From time to time I will post here some interesting findings I made or write something about things I’m working on.

InfluxDB v2 as Datasource for Grafana

February 2, 2023 - Thorsten Kukuk

Intro In the last blogs (Grafana with podman kube and Setup MQTT Broker, IoT Devices and Security) I explained how to setup Prometheus, Grafana and Mosquitto as MQTT Broker to visualize the data from IoT devices, mainly from Shelly. In this blog I will explain how to setup InfluxDB v2.6 and use it as additional datasource for Grafana. Why Prometheus and InfluxDB? Many of my devices send only a new MQTT message with new values, if the difference to the old value is big enough.

Setup MQTT Broker, IoT Devices and Security

January 31, 2023 - Thorsten Kukuk

Intro Some time ago I heard an interesting talk: The S in IoT stands for Security. There is no ‘S’ in IoT? Correct, and exactly this is very often the problem. Even if you think “My IoT devices are all behind my firewall, I’m safe”: No, because most attacks happens from inside the network, by malware, social engineering attacks, unhappy employees or bad friends, … So my goal is, to setup my MQTT broker which is as safe as possible.

Grafana with podman kube

January 19, 2023 - Thorsten Kukuk

Background Since a long time I’m using a containerized version of Munin to monitor some of my devices. But there are many things I cannot do with it and for many new tasks I would need to write at first code, while there are very often more then enough solutions for Prometheus and Grafana. Until now I only used them for demos of openSUSE Kubic and openSUSE MicroOS at conferences and fairs (like SUSECon19).

New Homepage Design!

January 5, 2023 - Thorsten Kukuk

After 21 years it was time for a redesign of my homepage. Not everything is converted yet, but I’m working on it! This time I wanted to make it easy and not create an own theme, but use the static web page generator Hugo and a nice, fitting theme from the gallery. The absolute majority of free themes didn’t fit for my use case or I didn’t liked them. The best fitting one was the personal-web theme, but as always: if you try to use it for your ideas to have something own, I reached pretty fast the boundaries of this theme.

Hugo Photoswipe5 Gallery Theme

December 30, 2022 - Thorsten Kukuk

Over the last days I create a gallery displaying images in a lightbox/carousel gadget. It’s a css image gallery in Hugo using shortcodes, for the optional lightbox/carousel gadget I’m using PhotoSwipe 5.3.x and Dynamic caption plugin. This theme can create a gallery of all images in a page bundle. It uses Hugo Page Resources, which allows to create thumbnails on the fly, with a configurable thumbnail size. It’s based and inspired by the easy-gallery theme from Li-Wen Yip.