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  1. Virtualization for the home user

    by , October 31st, 2014 at 01:45 PM
    Virtualization is great for those who want to learn new operating systems, working on certifications, testing out group policies, testing updates/patches, testing software on newer operating systems to name a few. Between all the Linux distros out there and Windows evaluations (yes windows lets you try and operating system for 180 days) unless you have some super old computer, no one has any reason to not try out new things.

    This is just a quick rundown on what options are available ...
  2. SOPHOS UTM 9.2 installation error

    by , October 4th, 2014 at 03:24 PM
    Installing SOPHOS UTM on this mini pc I just bought and I ran into an error while installing the OS. The error was:

    Install.tar could not be found.

    After searching around, supposedly this has something to do with trying to install from a USB drive and the installation process unmounting the usb drive.

    I found this thread about the same issue
    https://www.astaro.org/gateway-produ...-solved-4.html ...
  3. Mini computer firewall upgrade post

    by , October 4th, 2014 at 03:00 PM
    So I bite the bullet and purchase this device since my little netgate pfsense firewall wasnt cutting it any more performance wise.

    http://www.amazon.com/Mini-pfSense-R...pfsense+router

    I was really reluctant to purchase this thing mainly because there is absolutely no information about the hardware such as motherboard, network cards, and how much ram it came with. Well ...
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    Security , Misc
  4. Vmware ESXi 5.1 and ISCSI target issues

    by , September 23rd, 2014 at 08:05 AM
    I am working on an environment where I have 4 Dell R610 servers and a Lenovo/EMC StorCenter px12-350r running software version 4.0.10.30765. All 4 Dell servers have Vmware ESXi 5.1 1483097 installed. I spent most of this past Friday updates all 4 Dell servers to the latest bios/firmware updates (something that is kind of a pain in the ass since I am running ESXi as my operating system. Anyways, the Lenovo Storcenter has about 5 TB of space on it we want to use to present to all 4 Dell servers ...
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    VMware , SAN
  5. Pastrami

    by , July 22nd, 2014 at 08:06 PM (A Fish Dinner in Memison)
    I used the corned beef (uncooked) from the previous recipe, and treated it with this adaptation from the Artisan Jewish Deli at Home:
    4-5 lb of corned beef (from previous recipe)
    1/4 cup ground coriander
    2 Tbsp freshly ground black pepper
    2 Tbsp smoked paprika (the Spanish pimenton is good)

    Dry off the surface of the corned beef with paper towels. Evenly rub the mixture on both sides. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees. Place the brisket in a pan, and tightly cover
    ...
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  6. Home-Made Corned Beef

    by , July 17th, 2014 at 08:43 PM (A Fish Dinner in Memison)
    This is an adaptation of a recipe from Claudia Roden's The Book of Jewish Food. I use a vacuum-sealer rather than a ceramic crock, as it takes less space in the fridge.
    4 1/2 - 5 pounds of beef brisket, preferably flat-cut
    2-4 cloves garlic, chopped finely or pressed in a garlic press
    3 tsp mixed pickling spice (McCormick's is fine)
    2 crumbled bay leaves
    1 tsp crushed black peppercorns
    1/3 cup Demerara sugar (brown would work fine)
    3/4 cup coarse salt (this
    ...
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  7. Fragrant-and-hot Shrimp

    by , July 7th, 2014 at 08:53 AM (A Fish Dinner in Memison)
    This is a nice recipe, slightly adapted from Fuchsia Dunlop's Revolutionary Chinese Cookbook. Easy to make at short notice, especially if you have a bag of frozen raw shrimp in the freezer. The "chili bean paste" is also known as toban djan. You can use mirin or dry sherry instead of Shaoxing wine.
    Fragrant—and—hot Tiger Prawns (xiang la xia)

    1 lb. tiger prawns or jumbo shrimp, thawed if frozen
    1 tsp. salt
    1 tbsp. Shaoxing wine
    1 tsp. finely chopped fresh
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    Updated August 13th, 2014 at 06:57 PM by Theophylact

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  8. QNAP stupidness with Rsync and delta copy

    by , June 6th, 2014 at 06:45 PM
    A QNAP NAS (TS-212) was purchased for the charity I work with to remotely backup their data in case of an emergency from a Windows box. I have a QNAP at home and remember reading that it supports rsync which is perfect for a free backup solution. I found delta copy and decided to give it a try and boy was this a pain in the ass to get working but here is how I got it going.

    First enable rsync on the QNAP device: Application > backup station > backup server > rsync server ...
    Tags: qnap, rsync, windows
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    Misc , Windows
  9. The Best Crab Cakes

    by , May 7th, 2014 at 09:57 AM (A Fish Dinner in Memison)
    The recipe is from a Baltimore restaurant, the Chesapeake, that's been out of business for years. It was printed in Gourmet, now also extinct, in 1981. But it lives on as long as we pass it on.

    As with all good crab cakes, the higher the ratio of crab meat to binder and filler, the better. And of course the better the crab meat, the better the crab cake. Backfin will do, lump is better, jumbo lump the best. Handle the cakes as little as possible; just enough that they don't quite ...
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  10. Adventures of using the Amazon's AWS cli part 2 - Security Groups

    by , March 7th, 2014 at 01:23 PM
    After you create the VPC, you will want to look at the list of your applications and drawings of your environment and setup Security groups.

    Here is a list of common TCP/UDP ports
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of...P_port_numbers

    Creating a security group
    Code:
    aws ec2 create-security-group --group-name namehere --description "Test group"
    To describe the security group
    Code:
    Aws ec2 describe-security-groups --group-name
    ...
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