Installing Bacula on FreeNAS 11

Submitted by Silvershock on Tue, 04/03/2018 - 13:06

FreeNAS is my current weapon-of-choice for storage on my home network. My virtual environments have their storage here, as do several hundred gigs of media files, game files, etc. To backup all of this data - or at least the important stuff - to my tape library, I need backup software that will run on a range of environments, and that's where Bacula comes in.

For those not in the know, Bacula is a FOSS backup system split into multiple components:

New Server!

Submitted by Silvershock on Mon, 04/02/2018 - 08:38

If you can see this, you're looking at my new development server. Despite often appearing deceased, I'm always here working on something, and recently I've been looking into several upgrades of my personal infrastructure - new CI system, Docker deployments, etc. My old VPS was OpenVZ-based, so it couldn't handle this. I've just moved over to a new KVM-based host, so expect to see those changes coming in soon. I'm also going to get some artwork made, spruce up this blog a bit, and find a new comment provider that doesn't shit the bed on me three months in.

AMDGPU-Pro 17.50 Drivers, the Vega 64 and (K)Ubuntu 16.04.3 - Black screen fix

Submitted by Silvershock on Fri, 12/29/2017 - 15:13

So a friend of mine (who is insane) lent me an AMD Vega 64. If you don't know what that is, it's a beast. Anyway, I had to get it running properly in my Linux spin of choice, Kubuntu 16.04. Prior to this card, I was running the 17.20 release of the new AMDGPU-Pro driver stack, which was lovely and stable and fast for me. Unfortunately, there are two issues using this with the Vega:

Blocking Twitter's "someone liked" posts on your timeline using uBlock Origin

Submitted by Silvershock on Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:57

OK! Twitter's put a new feature into its site and like all new features added to a social media website, it's making people angry. The difference in this case is that folks might actually be justified, rather than simply grumpy. Twitter's latest trick is to add posts that people you follow "liked" to your own timeline, as a way of suggesting content you might like.

Thoughts on (and others)

Submitted by Silvershock on Sat, 04/08/2017 - 12:31

Among the various projects I give myself and don't have enough time for, I recently started helping out with development on the Convention Master system, which is used (primarily in the furry community) to look after the various management aspects of the convention - ticket sales, registration, inventory, etc.

systemd Services for Phabricator's phd and SSH Requirements

Submitted by Silvershock on Wed, 02/08/2017 - 22:31

Note: This article assumes you have already followed the Phabricator installation guide and have all the relevant user accounts already configured on your system. If you have not fully completed Phabricator setup, go do that, then come back. This article focuses on Ubuntu 16.04, but most of it should work anywhere.

Conventions, Spare Time and Phabricator

Submitted by Silvershock on Wed, 08/31/2016 - 12:45

So yeah, development on my various projects kinda froze for a while there. I should explain. I'm staff at a volunteer convention thing here in Vancouver. I've been a volunteer staff lead there for years, even ran the whole shebang once. Well, this year our chairman had to step down partway through the year for personal reasons, and being someone who's been at that level previously, I was asked to step in and take over for the rest of that year's run.