ADRIAN’S BLOG

Ramblings of an IT geek

Camping (in the garden!)

Our Easter trip to Philadelphia and Mexico was cancelled due to COVID-19 and our summer holiday plans to France are in doubt, but after our Camping adventures in the back garden, we might be trying to find somewhere in Scotland we can get away for a few nights.  Not sure how we’ll all fit in this Amazon 4-man tent though!

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Jnr Trak (aka Devastator Tank Mobile Robot Platform)

I can’t remember where the seed of this project was found, but when it was planted in my 7-year-old daughter’s mind it took root and grew over a number of our daily dog walks. Given we’re now in lockdown and are always looking for interesting and creative things to do at home, the time seemed right to make it happen. Fortunately, I came across this excellent series on YourTube from Explaining Computers which became the template for our Jnr Trak (aka Devastator tank mobile robot platform) project.

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Airsonic

This is another one of those things I really don’t need, but now I’ve found it and set it up I think it’s pretty cool and have been trying to find a more permanent use for it! Airsonic is a free, web-based media streamer, providing ubiquitous access to your music, although you’re probably best just checking out the website to find out more – https://airsonic.github.io/

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NGINX Proxy Manager

Using NGINX as a reverse proxy, with Letsenctypt to generate SSL certificates and secure access to my externally exposed services, was a real game-changer for me, automating something that in the past has been a real challenge.  NGINX Proxy Manager simplifies things even further and saves me having to edit multiple nginx.conf files.

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Updating Bitwarden

I blogged about my switch from using 1Password to a self-hosted version of Bitwarden here, and its been running perfectly ever since. That said, I had tried updating Bitwarden a couple of times, all of which have failed and I’d ended up rolling back a snapshot. I tried updating Bitwarden again this weekend, with a much more successful outcome!

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APE Wiki

APE Wiki Logo

I had a few spare hours yesterday and had been meaning to try and recreate the MediaWiki docker container inside a FreeNAS jail. A few gotchas were found but they were resolved pretty quickly, and I now have my own APE Wiki!

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Resize Virtual Disks

This is as much a reference for me as it is anything else, but I needed to resize a couple of virtual disks over the weekend, and these are the pretty simple steps to do it, at least for my FreeNAS configuration.

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COVID-19

COVID-19 virus

I’d drafted a final blog relating to my FreeNAS adventures over the last few months, but it all seems a little pointless at the minute given whats going on around the world with COVID-19. Who could have even begun to imagine we’d be where we are now when I ordered the components back here.

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July 2020
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