iPod 5th gen SSD upgrade

First off, thanks to reader “Goats” for poking me.. I needed a kick up the arse to get back to this blog thing. Background In August of last year I mentioned in passing that I fitted a solid state drive to an old 2006 iPod Video (aka 5th generation).  So I guess the first question…

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Fedora login manager with multiple screen setup

I’m experimenting with making a switch to Linux for my main desktop, mainly driven by wanting Linux as a development environment for python, rather than Windows. After installing Fedora 21 Workstation version, its become annoying that the login manager, gdm, isn’t remembering the display configuration for my multiple-monitor setup.  I run Portrait Landscape Portrait setup…

pfSense 2.2 beta works with Xen

After a quick test install of pfSense 2.2’s beta image (dated 1017 – I see there are two newer builds up since then), I’m pleased to report that Xen support works with pfSense 2.2 without rebuilding it!  yay! iso image here:  http://snapshots.pfsense.org/FreeBSD_releng/10.1/amd64/pfSense_HEAD/livecd_installer/?C=M;O=D I’ve been running a build of pfSense 2.1 I built over a year…

FreeNAS 9.2.1.5 with Xen PVHVM support

So after a couple of comments from readers (what? you mean I’m not just screaming into the void?), I decided to investigate building the latest version of FreeNAS with Xen support. Since my original post about building FreeNAS 9.2 for Xen, the FreeNAS developers released 9.2.1 which added some cool stuff like Samba 4, newer…

Fedora virtualization setup as Xen dom0

In my previous blog post about choosing the right dom0, I came to the conclusion that in the face of an upcoming RHEL7 which is based on Fedora 19/20, it made sense to set up my dom0 for using Fedora 20. Given the similarity between Fedora 20 and RHEL7, it should be the same process…

freeNAS 9.2 ISO with Xen PVHVM support

Update 2/10/2014:  A new build updating the files to FreeNAS 9.2.1.8 which includes a bunch of samba updates, and importantly, the fixes for the bash shellshock vulnerability. Update 17/5/2014:  I’ve replaced the links on this page to a newer version, FreeNAS 9.2.1.5, and added the Upgrade file.  Note for the upgrade through the FreeNAS UI,…

Encrypted backup to the cloud

My current off-site backup is a couple of hard drives in external (usb2) enclosures, which are rotated to a family member’s house.  I’m now pondering adding a cloud-based backup to my environment. The problem with cloud backups is security – I want to encrypt the data locally, and then be able to rsync it to…

Cheap FLAC capable car stereo

So Kenwood have released some cheap, apparently decent FLAC capable digital media head units (i.e. car stereos).  Digital media means there’s no CD transport – they play back via USB or Aux-in only, and include iPod control. The European version is the KMM-257, and in North America its called the KMM100. The difference is basically…