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Montevideo Uruguay

IMG_3018I recently had the pleasure of visiting Montevideo Uruguay for work. To be honest before working at my current employer I had never really heard of the country other than knowing it was in Latin America.

After my most recent trip in February to Montevideo I must say if you have never been you should make a point to visit – it’s AMAZING!

To start with after leaving the cold winter months of the US the summer weather in Uruguay was amazing, just right at 70-85 every day. I was lucky enough to stay at the Sheraton  downtown and I must say the hotel was very nice. Outside of the hotel was a restaurant called Negroni and it was some of the best food I have had in my life! If you go DO try the mushroom and ham pizza and the jack daniels provolone!

Okay so you ask what else is there in Uruguay other than amazing food and weather… Well in short, LOTS! The beaches were great, for the history buffs and architecture lovers the “old town” is amazing and definitely worth a trip. But all of that does not top the best part of my trip, the PEOPLE! The natives are some of the best people I have ever had the pleasure to meet. I speak very little Spanish and not once was it an issue. Everyone tried to speak to me and where we could not jive a “passer by” would stop to help me translate. Out side of translating everyone was just flat out friendly and wanted to ensure I had a great time – in and out of the tourist areas. I have been very few if any places in the world the people were so great and love of ones country was so strong!

Enjoy a few photos below and do make a point to visit the wonderful country of Uruguay!

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Mac OS Yosemite and ZFS raid not mounting

I recently updated my mac pro from Mavericks to Yosemite.  Afterwords my ZFS raid 5 stopped working (was not seen by the system). Please read this entire guide and the warnings before trying to fix your issue! Also please backup your data before trying to fix your zfs raid.

To fix this I did the following:

Downloaded ZFS 1.2.7 from HERE
Reboot your mac

Next i upgraded my zpool from Terminal

zpool upgrade data (NOTE: data is the name of my zpool change this to your zpool’s name.)

After all this i noticed the mount point for my zpool was not set so i set the mount point.

zfs set mountpoint=/Volumes/data data

To verify the above command worked i displayed the mount points

zfs get mountpoint data

After this i saw that it was not mounted so to mount the pool you do

zfs mount data

After this I was able to use my raid 5 drive.

***Please note*** the content of this article has only been tested on one system – if you chose to try it do so at your own risk and backup any data before starting! This is meant as a high leave guide that may not work on your system and may not contain all the steps!

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Meet Parker

Just a quick post – but meet Parker, a new member of my family! He is a great little kitten who is playful and really enjoys hanging out with me.

When I got this kitten he was .7 lbs, now he’s almost 3 lbs he’s growing fast!

Hes a handful but a blast to have around.

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This was him a week later

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Installing WebKeePass

I wanted to install WebKeePass, an easy to use password manager which helps you to manage your passwords in a secure way via a web interface. Its also totally free and very robust which were major bonus in my oppinion. There are many quides out there but I did not find a single complete, end-to-end, guide that walks you though the install as well as enabling the app to start and stop on server boot and shutdown.

Below are the steps I took. As always follow these at your own risk and its very helpful if you have linux experience to tailor these steps to your system, as I did.

To give you a bit of background on my environment, my server runs Ubuntu 14.04 server 64 bit and all steps are based on that.

INSTALL BEGIN HERE

PHASE 1 (installing the app)

1) SSH to the Ubuntu box install Java on the box:
– For Oracle Java 7:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:webupd8team/java
sudo appt-get update
sudo apt-get install oracle-java7-installer

2) Set the JAVA_HOME environment variable

cd /etc
nano environment
  –> insert the line: “JAVA_HOME=/usr/lib/jvm/java-7-oracle” at the bottom of the file.

This is what mine looks like:

PATH=”/usr/local/sbin:/usr/local/bin:/usr/sbin:/usr/bin:/sbin:/bin:/usr/games:/$
JAVA_HOME=/usr/lib/jvm/java-7-oracle

3) Reboot the machine

sudo shutdown –r now

4) Using SCP/Filezilla on your machine, copy the latest build of Web KeePass to your server. You can download it here:

http://sourceforge.net/projects/webkeepass/files/

5) Unzip the file:

unzip WebKeePass-3.xxxxx.zip

6) change to the WebKeyPass directory we just

cd WebKeePass3-xxxxx

7) make the installer execuatable

chmod a+x Install.sh

8) run the installer

./install.sh
 (i ran this as root because I will run the app as root)

9) The installer will prompt you for several questions

Specify the installation directory (e.g. /WebKeePass I created this directory before i started the install and set the permissions and ownership) and the Java directory (e.g. JAVA_HOME=/usr/lib/jvm/java-7-oracle)

10) Specify the admin and normal user accounts and password

11) Specify the encryption that should be used (e.g. DES, AES, BlowFish (I recommend AES but do your research))

12) Once everything is installed change to the /WebKeePass directory

cd /WebKeePass

12) Set the startup file to executable

chmod a+x ./startup.sh

13) Set all filed in the tomcat bin directory to executable.

chmod a+x jakarta-tomcat-5.5.7/bin/*

14) Start the app

./startup.sh

if all goes well, you will be able to see the following lines:

root@webkeepass:/WebKeePass# ./startup.sh
Using CATALINA_BASE: /WebKeePass/jakarta-tomcat-5.5.7
Using CATALINA_HOME: /WebKeePass/jakarta-tomcat-5.5.7
Using CATALINA_TMPDIR: /WebKeePass/jakarta-tomcat-5.5.7/temp
Using JAVA_HOME: /usr/lib/jvm/java-7-oracle

and you will be able to access WebKeePass at:

https://<your server’s ip>:8443

PHASE 2 (if wanted to automate the startup and shutdown of the app)

At this point life is good and you can use the app as is, however I wanted to be able to have the app start and stop on boot. So in the /WebKeePass folder I modified the startup script and created a shutdown scrip. You can copy these or make your own:

1) Create a startup script

nano /WebKeePass/startup.sh

2) Enter these lines in the startup script

export JAVA_HOME=/usr/lib/jvm/java-7-oracle
cd /WebKeePass/jakarta-tomcat-5.5.7/bin/
./startup.sh

3) Create a shutdown script

nano /WebKeePass/shutdown.sh

4) Enter these lines in the shutdown script

root@hosting:/WebKeePass# cat /WebKeePass/shutdown.sh
cd /WebKeePass/jakarta-tomcat-5.5.7/bin/
./shutdown.sh

5) Next I created a script for my inet.d folder to use to start/stop and restart the app as a service. For now I did this in the /WebKeePass folder to test it but once working I moved it to /etc/init.d

nano  /WebKeePass/webkeypass

6) If your setup is exactly like mine enter these lines into the script (other wise please modify it to fit your installation)

#! /bin/sh
### BEGIN INIT INFO
# Provides: WebKeePass
# Required-Start: $remote_fs $syslog
# Required-Stop: $remote_fs $syslog
# Default-Start: 2 3 4 5
# Default-Stop: 0 1 6
# Short-Description: WebKeePass
# Description: This file starts and stops WebKeyPass server
#
### END INIT INFO

case “$1” in
start)
/WebKeePass/startup.sh
;;

stop)
/WebKeePass/shutdown.sh
sleep 10
;;

restart)
/WebKeePass/shutdown.sh
sleep 20
/WebKeePass/startup.sh
;;
*)
echo “Usage: WebKeePass {start|stop|restart}” >&2
exit 3
;;
esac

7) Now lets  make the script executable and test the script

sudo chmod a+x

./webkeepass start (should start the app)
./webkeepass stop (should stop the app)
./webkeepass restart (should restart the app)

8) if this worked lets copy the script to /etc/init.d

mv /WebKeePass/webkeepass /etc/init.d

9) register the script

sudo update-rc.d webkeepass defaults

10) Reboot your server, if everything worked your app will start on its own now.

Enjoy!

 

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R.I.P. Zoey

After fighting for her life for several weeks my sweet kitty girl, Zoey, lost the battle today and went to kitty heaven. For the last five years she has been my best friend and by far the best cat I have ever had. May she rest in piece!

I will miss you!

Zoey

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