Alexa and Philips Hue IFTTT Recipes

So I got the Fire TV today and well I like it. Coming from the Nexus Player, the Fire TV is just a nicer product. I guess you would need an Amazon Prime account for it to be that much better, but I already had one before this purchase. It’s kinda neat that you can use Alexa with the Fire TV, which makes a lot more sense that buying the Echo. Anyways, i’m going to get to the topic of this post besides going on and on about the Fire TV since I have only had for half a day.

I use IFTTT to turn on and off my Philips Hue lights during sunrise and sunset. I noticed the Alexa and Hue recipes, but decided to make own to keep it consistent. The link below is where you can find my IFTTT profile with the Alexa Hue recipes. Once you have both Alexa and Philips Hue connected to IFTTT, add the recipes, then you can control your lights by saying “trigger lights” then whichever action. i.e. “trigger lights off” “trigger lights bright” “trigger light dim”

Ghost SCOM Objects

sometimes you may come across servers that show up in Monitoring with green empty circle, but don’t show up in agent managed or pending management. when this happens you will have to go into the SQL database and do some trickery.


The query below will show you the object in the OperationsManager database. You will see it has IsDeleted set to 0

SELECT * FROM dbo.[BasemanagedEntity] where FullName Like ‘%Windows.Computer%’ and Name Like ‘%FQDN.domain.local%’;

This query will set the IsDeleted to 1. after a couple of minutes it should disappear from monitoring in SCOM.

UPDATE dbo.[BasemanagedEntity] SET IsDeleted = 1 where FullName Like ‘%Windows.Computer%’ and Name Like ‘%FQDN.domain.local%’;

The server may also be stuck in pending actions. the query below will show you this.

select * from agentpendingaction

If the server is in there, run the query below to delete it from the database. After a couple of minutes the server should pop back up in pending management were you can approve.

exec p_AgentPendingActionDeleteByAgentName ‘FQDN.domain.local’

*when copying these queries the quotes won’t copy as SQL quotes*

SonicWall PFSense VPN

Setting up a tunnel between two different firewalls can be rather tricky at times. Here we’ll go over configuring a VPN with a SonicWall NSA 250 on with a PFSense on 2.3.1-RELEASE-p5.

Let’s go over the config on the sonicwall first. On it, I only need to get to the DMZ network on the X2 interface. There are two networks on the PFSense side, so need to create two address objects and place them in a group.

Now with the address objects created, we can start on the VPN configuration. The Sonicwall has a static IP, the PFSense does not. It easier to get the tunnel up if we use domain names for the IKE IDs. I created a dynamic DNS name with to use on the PFSense side.

For the network config I select the network on the Sonicwall side for the local network which is the X2 subnet, and for the remote networks, I select the address object group.

IKE proposals and lifetimes for the phase1 and phase2 policies on both sides need to match.

On the advance tab just leave at default.

Now on the PFSense side you create a phase1 policy then phase2 policies for the 2 local networks.





Next, create a phase2 policy.


I enter in a host on the sonicwall side for the PFsense to ping to keep the tunnel up.

Now with any luck you should have green dots.


I had mixed feelings about being back home, but it was still are some pics from the HTC Re. I will upload the one of my iphone soon. need to deleted those shits anyway

Plex and FreeNAS

Plex media server plugin for FreeNAS slays. maybe someday i’ll make a step-by-step.

movies music

Here is the setup of the cifs shares.


Here are the plugins I use.


here is the config of the storage for the jail/plugins.


Stylish: Browser Plugin

Stylish is a browser plugin were it can change the look of your favorite websites. After you have installed the plugin, you can go to to browse and add the different styles that are available.

An example of styles I have added.

The Twitter styles I use are: Twittify!, Twitter Hide Moments Tab, and a custom style that changes the heart like icon to any emoji of your choosing. Just copy the code below and replace the poo with whatever emoji you want.
.HeartAnimationContainer { visibility: hidden; } .HeartAnimationContainer:after { content: ‘💩’; visibility: visible; display: block; position: absolute; }
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Red Cups

I saw this the other day on the twitter, plus I haven’t wrote anything in a bit so I thought I would give my two cents. Maybe it’s because merica isn’t all Christian, or the world for that matter. What about Happy Kwanzaa? Marry Eid al-Adha? I know they’re not around the same time, but I don’t think someone who isn’t Christian would want to see it ever time they get a cup of coffee. Why does just Christmas get a cup? Why doesn’t every religion get one then? I was raised Christian, grew up with Christmas. Some of my earliest memories that i can remember were around Christmas time. I’m not going to think there is a some war on Christmas because Starbucks doesn’t want to have it on their cups anymore…Anyway, I just wanted to post this cup cause I thought it was funny as fuck.


Made a mix a couple of weeks ago. I got about half way through before the last mix i didn’t like. It will get you through 30 minutes of your day tho.



I have never seen groups of people yell at each other before, so I went down the the Phoenix mosque yesterday to check it out. I don’t like sticking the camera in peoples faces but I still got some good footage. It was good to see Jews and Muslims on the same side.

I went down there by myself to check it out. After I got back home and showed the video to my roommates, one of them wanted to go back and check it out too. The sun was down so it’s a bit tough to see, but I did get this dumbass. I will stick the camera in your face if I don’t like you, because I don’t give a shit if you like it or not.

Here is the organizer of hate on Anderson Cooper. Cooper makes this guy look like a fool, but that is probably easy to do.

Moral of the story. This was a complete waste of time. There will be some bad apples, I think Islam gets a bad rap because the majority of middle easterns practice Islam. Not all white people are Christian, so when a white dude climbs a tower and starts picking people off, there isn’t anything to blame it on, he was just a troubled kid… The one thing I do like about real Muslims is they don’t try to force their religion down your throat. You don’t have them knocking on your door, or passing out booklets asking, “Have you heard of Mohammed?”


XInsta is a Xposed mod were you can download pictures and video from Instagram. Another reason in the long list of reasons to root your android.









Nexus Player

By now I thought the Nexus Player would have some cool roms and all sorts of development for it, boy I was wrong. At least you can side load popcorn time and spotify. If you couldn’t side load apps. The Nexus Player would suck.