Linux

What Makes Red Hat Enterprise Linux So Secure (Video)

I had a great opportunity this summer to be interviewed by TelecomTV. It feels a little weird to post this here since I don't typically "self-promote" in any way, however this was a neat experience and I think the points are good. If you've been looking at my blog for any length of time you know I don't typically write directly about the things I do at Red Hat, but since this ...

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Linux

Moving from python 2 to python 3

With my move to PythonAnywhere a few weeks back, I got my Flask-based applications up and running quite easily (I have two, this blog and another application). Then I had a bit of a heart attack on Friday realizing that Python 2 will be EOL at the end of the year. I guess I've been hiding under a rock and far too busy with my other work -- I've not done much coding ...

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Linux

Moved to PythonAnywhere

Just a quick note that I've moved my blog from Liquid Web (which used to be WiredTree) since I didn't really need a full blown VPS anymore. I was looking at a number of different solutions to host this blog, given it's python-based and, after a lot of reading and reviews, I settled on PythonAnywhere and so far I'm pretty happy. Between CloudFlare for DNS and PythonAnywhere to do the actual hosting we'll ...

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Life

2018: A Retrospective - Resilience

As I sit here taking my first real break of the year, suffering with fever, chills and a ridiculously stuffy nose that has lasted since before the holidays began, I turn once again to a retrospective of 2018 after reading the one I wrote last year. Once again, life provided no shortage of "interesting things" this year and since I appear to be doing this on an annual basis (and enjoying looking back), ...

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BSD

Using LetsEncrypt with Plex

The other day I blogged about using LetsEncrypt with FreeNAS. There were another two things around the house that I wanted to have proper SSL certificates on: my Plex server and the Unifi Controller. The latter looks like far too much effort to go through, but I did get it up and running for Plex pretty quickly this morning. Since I also used the same CloudFlare-based API updates for DNS, this one ...

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BSD

Using LetsEncrypt on FreeNAS

Last week my LetsEncrypt certificate expired on FreeNAS which effectively locked me out of my FreeNAS UI when using Chrome (my default browser). Thinking perhaps that I had forgotten something during my upgrade to FreeNAS 11.2 I set out to figure out what the problem was, only to realize two things: one, I hadn't setup a cronjob to renew and two, I didn't blog about it.

Usually I write blogs primarily for my benefit on ...

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BSD

Migrate plex from a warden jail to an iocage jail

I've been running FreeNAS 11.2 beta for a while (currently on 11.2-RC1). I've got a bunch of media on it from when I started running FreeNAS 9 (home videos, music, etc.) and I've not taken the step to migrate the old warden-based jails to the newer iocage jails. This meant that my Plex jail was not listed in the web UI. I could get into the jail using jexec but couldn't really ...

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Life

Stonecutters

Have you heard the parable of the stonecutters?

This is one of my favourite parables/stories because it speaks of purpose and passion in a very simple to understand way. If you’ve not heard the parable before, let me relay it briefly. There are three stonecutters doing the same, back breaking, tedious, difficult work of cutting stone. This is not an easy job. There’s no air conditioning. There’s no power tools. ...

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Life

Pictures of Israel

Finally I got the pictures of Israel up. Apologies once again for those who have been waiting... I didn't intend for it to take this long, but they are up now!

Favourite places in Israel were the Garden of Gethsemane, Madasa, Shiloh (who wouldn't want to stand basically where the Ark of the Covenant rested?!? plus the budding almond trees were beautiful) and Tel Dan.

Enjoy!

Israel 2018 album on Flickr

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Life

Pictures of Jordan

Apologies for this taking so long... I know there are quite a few people who have been after me to post the pictures. Unfortunately due to time constraints I have skipped to the end of the trip to post pictures from Jordan (since there are less than those of Israel). One of my favourite places on the trip was Petra, so the bulk of the pictures are from there. This is, of ...

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