I have a 3-story house, and my office is on the third floor. Wifi connectivity in the bonus room over the garage was terrible, so I brainstormed ideas with coworkers and friends about how to fix this. As a temporary measure I ran a long ethernet cable from the office …Continue reading
Last week, I needed to make some changes to my employer's production website, but before I made those changes in production, I wanted to test them. Unfortunately for me, our dev server is unreachable by Qualys, so I had to come up with another way to test those changes.
Enter …Continue reading
Everyone who knows me well knows that tunnels in SSH represent one of my all-time-favorite features, ever. Why? Simple: They are so immensely useful.
Say you are debugging an issue on server, as I am today, and you need a mail server running on that server. But, that server is …Continue reading
I am frequently asked about my home network/home lab setup. The summary is that I currently use a Synology RT1900ac router, and two Synology NAS devices: a DS415+ as primary storage, and a DS214se as backup.
For a number of years, I had a first-generation Drobo; later I added …Continue reading
One of the first things I wanted to configure on this site was a contact form. I searched and found that Iain Houston documented how he configured one. I took his ideas and implemented my own slightly different version.
Where he used a separate template, I chose to use the …Continue reading
Like most people who work on Unix, I have shell accounts on hundreds of systems. Very few of these systems share a home directory (e.g., via NFS), so I need another way to maintain a common shell configuration between systems.
Based on the design of a former coworker, I …Continue reading
A while ago, a friend suggested that I should start a blog. Around that same time, a coworker introduced me to DigitalOcean. I quickly set up a VM at DigitalOcean (that VM is serving this web page), and installed FreeBSD 11.
I looked at WordPress and other popular blogging tools …Continue reading
I am a system engineer in the Raleigh, NC area. My main interests are Unix, VMware, and networking. More about me, and how I got started.