Running Chrony NTP under a VMware Guest

Here’s a quick guide to run an NTP (Network Time Protocol) server using Chrony with a GPS (optional) receiver on a VMware ESXi Guest running Ubuntu 18.04.  I should note this is experimental and something I setup in my homelab temporarily.  For production environments I would run NTP on physical hardware and not VMware. Create … Continue reading “Running Chrony NTP under a VMware Guest”

Programming Management & Leadership Books

There are plenty of books on managing people; but there are few books targeting management of software development, and even fewer aimed at people who got promoted into leadership positions with no management skills.  I’ve read countless books looking for resources in that area…  I can find plenty of books about how to manipulate people or … Continue reading “Programming Management & Leadership Books”

Kindle vs Paper Books

I’ve been using a Kindle for about 6 years.  And have been reading paper books for longer than that!  I have two Kindles, one is the discontinued Kindle Touch, and the other is the newer Kindle Paperwhite.  Here are my thoughts on the Kindle and how eBooks compare to Print Books. The Kindle Reading Experience … Continue reading “Kindle vs Paper Books”

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”

The Diet of Worms And Five Solas

Happy 501st Reformation Day! (and Happy Halloween) In 1521 Luther was summoned to the city of Worms to be tried for heresy.  Expecting an opportunity to debate Luther willingly went.  But instead found no discussion would take place. He was asked to answer two questions: First question: With his writings on a table in front … Continue reading “The Diet of Worms And Five Solas”

OpenDNS, CleanBrowsing, and 1.1.1.1 for Families | DNS Content Filtering

What is DNS Content Filtering? A DNS Based Content Filtering service can prevent certain websites from loading on your network.  Most services can filter by specific categories like malware, phishing, pornography, etc.  Unlike some content filtering that can introduce security risks, DNS filtering does not intercept traffic between you and the website you’re visiting.  It … Continue reading “OpenDNS, CleanBrowsing, and 1.1.1.1 for Families | DNS Content Filtering”

Genesis and the State of the Culture

Kris and I finished watching the Genesis and the State of the Culture speech that Ken Ham and Dr. Georgia Purdom gave at the University of Central Oklahoma. To give some context, the LGBT group at UCO tried to stop Ken Ham from giving this speech.  At some point the student body that invited him … Continue reading “Genesis and the State of the Culture”

MobaXterm Professional Review

I recently switched to MobaXterm Professional from PuTTY.  And I’m not looking back… A PuTTY Alternative I had just re-installed Windows 10 to fix an updating issue.  As I was downloading PuTTY I thought: there has got to be something better than PuTTY.   PuTTY is a good program, but it doesn’t do four things for … Continue reading “MobaXterm Professional Review”

Eli’s First Gun | Daisy Buck

I bought Eli his first gun, a Daisy Buck Model 105. It is very similar in function to lever action rifles (lever action works the same, cross-bolt safety is the same) so it’s a great starter gun to teach proper firearm handling and safety.    It was $18 at Walmart but has quality where it counts.  … Continue reading “Eli’s First Gun | Daisy Buck”

Ansible Role Rdiff-Backup Script | World Backup Day

Happy World Backup Day!  Here’s a quick little Ansible Role I wrote to automate backup configuration for hordes of servers using Rdiff-Backup from an Ansible inventory file.  If you have no idea what I just said you may want to skip to “I’m Confused” at the very bottom of this post. What does the Rdiff-Backup … Continue reading “Ansible Role Rdiff-Backup Script | World Backup Day”