Assisting with Technology


Boat Tracker

Tom Gallagher Diesel Service

The diesel repair shop needed a way to keep track of boats located thought out the keys. Which marina, and other important details on each boat so that mechanics could location and bring the correct parts for the repairs.


The data is recorded in a SQLite file, which make backup very easy for their office staff.

LSB Keyboard Tester

Keyboard Tester:

One of our clients literally had hundreds of keyboards to test and we wanted to visual verify each key on every keyboards, and we wanted it fast! So in less than a day we created LSB Keyboard Tester, yes it has bugs and minor issues but it makes the task of testing keyboards much faster. Some reserved keys can't visually tested, and Return/Enter key clears the screen. And there are other keys that would not show up, but overall it works. There are compiled PC/Windows and Apple Mac versions in File Sharing section of our site.

Just a handy little tool.


Web Version: Click Here Takes a few moments to load.

IP Power 9258 Mini Controller

See a need, fill a need.

After losing contact with one of remote sites we decided we needed a way to do a hard reboot of remote computers. Call it 'cycle the power'. Turn the power off, wait 30 seconds and then power the unit back on. Servers can run months, even years without issue. Unless they are overloaded or overheated.

Checking eBay for over the counter power controllers, we found the IP Power 9258. We got our first one for less than $70, but most cost between $50 to $120. After looking at programming options and being a Mac Shop we figured it was doable. In less the a week we completed Very small, very simple controller for the IP Power.

First you'll need the IP Power's IP number. Using an old PC we configured ours DHCP, using the IPEdit that came with the unit. (Read their instructions, which aren't very well translated to english). We then use LanScan to find the device by its Mac Address.

After you have the IP Power's IP number, just startup IPPower, it will ask for the IP Number, administration name and password. The defaults are admin, 12345678.

You can now control the IP Power using keys 1 - 4, clicking on button 1 - 4 or sending "/Applications/ 4" (4 being the outlet to cycle the power on).

We have also setup iChat to support cycling the power. See the attached AppleScript. Configure iChat to execute the script on message received. The script will look for "outlet1" - "outlet4" as a message. And cycle the power with prompting.

IP Power 9258


Little Software Barn Development Team