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About ryan

Ryan runs this site. He has a background in UNIX and Linux administration, OS design, and computer security. He is studying Electrical Engineering at the University of Toronto, and currently is completing his internship year at Symantec.

NetBSD 7.1 has been released. As I mentioned earlier, this server was experiencing stability issues (specifically, UVM faults) with 7.0.2  – even despite virtualisation. Upgrading to 7.1 seems to have fixed my issues, and the server no longer topples and goes for a random reboot every few days.  Whereas before, a heavy load would cause a silent panic-and-reboot, the server VM now chugs along merrily with my multiple minecraft servers, webserver, and bitbucket instance.

Happy Upgrading, everyone – I know I was!

Why You Should Keep Your Old Ethernet Switches

You have way too much IT equipment as it is – time to throw out that crufty old 10/100 switch, right? Hold on a second – you might want to hold on to it after all! Old ethernet switches are pretty basic, and were churned out cheaply by the thousands in the mid-late 90s internet … Continue reading Why You Should Keep Your Old Ethernet Switches

This Website: Now on VM

I’m officially no longer running NetBSD on bare hardware for my server – VMs only! After many problems, both my server and my NetBSD install finally gave up the ghost, so I’ve moved this site over to a VM on my homelab cluster.

“He’s dead, Jim”

Sadly, I’m not sure my venerable Acer laptop is usable at all any longer. Despite being a low-tier $400 laptop from 2009 (and a bulky one even for then), it pulled punches as my cobbled together server for a surprising 4 years hosting this site. Even the original battery was good up to last year, despite it being used as my only computer until 2012.

Acer 4736z: 2009-2017