Skip to main content

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!

Update on revisiting FreeBSD Challenge

It is the 10th day of the month, and I am 10 days in trying to use FreeBSD as my daily non-work driver. How is it going?

Well, for the most part, well. I can spend most of my personal work-flow on the FreeBSD laptop with no issues. There are a couple of things I have not moved over yet, and those relate to my photo work-flow. The main application, AfterShotPro is installed and working (see my previous desciption of installing in), however, I have not moved over the scripts I use in the flow. I believe they will just come over, but I have not had a chance to test them.

I was using Chromium, but any Flash site did not work. I need to revisit this at some point, but for now I went back to Firefox, and it is working create.

The only major thing right now I need to figure out is how FreeBSD deals with sound. I can hear things from the speakers just fine, but I need to figure out how to enable and use an USB headset. Not the biggest, but still. I also need to either install & configure Skype, or find a replacement video chat to use with the wife while traveling that works under FreeBSD. I like the second option better, but I have not really had the time to do the research.

And, the new site generating suite I am using works under FreeBSD. I wrote and posted this from the FreeBSD laptop.

More updates soon.

Share