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Tips, tricks and tweaks for your system.


Currently I am running Zabbix to monitor my network, and OPNSense to secure it. There is a Zabbix agent available for OPNSense which gives access to a number of stats. One thing missing however is configuration of the encryption variables in the OPNSense GUI. One cannot simply enable the feature Read more…


Seems that NFS 4.1 is supported by ESXi 6.x and later but only using the full VSPhere client or the cli commands.


I recently came across a blog post that inspired me to install ELK on a server and pipe the log data to it from pfsense. Fantastic article, fantastic dashboard and wonderful inspiration. I banged my way through things armed with the blog post and several Internet searches. In the end Read more…


In an effort to get some details on bandwidth through a device iperf is the perfect tool. It is also very easy to set use. In the following examples I am using my desktop machine on the local LAN of my firewall and a server in the DMZ, also off Read more…


I recently went on the hunt for something to monitor my network. In the end I landed on Zabbix for several reasons (outside the scope of this post). By default when it discovers a host and runs it prototypes it creates items for each network interface and a trigger for Read more…


I like most people in to tech have a few arduino boards lying around. They are fun to play with and can on occasion be used to do some really useful and/or creative stuff. I recently reinstalled Gentoo on my desktop to move the system to encrypted drives, so of course setting up the arduino IDE was a task to be completed.


I upgraded my S4 recently to CM11. In my proceedings I forgot to save my config for the main Zooper widget I had created. This of course prompted a rebuild. This is to share a few shots of the rebuild, which looks much like the original. Here is the config Read more…


Today I had a lot of time to kill and a netbook and Android phone on hand. Mainly due to having taken the kid to an anime convention… After working for a long while on getting OpenVPN working on my Ubiquiti Edgerouter Lite (link coming soon) I needed something new Read more…


In my continuing search for some useful eye candy on my Android device I came across Zooper Widget. This is a very customizable widget that comes with several predefined configurations. The key for me however is the ability to start with a clean slate and do whatever you want to. Read more…


portage can use directories for the package specific options. So rather than a single file like package.use you can create a directory package.use and create a file inside with the content for a specific pacakge.

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