Ramblings of an IT geek

More Whisk(e)y

I’ve not done a whisky update for a little while, and certainly missed a Christmas update, but don’t worry – I did get some more whisk(e)y for Christmas, although one was a bit of a shocker!

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Pi-hole logo

I got a Raspberry Pi 4 for Christmas, although never really had in mind running Pi-hole. I’ve also been playing around with various browsers, which is what actually got me thinking about using Pi-hole. And finally, after a couple of Youtube videos I decided to give Pi-hole a spin for myself, but not on my Raspberry Pi 4, but in a Ubuntu VM on my FreeNAS server!

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A tale of two (faulty) devices

Faulty Devices from Apple and Netvue

Let’s be clear before I start, I get this is probably an unfair comparison, but I’m going to make it anyway!  Over the last month, I’ve had two electronic devices fail – firstly my Apple iPhone X and then shortly afterwards my Netvue Orbcam.  So, this is the tale of two faulty devices.

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bitwarden image

So much for a slow start to 2020! Bitwarden is another one of those things that appear to have passed me by, although now I’ve found it I suspect it may become my password manager of choice once I’ve migrated from 1Password.

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I’d blogged out using ONLYOFFICE before here, but I never really got around to using it for anything serious and simply played around with it from time to time. After recreating my Docker VM (running Ubuntu 18.04) I had some issues getting it up and running again, so thought I’d write this more ONLYOFFICE blog!

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Upgrading Jails

Upgrading jails in FreeNAS has always been a little problematic. It’s slightly less so now, but is still fraught with danger and never to be taken lightly. This was going to be the story of one such upgrade (my SSL-Proxy jail) but thinking about it over the past few weeks has turned it into more of an overview of the different ways of upgrading jails.

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macOS and rsync

rsync logo

Did you know that macOS ships with rsync installed? Yes, but did you know that the version it ships with is 2.6.9? Do you know when that was released? Would you believe me if I said November 2006?

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2010 MacBook Air in 2020


I’d put this ‘project’ to one side whilst FreeNAS0 was being built, but I thought it was time to come back to it in 2020.  How will my 2010 MacBook Air fair in 2020?

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August 2020


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