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”

7 Homelab Ideas | Why You Should Have A Homelab

Why You Should Have a Homelab In 1998 my friend Meredith gave me a RedHat Linux CD.  I spent hours each day experimenting with Linux–I loved it.  2 years later I’m in a room with 30 other students at a University applying for the same computer lab assistant job–I’m thinking my chances are grim.  Part-way … Continue reading “7 Homelab Ideas | Why You Should Have A Homelab”

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”

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”

Making Free VoIP calls from your Android Phone

Rainy day, time to finish up this blog post. Raindrops coming down… So Eli and I did a little exploring of VoIP solutions and found four to enable free or low cost calling on phones with unlimited data plans (or over wifi).  I tested using the LG Optimus V from VM and the Droid Charge … Continue reading “Making Free VoIP calls from your Android Phone”

FreeNAS vs. OmniOS / Napp-It

       2015-01-07: I’ve updated this post to to reflect changes in FreeNAS 9.3.  I’ve been using OpenIndiana since late 2011 and switched to OmniOS in 2013.  Lately I started testing FreeNAS, what drove me to do this is I use  CrashPlan to backup my pool but recently Code 42 announced they’ll be discontinuing … Continue reading “FreeNAS vs. OmniOS / Napp-It”

Perspective on Gun Deaths

Here is an estimated breakdown of how people will die in the United States this year. Death by a person controlling a gun: 31,000 Death by Car Accident: 32,000 Death by Suicide: 38,000 Death by Influenza and Pneumonia: 50,000 Death by Nephritis, nephrotic syndrome, and nephrosis: 50,000 Death by Diabetes: 69,000 Death by Alzheimer’s: 83,000 Death by Accidents: … Continue reading “Perspective on Gun Deaths”