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Category Archives: Tips & Tricks

Tips, tricks and tweaks for your system.


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.


This is part 1 of a multi-part post. I am breaking this one up to make it easier to follow. In my efforts to manage the temperatures and therefore fan speed of my nvidia graphics cards I have created two scripts. There are two as one step only needs to Read more…

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