Crashplan can’t see your ZFS pool on Nexenta? Here’s how to fix it…

NexentaStor 3.1 uses OpenSolaris kernel with Debian userland so neither the Solaris or Linux version of Crashplan works out of the box.  But Chris Moates wrote an excellent post (removed link since it’s dead) on getting Crashplan on Nexenta  by combining files from the Linux and Solaris version of Crashplan.  This works except Crashplan can’t … Continue reading “Crashplan can’t see your ZFS pool on Nexenta? Here’s how to fix it…”

Practical Fountain Pens

“These scissors don’t work, can you pass me yours?  Thanks.   Hmm… these don’t work either.  Did they work for you?  They did?!  How did you get them to work!”  It is embarrassing to be the only kid in class who doesn’t know how to use scissors.  Although it was odd that these scissors didn’t … Continue reading “Practical Fountain Pens”

Nexus 5X Review

The stock ROMS on Verizon/Samsung phones are awful.  The phones come shipped with Samsung Touchwiz which makes the UI ugly and a half a dozen apps that you can’t uninstall—some eating up battery, some sending telemetry data to Samsung (using up your data), some changes Samsung does introduce vulnerabilities not to mention it takes Samsung … Continue reading “Nexus 5X Review”

Hoppin’ John

I didn’t get a chance to make my annual King Cake this year for Eli’s birthday since I was away most of the day.  But when I got home Kris surprised me by making not only gluten-free dairy-free King Cake …but also Hoppin’ John! A popular New Years’ meal, Hoppin’ John was traditionally eaten in … Continue reading “Hoppin’ John”

Meet Ting. New cell phone service challenging Virgin Mobile

We switched to Ting from Virgin Mobile… here’s my quick review: What is Ting? Ting was started by Tucows in 2012, like Virgin Mobile it’s an MVNO (Mobile Virtual Network Operator) backed by Sprint wireless.  Ting’s marketing point is that most people don’t actually use all the data, texting, and voice that they pay for. … Continue reading “Meet Ting. New cell phone service challenging Virgin Mobile”

TracFone on Verizon MVNO Review

We’ve been using Ting for Kris’s phone the last 3 years, it’s been great (see my Ting Review)–but at our new house Sprint’s signal isn’t that good–it can’t really pull in a 3G signal consistently.  In rural North Idaho the best coverage is indisputably Verizon, so I limited my search to Verizon MVNOs which have … Continue reading “TracFone on Verizon MVNO Review”

Free Terabyte of Storage on Flickr

Good news for the cheap photographers, Yahoo! wants back in the photography sharing game.  Flickr has redesigned its website and is now offering 1TB of Free photo storage to anyone.  You can see on my grandfathered Pro account I have only used 0.035TB up in 2 years!  To give you an idea of how many … Continue reading “Free Terabyte of Storage on Flickr”

YubiKey Two-Factor Authentication

Last year I started looking at 2FA (Two Factor Authentication) solutions and came across YubiKey which is a fantastic little device.  I ordered a few NEOs to play with.  There are several models, I opted for the NEO since it supports the most features and has an NFC chip that Android phones can use.  It’s $50 on Amazon or … Continue reading “YubiKey Two-Factor Authentication”

M1015 HBA In the HP Gen8 Microserver

Here’s a quick overview of installing the IBM ServerRaid M1015 HBA (aka LSI SAS9220-8i) in the HP Gen8 Microserver. These cards can be bought for around $100 on eBay.  The HBA has two 6Gbps SAS ports (each port has 4 lanes, each lane is 6Gbps giving a theoretical maximum of 24Gbps per port and 48Gbps … Continue reading “M1015 HBA In the HP Gen8 Microserver”