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Saving money the "techie" way

Posted 04-20-2011 at 12:42 PM by rocket357 (Musings on technology, philosophy, and life in the corporate world)
Updated 04-20-2011 at 12:54 PM by rocket357

The economy has been screwy for some time now, and even at work we're starting to see the effects of economic downturn. Granted, I'm not trying to purchase a $42,000 server with my *own* finances, but even so I've felt the effects of the struggle both at home and work. So my wife and I discussed some ways to save money, and we realized that our entertainment budget had quite a bit of fat.

Time for an entertainment budget diet.

First off, our ISP is comcast cable (sucks,...
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OpenBSD/amd64: BIGMEM is default

Posted 04-05-2011 at 09:26 AM by rocket357 (Musings on technology, philosophy, and life in the corporate world)
Updated 04-05-2011 at 09:47 PM by rocket357

Thanks to the work of Bob Beck and countless other OpenBSD developers, amd64 BIGMEM is now turned on by default in the April 4th snapshot of OpenBSD-CURRENT.

Code:
OpenBSD 4.9-current (GENERIC.MP) #865: Mon Apr  4 13:03:14 MDT 2011
    deraadt@amd64.openbsd.org:/usr/src/sys/arch/amd64/compile/GENERIC.MP
real mem = 137428045824 (131061MB)
avail mem = 133755703296 (127559MB)
mainbus0 at root
bios0 at mainbus0: SMBIOS rev. 2.6 @ 0xdf79c000 (103 entries)
...
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umurmur for OpenBSD update

Posted 03-30-2011 at 03:09 PM by rocket357 (Musings on technology, philosophy, and life in the corporate world)

Continued from here.

I got a bit sidetracked and didn't get back to the umurmur port until after the ports tree was locked, then I forgot about it again while waiting for the tree to unlock...sigh. Life really is full of curveballs.

I got the man pages written and now I have a buildable/installable/runnable port of umurmur for OpenBSD (and the tree is unlocked! Yay).

The candidate port has been submitted to the powers that be (David and Laurent, to...
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Encrypted OpenBSD flash drive, the easy way...

Posted 03-25-2011 at 09:16 PM by rocket357 (Musings on technology, philosophy, and life in the corporate world)
Updated 03-27-2011 at 07:12 PM by rocket357

Ok, so there's a couple of howto's floating around the interwebs with great instructions on how to do this, or that, or whatever, but none seem to "pull it all together" for me, so I decided to post here what I do to build an OpenBSD encrypted jump drive.

First off, the links:

Encryption: http://16s.us/OpenBSD/softraid.txt
/etc/fstab: http://www.mail-archive.com/misc@ope.../msg94555.html
/etc/fstab with revision (by me): http://www.daemonforums.org/showpost...02&postcount=9...
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PostgreSQL 8.x backup caveat

Posted 03-24-2011 at 09:48 AM by rocket357 (Musings on technology, philosophy, and life in the corporate world)
Updated 03-29-2011 at 07:58 AM by rocket357

During the deployment of our latest software revision (a major version bump that migrated all of our databases from MSSQL to Linux/PostgreSQL and migrated all of our web servers from Apache/PHP to Tomcat/GWT), we started hitting snags in IT operations immediately with database backups. When this major version revision came out, it allowed customers to store documents, photos, etc...directly in the database (something MSSQL 2005 isn't capable of). Doing a simple "pg_dump <opts> <dbname>"...
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