January 19, 2014: 11:30 am: Programming, Splunk

Splunk is a great tool for digging into data and presenting the results. Sometimes, you just want a status board of results that comes to you without having to log into a web application. A wonderful app for this is the iPad app statusboard by Panic software.

You always could create a panel on your statusboard that links to a URL of a file for presentation. However, this means your data is not protected by authentication. Panic added Dropbox support so you can now make a panel that pulls from a csv or json file. You can also airplay to an AppleTV or direct connect the iPad to a TV to present the dashboard on a large display.

In this post I will cover how I combined a Splunk alert script in python, dropbox and statusboard to get the result below. I am displaying the number of failed login attempts against my wordpress blog by country code for the previous 7 days. Keep in mind this is a Splunk instance running on my laptop with minimally sensitive information. I would never run dropbox directly on a work related production Splunk server. An alternative method would be to run a scheduled script that pulls the results out of Splunk via the REST api and write it out to a csv in the dropbox folder. I will do that version of this post in the future.

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February 18, 2013: 6:30 am: General

I have been thinking for some time just how much my iPhone is the central processor of my digital life. In some ways my real world life too. I do not carry a personal laptop. In fact, despite being in information security I rarely carry around a work laptop. I tend to just leave it at home for when I need it. My iphone even serves as my car\’s central brain for user functions. Sure Apple Maps gets a bad rap but it works well for me. Bluetooth hands free for both Siri and Phone calls. I rarely even turn on my XMRadio in my car because I just stream content from my phone to my car audio system using my TuneLink bluetooth adapter.

Using just my iPhone I do 90% of what I need. I download podcasts and audiobooks on a daily basis. I check email, twitter with Tweetbot, etc all using my phone. It was a little difficult to manage at times due to power. Even with having two Mophie Air iPhone cases. I airplay content such as my audio books to an appleTV while gives plenty of volume for whole room audio via a TV. It could be inconvenient if I needed check a message, pause playback etc when the phone was on the charger. Now enter my Pebble watch. I put in a few minutes and cleaned up what types of notifications get sent to the Pebble. Now I can actually leave my iPhone plugged in on my Kensington Night Stand, with the iHandy Alarm Clock up and still stream my content and check messages all with the iPhone as the central management point.

It just amazes me to live in the future. I grew up with the Vic20 and Commodore64 and recall when modems went from acoustic couplers to plug in modular cables. Now, I even write full blog posts using my iPad with a bluetooth keyboard. Sometimes I even edit those posts via my iPhone prior to posting. Got to love it.

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December 11, 2010: 6:05 pm: General

I keep up on the trends in media production.  What I find really amazing is how things like the iPhone4 and iPad are making seriously professional grade work possible for anyone.  Even the true professionals.  I cannot imagine what it would have cost to make the “Nancy Lee” video for Vintage Trouble five to ten years ago just due to the equipment.  This was shot on an iPhone4 for the raw footage.  Then one of the iPhones was stolen and recovered due to Find my iPhone.   You can read that story on their blog post.

 

I know people in the entertainment industry and in the industries around it.  A lot of them really do not see that this sort of technology is shifting things back into the hands of the independent creators.  A number of people ask me about iPad, iPhone etc.  I ask one question first.  “Do you have kids?”  And if the answer is yes, then my immediate answer is “Yes get one.  Especially, if they are the least bit creative.”  I tell them it is a disservice to your kids not to introduce them to current technology like this.  It inspires their creativity and frankly it is how things are heading.

 

What about the argument iPad is just for consumption?  My answer to that is two fold.  First, how can you possibly understand how to create if you do not see how people are consuming the final results?  You have to understand the medium to best use it to create.  Second, seriously can you look at the video for “Nancy Lee” and others like it shot with an iPhone and sites like HandHeldHollywood and see limitations rather than possibilities?  Just look at The Cube from Teradek to see how iPad is influencing normal production sets.  I have said from the moment I first got my iPad that it would change movie production with dailies and scripts.

 

PS I loved Vintage Trouble’s sound so much I picked up the album , The Bomb Shelter Sessions, over on iTunes.  So yes making creative works like the video and putting it on YouTube can result in fan/customers. 

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July 12, 2010: 8:34 pm: Audio Production

I recently got this adapter from
Kvconnection.com. Tested and works great. I still have to use a mono to stereo adapter for my mono lapel mic. But it works. http://www.kvconnection.com/product-p/km-iphone-mic.htm

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July 3, 2010: 3:03 pm: Audio Production

Ever since I got my first iPhone, the 3GS, I have wanted to use it to record audio. ??I have been in podcasting since it started. ??Six years ago. ??Not the five Apple tried to claim in iTunes. ??Five is how long they have had it in iTunes.

I also had gotten an Owle Bubo (http://www.wantowle.com/) for Christmas last year. ??It is a great camera grip and comes with the Veracorder mic to better aim your audio when making video. ??The veracorder mic is below. ??It’s short and can be bent to angle toward your source. ??It works on the iPhone3GS but has been broken on the iPhone4. ??

Veracorder

Combined with the FiRE field recorder app (http://www.audiofile-engineering.com/) it makes a great hand recorder for questions, notes etc. ??Especially since the FiRe app supports the Izotope (http://www.izotope.com/) audio processing plugins like Noise Gate, Hiss Reducer. ??Sure you can only use one at a time but its cool for field use. ??Even better is you can turn on pass through audio. ??Where I am going is I wanted to be able to use my iPhone or now iPad as an inline noise gate for my sound board. ??Why not? ??I have it so why not use it?

To this end I needed a way to split audio in and out. ??So I originally picked up a splitter cable from??http://www.kvconnection.com/ ??This was made to work with the iPhone. ??But it never would override the internal mic. ??Now I find it works on the iPad. ??I tried it again with the iPhone4 with little joy.

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Next I go for the Griffin iMic. ??The device itself works on the iPad and briefly FiRe recognized it fully and pass through audio worked. Then it quit. ??Recording then playback can be heard through the output. ??But the live pass through quit for a reason I cannot explain. ??I have emailed the developer of FiRe. ??I also find I cannot try it on iPhone 3GS or 4. ??Because those reject the camera connector kit plug. ??This is really irritating since I know that the iPhone4 changed the audio on the dock connector to be usb audio device. ??So if Apple would just let the camera kit usb plug work I am betting the griffin imic will work fine. ??All avoiding the inconsistent nightmare that is the headphone jack. ??

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In a nutshell which is appropriate since the changes and inconsistency are driving me nuts, get your act together Apple. ??PLEASE!

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May 2, 2010: 8:58 pm: Review

I have loved this Belkin unit for a travel kit since it came out in 2008. Guess what? It can charge your new iPad just fine.

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http://www.belkin.com/IWCatProductPage.process?Product_Id=400738

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