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April recap

April has come and gone, and I did not manage to find time (or energy) to post anything.

I spent most of the month at work getting ready to and then delivering some training remotely in Nashville, TN, US. Now, I can say that I have stayed at the largest non-casino hotel in the world, The Gaylord Opryland. Now that that is over, I get to gear up to design a new training plan for internal product training. Such is the life of a Linux guy stuck working for a marketing group.

On the home front, we have hit a busy time with soccer, volleyball, dance, and swim time. I think we get a break sometime after the 4th of July.....

March Update

Does updating the theme of the site count as an update? No? Okay...time to type.

Life is busy right now, and extra things are gonna have to give. I have not had a chance to do much photography (both making and processing them), so I am putting the daily site on hold, again. For the sharp eye among you, you would have noticed this last week.

On the upside, I have lost about 20 pounds since the beginning of the year. While I am not where I want to be weight-wise, I have lost a pants size which puts me back were I was about 10 years ago. Life is good.

I am going to see about updating things here more often, if nothing else to have a record of things not in a cloud based service which may dramatically change its pricing model on me.

FreeBSD Challenge II, End Report

And, again, I hit something which is causing massive disk performance issues. That, and suspend/resume does not work on either laptop.

I would try to debug the issues, but that means learning a whole new set of tools, and I will not have time for a while. Next week, I am in week long meetings which will run late every day, and then I have to finish writing and present a training class the last week of the month. The hour or two I can spare will be far better spent for me by backup, re-installing ArchLinux than by starting to learn the tools. Yes, a bit of a cop-out, but I need the machines to do what I need to do. I will keep the servers FreeBSD, however, as it works great there.

I will revisit the issue of FreeBSD on the laptops when I either get new kit, or support for my models gets better.

FreeBSD Challenge II, Day 30 Update

As the month draws to a close, I am further into the switch. I have rebuilt my main laptop to PCBSD. I am still setting a few things up, but it seems to be going well.

Two things I need to fix:

  • Skype: While there is not a native client, there are lots of folks who report success with the Linux client. I will need to do some research.
  • Nikola: The software I use for my blogs. It throws a python error when I run it, so I cannot update things. Again, I think I just need to do some more research.

Now, the fun of the weekend is here, so I am off!

FreeBSD Challenge II, Day 14

Today is day 14 (pushing day 15 at this hour), and things are looking very good. Today, I got word from the PCBSD Project that a patch which I submitted to fix the issue with the WiFi NIC. Well, I got notice today that PCBSD Bug #7330 has been resolved, and I tested on the R810. It works!

Now, I just need to get a few things configured here first, like snapshots, backups, and porting my SDCARD reading scripts over to FreeBSD, and I should be good.

Then, fun things like configure & use IPv6. I have two FreeBSD VSP servers to test with...it will be fun!