Good Bye 2014

As 2014 comes to an end I celebrate by upgrading my home server(s) operating systems. A few sites are hosted locally so those rare readers out there may notice things being offline occasionally. Heh, I really doubt anyone will notice. The goal is to get all Debian hosts to at least Wheezy (7.x).

I next need to figure out what to do with the 10.04 Ubuntu host but it’s sort of piece of our main infrastructure at home so some planning is required.

So this is my final 2014 post 😎. Expect the same in 2015.

Hello T-Mobile

Yep, that’s right. I tested it for a week using a *cough*iDevice*cough* and found the network met our requirements and in most cases faster than our previous carrier.

It’s been just over a month since started this post and overall it’s been working out. The downside has been lack of coverage up North but hopefully that will improve in upcoming years.

Spending less for more data and flexibility has worked well.

Did I mention…

that I left Oracle a year ago? If not my bad. I’m gone and that is all.

Where have you been?

It’s been a long time. Welcome back. The world has changed and there is no where to start listing what is new. Let’s just move on and pretend the last post wasn’t last summer.

Wow, my last post was mid January huh?

Time to take this site down… Find me on G+ for newer posts. I’ll set up a redirect once I backup and teardown this site.

63158463 down

63158463 down, 31536060 to go. Will I make it?

Shaking the Magic 8 Ball

Don’t Count on It

Happy New Year!

…that is all!

But wait! Update on activity 😛



Crazy to see 20k step days..

Those Mayans Were Wrong!

Well, it’s midnight and no change. I guess I have to go back to work.

Ingress: Googles way to get us out and walking. Results from the last seven days are in and a slight improvement to the previous week. I don’t have data from the first week since I had rebuilt my PC and didn’t have the Fitbit software installed to collect the data.



These additional steps are just from some additional walking to/from the train to work and the lunch hour. At least I know I’m meeting the 10,000 steps goal I originally set.

Debian Lenny to Squeeze… sort of a pain.

The site has been up and down a few times in the past few evenings as I am slowly fixing things a after a dist-upgrade. It didn’t appear all that much was different between 5.x and 6.x but there were quite a few issues with NIS and NFS plus lots of other configuration changes to deal with. Anyway its nearly done and probably the last in place upgrade since I’m considering KVM as soon as Wheezy (7.x) is ready.

Otherwise nothing new. Sleep, work, repeat …

Side note: When upgrading postgres really doesn’t upgrade like you think it would or should – maybe that is a good thing? Unlike mysql it doesn’t just perform the upgrade on the database. In Lenny postgres 8.3 was installed and during the upgrade to Squeeze 8.4 was installed. As I was cleaning old packages up I do recall aptitude wanting to remove the 8.3 binaries so I did (still thinking the data from 8.3 was in 8.4). Oddly enough the 8.3 instance was still running and available to query/update by my Ruby on Rails app. I ended up finally re-installing the 8.3 client and using pg_dumpall to save my database and then loaded it into 8.4, killed the 8.3 instance and configured my app for 8.4. It seems as if I need to spend more time with postgres to understand how it differs from what I’m typically used to.


Whew, another major election done. Mostly good, some bad (or discouraging). Overall I’m pleased and was happy to see that MN had about a 75% turnout. I still wonder about the 25% that didn’t bother, I’d expect at least a 90% turnout in my mind since there is always a 10% population that are slackers/underachievers.

Ok, enough politics. On with the tech projects. 🙂 Thanks for playing.