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Hi. I'm a Unix Administrator, mathematics enthusiast, and amateur philosopher. This is where I rant about that which upsets me, laugh about that which amuses me, and jabber about that which holds my interest most: Unix.
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Lessons Learned, Applied

Posted 05-29-2014 at 03:25 AM by rocket357 (Musings on technology, philosophy, and life in the corporate world)
Updated 05-29-2014 at 10:16 AM by rocket357

I decided to take the move to Seattle as an opportunity to completely rebuild my home network and harden/update/reinforce particular areas I felt needed attention in my last configuration. A fresh install of OpenBSD-5.5 ensured that nothing from the old configuration remained (partially because I upgraded to a larger CF card, and partially because I just felt like cleaning house completely).

First off, I had a single port that was trunked to the switch, with multiple vlans running...
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blinky blinky blinky

Posted 05-15-2014 at 01:31 AM by rocket357 (Musings on technology, philosophy, and life in the corporate world)

Bought a beaglebone black.

And a bunch of LEDs, resistors, jumpers and a breadboard. Time for a little fun.

Installed OpenBSD-5.5 on the beaglebone (tried running CURRENT...ouch. Compiling on this thing hurts because the sd card is so incredibly slow...probably my fault, as I used a cheap class 4 micro sd...).

Wired up a simple circuit and started gpioctl'ing pins. Hrmmm. Nothing works. Perform OpenBSD-project problem remediation:

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BeagleBSD?

Posted 04-29-2014 at 10:55 PM by rocket357 (Musings on technology, philosophy, and life in the corporate world)

I picked up a BeagleBone Black a few days ago and a microSD card.

I have been playing around with Angstrom (the default Linux install that comes with the BeagleBone) while waiting for my serial cable to arrive so I can install OpenBSD. I've decided that this gadget is going to go in my car. I have a few ideas for what I'd like to do with it, but primarily I think I'm going to attempt to wire up a cellular network + wifi to create a secure mobile hotspot.

Unfortunately...
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A (sad) tale of ISPs in the USA

Posted 04-14-2014 at 02:04 PM by rocket357 (Musings on technology, philosophy, and life in the corporate world)
Updated 04-14-2014 at 02:16 PM by rocket357

I moved recently to the Seattle area for a job with Amazon.

I'd had Time Warner Cable in San Antonio, which was woefully under-saavy for some of the stuff I was wanting to do (mostly revolving around IPv6), so I was excited to see what opportunities there were with new ISPs in Seattle. My wife didn't want to live *in* Seattle, so we got a nice rental setup out near Renton, a little ways south of Seattle.

One of our next door neighbors is a Comcast employee, as evidenced...
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Starting a new chapter

Posted 03-06-2014 at 07:40 PM by rocket357 (Musings on technology, philosophy, and life in the corporate world)

The time has come for me to bid farewell to San Antonio. I accepted a position at Amazon's Seattle office so I could get my wife closer to her aging Dad (who we haven't seen since our wedding over a decade ago).

It's a real bittersweet time for me. My team at Rackspace is (and will likely be for a very long time) the coolest group of people I've ever had the pleasure of working with...and on top of that, I had the best customers a Linux tech could ask for. Sure, the occasional...
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