Switching to Hugo

The time has come to move to a new platform. Over the years, Wordpress (in various forms) has served reasonably well, but it is a constantly moving target. Since it is SO popular, it must constantly be upgraded, maintained, etc. Both security and performance are significant concerns. When I first started blogging, it seemed SO COOL to have a dynamic website. But in recent history, it’s just become a hassle.

Ubuntu USB Ethernet Naming for Alias and VLAN Interfaces

In my ongoing adventures of playing with the Chromebox as a firewall, I eventually found a reason to use stock Ubuntu 16.04 instead of VyOS. For the most part, devices just work as you’d expect under Ubuntu. Even my USB ethernet network interface (NIC) devices work fine. But I eventually noticed a problem. By default USB NICs under Ubuntu 16.04 (which uses systemd & udev) are named “enxABCDEF123456” where ABCDEF123456 is the full MAC address of the device.

VyOS on an Asus Chromebox M004U

This is a bit of a follow up from my last post. I’ve still got my Asus Chromebox. I’m not running ESXi any more… but something I do want to try out is VyOS. Why? Well, my original intent when purchasing the Chromebox was to play around with it, but then I really did expect it to replace my home router. I’ve used pfSense for a long time, but I’m curious about VyOS because I know several people using EdgeRouter Lite which uses EdgeOS, a fork of VyOS.

ESXi on an Asus Chromebox M004U

I recently stumbled across the ASUS CHROMEBOX-M004U. It’s a Chromebox, which is cool in its own right, but I was interested in using it’s dual-core Celeron Haswell CPU, expandable RAM (up to 16GB), and M2 Sata storage for other purposes. First things first, you’ve got to enable the box to run things other than ChromeOS… Thankfully that’s well documented ( http://kodi.wiki/view/ASUS_Chromebox ), so I won’t go into detail at this time.

Odd Git Licensing Message on OSX

Today,IOS 7 dropped to the general public. As usually comes with the release, there was an Xcode update. I updated.  For some time, I’ve been using the git bundled in Xcode as it makes it simpler to get updates as they come with Xcode. Today, that yielded an amusing message. I use git via an alias in my .bashrc A simple version check reveals all:  git –version Oops… git is apparently subject to Apple’s licenses.

Have fun RESTing!

Cheesy post titles aside… I just discovered the very simple but incredibly useful RESTClient at: http://code.google.com/p/rest-client/ . It’s a simple Java GUI app for testing out one’s REST services. You can choose your: URL, HTTP method, add any custom headers, add a body for PUT/POST, set auth info, SSL info, and do simple scripting. This is an incredibly useful tool, AND a far cry better than doing it all on the command line with curl.

Here, File File! Nears Release, Gets Attention

I’m taking time away from adding spit and polish to the exciting Here, File File project to say WOO HOO! The whole team (Adam, Buck, and I) are psyched! A few days ago we found out Here, File File is a finalist in the AppsFire Apps Star Awards. And today, The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW) published a great HFF write up. If you haven’t seen our promo video yet, give it a whirl!

Killing “find” Errors

I’ve used the unix filesystem search utility find for many years. Though, like most things, until forced to learn its deeper secrets, I generally get by with only the most basic knowledge. One of the cool things about find is that you can specify a search and then execute an action on the results, all in one command. This example is probably my most common use of find: This means: find, in the current directory (.

Resetting Forgotten OS X 10.5 User Password

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I have an older G4 Mac Mini I use for testing the Mac app I’m working on (Here, File File F.K.A. Welcome to Your Mac. It’s just nice to have a machine that I can test both 10.4 and 10.5 as well as PowerPC compatibility. Yesterday I needed to do some updates on the 10.5 system and couldn’t remember my password. Google was my friend and showed me an Apple Knowledge Base article to solve the problem.

Fixing Snow Leopard’s broken ‘focus follows mouse’ Terminal behavior

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Since upgrading to OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard), I’ve been frustrated by Terminal’s focus follows mouse behavior. I typically like such behavior but it’s broken as of 10.6. I would frequently CMD-Tab to switch to a different application and start typing only to wonder why my keyboard was not working, then realize my input had gone to the Terminal which sometimes was no longer even visible. To fix this, type the following in Terminal: