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More Travel

Well, I had to open my mount and say that I thought things were going to slow down. About that...

So, I get word late on a Friday I needed to get to New York for a meeting with a vendor. A frantic hour or so later, and I have things booked, and that Sunday, I have this view:

view-from-the-seat

In my rush to pack (I had lots of little things to get done before climbing on the plane, including a quick round of D&D with the kids: "Dice!"), I totally forgot my camera. So, I spent some time playing phone-photographer. The results are here.

Trip To Bournemouth, UK

Sorry for the lack of updates, but the last few months have been very busy with work and everything going on with the kids and their activities. It is summer time, so now I might be able to get some rest.

So, last month I got to go visit Bournemouth, UK for work. I was going over for a kick-off meeting on a new phase of the project I have been working on for a while.

It has been a few years since I was last in the UK, and then it was mainly in the London area.

I did have some downtime, so I was able to explore a little bit, and take some pictures.

The food was good, and on the last night everybody was there we went out to a small pub and listened to a local group playing 'Western and Clasic Rock n Roll'. Very odd choice for someones from the US to hear in the UK.

P365 - Monthly Checkin 02

Another quick update on how I am doing with my Project 365.

See my previous update for how I did last month.

This month, while I posted a pic every day, aside from some of the Lego macro shots, I am not as happy with the subject matter. I need to work on that.

p365-Feb

Quick nmcli notes

This is a quick post so I can remember these details.

So, on the R810, I am currently running ArchLinux, which uses by default NetworkManager, which I have a love/hate relationship with. At my last job, I recommended removing it from our servers, as under RHEL6, it does very odd things to the network and is hard to manage. I have heard that it is better under RHEL7. But, it does let you do some really cool things. On the R810, there is a cellular modem, and on previous installes, I have had it configured and scripted using nmcli to easily bring up and down the cellular connections.

The problem I am facing now is that my current DHCP server for the house does not let me provide two MAC Address for a single IP, so when I dock the R810, it gets a different IP address than when it is on WiFi. Very annoying. Also, for some reason, it would prefer to use WiFi when the ethernet connection was present, thus giving me a slower connection.

The documentation I found was a bit light in examples and/or dated (I am running version 1.6.2 of NetworkManager, and the examples were from 1.2.x or 1.4.x, which did not work). So, with a bit of expermenting, I finally got it fixed to:

  • Chose the ethernet connection over the Wifi when both are present
  • 'Clone' the MAC address of the Wifi NIC to the ethernet NIC

Here are the commands. local is what I called the local ethernet connection, and home-wifi is what I call the house Wifi Network.

  • To set the MAC adress:

nmcli connection modify local ethernet.cloned-mac-address aa:bb:cc:dd:ee:ff

  • To set the connection priorities:

nmcli connection modify local connection.autoconnect-priority 999
nmcli connection modify home-wifi connection.autoconnect-priority 999