Watch Uncivilized Movies with VidAngel

My friend Dave told me about a service called VidAngel. I had forgotten all about it. But with the recent death of Sean Connery, I remembered one of my favorite movies was the Hunt for Red October. So I thought we’d watch it for our family movie night. When you haven’t seen a movie in … Continue reading “Watch Uncivilized Movies with VidAngel”

The Aftermath of the Election

In the aftermath of the 2020 Trump vs Biden election, I’d like to make one observation. This election was not about choosing a Hero over the Villian. This election was the Anti-Hero vs the Villian. This is not the same story as 2016 Trump vs Hilary, because at the time we knew Hilary was the … Continue reading “The Aftermath of the Election”

StorJ | Rent your NAS Storage

I found a project called StorJ. With it, you can “be the cloud” by renting out your spare NAS or hard drive storage. The consumer side is Tardigrade which allows people to store their data. It seems to be targeted at people looking for a decentralized version of Amazon AWS S3. About Tardigrade A few … Continue reading “StorJ | Rent your NAS Storage”

56TB Zpool Upgrade

My Proxmox server was at 85% capacity. The daily email from Proxmox reminded me of two drives throwing SMART errors. It was time to replace the array. I like to think hard drives can last 5-years so it’s best to proactively replace drives around that age before the failure rate starts to increase. I ask … Continue reading “56TB Zpool Upgrade”

Ting Fiber Gigabit Internet

We finally got fiber pulled under the railroad tracks. Josh from Ting dropped by this morning and lit it up! Now we have symmetrical gigabit Internet. It is 970/980 on Josh’s computer, but the speeds come in around 730/845 for me due to the old age of my computer equipment, but I can survive. My … Continue reading “Ting Fiber Gigabit Internet”

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”