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SpaceX Iridium-7 launch

[photos: flickr – SpaceX Iridium-7] After not being able to make the Iridium-6 and NASA InSight launches I was eager to make the next launch from Vandenberg. Last night I drug along a friend and we pulled an all-nighter driving down to Lompoc and back for the SpaceX Iridium-7 launch. I’m wore out but at […]

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Through a long story of poor planning and choices, I recently found myself trying to get home in the middle of the night in the suburbs without my vehicle and with a dead iPhone. In the beginning the idea was to just summon an Uber or Lyft to take me home. I realized my battery […]

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I renewed my mail server’s TLS certs the other day and noticed that Alpine had problems verifying my certificate chain. (Yes I still use a text based email). (Of course after I figured all of this out and changed my Google queries a bit, I found where other people hit the same problem back in […]

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A/K/A Ubuntu for CentOS kickstart users I needed to install Ubuntu on a server so I finally got around to figuring out how to do an automated, unattended installation. Specifically, how to install Ubuntu on bare-metal over the network using an existing PXE setup in an all-CentOS environment, as you would in a datacenter. I […]

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It turns out when you run debmirror on CentOS 7 from EPEL, it sneakily (not really) lays down a configuration file in /etc/debmirror.conf. Despite the ‘-d‘ argument, e.g. ‘-d xenial,xenial-security,xenial-updates‘, it happily tries to mirror the sid distribution. I saw other people having this problems and it was maddeningly to finally figure it out at […]

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[flickr: trinity site] [flickr: white sands missile museum park] [flickr: new mexico museum of space history] [flickr: titan missile museum] The very first detonation of a nuclear device happened in New Mexico and was called “Trinity”. Two times a year people can go out onto the White Sands Missile Range to visit the Trinity site. […]

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Dark Angel Medical training

I’m fresh off of two medical classes in August, first the NOLS Wilderness First Responder course, then a two day “Direct Action Response Training” by Dark Angel Medical. The DART course went over how to use a personal trauma kit (a/k/a individual first aid kit, or IFAK) and responding to immediate life-threatening events, such as […]

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The always self-sufficient side in me has always been fascinated by wilderness medicine, how do you care for somebody who’s hurt/sick when you’re hours or days away from care? How do you improvise what you need to treat that person and make it possible to move them? When I was growing up in a rural […]

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Let’s say you’re an customer of an Oklahoma ISP with ADSL2 service and you use a Ubiquiti EdgeRouter for your router instead of the one they supplied. One day they decide to upgrade their customers to VDSL2, send out BEC Technologies BEC 8920NE gateways to the customer, and now use PPPoE. Your old ADSL2 modem […]

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Moab or bust, busted

So yeah, I’m still around! I have a month off from work so I’ve been bumming around from one thing to another.  My truck just rolled 300,000 miles recently and I finally got around to having * replaced as part of regular maintenance.  I’ve been wanting to head off on some roadtrips but not really […]

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