Category: General

Pi-Hole in the home….

Been a while since I’ve posted anything, so I think I’ll restart with something fun. So a buddy of mine sent me a youtube link…and I like youtube links…especially when it’s a chance to learn something techy… I spend most of my day with techy websites and such playing in the background…(it occupies that ADHD …

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HomeLab – The Next Generation

This is the “Lab” I’ve used for probably the last 5 years or so. It’s a Dell Precision T7400 with 64G of PC5300F memory and Dual Xeon X5460 Quad-Core Processors, 8x 2T Seagate SATA Drives, 2x 500G Samsung EVO850 SSD disks, and runs VMWare ESXi 6.0 nicely. Not a bad toy, in the grand scheme. …

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Star Trek: Discovery (nerd-post)

So… My honest take on StarTrek:Discovery last night. So far, so good. Compelling story, GREAT effects… Cast seems to be fleshing out nicely, though I anticipate some dramatic changes in the first couple of episodes. Because of the delay in programming they were a little rushed at the end, which meant you really didn’t know …

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On Backups…

A friend passed away recently… On going through his computer files, we found years worth of photos with a .ccc suffix… Ransomware… With two teenagers in the house, my biggest fear is some network replicating bug that takes down my entire network. Apparently it hit him a while ago, and he didn’t tell me. (I …

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Side Projects…

I built PC’s back in the 80’s, then stopped for some reason. Here’s what happens when I got back into it…

Losing the cloud… (Part 1)

There’s a Dilbert comic strip that I found hilarious a while back… The hilarious part is there is that the chance of this happening in real life is non-zero.  Not that it is likely to happen, but it’s impossible, statistically speaking, to completely rule out the idea. Now there are “big” cloud providers like AWS …

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Slowly Draining Away…

Plumbers define a slow drain as one in which your teenage-kid has tried to wash clump of hair vaguely resembling a tribble down. Ed Mazurek from Cisco TAC defines it quite differently: …When there are slow devices attached to the fabric, the end devices do not accept the frames at the configured or negotiated rate. …

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Recovering from a windows AD failure…

A couple of years ago my PDC died.  The only physical box in my environment and the one physical server died. I was 2,700 miles away.  I wasn’t going to be back any time soon, and stuff was broken.  (Thankfully, customer data was on the Linux Webhosting environment, so nothing lost there, except their backups) …

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The quest for 100% uptime…

Are you the type of IT shop that won’t take downtime?  I mean won’t take downtime to the point that there are EOSL applications running on EOSL hardware, redundancy gone because an HBA has failed and a replacement simply isn’t available, (or is and you won’t take the outage to replace it) It got me to …

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My geekliness knows no bounds…

Do I really have to say anything to go along with this picture, or does that pretty much cover it?