Site Tweak, Beginning the Weekend

Since the site’s back up, I decided to head over to the Internet Archive‘s Wayback Machine to force a snapshot of this site. After doing so, I thought to myself “I wonder if there’s an automated way to do this?”. And, there is. I’ve installed a plugin that will submit a new snapshot each time the site is updated. Publishing this post will be the first test.

There are several projects lined up this weekend:

  • UPS Battery: I ordered a new replacement battery for the UPS on my workstation, since the battery in there is pretty much dead. Gotta go pick it up from the store tomorrow.
  • Patio Set: Heading to the store to get a new patio set for the house.
  • Ceiling fans: I ordered three ceiling fans; one for the office and one each for the upstairs bedrooms. Tomorrow they get installed.
  • Loft Furniture: We got two couched for the loft upstairs. One was a regular sofa and the other was a sleeper-sofa. The sleeper-sofa still needs to be moved upstairs.
  • Clean House: It’s time for a through once-over; cleaning the bathrooms, good mopping of the tile floors, and vacuuming the carpets.
  • Organize Garage: Will be heading out to get some shelving units for the garage to tidy it up and prepare to house my new (third) car.
  • Build Hacker Boxes: I signed up for the Hacker Boxes subscription service. I still need to build kit 16, and kit 17 just arrived.
  • 3D Printer: Need to get the printer up and running.

Ok, I’m gonna start prepping stuff. More later…

A Long-Overdue Update

Hey, the site’s working again and I’m back…

We moved into the new house on October 29, 2016, which was five months ago. Of course, just prior to the move I shut down and packed up the entire network from our old apartment and brought it to the house. For the first 3.5 months here, the servers were powered up, but there was no internet connectivity to them. This was due to the fact that the ISP Ethernet hand-off was in the laundry room, whereas the server rack is located in my office. And there was no Ethernet between. Workstations, mobile devices, Apple TVs, etc. were all using the default Wi-Fi from the ISP. Then, finally, about 1.5 months ago, I finally got up into the attic and ran some cable to cross-connect my pfSense firewall to the ISP. Viola!

So, you may ask, if the servers have been online for the last month-and-a-half, why has the site been inaccessible? Well, that’s because I upgraded the ESXi hypervisors and ran into an issue with unsupported network cards. As a result, the entire DMZ (where this site is hosted) was not accessible. Until today. I’ve fixed the issue, obviously.

Anyway, the house is doing great. Lots of little projects, organization, and decorating still going on. More on that soon. Also, I’m going to be posting some project-related info soon too.