Life

2016: A Retrospective

I've been spending a lot of time thinking about this past year and all of its challenges and accomplishments, the moments of growth and clarity, the opportunities taken and the opportunities missed. I'm not one to get deeply personal in public, and won't get into a lot of the nitty gritty as I write this, but the end of a year is an opportunity to look back and do some self-reflection. I'm a ...

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Linux

Using GitLab CI to deploy to remote host over ssh

I've been using GitLab for a while now and I really like it. I can't objectively say whether it's better than GitHub or not (I have a few projects on GitHub but I rarely make any changes to them and even more rarely use the web UI), but one of the things I appreciate about GitLab is the fact that I can run my own copy of it and store my own stuff in ...

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Linux

Countdown to SHA1-based HTTPS Doom

So it's been noted in a few places that 2017 is the year that SHA1 for HTTPS is doomed. Microsoft has deprecated SHA1 in Edge and Internet Explorer browsers and in February 2017 will be blocking them entirely. Google is doing the same thing with Chrome starting January 2017, as is Firefox.

Most sites today don't use SHA1-based SSL certificates (which is good) and there are sites you can go ...

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Linux

Periodic security reviews (and a bit of a rant)

Today marks one month that my "work time" is 100% devoted to Red Hat; last month I "retired" from any of the IT/web work for my church that I've been doing for the last 12 or so years. It's been an interesting month being able to spend time on things that I want to spend on outside of regular Red Hat work hours. =) My rediscovered and available time has been spent ...

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Christianity

Consumer Christianity

Today we held a "Ministry Fair" at the church that serves to highlight the many ministries within our church as a way to highlight the sorts of things we do and also to allow others to volunteer and serve in particular areas where we have need. As I stood at my station, I began to think about the church and why I, with my family, attend and serve... and it caused some interesting reflection ...

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BSD

Replacing a FreeNAS drive

I was on holidays a few weeks ago and decided to replace an aging Mac Pro that I had been using as a Plex server with a new FreeNAS box, since I could run a jail with Plex. So I used the four 3TB WD Red drives in the Mac Pro with another two new similar drives to construct a new FreeNAS box.

Of course, the problem with those four drives I used as a ...

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Linux

Current progress of new blog platform

I've not had much time in the past week to work on the blog platform due to getting back to work after two weeks off. So that means future enhancements to the blog will take a bit longer.

I managed to implement a fairly basic commenting system that works well, so at least now you can offer your thoughts and comments on blog posts. The one thing that's really missing before I redirect the ...

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Life

Welcome to the new journey

This is the first post on my new blogging platform that I've written from scratch using Flask and Python. I've been using Drupal to host annvix.com for quite some time (mostly for consulting client information) and have used WordPress for years on linsec.ca. To be quite honest, I'm tired of Drupal, Wordpress, and PHP in general so I set out to try something new. I have been using Flask at work now ...

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macOS

Adding Dash support to Komodo IDE

I've recently found and become a fan of the Dash documentation browser for OS X. It has some neat integration with some applications, like Sublime Text and PyCharm (both of which I use), but not for Komodo IDE (which I also use). So this post is to show how easy it is to integrate the two.

Dash uses a URL scheme of dash://[query] that makes it really easy to tie into any application ...

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