i nonni – new favorite restaurant

July 2, 2006

Two of our friends wanted to take us out for dinner last night, and took us to one of their favorite places – i nonni in Lilydale, MN. Tiff and I both think it’s about the best restaurant experience either of us have had. We had the calamaris for an appetizer, and if you ever […]

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[spam] more colo space available

May 9, 2006

For those of you who have contacted me regarding my last post on cheap colocation, I have space available again, since I’m upgrading to a full rack. The gist: 1U of colo space in Minneapolis for $50/mo, in a good datacenter. For more info, see my colocation page.

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warning (comment?) about dell’s completecare service

May 3, 2006

When I purchased my laptop a little bit over a year ago, I added Dell’s CompleteCare service to it. This was advertised (at the time) as “3-year Next Business Day Onsite warranty with CompleteCare”. To me, this implied that the CompleteCare service would be rendered on-site on the next-day. However, a couple weeks ago, I […]

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hp’s printer support under linux is getting better

May 3, 2006

Our printer (Epson Stylus Photo R200) died on us Monday night. I talked things over with Tiff, and we decided to go with an all-in-one printer, so she could do copying and such, too (she often could use that for work). One of my requirements was also to get a network-connected printer, so we don’t […]

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power protection is for wussies!

April 6, 2006

Well, or not. With the storms tonight, we had a ~20 second brownout.. and, of course, I don’t have most of my servers on UPS’s yet. I’ve got two APC Back-UPS NS 1250’s, and a APC Back-UPS Pro 1100.. but I’ve only got two of the UPS’s hooked up, and like three boxes on them. […]

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how to *not* get my business..

April 6, 2006

Today, I ran into this link again: http://www.kondra.com/circuit/circuit.html It discusses how to set up monitoring of your circuit panels to get detailed information on how much each circuit in your house is using. I’ve been looking to implement something similar at home, and I fired the author (Dave) an e-mail asking where he purchased his […]

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google analytics wordpress plugin

April 3, 2006

For those of you using WordPress and Google Analytics, you’ve got to check out this plugin: http://www.oratransplant.nl/uga It’ll track just about everything you can do on your blog with Google Analytics. Much larger feature set than any of ther others I’ve seen. Also much simpler than hacking the themes to add the code, which I […]

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New puppy!

March 30, 2006
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OK, it’s not the usual geeky fare that gets posted here.. but Tiff and I got a new puppy. His name is Chimo, and he’s a 4 month old Malemute/Lab mix. We’ve decided to make him a geeky dog, and set up a blog for him.. check it out!.

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new debian i386 libc6 packages for xen

March 23, 2006

As those of you who use Xen on the i386 arch know, the libc6 stuff can be rather annoying. The Debian libc6 developers have finally released a test glibc that includes xen compatibility — no more moving /lib/tls out of the way and losing performance! You can grab the packages from: http://people.debian.org/~aurel32/xen/ Hopefully these will […]

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new favorite music player for linux

March 4, 2006

Well, I used to swear by XMMS for a music player.. then I decided I wanted some nifty features like better KDE integration and last.fm updates (that’s where the last listened links came from on the right), so I decided to try out Amarok again. It’s great! It has all sorts of nifty features, like […]

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back to normal hours, finally!

February 27, 2006

After a few very tiresome weeks working night shifts for the Olympics (started at midnight on Friday the 10th, and had the midnight to 9am (well, 8:30 most days) shift every day until the last shift started at midnight on the 25th), I’m finally back to my normal hours, and only working Monday through Friday […]

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testing live streaming video on the nbcolympics.com site

February 26, 2006

Well, this weekend, we’re going to be trying a new experiment.. we’ll be putting a live stream of the gold metal hockey game between Sweden and Russia or Finland up on the NBC Olympics web site (streaming video is fun!). It’ll be interesting to see how it goes, and how well Akamai can handle the […]

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wordpress breakage?

February 25, 2006

Seems like pings aren’t working properly with WordPress 2.0… odd. I’ll have to keep playing with it. Appreciate any comments if other people are having this issue. I’m trying svn now, to see if it fixes anything..

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free fax to e-mail service

February 20, 2006

I’ve been using eFax Free for awhile, but have been having problems with a pile of spam faxes filling up the “free” 20 faxes a month, and having them cancel accounts on me. I finally found a decent replacement – k7. They offer a free DID in the Seattle area, with fax-/voicemail-to-email service. Seems to […]

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olympics site finally getting some attention

January 12, 2006

The company that I work for is responsible for the production (both the hosting environment and the actual design) of the NBC Olympics web site, and we’re finally starting to see some serious media attention focusing on the site – it’s nice. A local TV station interviewed a few people here, and put the report […]

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full suspend/resume *finally* working on my inspiron 6000

January 12, 2006

With the current version of the Linux kernel (2.6.15), some patches, and ATI’s fglrx driver version 8.20.8, software suspend/resume *finally* works, with full accelerated graphics support. Woohoo! Uptime on my laptop is now 6 days, and that involves many trips between home and work, and many suspend/resumes. If you’d like a copy of the scripts […]

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mt-daapd is teh cool

December 28, 2005

Tim (one of my co-workers) and I have been messing around with mt-daapd for the last couple days, and I gotta say, the software *rocks*! For those of you not familiar with DAAP, it’s the protocol that Apple uses for iTunes’s music operations over the network. mt-daapd is an open-source product that runs on Linux, […]

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Narnia rules!

December 10, 2005

Just got back from the new Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe movie. Man, that movie rules! I just read the book (well, all of them) a couple weeks ago (gotta re-read the books before seeing the movies, you know), and the movie is darn close to the book. I can only think […]

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Types of VPN available on Linux

November 22, 2005

Virtual Private Networks, or VPNs, are a way of securely accessing resources on your network from untrusted points on the internet. This page describes some of the various types of open-source VPN solutions that are available on Linux systems, with benefits and drawbacks for each solution. I’m not making a VPN comparison, per se, but […]

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apologies to people asking me for help with ipsec

November 22, 2005

Just want to issue a blanket apology to people who have e-mailed me for help with IPSec that I have not had time to respond to – I’ve been very busy lately, and unfortunately this has fallen on my priority list somewhat. I’ve been considering posting a forum on my site, to help me better […]

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using advanced routing to control traffic across your interfaces

November 21, 2005

[This page originally lived at http://www.natecarlson.com/linux/advanced-routing-in-out.php. I am working on migrating all content over to WordPress, which is why this post exists. This document is mostly up-to-date; please leave a comment with any changes!] One of my tasks at work has been to set up Nagios to monitor all of our critical services. In the […]

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