I started a new company

In addition to my small business IT consulting company (Badger IT Solutions, LLC), I now own and operate Kenosha Yard Care.

Kenosha Yard Care is an all season residential yard service company with a strong belief in providing affordable and quality yard services such as lawn mowing, spring and fall cleanups, core aeration, snow blowing, shoveling plus more.

If you or someone you know lives in the Kenosha area and is need of any yard services, please head to the Kenosha Yard Care website for out complete list of services as well as the phone number, or an easy online form to request a free estimate.

Installing Unifi Video (NVR) on Debian Wheezy

Add a sources.list file for the Unifi repo

sudo sh -c ‘echo “deb [arch=amd64] http://www.ubnt.com/downloads/unifi-video/apt wheezy ubiquiti” > /etc/apt/sources.list.d/unifi-video.list’

Add the GPG key

wget -O – http://www.ubnt.com/downloads/unifi-video/apt/unifi-video.gpg.key | sudo apt-key add -

Update your repos

sudo apt-get update

Install unifi-video

sudo apt-get install unifi-video

Access the interface to initiate configuration

https://hostname:7443

Installing Unifi v3 on Debian Wheezy

This post is specific to installing the current stable (3.2.1) release of the Unifi controller software on Debian Wheezy.

Edit your sources.list file and add the following line.

deb http://www.ubnt.com/downloads/unifi/distros/deb/debian debian

Add the GPG key

sudo apt-key adv –keyserver keyserver.ubuntu.com –recv C0A52C50

Update your repos

sudo apt-get update

Install the v3 of Unifi

sudo apt-get install unifi-rapid

Note: If you already have v2 installed, you can simply remove unifi and then install unifi-rapid. That will upgrade your current config (at least it did for me).

Death By Chocolate – Mixed Drink

This looks like something I should really try. Found via the Instagram user, TipsyBartender.

Death By Chocolate - Mixed Drink
Recipe type: Mixed Drink
 
Ingredients
  • ½ oz. (15ml) Vodka
  • 1 oz. (30ml) Irish Cream
  • ½ oz. (15ml) Dark Creme de Cacao
  • Large Scoop of Chocolate Ice Cream
  • Whipped Cream
  • Chocolate Shavings or Sprinkles
  • Oreo Cookie
Instructions
  1. Mix alcohol and ice cream in blender
  2. Pour in glass and top with whipped cream, sprinkles, and an Oreo
  3. Enjoy

Screenshot 2014-05-30 10.46.50

Arch Linux Home Server Challenge…Accepted

On a recent episode of Linux Action Show, Chris talked about his new home server setup based on Arch Linux. As a long time Arch Linux user myself, the thought of a server based on Arch is a bit concerning, but the points Chris made about going with Arch are valid. Being that if you keep the Arch install simple and focused, chances of breakage are greatly reduced, and you get the benefit of a rolling release with modern and constantly updated¬† packages. But there is still that Arch risk of a broken system when a package fails or the developers decide to make a major system change and you update the system without keeping track of Arch news. Yes, that’s happened to me plenty of times with my desktop install.

I’ve decided to give this a try myself following Chris’s model, using virtualized installs of Arch that are focused on specific tasks. I will also use Proxmox as the host and Arch Linux as the guests. I’m not familiar at all with Proxmox, and currently don’t have any powerful computers for an apples to apples comparison. I also won’t be going with a separate FreeNAS storage solution for all the data. However, I do think this will still be a great learning experiment and kind of fun. If I’m really happy with the results, maybe I will invest in some better hardware.

Also, I will do my best to to document my setup and install notes on my wiki here: http://cdavis.us/wiki/index.php?title=Arch_Linux_Home_Server_Challenge

Am I going back to an iPhone??

More than likely I am.

I was an iPhone user for years, and switched to a Nexus 5 back in March (when I became a Ting customer). I really like the Nexus 5 and plenty of others things about Android, HOWEVER, I think I am going back to iPhone. This decision has been made easier now that I can go iPhone 5 on ting (wasn’t available when I became a customer).

My phone, more than anything is a tool for my job. And frankly, apps that I rely on for my business simply do not exist in the Android world, and ones that do, act and perform different on Android (in a bad way).

The Nexus 5 is a great phone and I love, love, love the screen size. But for usability (for me and my needs), I think I have to stick with iPhone.

I’ll continue to monitor the state of Android through my Nexus 7, which works perfectly for its use.

My Android conversion gripes

funny cartoon androidI’ve been officially running Android for a couple of months now, and while the transition has been mostly pain free, I still have 3 issues that leave me kind of missing my iPhone.

  1. There is no Android Twitter client that compares to Tweetbot. I’ve tried the official Twitter app, Tweetcaster, Plume, and Carbon so far. And because they are all lacking in some way, I find myself rarely using Twitter anymore, unless I’m on my iPad. I’ve heard some good things about Tweetings, but I’d have to shell out $3 just to try it, and I’m not willing to do that just yet. So still looking for a decent Twitter app.
  2. Music. I still to this very day don’t have any idea how to easily listen to my music on Android. Yup, I am coming from the iTunes/iPhone world, where all this worked very, very good. I guess Android doesn’t even have a built in music app, so you have to install one. But there’s tons of choices, and none them look amazing. And what’s the best way to get my music files on my phone?? It’s just too much of a pain in the ass. So for now, I’m relying on my Pandora subscription for music, but that doesn’t allow to to listen to specific songs. I’ll post back when I find out a solution. Or feel free to share what works for you.
  3. The last issue, which isn’t too big, but is annoying, is not having Airplay anymore. While I don’t have any way to listen to my music yet, I do listen to a lot of podcasts and I’ve settled on Pocket Casts and my podcast app of choice. While it’s not as good as Downcast was on the iPhone, it works pretty well. But I like to listen to podcasts while I work and I used to Airplay them to the receiver I have in my office. I miss that. For now, I’m just using a cheap bluetooth speaker, but I look forward to the day I can send the audio of my phone back through my sweet sound system.

So those are my 3 major gripes. Aside from that, I really love the phone, and I love my provider, Ting. If Apple ever releases a larger screen phone, and that phone becomes available on Ting, there is a strong chance I would go back (at least as my feelings about Android stand right now).

Growing my own pineapple

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So I discovered this idea on Pinterest. I twisted the top off of a pineapple and set it in a shallow dish of water. After a couple of weeks, I’m going to transfer it to a pot and see what happens. If it doesn’t die on me, supposedly I could have my very own pineapple in two years. Yeah, I know, that’ same long ass time, but I’m super curious if it will work. I’ll post updates periodically.

If you have an AOL account…

It’s time to change your password and security questions.

Read more on my company blog.

First updates broke mysql

I wrote a little bit about how my first batch of updates on my new Digital Ocean droplet running Ubuntu 14.04 broke mysql.

Read it here: http://techz.us/2014/04/24/mysql-update-broke-my-ubuntu-14-04-server/

 

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