Netdata

Netdata – The Hidden Gem of System Monitoring Netdata is now my favorite system monitoring tool. It is not widely known. But it’s rapidly gaining popularity. Traditional system monitoring (Nagios, Zabbix, etc.) done right requires quite a bit of work. For smaller networks it’s almost overkill. It involves setting up a central network monitoring server, … Continue reading “Netdata”

Managing Remote Teams

The Problem with Surveillance On several occasions, someone has engaged me in a conversation about software to monitor remote employees. If you have to install surveillance software, you’re doing management wrong. This article in the Washington Post describes precisely what you should not do. Monitoring employees in this manner is an invasion of privacy; it’s … Continue reading “Managing Remote Teams”

Proxmox vs ESXi

What’s the best virtualization solution for your homelab? The other day a friend asked me this. I replied with two options: VMware ESXi or Proxmox VE. What is a hypervisor? In case you’ve been in the dark for the last decade, a hypervisor is a server that allows you to run multiple virtual machines (VMs) … Continue reading “Proxmox vs ESXi”

Make WordPress Fast | How to Optimize for Speed

So, you want to know how to make WordPress fast. Speed matters. People are impatient. Especially people who use the internet. Every second a visitor is waiting is a chance for him to give up. He’s not going to sit around waiting for your site to load. He’ll just try another site. That means less … Continue reading “Make WordPress Fast | How to Optimize for Speed”

The Coronavirus And What I’m Doing

Panic. Mayhem. Stock market crash. Toilet paper shortages. School shutdowns. Is the Corona virus something to panic about? The Coronavirus, or COVID-19 is not on the top 10 things I’m concerned about. But because of the number of people bringing this topic up I thought I’d make a page I can point people at. Am … Continue reading “The Coronavirus And What I’m Doing”

AMD 8-Core EPYC Home Server Build

AMD’s new EPYC 3201 is a good processor for a near-silent server …without sacrificing performance. I saw good price on an open box Supermicro M11SDV-8CT-LN4F. It includes an embedded AMD EPYC 3201 8-core processor. I’ve been wanting to try an AMD build for awhile so I grabbed it. This CPU was favorably benchmarked by ServeTheHome … Continue reading “AMD 8-Core EPYC Home Server Build”

2019 in Retrospect

We were locked outside. The sliding glass door had locked itself upon being closed. Perhaps it had been slammed just a little too hard. Minutes earlier the kids had shot off poppers. We were celebrating the new year standing out on the back deck; 20 feet off the ground at my in-laws house. It was … Continue reading “2019 in Retrospect”

LastPass Guide Almost Done

I’m almost finished with the LastPass Guide eBook! …I just have to write it. Actually, it is nearly done! It’s exactly 128 pages. But I’m going to have to write one more page causing a buffer overflow! Launch Date is set for: February 8th I just finished the LastPass Guide Landing Page! This is the … Continue reading “LastPass Guide Almost Done”

Snowplow Proof Mailbox

Last Saturday our mailbox was taken out by a snow plow! This was a job for something besides duct tape (although that did cross my mind). I ran down to the hardware store but couldn’t find a support arm that would fit the post. I couldn’t find any mailbox support arms. Actually I’m not good … Continue reading “Snowplow Proof Mailbox”