Dec 27

May the next year be a better year for all!

Happy New Year to you! The next year may be very interesting for Bold and Busted and ilikelinux Consulting. DevOps as a movement has really started to diffuse into the world, but there are lots of misconceptions of what it is (a philosophy blending aspects of Development and Operations) vs. what it is not (a …

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Aug 09

Kingston RAM may bring LibreOffice cppcheck batcher back from the dead

To bring my cppcheck rolling fcron job machine back to life, I bought $60 worth of RAM from Kingston, rather than send bad RAM (thanks, memtest86+, you groovy tool, you) back to Crucial first. So, after doing some Gentoo updating, which included a cppcheck version bump to 1.49, and a glibc and kernel bump, it …

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Aug 04

Making an orchestration sandbox

So, I’m finally making a configuration orchestration lab. I’ll play around with Puppet, and perhaps Chef. I’ll try Vagrant to manage a virtual network of virtual hosts to play with. (I saw Vagrant demonstrated at DevOps; looked nifty.) Plus, I get to play with more of the Ruby universe, rvm and friends. Should be fun; …

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May 18

LWN: A Linux system running over JavaScript

Boot it. Then read about it on LWN. X86 emulated in JavaScript. Stupefyingly stupendous. Bravo!

May 16

Too much cloud, not enough silver lining

Dropbox Accused of Lying About Security What? A business lied about their product to gain advantage over competitors? I’m shocked. Shocked, I tell you! 😉 Self-managed encryption FTW.

Apr 16

My .screenrc

I often work a lot in GNU Screen, and have for years. It is a really well built, feature-filled program which allows a user to have multiple managed virtual text terminals. Screen allows users to detach from the master terminal, and screen’s virtual terminals will continue to run unaffected. A screen session on the remote …

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Jan 10

Fun with Debian on a SheevaPlug

I’ve had a SheevaPlug “Dev Kit” since April, 2010. I ordered it along with the GuruPlug Server and Server Plus Heaters (not ready for prime time, unless you’re cooking steak). I hadn’t had a compelling use for it, so other than playing with it the first week, it sat idle. OK, really, that’s not true. …

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Jul 30

MySQL CLI pager tweaks

The default settings for the MySQL command line client are a bit annoying. There’s no output paging; columns with more than 80 characters are wrapped making matching field name to field data difficult. Here’s a way to make life easier.

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Jul 27

P7120D xorg.conf

Yeah, it’s ugly, but I thought others might make use of the xorg.conf from my groovy little fanless laptop, the Fujitsu Lifebook P7120D, running Gentoo Linux and xorg-server 1.2.0. I based this off of an xorg.conf I found on the web last year, and has been edited (a lot) as I found new information. This …

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Jul 26

Asterisk, the incredible convergence machine

So, I finished my first run-through of getting an Asterisk PBX set up in my home. With the awesome community resource, the book Asterisk: The Future of Telephony, and, of course, Asterisk’s own documentation and configuration file comments, I built myself a much more well-featured answering machine. 😉 Initially, I purchased two pieces of …

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