Oct 072016
Greg Truskey, TruCo

I’m writing this to document the facts. I’ll leave adjectives and opinions to you. Greg Truskey, TruCo was hired to perform renovations which started in August 2015. The estimate was 11 weeks. He was on site from about 9am to 3:30pm. Arriving earlier or late was uncommon. On days he would not arrive, we would […]

Oct 012016

I noticed this on one FreeBSD server today: $ pkg -vv | grep url url: “pkg+http://services.unixathome.org/packages/103amd64-default-master-list/”, I decided: let’s use https, not http, there. After making the change (in my case, it was in /usr/local/etc/pkg/repos/local.conf, I tried upgraded packages, and it barfed: $ sudo pkg upgrade Updating local repository catalogue… Certificate verification failed for /C=IL/O=StartCom […]

Sep 132016
Moving from shelves to racks

The time has come for me to move from shelving to racks. My first thought was to list the various racks over the years. Look below for old photos and links to the posts I lifted them from. Why a rack? In the past, I have always built my own servers, computers, from parts. I […]

Aug 032016

After upgrading all my servers to FreeBSD 10.3 last weekend, I started to see these messages in the logs: Aug 3 21:15:19 slocum ntpd[29456]: leapsecond file (‘/var/db/ntpd.leap-seconds.list’): expired less than 64 days ago I found this post which suggested running service ntpd fetch but that did not fix it. While debugging the issue, I added […]

Jul 062016

My neighbours had a fire in July 2015. Today, the dumpster left. They were not home today when the dumpster was hauled off. I took these photos and the video for their enjoyment. * Dumpster loading * Dumpster being driven away If you want the copies of these, I have them on my phone and […]

May 212016

Every year PGCon holds a charity auction as part of the closing session. All proceeds go to The Ottawa Mission, a local group. The auction includes items you would keep as art, and some you would consume before you left town. Others, such as empty paper bags or cardboard boxes are left in the recycling […]

Apr 132016

I upgraded my pfSense box to 2.3 last night. Here is what I got: uname -a FreeBSD bast.int.unixathome.org 10.3-RELEASE FreeBSD 10.3-RELEASE #4 05adf0a(RELENG_2_3_0): Mon Apr 11 19:09:19 CDT 2016 root@factory23-amd64-builder:/builder/factory-230/tmp/obj/builder/factory-230/tmp/FreeBSD-src/sys/pfSense amd64 These are the package repos they are using (as taken from pkg -vv): Repositories: pfSense-core: { url : “pkg+http://firmware.netgate.com/pkg/pfSense_factory-v2_3_0_amd64-core”, enabled : yes, priority : […]

Mar 062016

I have recently added two 480 GB SSDs to a 10 x HDD raidz2 system. The SSDs will be mainly used for spooling to tape during backups, but I’m going to use a small part of it for a SLOG. Not all systems benefits from a SLOG (Separate intent LOG), but synchronous writes, such as […]