Long time no see

•September 8, 2013 • Leave a Comment

Yeah, I’ve been lazy about posting here. Work and real life have been fun in the intervening months. I’ll be posting more (hopefully) about upcoming Project Fatman soon.

Unexpected surprises

•August 19, 2012 • Leave a Comment

Well, it looks like in about 8 months I’ll be bringing home my third child from the hospital. My wife received the official word from her doctor that her bloodwork confirms she is pregnant.

As she has said multiple times, we’ve been playing with fire. What’s really funny is that she had just picked up her birth control prescription last month and was waiting for her period to start before she started taking it again. Her bloodwork was clean at the time, so it must have happened within a few days of that.

I’m a bit terrified; two children were enough for me. Number three may just drive me completely nuts. 🙂

August preview

•August 1, 2012 • Leave a Comment

So, August.  August is usually one of the hottest months of the year and this really worries me with the records we’ve already broken in July.  I worry about my wife driving around in her car on these hot days since it doesn’t have working AC any more.

This month also brings a new school year for my son.  A school, a new routine and new challenges.  I am continually amazed at what he accomplishes and look forward to sending him off.

Right around the same time my son starts school, my wife will be celebrating her birthday.  We usually joke that her birthday present from our son is him going back to school so she can regain some sort of sanity.  I don’t have the heart to tell her that her sanity left a long time ago.

This will probably be a hard month financially as we continue to get caught up from a rough year.  We’re close, so very close, to being caught up, but it keeps eluding us.  I’m hoping with two new, better paying jobs we’ll get caught up soon.  I look forward to being ahead of the game at some point in the distant future.  I think this is worth a post of it’s own in the near future.

Nerd-wise, I’m hoping to get my netboot setup completed.  Already, I can boot several linux live-CDs as well as a Windows live setup.  I’m working on getting XBMC (more precisely XBMCbuntu, a horrible name) running using their live CD.  The final step to it all will be allowing for persistent storage on the NFS server to allow for customization of each box without the need of a USB stick or hard drive present.  If I have enough funding, I’m also planning on migrating my PogoPlug to a SATA drive this month and setup a permanent home for proper SNMP monitoring.

It’ll be an interesting month and I’m looking forward to surviving it.  🙂

Dressing the part

•July 27, 2012 • Leave a Comment

I’ve always told my wife that when I die, I want to be buried wearing my favourite pair of jeans, t-shirt, tennis shoes and my hat.   In my entire working career, I’ve only worn jeans.  For the past few years, I’ve been able to pull off just wearing printed tees to work.

Now, I’m trying to change that.

It’s not a huge deal, but with my new position at work, I decided to at least pretend to be more professional. So, I went out and picked up a few button down shirts.  It’s nothing too fancy, and I’m still wearing jeans and tennis shoes to work, but it’s a step forward.   You have to be the change you want to see in the world, and I don’t want to be where I am now forever.  So it’s time to start dressing the part.

One step at time.

July is Arduino month

•July 9, 2012 • Leave a Comment

‘Cause, one way or another, I’m going to get this thing running and hacked at.

To start with, I’d be happy if I could run the IDE and compile the code natively, without having to run it in a VM.  Currently, I can run the IDE, but when I try to do the Verify/Compile sketch, I get this error:

/usr/libexec/gcc/avr/ld: cannot open linker script file ldscripts/avr5.x: No such file or directory
collect2: ld returned 1 exit status

Quite right

•July 9, 2012 • Leave a Comment
the burden of my existence has become too much to bear, but i lack the courage and conviction to conlude my own pitiful saga.

Copyright 2012 Amazing SuperPowers.

From today’s AmazingSuperPowers hidden comic.

A lazyman’s SNMP

•July 3, 2012 • Leave a Comment

I haven’t had much luck tracking down a MIB for my modem as of yet, so instead, I’ve just started scraping and parsing the data from the diagnostics page.

At the same time, I managed to screw up my existing Cacti config, so I’m just going to start from scratch.  This time around, I have a better idea of how I want things laid out.

Second draft pick

•July 2, 2012 • Leave a Comment

Life has a way of repeating itself.

I applied for my current position last year as a way out of the sinking ship that was my previous position. I was granted an interview and subsequently passed over for a co-worker. Despite what many thought, I didn’t feel any hositlity or ill will towards her getting the position over me. If anything, I was glad that she had been chosen over many other applicants.
A month later, another position was opened and I received a call from HR wanting to know if I was still interested. I said I was and with a follow-up interview, I was hired on.

Now, a year later, history has repeated itself. I applied for a spot and was told ‘no’.  As before, I wasn’t upset because there were definitely one or two areas where the other candidate was ahead of me.  Both of which I had mentioned to others would make him a better candidate than I.  And now, once again, someone is leaving the company and leaving an open position. And again, a month later, I was given a call and offered the spot.

I was tempted to say no, because honestly, I’m comfortable with where I’m at. I won’t say that I’m entirely happy, but I’m getting getting close to the top of the pack in performance and knowledge. It’s not quite what I had expected though. This new position will offer an opportunity to improve myself to the point where I am marketable outside of my current employer. Not that I’m looking outside, but it’s time I started future proofing myself. Just in case.

Quite simply, life is funny.

Pogoplug revisited

•July 1, 2012 • Leave a Comment

I’ve been using my Pogoplug now for about 6 months, and it’s usefulness continues to grow.

Arch isn’t too dissimilar from Gentoo in some aspects, so getting to learn it hasn’t been as much a curve as I had expected.  At present, my plug serves up asterisk, DHCP, mail and samba services.  When I get around to installing and booting/running off of an external SATA drive, I’ll be setting it up as a logging server as well.  I’m still figuring out LDAP, so I haven’t got that sorted out just yet, but it’s coming.

mythlink.pl – for reference down the line

•June 26, 2012 • Leave a Comment

This is more for future me then anyone else, since I’ll likely forget this.

$ /usr/local/bin/mythlink.pl –link /mnt/media/MythTV-linked/ –format ‘%T/%T %- %oY%om%od – %S’
$ ls Storage\ Wars

Storage Wars – 20120110 – Don’t Bid So Close to Me.mpg Storage Wars – 20120124 – San Francisco Here We Come!.mpg Storage Wars – 20120612 – The Iceman Carveth.mpg
Storage Wars – 20120110 – Not Your Average Bear.mpg Storage Wars – 20120605 – May the Vaults Be With You.mpg Storage Wars – 20120619 – … More Like, WRONG Beach.mpg
Storage Wars – 20120117 – Operation Hobo.mpg Storage Wars – 20120605 – Third Eye of the Tiger.mpg Storage Wars – 20120619 – A Civil Accordion.mpg
Storage Wars – 20120124 – Blame It on the Rain.mpg Storage Wars – 20120612 – Here’s Looking at You, Kenny.mpg