Techno, tech, and life

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I love technology, and have been involved with it for over thirty years. I'm a IT manager, a seasoned network, storage, Unix and virtualisation guy. I love to code (mmm, sweet sweet Python), and I django, SQLalchemy, Eve and pytest when I'm behaving. I'm also a DJ, and photographer.

Zabbix HTML notification templates

Just a quick post to point at my GitHub repo — some quick templates I’ve recently made to make Zabbix e-mail alerts a little nicer.

It isn’t perfect (eg. it defaults to critical for everything, because one cannot template the HTML using something like Jinja), but it at least uses CSS media stuff etc for mobile vs desktop.

Mostly stolen from this post.

Linux tc-cake notes

This post is my efforts to pull together info around the cake queue discipline (qdisc) available in more recent Linux versions.

X11 forwarding and sudo

I thought I’d share this little tip on how to easily forward X stuff (including over SSH), when needing to sudo first, easily. It seems that this been something lost since the dawn of a new generation of Unix/Linux users, so hopefully this helps.

Replacing VMware ESXi with Proxmox, KVM and LXC

And so it has come at last — my removal and replacement of VMware ESXi at home, with something better, known as Proxmox.  This post seeks to document the journey a bit, and give a tip or two along the way.

PS4, dynamic port forwards and my MikroTik

PS4 parteh parteh parteh

I have recently discovered the messy hell that is the PS4 voice/party chat.  Seems that even in 2015, developers still can’t get it right with respect to voice chats, NAT and firewalls, even when you’re on “NAT Type 2”.

R2D2’s dick

The guys that work with me in my team are awesome.  They’re also all a bit spaz in their own, awesome way.

One of them has never seen Star Wars.  Any of it.  Ever.  I have failed as a boss, not having that as a requirement in the position descriptions, but that will be addressed.

So this guy, lets call him Captain Jabbermonkey, is talking to his father (a doctor) about some medical thing on the phone.  His Dad asks if he is still smoking e-cigarettes, which Captain Jabbermonkey is.

His Dad then says, “Why would you even smoke that shit?!?  It’s a battery, it electricity… that’s like sucking on R2D2’s dick.”

“I’ve never seen Star Wars,” Captain replies.  His father cracks up laughing and hangs up on him.


Oh packets, where are ewe?

One of the top five saddest outputs from a Unix prompt:

tcpdump: Command not found.

Mini tip: gvim on Windows, ^Z

Just stumbled upon this by accident, and it’s no massive thing… but a ^Z will minimise the gvim window, at least in the MS Windows version.

I have failed. Still, after all these years, I neither cannot picture how doves cry, nor what it sounds like. #prince

Infoblox, IPAM tools, SDN and FUD

I ran across an blog opinion piece last night around Infoblox and their product suite — specifically proclaiming that both were headed for the graveyard, due to those two magical and overused terms, “cloud” and “SDN”.

It’s an interesting article, weaving together an apparent direct correlation between their stock price, and the relevance of generic IPAM tools.  I found it mostly speculative, which is strange because I usually find EtherialMind an ok read.  My article centres around his comments on IPAM and DNS (not their other stuff).

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