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Move to Jekyll

3 minute read

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...

Azure CLI VM quick commands

less than 1 minute read

A few quick commands for Azure CLI to do stuff with virtual machines, so I don’t have to try and remember them…

Issue expanding Synology NAS volume

1 minute read

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...

Installing miniflux on FreeBSD

2 minute read

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

1 minute read

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 ...

Removing Hyper-V from Windows 10

1 minute read

Hyper-V is pretty cool, and I enjoyed playing with it, especially in conjunction with Ubuntu’s Multipasstool. However, once I finished playing with it – I ha...

Ghost admin and CDN caching

1 minute read

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...

Managing Email

3 minute read

Over almost 30 years using email at work I’ve gathered a few habits to ensure that I see email as it comes in, reply quickly, and can find messages later. In...

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

4 minute read

So Windows 10 started rolling out this past Thursday.

VirtualBox with raw disk

1 minute read

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.

TeamCity and git and overlapping branches

1 minute read

Ran into an intersting edge case at work today with TeamCity’s git functionality that was fairly obscure, but Googling provided no useful information so I’ll...

Transcoding old videos

1 minute read

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...

Adobe CQ Tar PM data file rotation bug

2 minute read

At $WORK this week we encountered an extremely strange and annoying set of bugs in older versions of the Adobe CQ CMS system – specifically, in all CQ system...

Upgrading to Ubuntu 13.04 - uxlaunch is gone

1 minute read

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...

IPv6 on my home network

2 minute read

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...

Tiny Tiny RSS

2 minute read

In my last post I was thinking about what to do now that Google Reader is headed for end-of-life. As a quick interim step, I installed Liferea on my Ubuntu d...

Powershell and WMI, redux

less than 1 minute read

About a year ago I posted some tricks for pulling information about WMI counters on Windows using the Powershell command line tools.

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...

System.Net tracing

less than 1 minute read

I was trying to troubleshoot an intermittent issue with a .NET application connecting to vsftpd on a Linux box today. The issue is that the .NET application ...

Ubuntu - rssh - sftp only, with chroot

1 minute read

Here’s how to setup rssh on Ubuntu, to allow sftp only with a chroot directory. Note that these instructions are for Ubuntu Server 9.04 x64, other versions m...

OpenNMS and WMI - Part 1, getting started

3 minute read

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...

Powershell and WMI

1 minute read

I’ve been working a fair bit with WMI on Windows servers, in particular pulling out performance counters (will shortly be putting up another post about OpenN...

TortoiseSVN - lowering TSVNCache utilization

1 minute read

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...

Solaris 10 x86 - updating boot device

less than 1 minute read

Recently at work I had a situation where I had to move a Solaris 10 x86 virtual machine from a VMware Server environment to a VMware ESXi environment. Unfort...

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...

PHP4 to PHP5 - fun with echo

less than 1 minute read

Found a legacy web site at work today running on PHP4. As the PHP folks no longer support version 4, I started testing the site on PHP5 to prep it for migrat...

Wordpress code/pre tags

less than 1 minute read

More things for posterity, as I had to search several times to find what I wanted…

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…

VMware Server on Ubuntu 7.04 (Feisty)

less than 1 minute read

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...

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...