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Bash Script – Restarting OpenVPN Connections

March 16th, 2020

I use Sanoid, and Syncoid, to take snapshots of my Centos based ZFS storage system and copy them to replicas. Generally speaking, I use re-purposed Thecus N5550 storage units for the remote hardware. I have a long history with Thecus hardware, and while I’m not a fan of their software, I am a big fan of removing it and installing Linux. I usually take out the 2GB of memory it comes with, and swap it for a pair of 4GB modules. The only down side, especially for systems I install in remote locations, is that I don’t have any out of band management.… Click here to read more!

Behringer X-Live – Splitting 32 Channel WAV Files and Deleting Silence

March 11th, 2020

At my church we use a Behringer X32 mixer to run Sunday services and we added an X-Live card, instead of the included USB Audio interface card, so we can record our services, multi-tracked, direct to an SD card. This has saved a lot of recording overhead, since we don’t need a PC, display, etc., but it’s also created some hassles.

The X-Live card works great, but it does lack some flexibility we’d like. For instance, you can record 8/16/32 channels off the board but you can’t really pick which ones. For the mix of channels we need, I tell the X-Live to just capture all 32 channels.… Click here to read more!

MacOS Catalina and Beyond – Updating $PATH in ZSH (2020)

February 3rd, 2020

I’ve just moved from Fedora on my primary work laptop, to MacOS. It’s a change I’m pretty happy about, not because I had any trouble with Fedora, but the quality of my hardware has been upgraded in a big way. This transition has been pretty smooth overall, but I have needed to solve a few small details to make sure I’m not losing any features.

One of those has been adding the tool MTR back to my machine. This was pretty straight forward, as it’s a part of Brew, a sort of package manager for MacOS. The only issue was that once MTR was installed, it’s location wasn’t in my $PATH for the default terminal emulator used in MacOS Catalina, called Z Shell, or zsh.… Click here to read more!

Backup Hosted Email – OfflineIMAP with Fastmail

January 30th, 2020

A few years ago I finally let go and started using a hosted email provider. Running a secure email platform is something I’ve done or years, both professionally and personally, but I was tired of power outages at home taking my email offline and it far less expensive to move to hosted email than convert my home into a redundant datacenter.

After some research, I landed on Fastmail. Pricing is very reasonable and they allow me to use all of the domains I have in my one account. To date, and it’s been a couple of years now, I’ve never lost access to my email due to their back-end going down.… Click here to read more!

Books Read: 2019

January 17th, 2020

As I did last year, below is a listing of all the books I read in the previous year, and my thoughts on them. For the first time, all of the books I read last year were in digital form.

I began the year finishing Charles Dickens’s ‘A Christmas Carol’. I read this as part of a collection of his Christmas stories.

In keeping with my love of murder mysteries, I read Introducing Agatha Raisin: The Quiche of Death/The Vicious Vet, the first of the Agatha Raisin books by M. C. Beaton. We’ve watched the TV series and they seemed like some light reading after the holidays.… Click here to read more!

Switching from Nikon to Olympus: Part 3 – Trading Up.

January 15th, 2020

As I’ve been writing about over these past posts, I’ve decided to make the move from Nikon to Olympus. I spent about a week with some rental equipment, and while I didn’t love all of the gear I rented, I did love the micro four third system.

I spent some time evaluating my Nikon gear, to figure out how much money I would get for it’s sale. I used KEH for this process, since it’s a lot easier and a lot less work than trying to get it all listed for sale myself on eBay.

As I began this process I was initially considering selling off just my Nikon digital gear, and holding onto some of my well loved film cameras and lenses.… Click here to read more!

Switching from Nikon to Olympus: Part 2 – Before I make the jump, I’ll test out the system

January 9th, 2020

With a decision made to seriously consider Olympus, as I wrote about previously, it was time to rent some gear and give it a whirl. I looked over my calendar for a period of time that would give me a chance to use the system in a variety of situations and settled on a 6 day period around Christmas. This allowed me to shoot some event photography, some family gatherings, as well as some shooting while hiking.

I placed my order with a local rental company, BorrowLenses. Their website is really slow to return search results, but they had a deal going so I ordered an Olympus OM-D E-M5, and a lens kit that would replace the lenses I used with my Nikon gear.… Click here to read more!

Centos 7 – NextCloud-Client Installation Issues (September 2019)

September 16th, 2019

Quick post, which will hopefully be helpful to someone..

For the past couple of weeks I’ve been unable to update one of my Centos 7 servers. I chased it down this AM to the Nextcloud-Client software I use on that machine.

Long story short, there is a qt update in EPEL that isn’t compatible with Centos 7.6.1810. Upstream (RedHat) has already released RHEL 7.7, but Centos has not yet caught up. EPEL is tracking upstream, and this qt update will work once Centos 7.7 is released.

In the meantime, I stumbled across this page on CentosFAQ.org: Nextcloud-client Currently Not Installable From EPEL In CentOS7

If you already have the Nextcloud-client installed, simply exclude the qt package from updates by adding ‘exclude=qt5-qtwebkit’ as a new line to your /etc/yum.conf… Click here to read more!

Switching from Nikon to Olympus: Part 1 – Isn’t Micro Four Thirds a Toy format?

February 8th, 2019

Though I’ve not been a very regular blogger, I have done a decent job of documenting my various photography gear related changes here since my first DSLR, a Nikon D40, back in 2006. From that first DSLR, through my foray into 35mm film cameras, medium format, and the various other DSLRs I moved to along the way, those milestones have been written about here. And, with the exception of the medium format gear, all of that equipment has always been from Nikon.

Perhaps to my detriment, I’ve always been 100% loyal to Nikon. SLRs, DSLRs, lenses and accessories, I always bought Nikon gear.… Click here to read more!

Books Read: 2018

December 31st, 2018

Using my (now aged) Kindle, I do a fair bit of reading. For some reason, whenever I finish a book I put it into a folder on my Kindle named for the current year. These folders exist only on the Kindle itself, so I thought I might start to keep track of them here on the blog.

At the end of 2017 I was reading a lot of memoirs of people who moved into the wilderness, both in recent years and in centuries past. That continued into 2018 and the first book I read was:

Winds of Skilak, by Bonnie Ward
This was an excellent book, written by Bonnie, about her and her husband’s journey leaving Ohio and moving to an isolated island on Skilak Lake in Alaska.… Click here to read more!

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