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.
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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.
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→
I recently had access to two Acer C720s – one i3 and on Celeron model – and I could not pass up the opportunity to crack them open and take a peek at their internals. [ No, no laptops were harmed in the making of this blog post – they were going to be opened … Continue reading C720: Missing Light Sensor?→
Irony: Laserfiche – who focuses on paperless technologies – is handing out pens and notepads at their job fair booth.
My little plug for Acer: Their computers aren’t elegant, and are usually plasticy or low-end, but they are the Volkswagen of laptops. Lenovos on the other hand, will have all the bells and whistles, but will die of broken hinges over and over again!
I should know – I’ve enough examples of both brands.
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.