VestaCP Nginx Template

I like VestaCP and I host most of my sites using it on my servers. Recently I started writing more NodeJs applications and found it not trivial to get NodeJS traffic routed via VestaCP Nginx/Apache configs.

I usually make manual changes to the config file for that domain that is running the NodeJs app (which not a good way, since these configs get overwritten if you change the proxy template in the control panel)

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Athan System with raspberry Pi

The athan (or Adhan) is a special Islamic call to salah (prayer). A mu’athin calls athan from the minaret of a mosque to announce every prayer and worship event. According to Islamic custom, the athan is also the first thing that a newborn baby should hear. You can say the words in English, Arabic, or any other language that is meaningful to you.

Prayers in Islam are 5 times a day. Those times vary, so does that athan for them.

Since I am Muslim, I have created an athan “clock” that calls the athan 5 times a day. I use a Raspberry Pi and a speaker connected to it to play the athan sound.

I called it a “system” because it does more than just playing the sound at certain times. Here are all the functionalities it does: Continue reading Athan System with raspberry Pi

How I automatically notify my family that I am close to home (most likely parking the car)


For many reasons I find it very useful to let my family know that I am getting very close to the house. Mainly because my wife would be able to unlock the door (if she is close by and knows that I will be coming up stairs carrying a lot of grocery bags)

So I thought about a way to do that and I came up with this plan:

  1. Have something running on the Raspberry Pi at home listing to a trigger of some kind to play a sound when I get close.
  2. Use Tasker app to trigger a call to the server based on my phone location

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