M$ Windows and Apple OS X users only.… Read More »Run Photoshop with Ubuntu (or any other Linux)