TLS everywhere

So, I decided it was time to go TLS (aka https) with all my websites. This is something I have wanted to do for a while, but I held off due to the way I had to get my laptop on the wireless at the previous job. Now that I have left, there was no need for that, so away I go!

On the job front, this was an odd week to start with almost everybody on my new team being out due to the holiday. I finally got my accounts all settled today, and spent the day doing that every populare on-boarding trainnig which while is a drag, is very much needed.

With the holiday tomorrow, and a vacation day Friday, I get to have a nice long weekend with the family. This will be nice.

In other news, I got the latest version of TrueOS on my Acer C720. So far, everything I have tried works accept for the touchpad, but I have not spent any time looking into it. Once I get that working, and play with it a bit more, I think I will convert my Lenovo ThinkPad X260.

Random Mid-Summer Updates

Wow…summer is almost over. Three more weeks until school starts again.

Need to spend more time putting pictures up from some of the trips we have done. I think there is time to squeeze another visit to the beach before school starts up, but we will see.

One of the projects I have worked on is taking over web hosting for an organization I volunteer with. The old hosting was with a former member at his hosting company, but he is retiring as of the end of July, so I stepped up to host it. Some of the code used has not been updated in a while, and one of my first projects on it will be to wrap it into a more modern frame-work so other people can help support the site.

In other random news (hence the title), FreeBSD has released on schedule FreeBSD 11.0B3. I heard in passing on BSDNow that this release might work on the ThinkPad x260. If you remember from my last post, that I was in the market for a replacement machine. Well, I found a really good deal on an new-in-the-box x260, and picked it up for around 1/4 the retail. The only thing it is now missing is a back-light on the keyboard, but I am okay with it for now. Battery life under Linux has been awesome without any tuning. I can easily get 10+ hours in my testing, and I have not run the batteries dead yet. The only two issues with FreeBSD on the x260 that I know about is the lack of suspend/resume (general issue with Skylake), and the fact the Intel 8260 wireless card is not yet supported, but it seems like someone is working on that!

At some point in the near future, I will have to reconsider the mail situation. Do I really need to roll my own, or can I use a third-party?

Time to call it a night. Catch you next month!

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 install 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.
  • 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 nextcloud, 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!

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.

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 earlier description 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 a 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.

Goodbye 2014!

As 2014 draws to a close, I look back at the year.

Overall, it was a good year. The family staid reasonably health (just a case of the flu which every one of us caught).

Work slowed down a bit after only three trips, and the last one was in June, but I did get to spend two weeks in London which was cool. While the work has been not what I really want to be doing, it has been interesting, and next year promises to be very interesting. I have no clue if travel is in the cards or not, but I will keep the camera handy.

In the coming year, I plan to focus on health, photography, and technology. I want to get back to taking photos every day, and to bring the quality back up to art level over the snapshots and historical documentation that I have been doing.

Also, I want to revisit the 30 Day FreeBSD challenge again in January. I have the old HP R810 running PCBSD 10.1 already set up that I have been using for a couple of days working the kinks out of it, so I think I can do it this time. Normal caveat applies…I have a work laptop which dual boots Windows 8.1 and Fedora 21 for my work stuff. The home stuff should work nicely on the laptop.

Just to prove things, this post was written under FreeBSD.

I also need to fix up my virtual host farm. I have one too many, and do not need it, but of course, it is the one with the main mail and other services, so I need to hurry up and migrate things off of it.

I hope your 2015 is a great year.

One step closer

So, I have upgraded my servers at the house to FreeBSD, and have set up the basic functions needed on them. So, now, I am down to only my main laptop running Linux. Oh, and the work machine which runs Windows 8.1.

So far, not much different than running Arch for the server. But, the magic will be when I start working with jails…