When Arturia brought out the monophonic analogue synthesizer known as the MiniBrute with its relatively unusual and quite aggressive Steiner-Parker filter, punchy envelope generator, and surprisingly wide range of other exciting noise-sculpting possibilities, I was very tempted to buy one but somehow managed to resist.
I was interviewed for a careers feature in the esteemed PC Pro magazine, and my article has been printed in the latest edition:
If you have a Dell PowerEdge server with a RAID array then you’ll probably want to be notified when disks are misbehaving, so that you can replace the disks in a timely manner. Hopefully this article will help you to achieve this.
This is quite a departure from the usual sort of content I produce on my blog, but I wanted to keep a record of this recipe so I could repeat it in future. Also, I thought it might be of benefit to others wanting to create similar pies, so here it is.
At any given time I’m effectively on 24/7 support for a number of clients, but I don’t always want to carry my laptop with me wherever I go. I therefore decided it would be a good idea to buy a keyboard for my iPad mini with Retina display in order to have a light, very portable hardware solution suitable for most support situations without having to carry my much bigger, heavier laptop around.
Recently I’ve been involved with a project where I needed to perform some security hardening on Amazon Web Services EC2 instances running Ubuntu Server 12.04, so I used this excellent guide as a starting point, then I added, removed and modified things as needed.
I have to admit I was a little gratified and fairly amused to see that I was runner-up for the “Weapon of Choice Award” in the “Socially Awesome Sysadmin Awards” as a result of using the obscure Twitter client YoruFukurou. Unfortunately I stopped using YoruFukurou a while back as it wasn’t being updated, and I switched to Tweetbot instead as it has all the powerful functionality and configurability that I like, plus comprehensive mute filters with a regex option, decent syncing across the platforms I use, and a nice clean interface.
Mountain Lion was an improvement on Lion, which I had mixed feelings about when it was released. Unfortunately, however, Apple apparently decided that RSS is a dead technology (although it seems to be creeping back into Safari), and consequently the handy RSS screensavers were removed, which means there was no simple way of creating a screensaver out of one’s Flickr favourites in Mountain Lion, and this remains the case in Mavericks and Yosemite.
These are my old instructions for creating a Linux cluster with floating IP on versions of CentOS prior to 6.4.
Originally I was using Heartbeat to create two-node Linux clusters with floating IPs, but when Heartbeat stopped being developed I needed to figure out how to use Corosync and Pacemaker for this instead. Somewhat annoyingly, Linux HA stuff has changed yet again in CentOS 6.4, so now it’s necessary to use CMAN and Pacemaker instead.