Quick Fix for WordPress Table Text Wrapping

wordpress-icon-smWordPress enforces sensible defaults for views and text wrapping that addresses most blogging purposes.  Sometimes you want to work around these defaults.  Recently I needed to expand text-wrapping behavior for tables to not break apart words to fit the default theme formatting.  Here’s how this is accomplished, hoping it saves other people time. Continue reading

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Create an HD Gaming Capture/Streaming Setup with Linux

openbroadcastsoftware-iconTux-PodcastingI recently created a dedicated game recording/streaming setup using OBS Studio on Fedora Linux.  This lets me capture and stream real-time full 1080p video and audio from another machine playing video games.  Read on for the hardware and setup details, let’s get started. Continue reading

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Automate Nagios Monitoring with Ansible

nagiosansibleInfrastructure monitoring is important and there’s lots of tools for it.  I’m fond of Nagios – it’s very mature and customizable but it’s also a giant pain in the ass to setup.  Here’s how to save time deploying and managing Nagios with Ansible. Continue reading

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Fun and Profit with Reverse SSH Tunnels and AutoSSH

openssh-logoSometimes you just need to get to things remotely.  Those things might be behind an unbudging firewall with no way to forward proper ports for remote access, or perhaps you just want it setup access to resources this way.  I recently needed to establish a persistent connection to a new Raspberry Pi setup remotely where the ISP did not allow proper port forwards.  Luckily you can use reverse SSH tunneling and AutoSSH (automated tunnel persistence) and carry on. Continue reading

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Secure, Distributed Password Resources with GPG, Git and Vim

gnupgThere are many tools to manage passwords and sensitive resources, some cost money or are closed commercial products.  I’m going to show you how to create a secure, distributed and encrypted remote password repository using Open Source tools like GPG and Git.  I use the GPG vim plugin for easy decryption, editing and encryption of files.  This is one simple, secure way for a distributed team to share sensitive data.  Let’s get started. Continue reading

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Browbeat Is now an OpenStack Project

openstack_logoBrowbeat is an Open Source performance tuning and analysis tool for OpenStack clouds, and something I’ve been contributing to lately on my new team.  As of this OpenStack commit Browbeat has moved to the openstack.org namespace and is on the way to becoming a big tent project.  Browbeat also automates deployment of common analysis tools like ELK, Graphite/Grafana and Collectd with many more features coming along quickly. Continue reading

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How to Make Killer Lasagna for Eight

cooking_iconHere’s a recipe for homemade lasagna that feeds eight hungry people (or less with great leftovers).  We’ll be using mostly ingredients you can find at a local grocery store and it will cost you about 40‎€ (in Dublin, Ireland) or about 5€ per person and will take around three hours.  We’ll be using minced pork and beef here, but traditionally you should also use veal if you like.  Let’s get started. Continue reading

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Quick and Dirty Remote Execution with Ansible

ansibleAnsible is a wonderful tool for orchestration, configuration management and automating a lot of tasks you’d never want to do by hand.  Sometimes you just need to get in there and run a few commands across a bunch of different systems.  These systems might listen on different SSH ports, or require different entry-point users.  Parallel SSH (pssh) can be useful but I find Ansible to fit the bill even better.  Here’s some useful examples. Continue reading

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Automate 7 Days to Die Game Server Deployment with Ansible

7days_icon7 Days to Die is an extremely fun apocalyptic zombie survival crafting game with much less emphasis on the crafting and more on survival.  It’s a cross between the good building aspects of Minecraft, with the bleak realism of Rust or DayZ and early character progression of Everquest classic.  It runs natively in Linux, Mac or Windows.  Here I’ll show you how to automate deploying a gameserver using Ansible.

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Manage Test/Development Linux VMs with qcow2 and Libvirt

libvirtLogoTuxI often need to quickly revert virtual machines used for testing to a known good, vanilla state without doing anything by hand.  QEMU provides a great set of tools to help.  Here’s a simple tool to wrap all of it together, giving you a pristine, “gold” copy that you can quickly revert to after changes. Continue reading

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Trick out your Vim Editor

vim-iconI’ve been a long-time vim user, dating back to when I figured out how to exit the damn thing.  Over the years I’ve tried various vimrc configurations, plugins and looks and even other editors but I’ve always come back to it for a few reasons: the main one being that you’re guaranteed it will be installed on any server you touch.  I’m sharing my vim setup here and how to use the same one if you like it. Continue reading

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Automate Deployment of the ELK/EFK Stack with Ansible

ELK_IconansibleI recently needed to completely automate deploying a full ELK/EFK stack and clients and didn’t find anything that suited my needs so I wrote the playbooks for this in Ansible.  This was my first real foray into automation with Ansible, hope it’s useful to others. Continue reading

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OpenStack Summit 2016 – Trystack, the free OpenStack Sandbox

openstack_logoFollowing onto the previous Trystack.org talk at Devconf 2016, we presented at the 2016 Austin OpenStack Summit.  Following the same format as the previous talk we covered some exciting updates around RDO Liberty/Mitaka, OpenStackID integration, datacenter hardware and network upgrades/expansion and lots of free OpenStack.  Here’s a summary below, updated with resources and slides mentioned during the talk. Continue reading

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Installing Fedora on the Raspberry Pi 3

FedoraIconraspbianRecently I setup CentOS on the Raspberry pi 2.  Now we’re going to be installing a modern Fedora 23 desktop on the Raspberry Pi 3.  I’ve used the Pi 2 instructions from chisight’s blog post so original credit goes to him – I’ve modified them and added some things. Continue reading

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Build Secure VLAN Networks with ‘Shibby’ Router Firmware

tomatoI’ve been an ardent user of the Tomato Linux Open Source router firmware, specifically on the ASUS RT-N66U home routers using the ‘Shibby’ builds.  They let you take full advantage of enterprise (and kitchen sink) features on the broadcom-based residential routers with support for OpenVPN, TOR, VLANs and a litany of other useful functions.  We’re going to cover setting up port-based and wireless VLAN support for traffic isolation on a network using the RT-N66U and Shibby build 1.32.  Let’s get started. Continue reading

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