ADRIAN’S BLOG

Ramblings of an IT geek

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...

More SSL fun with LetsEncrypt & Certbot

The SSL certificate for my company domain (apeconsulting.co.uk) 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...

FreeNAS Manual Update

    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...

FreeNAS Upgrade – 9.3.1 to 9.10.1-U4

Firstly, why oh why does FreeNAS version numbering need to so complicated, and why does it need to change every few updates from dot numbering, then date numbering, back to dot and then the addition of uN?  Don't think I'll ever understand it, but it's only a...

iMac Bluetooth Woes

  So, for the past few months, I've been having Bluetooth connection problems on my 2011 iMac, which given I use a Bluetooth keyboard and mouse is a bit of a problem. It started with just a few disconnects and reconnects, which while a little annoying,...

Bloggers Block

Not really, but I just Googled 'bloggers block' and was amazed to see it's a real thing!  Pages and pages of useful tips for when I do suffer, but my problem at the minute is time and the lack of. I think I have more draft posts saved than I have actual posts, and...

Mission to Mars

I'm currently working in the Public sector (at least for the next 2 weeks!) providing my expertise around all things IT and Procurement 😀  As a result, I got asked to go along to an event a couple of weeks ago (on my birthday, if you're interested) that XMA...

Divi

I still consider myself to be very much a newbie when it comes to WordPress, even after completing the Udemy course which I blogged about here. During the course, we used many different themes, from some of the default installed ones to various premium...

Dalwhinnie 15

What a wonderful surprise!  A good friend messaged me earlier in the week to check my address and let me know he was posting something up to me.  It arrived this morning and was a bottle of Dalwhinnie 15-Year-Old Whisky.  Do surprises get any better?...

50

After my last post, I realised the next one would be my 50th, so thought I'd commemorate it with its own dedicated post! The search for an appropriate image can be seen below, but also got me thinking.  I can't say I've ever been a big fan of The Who, but after 50...

Completed the Complete WordPress Website Business Course

I mentioned this course in an earlier blog, but finally got it finished this week!  I really like the idea of Udemy, which provides online access to hundreds of really good training courses covering a wide range of subjects.  They're pretty good value...

SSL update

I thought I'd published this blog, but I'd only saved as a draft, so in terms of a timeline, I actually wrote this before I moved my blog from web to WordPress.  It's only relevant regarding the FreeBSD 9 EOL, as the problems described below had been learned...

Moving from web to wordpress (part 2)

I'm writing this about a week after the event, so it might not be entirely accurate, but needless to say it wasn't quite as straightforward as I'd expected when I first had the idea! As mentioned previously, the FreeNAS jail I was using to host WordPress previously...

Moving from web to wordpress (part 1)

I'VE MOVED MY BLOG!   Not that you'll really care, as I suspect you never actually found the old one 🙂 If you've read through anything before this, you might have worked out that my WordPress installation was running in a FreeNAS jail with a FEMP stack.  I...

When did BA become RyanAir?

I haven't flown with British Airways (BA) for a couple of years, but the last time I did they still allowed you to pick a seat when checking in and provided a complimentary drink and snack en route.  Just back from a short trip to Oxford (via London Heathrow) and...

Dongle to the rescue

Now, who said dongles were a bad thing?  I guess they are in the sense that they're often seen as a replacement to standard IO ports in the march toward building thinner and lighter laptops, but to be honest for the number of times I actually need to use them...

Ping Pong

I played ping pong for a bit of fun at university, mainly when there wasn't a pool table free in the students union!  I always enjoyed it, but never really considered it as a great way to keep fit.  After a couple of sessions at a local course I've signed up...

TrueOS

Well, the answer to the question is a resounding YES, although there is a fairly BIG caveat! On my first attempt, I'd selected the Grub boot loader as this is what eOS uses so I'd through from compatibility perspective it would make perfect sense....

PC-BSD is dead, long live TrueOS

Well, that was probably an even a bigger schoolboy error than not reading the PC-BSD manual!  In my search to find a solution to my 'Start X' error, it turns out the PC-BSD is no longer supported but is pretty much continuing under the TrueOS banner. Whilst you...

PC-BSD

I've been wanted to get back to where we started, specifically my MacBook Air (MBA) and doing something with the spare partition I created when I setup eOS, but I hadn't really found the time or decided what I was going to use it for. Given FreeNAS runs on FreeBSD I...

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