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Fedora 17 on Macbook Air

At work we use CentOS and RedHat, therefore we work with and produce RPMs.  I wanted my MacBook Air to be able to build RPMs and also act as a build server for when I need to build servers at … Continue reading

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Problems with Google and Android

Two problems within a week, unusual. Google Wallet Google had a sale of apps over 10 days to celebrate 10 billion downloads, some I was interested in and on one day I purchased two in quick succession.  However, one downloaded … Continue reading

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How to be a high school super star

I’ve just finished reading this book.  Apart from the fact it is aimed towards American students and the particulars of their system, I enjoyed it.  The ideas the book puts across are well presented and I can relate to.  It’s … Continue reading

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One of the beauties of brackup

My friend over at openfusion has a number of tips on Brackup. One he has not covered though is the ability of Brackup to restore from a backup that has moved location or changed transport. Recently we have been migrating … Continue reading

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Network card order RHEL/CentOS 6

In RHEL/CentOS 5 this was handled by /etc/modprobe.cont. Now in RHEL/CentOS 6 this is now handled by udev. The file that controls everything is /etc/udev/rules.d/70-persistent-net.rules An example of how this file looks is shown below:- # PCI device 0x14e4:0x164c (bnx2) … Continue reading

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Installing CentOS 5 on a mac pro

Not as easy as the title suggests, what a surprise! Before I went and overwrote the existing OS on the Mac Pro, I downloaded the CentOS 5 live CD to see whether it worked. There were good signs from this … Continue reading

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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part 1

Well I went to see this movie today. I have to say I enjoyed most of it. It tried to keep to the essence of the book, but it is hard, there is so much detail in the book, that … Continue reading

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“It’s hunting not fishing”

This is the introduction from Phippsy as we started on a fishing trip on the Noosa river. A good move as their was a swell running on the open sea, would have been a rough trip. Instead we, my father-in-law, … Continue reading

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Integrating icinga/nagios with puppet

We are trialling Icinga at work as the interface to Nagios is a little behind the times, but the instructions here are applicable to either.  We run a cluster and we needed a way to monitor the nodes within that … Continue reading

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Solar controller replacement

About two years ago my automatic solar controller broke down. The replacement is $500, with a power controller being a further $500.  This was a bit too much. I came across an Ethernet based power controller, and decided that I … Continue reading

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