ADRIAN’S BLOG

Ramblings of an IT geek

FreeNAS0 – Build 2

It's here! Say hello to the Supermicro X11SSL-CF motherboard. Before we begin, I know I'm not going to be following all the recommendations (e.g. memory tests, disk burn-in, etc.) when deploying a new server. I am going to be running it for a few weeks while the data...

LimeSurvey FreeBSD Jail

I've blogged about my use of LimeSurvey before (here and here and probably a few other places too), but I'd been using it in a ubuntu VM via a Docker container as I hadn't seen a guide for running a LimeSurvey jail using iocage on FreeBSD, or specifically my FreeNAS...

FreeNAS0 – Build 1

No, my Supermicro motherboard still hasn't arrived, so I can't really start the build, but I did manage to allay one of the fears I had about the internal WD drives. You might have spotted in an earlier picture, but the hole layout on the bottom of the drives is...

Withings HR Steel Revisited

I blogged about this back at the beginning of the year here, but after reading that the Health App now supports multiple trackers, and Withings offered a great Black Friday deal, I'm now rocking an HR Steel again. The Black Friday deal was even better than the deal I...

FreeNAS0 – Parts

They've started to arrive! Unfortunately, the motherboard that everything connects to isn't going to arrive until around the 13 December, so I'll just have a pile of parts in the corner of my office until it does! In the meantime, here are some pictures 🙂 1 x Intel...

FreeNAS0 – Ordered

Well that all happened quickly! Some spare time while my partner and daughter were out today, and everything I need for FreeNAS0 is ordered! CaseFractal Define R5 + FD-FAN-SSR2-140MotherboardSupermicro X11SSL-CFCPUIntel Xeon E3-1230 v6 Memory4 x Crucial 16GB DDR4-2666...

FreeNAS0

My new FreeNAS0 build started today, or at least the first few components were ordered online! I've been planning this for some months, so quite an exciting first step which I hope to complete before the end of the year! I've currently got 2 machines running FreeNAS...

rEFInd Again

This is the continuing story of my elementary OS 5 Juno installation, and fixing rEFInd again. And this, is a really good blog that explains doing all this stuff much better than mine 🙂 https://aroman.github.io/elementary-on-a-mac/ That does a great job of...

elementary OS 5 Juno

A long time ago, in a galaxy far far away... Well, maybe not quite that dramatic, but back in 2016 when I started this blog it was talking about installing Linux on an old MacBook Air. That turned out to be elementary OS 0.4.1 Loki, but earlier this year a new version...

Mattermost (aka APE Slack)

Until a few weeks ago, I'd never even heard of Mattermost, although I've enjoyed using Slack for a few work and personal projects.  In less than a couple of hours, I now have my own Slack-like server, running Mattermost! Docker continues to impress me, as it's such a...

Nighthawk AX8 8-Stream WiFi6 Router (RAX80)

This really isn't the blog I was expecting to be writing when I ordered this WiFi6 router online, but I'm quite pleased with the way things have turned out as I've solved my DHCP problem in the previous blog pretty cheaply! I'd assumed the DHCP problem was being...

AirPort and FreeNAS Issues

Or should that be FreeNAS and AirPort issues? Given my UPS died less than a couple of weeks ago (I blogged about the new one here), the saying 'bad things come in threes' seems pretty relevant for me at the minute! Saturday It started on Saturday evening, which at...

AirPods Pro

You can probably tell from the flurry of blogs, that I'm catching up on a few things I drafted over the last few weeks! The Apple AirPod Pro was my lastest purchase, which I picked up from the Apple store last Thursday (31 October), the day after they were launched! I...

CyberPower UPS

My old APC Back-UPS ES - BE700G-UK decided to give up the ghost last weekend, started beeping and switched everything off!  I bought it in 2011, so it's not done too badly, costing me about £10 a year!  It was probably a little underpowered for the equipment I had...

Smart (Ikea) Home

It's funny, as in the last few months I've just got rid of the last of our Ikea furniture - a large king-size bed with matching bedside tables and a chest of draws in the spare bedroom. It started life as our bed in 2005 but was relegated to spare room duty in about...

Episode IX

Tickets for a triple bill on Wednesday 18 December booked today at the Renfrew Street Cineworld, Glasgow on their Superscreen! Not sure I'll be going for all 3, but will be there for Episode IX 😀 Update I thought I'd just add a little to this blog, rather than write...

Fast and Furious 9

I certainly didn't expect to be watching scenes from the next Fast and Furious (9) film when I went into work at the Edinburgh office last week! to be honest, I can't say I'm a fan of that film franchise, and whilst I may have seen a couple of the earlier ones, I...

Edinburgh Festival 2019

Only two planned trips into the Edinburgh Festival this year, and both with my 6-year-old daughter. I have been working in the centre of Edinburgh this year though so got to soak up some of the Fringe atmosphere a little more often. I'd planned the first on my iPhone...

Remote Controlled Drone

I've always loved playing around with remote controlled things, and have a number of them around the house. I've been thinking about getting one of the cheaper GPS drones for a little while now and was finally seduced at the beginning of the month. I've had my remote...

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