The ramblings of a Linux geek

Feb 5, 2013 - 3 minute read - Comments - General

2 years pass, am I still alive?

Yes, in fact, I am.

The past couple years have actually been quite busy for me. Just not, unfortunately, in a technical/geek way. I started this blog because I tend to be the kind of guy that gets a fun idea for a computer or techie item and tries it out just because.

I like to mess with different linux distributions, install weird software, randomly change out my dedicated firewalls for our home, etc. I figured that if I documented some of these things that are never quite as easy as advertised, it might help out some other people.

Dec 28, 2010 - 3 minute read - Comments - General Linux

Remove black borders/bars in ps3mediaserver

Nasty Borders!

Hey all, welcome back.

Recently I picked myself up a PS3 (Ok, so I bought it for the “kid” for “christmas” ;)), and wanted to serve my video files to my 42″ HDTV. Now, I think there are three kinds of people when it comes to watching videos on these HDTV’s. You’ve got those that want a film to be stretched to fit width-wise, maintaining it’s aspect ratio, and just adding the black borders to the top and bottom as filler. This preserves the “look” of the video so that nothing is misproportioned. Then you have those, like me, that don’t mind if people get a little taller and skinnier, but just can’t stand having half the screen be wasted black space. The third is those that don’t care. There’s always a group for those that don’t care :D.

Mar 31, 2010 - 3 minute read - Comments - General Linux N810

Miss Me?

Hello World!

Update: Everything in this post is outdated.  pyPianobar is discontinued, and the Feral Druid’s rotation is both wrong, and no longer maintained.

I know I’ve been missing lately; I have gotten myself pretty busy between WoW, setting up an HA/LB (High Availability/Load Balancing) web and database server(s) for a client and just time with the family.

If you haven’t seen it before, Ultra Monkey is quite a simple and nice set of tools to manage an HA/LB configuration – and it has several good example configurations to get you started.

Dec 4, 2009 - 5 minute read - Comments - General Linux

Random Ramblings


I realized that I have been somewhat neglecting my blog of late.  I have a very valid and perfectly acceptable excuse however – I have re-addicted myself to WoW.   World of Warcraft has, of course, become a perfectly acceptable reason to miss work, ignore your spouse, neglect your kids, and make new “real” friends that are approximately the size of my pinky.

Oct 31, 2009 - 5 minute read - Comments - General

I am officially an RHCE!


Today’s post is just my thoughts on my most recent class + exam.  The RHCE is considered by many people to be one of the best (and most difficult) Linux-based certifications that an SA can get.  For that reason, I have desperately wanted this certification for quite some time, but I could never afford the cost.