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2001: Discovery One

29 February 2012
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2001: Discovery One

The Discovery One from 2001: A Space Odyssey was the most ambitious and complicated model I have ever undertaken.  The model has 3,861 pieces and is over 6 feet in length.  I wanted to do something to celebrate both the best movie ever and the history LEGO has with outer space. Instructions I found the…

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mongrel based puppetmaster and strange error messages

5 January 2012
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Earlier this week I did a portsupgrade(8) on my FreeBSD puppetmaster. After the upgrade was completed, puppet stopped working and was displaying these errors: err: /File[/var/puppet/lib]: Failed to generate additional resources using ‘eval_generate’: No format match the given format name or mime-type (text/html) err: /File[/var/puppet/lib]: Could not evaluate: No format match the given format name…

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DualHead2Go

1 November 2011
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DualHead2Go

The DualHead2Go is a graphics expansion box from Matrox. What does it do? It allows someone to have dual (or triple) monitors attached to a laptop. It does this by mapping the monitors to look like one large monitor to the laptop.  When running /usr/sbin/system_profiler SPDisplaysDataType on my MacBook Pro 15″, it returns this info:…

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Puppet’s Exec type is lying

4 October 2011
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Using puppet, you can trigger a command after a file is updated. This works really well where I want to update the sendmail.mc file, run make sendmail.cf and then restart the sendmail process. This is exactly what I want, but it didn’t work the way I expected. Setup and Configuration I have puppet configured to…

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Lego Space Sets

27 September 2011
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I continued to research what sets I had growing up as a kid. The LL924 labeled blue 1 x 4 brick was the piece that was unique to the Space Cruiser set. I used the same technique to determine the other 4 sets I have pictured below. The inverted 45 degree 2 x 2 sloping…

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Restoring ZFS filesystems on FreeBSD

20 September 2011
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This past weekend, I wound up rebuilding the ZFS filesystem on my FreeBSD box. I went from a 2+1 RaidZ (5) system to a 4+1 and in the process increased the slice of each disk. After much trial and error, here is the list of important things I had to (re)learn through this. Working with…

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createrepo on FreeBSD

14 September 2011
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What is createrepo(8)? createrepo(8) is a python(1) script which reads the RPM metadata and creates XML files that yum(8) can use to determine what a RPM package provides, requires and may conflict with.  To find out more details visit the createrepo(8) web site. Why put a Linux RPM utility on a FreeBSD system? I recently…

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487 Space Cruiser

30 July 2011
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There are two recent events that have rekindled my interest in LEGOs. The first was getting the Emerald Night set. The second was when news.cnet.com published photos from the LEGO Museum in Billund, Denmark. One of the photos they published was of the 1978 Galaxy Transporter set. Cnet claims 1978 is the start of LEGO’s…

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Network filesystem performance on MacBook Air

16 April 2011
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Just after Christmas, I bought myself a new 11in MacBook Air (MB Air) to replace the 12in PowerBook G4 (PB) that I’ve kept running entirely too long.  I selected the 4GB Ram, 128 GB SSD configuration as the system is not upgradable. I use the MB Air as my primary email, chat, web surfing, document…

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2011 Racing Season

3 April 2011
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Is time to seriously start to plan for the 2011 Race season. I have already completed the indoor time trial season, with rather poor results. Here is what I have planned for the season. I was able to find races for my two trips during the summer, one to San Mateo and the other to…

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