Bootstrapping ubuntu server on an external drive

I have a new 2TB drive that I am going to use to replace a drive on a much used server that is currently running gentoo (which I have increasingly less time to tend). So. I have this new drive in an external enclosure, and I want to bootstrap it with the new OS without having to do that “go reboot your computer with a USB key thing”. I want my OS on the disk, I want to test that all the services can be coerced to behave the way I need them to behave, and I want to do all this with a minimum of fuss and gymnastics.

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posted 29 August 2014
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DIY paper planner - with a cover

So. It took one day, and I had to make a cover. I couldn’t help myself. Thankfully, I have more scrapbooking supplies lying around than I know what to do with, so it didn’t take too long.

I wanted pockets. I wanted pseudo-lamination. I wanted something that could still flex backwards. No problem, right?

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posted 24 September 2013
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DIY paper planner

Cover view

Those that have known me for a long time know that I am a sucker for planner. The trouble is that I don’t use them much beyond the new planner honeymoon period (for any number of reasons).

With two kids and a change of house coming, I needed to do something for my overloaded brain, and no combination of apps on the phone is doing the job. Hubby and I do use Google calendars for a somewhat shared brain (at least with regard to who should be where and when), but I don’t like Google tasks much (and can’t unload work brain there, anyway). I also prefer hand-written lists and notes: I end up with little notes everywhere which doesn’t help when you’re already feeling overwhelmed!

So, I stumbled on DIY planner printables on Pinterest, and it got me thinking. None of the ones I saw were quite right, and I realized a few reasons why:

  • they tend to be over-regimented
  • many split up or squish the weekend in the week view
  • many use a lot of color, which is nice, but I have a black and white laser printer, so all that flash is lost on me

With all of that in mind, I made my own. It is sparse and unadorned, and has few boxes dedicated to this or that kind of note (to do, shopping list, contact list, etc.). This thing is basically all a to-do list of sorts, and I wanted to give myself room (with pen/pencil) to evolve how it works.

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posted 23 September 2013
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Cross-site search (1): Apache nutch

Our team needs a targeted search engine to allow searches across several websites (wikis, mostly), mailing list archives, and IRC logs.

I’m going to use Apache Nutch as the web crawler. In the way-back-of-beyond days, I had htdig as a webcrawler (who didn’t?), but it didn’t work very well.

I’ll be using Apache Solr as the searcher, and will run this on the Liberty Profile introduced with WebSphere Application Server v8.5. disclaimer: I am the development lead for the Liberty Profile. I think it is awesome. I am biased.

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posted 19 June 2012
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lubuntu 11.04 on a thinkpad w520

Getting ready to do some travelling for work (Hooray for people that love our alpha!), and figured I should move things from my much beloved purple Dell (which is the quadcore I got when I needed one), to the Lenovo Thinkpad W520 that is my official business issued laptop.

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posted 12 October 2011
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