Ryan Flowers

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Adventures in Servers

So, the site is loading on its new server. DNS is setup, the whole bit. I’m using Virtualmin on CentOS 7. Previously, I was using a VPS provided by my employer, but they are laying off their remote workforce, and so my server, and my job, are going away. It’s time that I had an …

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Adventures in Hard Drives

Western Digital Crispy Taters

“I don’t have time for backups.” These are the words spoken by those who have not yet lost data that they cared about. Most people undervalue their data, but when it is gone they realize how much work it’ll take to replace it, if it’s replaceable at all. Having seen several people go through this, I …

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Last of the Breed: A must-read epic by Louis L’Amour

As a youngster in High School, I enjoyed English more than any other class. Sometimes I found it maddening when the teachers forced us to read books I had zero interest in (I’m looking at you, The Lillies of the Field!) or books like Lord of the Flies, where I had more in common with the …

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What is a Container? And how is it different than a Virtual Machine?

What is a Container? How is it different than a Virtual machine? I’ve been wondering about this- I see lots of hype about how great containers are but I really didn’t understand them. Mind you, I don’ t need to understand them, professionally or otherwise. But still, I like keeping up on what’s new. This article …

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Living like Thoreau.. not all it’s cracked up to be?

image shamelessly stolen from http://juneauempire.com/neighbors/2013-02-24/accumulated-fragments-bear-man-admiralty-island-part-3

This article captures the essence of desire that lurks in many of us- to get away from it all and enjoy the peace and quiet in solitude. As a bona-fide introvert, one of my most memorable camping trips was solo. But this woman did more than that. She lived in the Alaskan wilderness and captured …

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