Ramblings of an IT geek

TrueOS again

I had a couple of hours free this afternoon, so decided to waste them having another play with TrueOS on my MacBook Air.

I’ve already blogged about the first attempt here but thought things might have moved on and wanted something to play around with FreeBSD outside of a VM on my FreeNAS server. read more…


I was chatting with my Mum a few months ago about cars, and it got me thinking about all the cars I’ve had a driving relationship with.  I say that, as it doesn’t include other people’s cars or ones I’ve hired but ones that I’ve spent at least a number of months driving since passing my test in 1991.  Quite a few have been company cars, although more recently they’ve been cars I’ve bought and pretty much driven until they died!  Most of the earlier pictures are just ones found on the internet, but the later ones are the actual cars.


If you haven’t heard of this stuff, check out their website >

I think I saw it advertised on Facebook a few years back, and at the time had a number of frayed cables that this stuff was advertised as fixing.  It’s a mouldable rubber compound and feels a little like sticky Blue Tak when you get it out of the packet.  It’s easy to mould into whatever shape you need, and after drying for around 12 hours just feels like rubber.  Pretty sure they only did black and white when I bought some, but they now make it in a variety of colours and you can pick it up in loads of places, including Amazon.  I’ve still got 2 of the 8 packs I originally bought, and whilst the expiry date is August 2016, it still works fine.


Virgin Media TiVo V6

Virgin Media TiVo V6

I can’t remember the last cold call I received during the day where I came from the call happy.  I’m registered with the Telephone Preference Service (TPS) although this doesn’t seem to stop the endless stream of calls to help me claim PPI, damages from no-fault insurance claims, home improvements, etc.  To be honest, the call in question was probably best described as a ‘warm’ call, as it was from Virgin Media and even though I didn’t ask them to call, I have been a customer for several years. read more…


When I built my main FreeNAS server, the machine it replaced was put into backup duties with a nightly replication created to move some of the files from one (freenas1) to the other (freenas2).  freenas1 has 9 x 4TB drives configured in an RAIDZ2 pool (similar to RAID6) which means that any two drives could fail, and I wouldn’t loose any data, but everyone should know that redundancy is no substitute for a backup!  Using two drives for parity, along with the ZFS overhead leaves me with around 24TB of useable space on freenas1.  freenas2 only has 5 x 4TB drives, but these are just configured as a stripe (like RAID0) so provide more storage at the expense of any redundancy.  It leaves me with just over 18TB of useable space, so not enough to backup a full freenas1, but certainly the most important stuff. read more…

New Plex Jail

I thought I’d rebuild my Plex Media Server (PMS) jail today, so it’s using the latest FreeBSD 10.3 template which would hopefully mean when the next PMS update was released, I’d have no problem updating the jail.  While the 9.3 template jails continue to work on FreeNAS 9.10, comments on the forum seem to suggest that updating using packages or ports won’t work, so I was trying to get ahead of the game! read more…

More SSL fun with LetsEncrypt & Certbot

The SSL certificate for my company domain ( was due to expire at the beginning of June and was slightly out of kilter with my other certificates.  They are all LetsEncrypt ones and are created using Certbot in a jail on my FreeNAS server, but for some reason Certbot had decided it doesn’t want to work anymore, which was one of the main reasons for updating my FreeNAS server here.  So after the upgrade, I had to decide whether to rebuild my NGINX proxy server (which I used for running Certbot) or to build a jail just for running Certbot and maintaining the certificates. read more…

FreeNAS Manual Update

FreeNAS Shark Logo



OK, so I wasn’t expecting this to be straight forward, but I also didn’t expect to fall at the first hurdle!

I knew I couldn’t use the auto updater built into FreeNAS, as this will take me to the latest stable or nightly train.  I was hoping I could just download the 9.10.1-U4 iso file from and then use the Manual Update button to run this.  This throws up an error message before it’s even copied the files across to the temporary location. read more…

August 2020


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