My Take On Quality Open Source Projects

First I will say that I have never managed an open-source project. I have only been a contributor and user. I have used many open-source projects and have managed many IT projects.

I'm going to outline some of my ideas here which I believe are the most important factors to …

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Story about alarm flase positives

Recently my alarm kept triggering and I couldn't figure out why. I first figured out which motion sensor was causing it. That helped a bit, but not enough. I then boosted up the logging and discovered (1) it happened very rarely when nobody was home and (2) also around the …

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And we're back!!

After being down for almost a year, we're back! This is no longer brendon.com, it's brendon.net!

Wordpress has been updated thanks to wp-cli. I can't believe this thing want's FTP enabled to auto-update!

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Home Automation in the Cloud

I setup a home automation system in my house and it runs from the cloud. Yup, you read that correctly. I do understand a lot of "home automation" now runs from the cloud but my definition of home automation isn't Hue, Smarthome, Nest, or one of the other half-baked systems …

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Book Review - Mastering Zabbix

I was asked by Packt Publishing to give the book Mastering Zabbix a review. It's by Andrea Dalle Vacche and Stefano Kewan Lee, copyright 2013.

I found it most interesting to see what topics they covered as the book title states, "Mastering Zabbix" vs. not covered. Many things I've done …

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Installing Zabbix 2.2.x on CentOS The Easy Way!

Original Posting and Script

This is an updated script to install Zabbix 2.2.x on CentOS/Red Hat 6. I have tested it on CentOS 6.5. The script was made for Zabbix 2.2.1, but if you modify the ZBX_VER variable in the script, it should work …

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iTunes Error - cannot save library, not enough memory

Yes, we all know iTunes sucks, but some of us are stuck with it. Anyway, I was receiving an error like "iTunes Library file cannot be saved not enough memory". I didn't save the exact error, I should have.

Anyway, I loaded up process monitor and noticed a lot of …

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Installing Zabbix 2.0.x on CentOS The Easy Way!

Update: This has been updated for 2.2.x. Follow this link.

Original Posting and Script

This is an updated script to install Zabbix 2.0.x on CentOS/Red Hat 6. I have tested it on CentOS 6.2. The script was made for Zabbix 2.0.1, but …

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Activate an interface without assigning an IP (Debian/Ubuntu)

There have been many times I have needed to run NTOP on a Debian host and got it working, but never set it up 100% correctly. Usually I'd get NTOP working and configured and by that time I was too anxious to wrap it up. I'd modify /etc/rc.local …

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OS X and Windows 7 and Me

This is about my experience with OS X from my perspective -- don't forget, everyone's different. This all took place over a little more than a year.

Chapter 1 - Introduction to Mac

About a year ago I purchased a MacBook Air and was excited to get it up and running and …

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Are we in with the new Btrfs? (with NFS and ESXi)

Not so fast folks!

As always, we're trying different things. I recently used some older parts and created a Server with 2.6.39 (Debian) that has a 3ware card and a Btrfs filesystem. LVM was placed on top of the 3ware partition and then Btrfs was put on top …

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Installing Zabbix 1.8.x on CentOS The Easy Way!

Update: This has been updated for 2.2.x. Follow this link.

Original Posting and Script

This is an updated script to install Zabbix 1.8.x on CentOS/Red Hat 5. I have tested it on CentOS 5.4. The script was made for Zabbix 1.8.0, but …

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Excluding .svn from Windows Search in Windows 7

As I see it, its not possible to exclude .svn directories from Windows Search. At least not in Windows 7. Before Windows 7, I was using Copernic to index my data, but I thought I'd give the Microsoft solution a try. Hours later after modifying the registry and group policy …

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ZFS = Amazing Disk Based Backups

A project I was recently involved with was basically revamping a failing Backup system due to the environment outgrowing Symantec Backup Exec. The environment was mostly UNIX. Backups were inconsistent and a lot of administration and babysitting had to occur for a good set of tapes to get ready for …

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The Landmark Forum Experience… why not?

Recently I attended The Landmark Forum and had a very positive experience. Luckily, I took the advice of my friend to take the class and did ZERO research before signing up. If I had done some research, I think I would have NOT signed up. I believed his word that …

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Installing Zabbix The Easy Way

Update: This has been updated for 1.8.x. Follow this link.

I was following the Zabbix forums and people are constantly having problems installing Zabbix.

To make things easier, I wrote a magic install script for CentOS/Red Hat 5. I have tested it on CentOS 5.2.

Basically …

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Installing Zabbix v1.6.1 on Debian Etch

As of this writing, Etch is the current "stable" version of Debian.

This is how to install Zabbix!

  1. Add an unstable deb-src repository to your sources.list. If you have problems later, make sure the following deb-src line is the only deb-src line in your sources.list file.

    echo "deb-src …
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About

Thanks for visiting my site! My name is Brendon Baumgartner, and this is my weblog about various technical subjects and the occasional personal topic.

Personal Information

I live in the Bay Area, California. When I’m not working or sitting at the computer, I’m playing kickball, going out with …

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Box Backup, the unknown remote backup gem

Box Backup specs:

  • Server: UNIX (probably Linux), with a lot of hard disk space
  • Clients: UNIX or windows. Clients can be configured as lazy (CDP) or snapshot mode

What it does well:

  • File level backups from UNIX or Windows hosts

What it doesn't do:

  • Application level backups such as MS …
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Open-E Review, Not a Storage Server

About a year ago, a client needed a NetApp (NFS server), but the IPO wasn't there yet, and the startup's balance sheet was still in the Red. Needless to say after a few trials, we ended up with Open-E DSS because of budget constraints.

Oh what a roller-coaster it has …

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My First Entry... What's the point of blogging and why I'm here

I'm constantly online reading, writing, and more reading. When I have a problem I'm trying to solve, I start googling. I start skimming the search results, weeding out the bogus entries in my head. We all know that a URL says a lot about the quality of the search result …

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