Computing and Networks

iCloud contacts on Linux. 2 years on

Two years ago I began migrating away from the Appleverse to Linux and opensource. The biggest issue I faced was my calendars and contacts. I still use my iPhone and needed to have access and synchronisation between my phone and desktop. I overcame this issue and wrote a blog (https://webby.land/2017/08/11/using-your-icloud-address-book-in-linux/ ) Moving on and settling… Continue reading iCloud contacts on Linux. 2 years on

Computing and Networks

Powering On/Off Juniper SRX320

Always use the graceful method unless absolutely necessary.  i.e don’t just yank the power cord out. Graceful method with physical access to device with no console: Press and immediately release the Power button. The device begins gracefully shutting down the operating system and then powers itself off Graceful method while logged in via terminal or… Continue reading Powering On/Off Juniper SRX320

Computing and Networks

eBay Score of the Century

Continuing on from Storage Clustering….a living research project TL;DR: Saved US$16000, smoking network I’m redoing my home and lab network with the goal of achieving the ability of faster then 10Gb/s connections to and between the storage cluster and computational node cluster.  I was put off by the cost of going 10Gbe (ethernet). What I… Continue reading eBay Score of the Century

Computing and Networks

Etcher does away with dd*

dd has being my go to tool for everything-imges-and-iso, especially ever since the usb stick became ubiquitous and norm for installing new a OS. For the past month I’ve been trying out a new way/tool on both linux and MacOS called etcher.  It’s light weight and easy to use.  Have a look on github https://github.com/resin-io/etcher… Continue reading Etcher does away with dd*

Computing and Networks

Netplan bridging under Ubuntu 18.04

Synopsis: NetworkManager bad. Systemd good. Netplan a curve ball. Make a yaml. I just completed a fresh (minimal) install of Ubuntu 18.04 Desktop. I used the new LTS release as an excuse to redo my workstation to simplify and unify since my use case flipped from more KVM virtual machines to more LXD containers. In… Continue reading Netplan bridging under Ubuntu 18.04