Fixing SA’s power network

There’s a lot of buzz at the moment about a Twitter conversation between Elon Musk and Mike Cannon-Brookes about fixing South Australia’s power issues. Elon says he can fix the issue in 100 days by providing 100+MW of battery storage. Mike Cannon-Brookes says he can find the money and deal with the politics. As a member…

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LetsEncrypt / Certbot – Virtualhost vs VirtualHost

Certbot, formerly letsencrypt is a great tool for setting up SSL certificates on websites. I love being able to quickly, easily and for free, setup a HTTPS SSL (TLS) certificate. I use apache to host lots of WordPress sites, custom sites (e.g Symfony) and the like and Certbot helps keep them secure. Except when it…

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My ~/.bash_aliases 2017

I have a base ~/.bash_aliases file which I normally use Ansible to update on various servers when needed and thought I’d share it. This is intended for sys admins using Ubuntu. [ Download the bash aliases file here ] The main aliases are : ll – I use this ALL the time, it’s `ls -aslch` and shows the…

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Looking Forward to 2017

Looking ahead, it seems like there’s some crucial parts of 2017 that I’m looking forward to. Mainly a 4-6week period around March and April. Emma my sister’s wedding on the 12th March. Then flying to Brisbane to help organise and also finish prepping my ZDay speech which will be on the 2nd day of ZDay,…

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SA Power outage Blackstart in relatively plain English

On Wednesday 28 September 2016 at 4:16pm South Australia had a state wide power outage, a black start event. I, like most people were still at work and managed to continue working for a couple of hours thanks to laptop batteries and mobile phone internet. Although riding my bike home would have been crazy given the…

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Personal Weekly Review – 12 item list

If you don’t learn from your mistakes, you are doomed to repeat them. As such, doing a regular review is important and talked about in plenty of life hacking / self-help books. The thing is, I’ve had a weekly repeating Google Calendar entry about doing a weekly review for years, but it just said “Weekly Review”….

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Initial Ansible Install on Ubuntu

Because I have to run this on any new Ansible or Vagrant machine, here’s a note to myself to make this a little faster. For Ubuntu Linux machines sudo apt-get –assume-yes install nano man git python # For a new, minimal install of Ubuntu, e.g a Vagrant Box, they don’t even include a ~/.bashrc file nor nano…

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Can the REM stack be a thing

REM stack : React Express MongoDB   It’s like the MEAN stack which means Mongo, Express, Angular Node. But Express is built on top of Node and is redundant. The other stack I still use a bit of LAMP. Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP. If you like the idea then you can retweet this. Can the…

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PHP5.6 (or higher) on Ubuntu 14.04

Ubuntu 14.04’s official repo isn’t going to support PHP 5.6 or above. I’m currently on v5.5.9-1 and needed to move to a higher version for a Symfony PHP app I’m working on. Most googling shows you the outdated answer so here’s the commands that worked for me. sudo apt-get install python-software-properties sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ondrej/php sudo…

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Synology NAS – Start with the smaller drives first

When you are setting up a Synology NAS, such as the 8 bay ( DS1815+ ) system I got, you’ll want to start with your smallest drive first and add larger ones over time. If you start with your biggest drive, you won’t be able to make use of the smaller ones.   The reason is best…

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