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Linux System Monitoring Dashboards

I have a Linux NAS that I use to back up various things around the house. One day, I was unable to log into it via SSH. After I attempted a manual restart, I was still unable to log in. So, I had to drag a mouse, keyboard and monitor out of the closet to determine what was wrong. Turns out I had filled the small primary filesystem while saving bad sector data for a drive…

Avoiding AnyConnect

I've use an RSA key fob to generate tokens for VPN for as long as I can remember using VPN. Today, my key fob "expired" and I was forced to switch to an application based token generator. Along with this came an "upgrade" to Cisco AnyConnect, which I have heard nothing but negative things about from my coworkers. I knew that I did not want to install the client because it destroys routing to all local…

UberConf 2016

I attended UberConf in Denver, CO from 7/19 - 7/22. This was my first UberConf, but it will most likely not be my last. The conference itself was well organized, at a beautiful location, and had a ton of excellent content presented by professionals. I attended the following sessions and added notes where I took them. The slides and audio are only made available to attendees so I will not be linking to them.…

Sometimes it's just easier to pay

I started today with grand plans of setting up a nice, secure email server complete with spam filtering, virus scanning, and solid validation to keep me off the spammer lists. I researched various sources of information, created a plan and began working toward email nirvana. The whole purpose of this endeavor was to receive a single email, for my SSL certificate renewal, but the grander goal was to become more familiar with the world of email…

SSL Report

I found this awesome service provided by Qualsys SSL Labs. I had done a fair amount of research into strong SSL configuration after Heartbleed, POODLE, etc. so I was very interested to see how my system would perform. My server did very well and the only issues found related to not being nice enough to IE 6 and having too large a key for Java 6. I will happily endure the red mark for not supporting…

Switching from FreeNAS to OpenMediaVault

I have been using FreeNAS for a number of years. I was really happy with it, but a long running problem in recent releases has made me look for an alternative. The first time I noticed a problem there was an extended power outage at my house. When the power came back on I was working on my laptop and saw the network share wasn't active. I tried the web administration page and it also was…

My .ninja site

My domain registrar did a very sneaky thing and sent me a discount code for .ninja domains. I impulse bought doyleyoung.ninja and for a while I wasn't sure what to do with it. I decided to do an all grey scale site with a time line that documents my life as a lover of technology. In keeping with the theme of the site, I thought it would be interesting to incorporate new libraries and techniques…