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Back to FreeBSD (maybe back to the challenge)

So, I had a bit of time over the weekend, and spent it doing a bit of hacking around.

I had re-installed PC-BSD on my HP EliteBook R810. I used 10.0.2, and everything but the wireless looked good. I decided to try to get the wireless working with the internal WNIC. Previously, I used an external dongle to get WiFi working, but it was a pain to remember to pull it out, so I decided to try again.

I updated the base OS to 10-CURRENT, and then 'patched' the source tree using the info I found in this forum post. Once I rebooted, and used the PC-BSD tools to enable the device, things worked! Since this was only last night, I need to test it a bit to make sure it stands up to load.

There is a PR, and support has been added to HEAD. I am going try to write a patch to get this added before then. I will need to see if I can figure out how to do that. :)

Since my work laptop uses the same WNIC, I am one step closer to being able to install it on the work machine.

I am going to see about trying to use dragon as my non-work daily driver and shake out what I need to do, so I may be restarting the 30 Day Challenge again, but a lot of that depends on how work goes.

More travel

View in front of The Venetian

I am back from Las Vegas for a trade show for work. The hardest part was two and a half days of setting up an isolated network for some hands on training.

The training went very well, and I got some good feedback from the students. By the last session, all the kinks were worked out of the training, and the students were able to explore a bit more than planned, but that was okay.

Gondolas waiting at The Venetian

The major downside is that I did not have much time but one day for a quick walk around where I was staying at The Venetian to take some photos. It is a shame, as there are lots of really cool visuals around the strip and in the area of Las Vegas. Maybe next time.

Bell Tower and The Moon at The Ventian

Rewards for Hard Travel

New Toy

So, in 2013, I went to China twice, Tokyo, Las Vegas, London twice, and Barcelona. This was enough to get me some serious air miles. I decided to turn them into something to help me get back into photography, so I got Olympus OM-D E-M5 . This is one of the latest in the line of Olympus DSLR. This one is a micros 4/3, with a built-in Electronic View Finder (EVF).

It showed up yesterday, and I have not had much of a chance to take it through its paces. I hope to have some time this weekend, but I have a major work project which might interfere.

Keep an eye out for some photos as I get a chance to try it out.

On the Road Again

On The Road Again

The reason I was busy at work is that I was getting ready for two different trips to conduct three different training courses.

Last week I was down in Mexico City to present some training to folks from Latin and Central America on one of our new products. Next month, I head off to Lost Wages, er, Las Vegas, for our major conference and two different training courses, while supporting a third.

That, and the fact the two oldest kids are in swim team right now, free time has drop to null.

FreeBSD Challenge final (for now)

Well, Something broke on the main computer. The speed when trying to run a few terminal apps, firefox, and thunderbird at the same time was appalling. I never had that sort of performance issues under ArchLinix on the same kit. I would love to take the time to debug it, but I am almost four weeks behind in dealing with my photos, including those from my trip to England, and I am getting ready to do run some training courses for work which will suck up all my free time.

I am re-installing Arch on the two laptops. I should have restored working configs in a day or two, and then I can start working on my backlog of photo and other projects.

Also, since my laptops are not supported under 10-RELEASE, I want to wait until 10.1 to see if my WLAN NICs are supported.

I still need to rebuild my server which has a failing drive (backed up the data already, just need time). I may go ahead and put 10-RELEASE on it since the NICs are fully supported.

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