Using AWS IOT To Arm Blink Cameras

Posted on Sat 16 December 2017 in iot • Tagged with iot, lambda, security, tutorial, awsLeave a comment

Blink security cameras are an affordable home security camera system. Although they lack a formal public API, inventive devs have reverse-engineered their private API to allow for better integration.

Here we'll use AWS IOT Core, Lambda and node-blink-security to arm and disarm Blink security cameras using an AWS IOT Button.

Activating Your IOT Button

The IOT Button must be configured to your account, which includes joining it to your wifi access point, and installing the client certificates.

The easiest way to perform activation is by using the AWS IOT Button App for Android or IOS. Complete instructions are found on …

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Get Started with Bitcoin Using Docker

Posted on Thu 30 November 2017 in bitcoin • Tagged with docker, bitcoin, secuity, tutorialLeave a comment

Like me, you're probably more comfortable on a CLI. Here's a quick way to use docker to set up a Bitcoin Wallet and trade Bitcoin for free on Testnet with Electrum. You can use the same tools to manage your real Bitcoin wallet too.


Make sure you have Docker for your OS ( Mac, Windows, Linux)

Run the electrum-cli docker image

Electrum is a python-based Docker wallet with a both a gui and good cli. I've put together electrum-cli, a lightweight Alpine-linux Docker image with Electrum signed and installed with jq.

docker run -it tonymet/electrum-cli

Create a wallet

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First Things First, on AWS

Posted on Fri 07 August 2015 in android • Tagged with aws, secuity, tutorialLeave a comment

I was chatting with a buddy who was moving his web sites from dedicated hosting to AWS. Let's just say the FTUE isn't great. That triggered a quick brain-dump of what you should do when you first get started with AWS.

  • understand pets v cattle. In aws all resources should be "cattle", not pets. Periodically terminate instances to test this.
  • activate cloudtrail (in all regions). Use Loggly to index cloudtrail (free or ~$20/mo)
  • create restricted IAM users. Never use your root acct. Activate MFA.
  • Use IAM ec2-instance roles instead of stored credentials whenever possible.
  • Get familiar with IAM management …
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