Migrating from GFS to GlusterFS

By | July 12, 2011

This week I started the process of migrating from GFS to GlusterFS.  The hardware running my GFS cluster is older and I decided it was better to replace it than continue maintaining it. Background Information Back in 2003 I needed to find a storage solution that was fast, reliable, and fault-tolerant.  It also needed to be accessed by… Read More »


LUKS Encrypted Disks under Ubuntu 10.10

By | April 2, 2011

This posting is mostly just a reference for myself since I don’t do this often enough for me to have it memorized.  These are the steps I use to create LUKS encrypted disks to use as a backup target that I can take off-site.  Since they’re off site and stored in my desk where others may have access… Read More »


Linux Soft Phone Roundup

By | November 12, 2010

I’ve been working heavily with VoIP for the last couple of years, and every few months I find myself looking at SIP soft phones again.  I haven’t really used them at all under Linux in a long time because none of them quite fit my needs or are as good as the ones available under Windows.  Because of… Read More »


Open Source and other nuggets

By | September 15, 2010

The silence for the last few months has been because my life got crazy.  I’ve been spending a lot of time working and what hasn’t been working has been spent in preparation for our new baby.  Yes, thats right, baby.  In 2006 we were told by a fertility doctor that we would likely never have kids.  We didn’t… Read More »


Moving to MythTV Part 2 – The Frontend

By | April 24, 2010

So, in the last 3 weeks I’ve done a lot with MythTV.  Most notably, I’ve finished the frontend system that is connected to our TV.  There was a lot of trial and error, frustration and an entire system replacement, but its now up and near perfect. So, a week and a half ago Comcast got installed.  I didn’t… Read More »


Moving to MythTV Part 1

By | April 3, 2010

Going to preface this by stating this will be a multi-part blog post, and I have no idea how many parts there will be when I’m all finished.  Oh, and like most other things I write, it will probably be really verbose.  Sorry ’bout that, its just the way I tend to write. So, lets begin then. This… Read More »


Remote Desktop on Xubuntu 9.10

By | November 25, 2009

So I was planning to work from home on the Friday after thanksgiving so I wanted to be able to access my work desktop from home just in case.  Normally I just ssh and use terminals and such, but for some reason I decided I wanted a full desktop.  I use Xubuntu at home and at the office,… Read More »


Fedora out, Xubuntu in

By | June 21, 2009

The number of minor annoyances in Fedora 11 turned into a major annoyance.  Last Saturday I wiped Fedora 11 from my home machine and installed Xubntu, which is the Xfce-centric Ubuntu distribution.  I did the same on my office machine on Wednesday. Overall, I’m quite pleased with Xubuntu and Ubuntu in general.  For the most part, everything just… Read More »


Fedora 11 First Impressions

By | June 13, 2009

So this week I did something unprecedented for me.  I downloaded and installed a new Fedora release the same week it was released officially.  After reading a bit about how stable and quick it is for others I decided to take the plunge.  I’ve now installed it on three machines (in this order): My laptop, an older Toshiba… Read More »


MediaTomb revisited

By | April 18, 2009

As I mentioned before, I keep coming back to MediaTomb, playing with it for a few hours and then going back to uShare.  Not this time.  For the last couple of days I’ve been reading a lot more on the MediaTomb wiki, particularly the scripting pages. I’m not sure why it wasn’t obvious to me before, but somehow… Read More »