Home Network Updates


So, in the last couple of weeks, I have had the following issues:

  • The CMOS battery dies on my file-server (a FreeNAS box), taking it, and the zpools down with it. I fought over a long weekend to recover the data, and in the end, got it mounted read-only, and copied it off. New hardware, and new zpools, and we seem to be going again. Recovering services is taking a bit of time.
  • There is a bug with the ZFS on Root for Antergos Linux. Seems that it does not put all the kernel drivers in the init image when you upgrade. Last time, I booted off the instal media to fix it. I lost that USB stick, so I downloaded a new one. Guess what? They have turned that feature off ZFS, so there is no way to recover. Since FreeBSD still does not support suspend/resume on the Acer C720 that is my small travel laptop, I have to reinstall Antergos and reload my data. Which I had to do because
  • My main laptop, the HP R810G1 seems to be having major battery issues. I bought a new battery in Novembers, and it died. I bought a new one a couple of weeks ago, and it at first did not seem to be holding a charge. Now, the OS does not see the battery. I think I might need a 'new' laptop.

I am torn between getting something one or two reves old with a solid record in the size I want (sub 13", under 1" thin, and good 6+ hours of battery) or the latest shiny.

Other news, I have the ownCloud server upgraded to nesxtcloud, and everything I have tried works out of the box, which is a lot more than I can say for ownCloud. Last major thing I need to recover it the Plex Server!

SpaceCity Comic Con 2016


Many, many, many years ago, I went to a comic/game convention in Austin. This was pre-internet, and really pre-console gaming, so the games were all table top type. Steve Jackson Games was prototyping something called 'Car Wars'. Pretty cool stuff.

But, I never really had a chance to go back to one. Until this year. This past weekend, we went to SpaceCity Comic Con 2016. It was a hoot. Learned a few things (pay for the tickets at the door, as the line was way shorter; don't leave the food area with food and expect them to let you back in; silly things like that).

I also took my camera with me to get pics of the kids, and I tried to do some shots of cosplayers. Not bad for my first attempt. The results are here.

And May is almost over


The month is almost over, and again, this site is quite. Sorry about that.

Last week, I was in Austin, TX for OSCON 2016. The show was fun, and it was the first time in over 5 years that I was just an attendee instead of a presenter or booth worker. While OSCON seems to be targeted more for developers and the DevOps scene, there were a few things I could use in my current Ops role.

Speaking of current Ops Role, I have transitioned to a new group at $EMPLOYER. I am now in the HPC (High Performance Computing) group, still as a Senior Linux Administrator. While most of the job is the same, the HPC group uses a global file system, and I have never played with one of those, it is learning time for me! The group has had some transitions in the last 12 months, so there is a lot of digging in to find out what is where, what is working, and what is not. The users are doing good work with the systems, so it is more of how can we manage the system better and faster, and react to changes better/faster.

On the photos side, I have not gotten back into the swing of things, and I need to set a goal, and go for it...and stop making excuses. :)

The motorcycle is down, and I guess I have not found the time to work on it. I think I know the issue, and it requires a little work. With Ride To Work Day in less than a month, I should get busy and get the bike back up and working.

And in the geeky side, I think I am going to switch over to using MarkDown like all the cool kids, as it does seem easier to use than RST...

Spring Showers?


Making it once a month, but I should do more..

Spring break is over, and now, we moving to the crazy season. With number 3 starting to play soccer (as is number 2), I am still coaching number 1 at volleyball. For those keeping score at home, that is 3 games a week on two days for 8 weeks. I might have time...

Why, hello there


Happy Leap Day!

Another month has gone by, and things have been busy. In addition to all the normal crazy that is life with kids, I have been elected to the kids pre-school board of directors. Now, the oldest two no longer go there, but the youngest will be there another year, any my term is three years, so there will be a bit of time when I will not have a kid there. They did ask me before, but that was years ago, and I was not in a position to be able to do that back then.

In other, but more geeky, news, February saw me running FreeBSD as my OS for the month. There was only one thing in which I needed Linux for, and it was something I know I could do under FreeBSD, but I had not set up my machine to run that program yet. Will I keep it up? Probably, although the lack of supported sleep on the current laptop, an Acer C720 Chromebook, is a major downer. I may need to see if I can do something about it, as it appears to work fine under Linux.