Time for an update.

Update 1 below, posted at 12/12/2019 @ 1910Hrs

It’s Annual Leave time. Seeing as I’m not going away anywhere that means I have to fill my time with other things. This time, I’ve decided to migrate hosts. Oh the joys.

I have approximately 10 domains to move, database to migrate, files to transfer and DNS changes to propagate. This is going to be fun.

Why? Cost. I currently pay around £9 a month for my current hosting, which is to a company based in the US. I recon I can (safely) get it down to around £2 per month, maximum. Thats roughly 77% less. The hosting for the sites I do isn’t mission critical. Its still just a hobby. The £2 a month hosting should be more than adequate for my needs.

Because I’m lazy I figure a script will help with some of the automation. I’m using Apache VirtualHosts, and because each domain requires a separate VirtualHosts configuration file, I created this script. It doesn’t have the full configuration in it, but its enough to help you get started. I also output the command required to enable each configuration into a separate file, which can be viewed here.

Update 1: Most of my sites have been transferred over with no issues. All DNS records have been updated and appear to be working fine, apart from Virgin Media dragging its heels and apparently (still) not adhering to TTL values.

This one, and my busiest have yet to be moved. Im contemplating moving these two to a separate server, and at £1 per month, I don’t see why not.

Equipment General

New Toy(s)

Electronics PiDashCam Raspberry Pi

PiDashCam – Issues

Well. That didn’t go to plan. I managed to hook the PiDashCam up to the car. It powered on fine, and has recorded, however I forgot to change the settings and it recorded in 10 second blocks. I also mounted it incorrectly, so it sort of sat at an angle. I also went out when it was a bit dark so the images are really not great. The worst part, however, is that the Raspberry Pi Zero didn’t seem to grab the time from the RTC Module. I’ll need to do some digging and figure out exactly where its all went wrong…

Very cropped side by side

The camera, although a lower resolution, appears to capture more of the image. Its a shame it appears very hard to see properly, but I’m hoping thats to do with the camera_mode, or possibly the sensor. More tinkering required!

I’ve also been thinking about having a simple way to change the camera_mode when recording. I think I’m going too implement a 3 LED system, using Binary counting, so show which camera_mode I’m using. I’ve have a (very) quick look at Alex Eames code for button presses here and think I can change this so that a quick press is camera_mode, a longer press is stop recording (useful for when I have it hooked up in the house to view files instead of running pkill every time I log in), and a long press is shutdown. Ultimately the first press can be used as a “protect” marker on files should it be required, but I’m getting ahead of myself!

# The following Python code has been copied from - Alex Eames and

    while True:
          # this will run until button on GPIO13 is pressed, then
          #   if pressed short,     stop recording
          #   if pressed long,      close program
          #   if pressed very long, shutdown Pi gracefully
        print "Waiting for button press"
        GPIO.wait_for_edge(13, GPIO.FALLING)
        print "Stop button pressed"

          # poll GPIO 13 bottom button at 20 Hz for 3 seconds
          # if still pressed at the end of that time period, shut down
          # if released at all, break
        for i in range(60):
            if GPIO.input(13):

        if 25 <= i < 58:              # if released between 1.25 & 3s close prog
            print "Closing program"

        if not GPIO.input(13):
            if i >= 59: