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Whats in my backpack?

I have seen a few posts online recently about the tools and technology people use on a day to day basis.    A few components that I have no one seems to have mentioned yet.  So I thought it was probably a good idea to share my list. I will probably do a separate list…
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2FA

In this day and age, two-factor authentication (2FA)  is basically a must. I try and use it on any system that supports it. I have a Yubikey and I am a massive fan of this but not everything supports U2F and sometimes it’s not convenient.  I recently have seen an announcement that Yubikey is developing a…
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New Laptop

I decided it was about time I replaced my trusted MacBook Air that I purchased back in 2011.   After waiting and watching the Apple announcements over the last couple of years I decided the MacBook Pro’s weren’t worth it.   So I have replaced my Air with yes you guessed it  another MacBook Air.…
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And now for something completely different

I have worked for my current employer Zen Internet for  3.5 years.  Over that time I have changed roles from what was originally a customer focused role into a role with one of the core platform teams.  This has meant looking after the majority of the Internal and customer Virtual platforms.  During this time Zen has…
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AWS IoT Button

AWS IOT Button Back Story: My AWS Solution Archictect certification is due to expire in the next 6 months and given I have not done a huge amount with AWS since getting certified I thought it was worth kicking the tyres again and running a few bits and pieces within AWS. One of the first…
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Nutanix CE 5.6

Nutanix CE 5.6   I have been running Nutanix CE at home for quite a while now and the new version has just dropped so I had to try it out.   I decided to destroy the current ( Single Node ) Cluster that I was running and start again.   This was for a few reasons…
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Nutanix Command Reference Guide

  Nutanix Command List This is a list of Nutanix commands I have found useful. Its here as a reference and if i need a command more than a few times ill generally add it here. CLI ncli cluster get-domain-fault-tolerance-status type=node  ( Checks if all of the storage components meet the desired replication factor) cvm_shutdown…
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Pi-Hole – Taking back control of your DNS

Pi-Hole I have seen a few posts on twitter recently about people running the Pi-Hole software for network-wide ad blocking.   The software was originally built to run on a Rasberry Pi and therefore is very lightweight.   I don’t have any Pi’s so i thought lets test it in a VM. Build I spun…
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AWS Lightsail

AWS Lightsail I have been running this blog on-top of some of my Infrastructure at home but the performance ( due to my connection) has never been stunning. So I decided to move it over to an AWS Lightsail instance to investigate more about the newer VPS service from Amazon and to hopefully help anyone…
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AWS Status Page – Monitoring Included

AWS Status Page – Enhancements In a previous post, I deployed a basic AWS status page.  The tool I deployed lambstatus supports pulling metrics from AWS Cloudwatch and displaying them.  As part of my personal development, I thought I would include this on my status page. I managed to get this working as can be…
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