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2024


cloud-init and dhcpcd

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Fedora’s cloud-init package now uses dhcpcd in place of dhclient, which went end of life in 2022. 💀

Texas Linux Fest 2024 recap ðŸĪ 

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I gave two talks at this year’s event and ran into lots of old friends and colleagues. 🐧

Roll your own static blog analytics

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Static blogs are easy to serve, but so many of the free options have no analytics whatsoever. This post talks about how to serve your own blog from a container with live updating analytics

Connect Caddy to Porkbun

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Caddy offers a great web and proxy server experience with minimal configuration and automated TLS certificates. Learn how to connect Caddy to Porkbun to get TLS certificates by managing your DNS records for you automatically. 🐷

Linux on the AMD ThinkPad Z13 G2

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Now that AMD’s Zen 4 CPUs landed in lots of laptops, I picked up a ThinkPad Z13 G2 with an AMD Ryzen CPU. Did I put Linux on it? Of course I did. 🐧

Dark mode in Sway

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Dark mode lovers rejoice! It’s possible to get (most) applications to show up in dark mode in the Sway window manager. 😎

2023


On diversity

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Diverse teams lead to great outcomes, but how we measure diversity remains a challenge. Enforcing it is even more challenging. 🌎

Horror book reviews from October 2023

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October brings us the Halloween holiday here in the US and I set off on an adventure into some spooky and unsettling books. ðŸ‘ŧ

Quadlets might make me finally stop using docker-compose

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Sure, docker-compose is great, but could we get similar functionality using just the tools that are built into CoreOS? Can we get automatic updates, too? Yes we can! ðŸ“Ķ

Mounting the AWS Elastic File Store on Fedora

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Fedora now has the AWS Elastic File Store (EFS) mount helper available for Fedora 38 and newer releases! It chooses optimized NFS mount options for you and makes mounting and unmounting a breeze.

Car buying guide

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If you love to nerd out on just about anything, give it a try the next time you buy a car.

Open source contributions: Just do it

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Want to make a change in an open source project? Take the Nike approach and Just Do It. 👟

Add CloudFront CDN to a Ghost blog

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Adding an AWS CloudFront CDN distribution to a Ghost blog improves response times on an already fast blogging platform and increases security along the way. ⚡

Deploy a containerized Ghost blog ðŸ‘ŧ

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Ghost delivers a great self-hosted blogging platform that deploys well in containers. Let’s deploy it on CoreOS along with Caddy. ïļðŸ“

Engineering through layoffs

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Layoffs create traumatic times for many. Find ways to break through the frustration and pain. For those that stay, your ability to influence the business can grow. ðŸŠī

CoreOS as a pet

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CoreOS provides a fast track to running containers with a light weight immutable OS underneath. This doesn’t mean that you can’t keep it around as a pet instance. 🐕

My beef with mailing lists

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My issues with open source mailing lists aren’t with the technology, but with unorganized pattern of the discourse itself. 🖇ïļ

Fedora on Oracle Cloud

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Add a Fedora x86_64 or aarch64 image to Oracle Cloud and launch an instance. 🚀

Add a VLAN on a Mikrotik router

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Segment your home network easily with a VLAN on a Mikrotik router. ðŸ–Ĩïļ

1Password quick access in Sway

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1Password has a handy quick access launcher and you can bring it on screen for fast access to passwords and two factor codes in Sway. 🔐

My home phone costs 85 cents a month

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After trying several services for home phones, I found a solution that costs me about $0.85 per month. ïļïļâ˜Žïļ

Monitor your AWS bill

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Nobody likes a surprise bill. Learn some ways to keep your AWS bill under control and avoid that end of the month panic. ðŸ˜ą

Migrating to AWS CloudFront

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New experiences bring joy! After working with fun AWS CloudFront hacks at work this week, I decided to migrate this blog to AWS S3 and CloudFront. ⛅

Red flags

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Every job has its ups and downs, but when is it the right time to double down or the right time to leave? Make a list of red flags that help you decide. ðŸšĐ

Second try at self-hosting Mastodon

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Although my first attempt at self-hosting Mastodon was a failure, I went back for a second attempt with docker-compose. 🧗‍♂ïļ

2022


Three years of keto

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Adopting the keto lifestyle in 2023? Here are some pointers from me after three years. ðŸ―

docker-compose on Fedora CoreOS

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My go-to method for managing containers easily is still docker-compose. It works really well on Fedora CoreOS. ðŸ“Ķ

My favorite podcasts

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Podcasts provide a great way to keep up with current events or learn more about the world around us, especially while we’re doing other activities. 🎧

Make your mark with the compose key

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Keep your composure with diacritics, symbols, and other characters with the compose key! âŒĻ

Manage sound volume with volumeicon in i3

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Simplify your i3 configuration and monitor sound levels with volumeicon in your tray with the i3 window manager. 🔈

Adventures with the mastodon herd

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Ongoing changes at Twitter led me to take a second look at mastodon, including running my own mastodon instance. 🐘

Amateur Guide to Running

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Running gets me outside and gives me a challenge where I can compete against myself. Here are my tips for becoming an amateur runner. ðŸŽ―

Monitor a UPS with a Mikrotik router via SNMP

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Mikrotik routers and switches serve as efficient network devices, but they know other tricks, too. Monitor your UPS with a Mikrotik device and query it via SNMP. 🔌

Build a Tailscale exit node with firewalld

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Tailscale exit nodes allow you to route your traffic through nearly any system in your tailnet. Learn how to build an exit node using firewalld. ðŸ•ģïļ

Strong impacts require soft skills

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Success at work depends on more than your technical ability. Improve your soft skills to increase your impact. 💊

PXE boot netboot.xyz on a Mikrotik router

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Get systems online quickly or rescue a broken system by PXE booting from netboot.xyz using a Mikrotik router. 🛠

How I write blog posts

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This feels very meta, but I thought it would be a good idea to share my blog post writing process anyway. 📝

Takeaways from The Obesity Code

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This book teaches you more than dieting – it changes how you think about food entirely. ðŸ―

Migrating from vscode to vim

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Some people say I just enjoy the sound of my mechanical keyboard too much. ðŸĪ­ I see it as a simpler, more consistent workflow.