I've had some free time and a desire to break stuff on my network at home. I wanted to fix my home network's topology to more correctly split up my wired (DHCP), wireless (DHCP) and server (statically-configured) subnets. At a high level, I had to create a server subnet, create vlan's on my layer-3 switch … Continue reading Stack it up: KVM, VLANs, Network Bridges, Linux/OpenBSD
In my initial post about unattended Ubuntu installs, I made the less-automated choice of hacking at the Ubuntu installation ISO and baking my preseed configuration right into the ISO. This proved to be incredibly inefficient and prevented a lot of the customization and quick-spin-up potential of what I interested in. In other words, if I wanted … Continue reading Unattended Ubuntu installs, part 2
In my day job, it's all about automation. Automate what is repeatable, and move on to more interesting and not-yet-automated tasks. For a while, I've run a KVM/libvirt setup at home, running various iterations and distributions of Linux, OpenBSD and FreeBSD for various pet projects. Going through each distribution's install procedure was getting old, requiring … Continue reading Look ma’, no hands with Ubuntu installs.
I was interested in customizing my i3wm setup a bit more, and wanted to display the current song playing in Rhythmbox while running the i3wm window manager. It turned out to be just a few lines of configuration to my i3bar config. First, I grabbed a copy of the Python wrapper around i3bar, wrapper.py. This … Continue reading i3wm, i3bar, and rhythmbox
After several years of mindlessly running Ubuntu on the desktop, I am attempting to dive (back) into running FreeBSD on the desktop. Considering that the majority of applications I use on the desktop are a browser (Firefox/Chrome), an ssh terminal, and Rhythmbox, how hard could this be? Some of the hurdles Given I still wanted … Continue reading FreeBSD on the desk, another try
With nothing else to do around here tonight while the whole state is shut down thanks to a blizzard, I should catch up on some blog posts. On my list of home network upgrades for the past several months was the wireless. As my wife and I add to our collection of smart phones, laptops, … Continue reading Wireless, now with more 802.11’s…
Condensed version of trip #3 to California. San Diego Sushi Ota: Sake and sushi with Mozilla folks. For the quality of the sushi (incredible), the price (reasonable) blew me away. Tajima: Ramen! The spicy miso ramen here lives up to its name, be prepared. Fish Market Cucina Urbana: Serious Italian, and a wine list to … Continue reading California 2012, thricely.
A while back I blogged about how I hooked up Nagios and Git to run the Nagios preflight checks before restarting with a new checkin's worth of configs. But the more I looked at how it all fit together, the more I knew it could be improved. A sed hack, expecting a certain pattern in … Continue reading Nagios and Git hooks, a redux
I am lucky enough to have a sister living out in San Francisco, and to be able to work out of our offices there. Below is a hit list of the places I ate at and visited in the span of six days. My stomach has finally recovered. Wineries (Sonoma County): Preston Vineyards: https://www.prestonvineyards.com/com Unti … Continue reading Remind Me: Damage done in San Francisco in six days
We have all heard the same questions at one point in our careers, "Is the Internet down?" or "Getting to X site is slow." You scramble to a browser to see if Google, ESPN or the NY Times websites are up. Then you fire up traceroute. In some cases, the pages might load slowly, in … Continue reading The Internet is slow. Is the Internet down?