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Move to Jekyll

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As discussed on my personal blog, I’ve moved all the more technical posts from there to this site, and also moved both sites from Ghost to Jekyll (link at th...

Issue expanding Synology NAS volume

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This week I decided to take advantage of some sales on hard drives to replace a couple of the older drives in my Synology NAS that were out of warranty, movi...

Plex Podcasts feature is amazingly bad

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I recently (re?)discovered that the podcast app I use on Android was using an annual subscription model instead of a one-time fee. I’m OK with paying $10-15 ...

Installing miniflux on FreeBSD

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After trying to figure out why FreshRSSdoes not update my feeds as frequently as I expect – it’s supposed to do it every 20min, but my cron jobs every 30min ...

Netflix and IPv6 blocks and FreeBSD router

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I’ve had issues for several years with mobile devices (particularly iPads) on my home network accessing Netflix. The loading spinner in the Netflix app just ...

Ghost admin and CDN caching

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I recently switched from BIND to Unbound for my home network’s caching DNS server (which I should also write a post about), and in the process also simplifie...

Reading Comics Tech

2 minute read

I’ve just recently finally found a good way to get through my backlog of comics in the cbz/cbr format, thought I’d share. Nothing groundbreaking, these tools...

Testing Ghost on FreeBSD

less than 1 minute read

Doing some initial testing of the Ghost blogging platform on my FreeBSD test system.

Windows 10 and web analytics

less than 1 minute read

I’m very curious how quickly Windows 10 is being adopted. One quick way to get a look at this normally is via web analytics and traffic dashboards for large ...

Windows 10

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So Windows 10 started rolling out this past Thursday.

VirtualBox with raw disk

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Power here (and in most areas around Toronto) has not been great the past week, and my little FreeBSD test server started misbehaving after a brown-out yeste...

Python unbuffered

less than 1 minute read

I came across a new-to-me Python thing today that was astonishingly useful, so thought I’d document it.

Transcoding old videos

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I have a fairly large pile of old videos I’ve accumulated over the years, and as I’ve been running out of space on my NAS have started looking (again) at tra...

Upgrading to Ubuntu 13.04 - uxlaunch is gone

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Late last evening I made the questionable decision to start upgrading my xbmc Ubuntu home theatre box – note: don’t start upgrading anything late on a weekni...

Moving from AWS to Rackspace

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I’ve moved my little cloud instance from Amazon AWS to Rackspace, which includes hosting of this blog. It was a simple process, but I thought I’d write a few...

IPv6 on my home network

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I decided to finally setup IPv6 on my home network, for now running in parallel with IPv4. My DSL ISP (egate) has had IPv6 support for a long time, I receive...

OpenNMS and WMI, update

less than 1 minute read

About a year ago I wrote a couple of posts about setting up OpenNMS with WMI (part 1, part 2), but until recently we were unable to leave this functionality ...

Ubuntu journaled disk quotas

less than 1 minute read

If you install quota support on current versions of Ubuntu, modify your fstab to add usrquota and/or grpquota options, and run quotacheck, you will get a mes...

OpenNMS and WMI - Part 1, getting started

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I’ve setup and used OpenNMS at my last job and my current job, and it works very nicely. One thing I haven’t done until last week, though, is get WMI monitor...

Google Chrome on Ubuntu - not yet auspicious

less than 1 minute read

Just for fun, since I use Google Chrome as my main browser on my Windows desktop now, I decided to try the very first public Dev release of Google Chrome for...

Funny RFCs

less than 1 minute read

Courtesy of Wikipedia, here’s a list of all (?) the humourous RFCs (Internet standards documents).

TortoiseSVN - lowering TSVNCache utilization

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I’m using TortoiseSVN at my current job, and have at several past jobs as well. It’s a pretty good SVN client implementation for Windows, with the usual issu...

Multiple Jetty6 containers on Ubuntu 8.04

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For a while at $WORK in our Development and QA environments we were running multiple apps within one Jetty6 container. This works well, but isn’t always conv...

Google Chrome

1 minute read

So, Google has released a browser called Chrome. So far it’s only for Windows, and is being called beta, but Gmail is still beta, so whatever.

VirtualBox Additions vs VMware Tools

1 minute read

I recently installed VirtualBox Guest Additions to an Ubuntu Server 8.04.1 VM that’s running the -virtual kernel mentioned in my last post.

Ubuntu Hardy 8.04.1 guest on VirtualBox 1.6.4

less than 1 minute read

I’ve been playing with VirtualBox and have been having an issue getting Ubuntu Hardy 8.04.1 working, specifically that everything installed fine but after re...

Fun with MS errors

less than 1 minute read

I decided to install SQL Server 2008 Express Edition, because I want SQL Server Management Studio Express and figure it can’t hurt to have the whole SQL Serv...

Grails on Ubuntu Hardy

4 minute read

Just for the posterity of the Internet, and because I didn’t find an immediately useful answer when searching with Google…

FreeBSD 6.3 and 7.0

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There are pending releases of both FreeBSD 6.3 and 7.0 coming up – current schedules put 6.3 just before Xmas and 7.0 in mid-January. I’d expect these to sli...

Ubuntu 7.10

less than 1 minute read

Ubuntu 7.10 (Gutsy Gibbon) has been released - there are news articles everywhere, even in the mainstream press. I’ve been running the beta for a couple of w...

VMware Server on Ubuntu 7.04 (Feisty)

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Just to increase the Google weight of the page, there are great instructions on how to get current VMware Server running on current Ubuntu 7.04 (Feisty) on t...

New laptop

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I bought a new laptop. I wanted something quite small, but still very powerful. Something with “inner bigness”, if you will. I wanted it small so I could eas...

Sun Java on RedHat and time zones

less than 1 minute read

For future reference, when updating the time zone on a RedHat machine running Sun’s Java it is not sufficient to update /etc/localtime, you also have to upda...

Telus cel porn

1 minute read

So Telus is selling porn on cel phones. Apparently some people have problems with this. I’m not entirely sure what the basis of Tod’s objection is, I’ve left...

WordPress doesn’t do DST?

less than 1 minute read

Just noticed that WordPress has a setting under Options for offset from GMT, but for some reason doesn’t seem to understand DST (unless I missed that). So th...

qbemail.pdf

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Ok, what the hell is with QuickBooks and it’s qbemail.pdf files?