Old blog posts added

I have finally begun the arduous process of importing posts from 4 different platforms: Octopress: November 2011 – July 2013 (completed) This was easy–everything was using markdown and there wasn’t much content. Drupal: September 2008 – April 2011 (in-progress) At the time, I wanted to save hosting costs and was self-hosting it off a linux server from my home. I migrated the install to a virtual machine so I have a functioning Drupal 6 Read More...

I don’t know how this sells Cup Noodle ramen

I don’t know how this sells ramen, but I’m not complaining.

USB Sound Cards: Omni Surround Pro 5.1 vs. Recon 3D USB vs. X-Fi 5.1 Pro

Update [2014-05-16]: I updated some thoughts below on sound quality. [Update 2014-09-14]: Added a pretty big caveat to the Omni Surround. I am a bit nuts about external USB sound card / DAC /AMP combos.  I’ve bought 3 from the same manufacturer.  They are all part of the Sound Blaster line of sound cards from Creative. I wanted to capture some thoughts as there isn’t much written about these cards. A Read More...

Getting old posts back in 2014 and the new Fuji X-T1

My site has been running in some form since 2002.  However, I have lost data multiple times and I have always meant to go back…get my old posts back on the web, but I never do. It doesn’t help that I keep changing blogging platforms. Movable Type, Textpattern, ModX, Tumblr, Octopress… I’ve committed to getting it back up in 2014.  I’m sure that it will be more likely than declaring Read More...

Well, that was unpleasant

So I had some server unpleasantness that I noticed after I posted my 2014 Goals post. The site just froze and logins were barely possible. I immediately SSH’d into the prgmr.com server, but was greeted by an extremely slow console.  I actually had to access the VPS Xen configuration menu and do a hard shutdown of the instance.  When I rebooted and accessed the server through the out-of-band console, I Read More...

Goals for 2014

I’ve been thinking about 2014 and what, if any, goals I have. For the past few years, I don’t think I’ve been focusing much on me as a person–there were other more concrete things that I could latch on like my family or my career.  They seemed right at the time; no ill feelings towards my choices to date. With that, there are three things that I want to focus Read More...

pfSense on Watchguard Firebox x500e

One of the odd things as I have moved up the food chain into (product) management is that I don’t have the opportunity to work directly on the products that teams build. Keeping a software roadmap cohesive across devices, apps, web and back end services is the challenge, maintaining a proper pipeline of requirements and ensuring proper sequencing is basically my job. One consequence is that I find my hobbies Read More...

pfSense performance on an HP T5720 Thin Client

Working pretty well so far. Uses about 25 Watts (with USB enabled). It handles unencrypted traffic flawlessly. OpenVPN connections (using the AMD GEODE LX encryption block) via my StrongVPN account tops out at about 30 Mbits per second down. It is not as fast as my Pentium-M based laptop that was my original router (it could saturate my 45 Mbit down / 4 Mbit up no problem). Overall, not too Read More...

Installing pfSense 2.1 on an HP T5720 thin client

Update [20140123]: I’ve made a few modifications to the boot flags.   I admit it. I’m a big fan of technology and I have been always fascinated with the FOSS movement.  When we renovated the house, I made sure to put Cat6e drops in every room. They terminate in my electrical closet in a Cisco Gigabit switch.  The switch is controlled by an old Pentium-M 1.7 GHz laptop that I Read More...