City of Light

15 April 2013
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50 years ago my late father spent most of 1962 and 1963 in Paris as part of his obligation to the United Stated government (drafted into the army).  I spent about a week scanning in almost 500 slides from his time in France, which are part of a larger collection of over 1,500 images.  Here…

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Mini photo shoot

27 January 2013
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Jim asked me to take some photos of a corner of his Lego layout before he needed to dismantle it (to make room for a new modular building).  Since he had to shift a few existing buildings for the photos he wanted, I used the opportunity to take a few  new shots from different angles.

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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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