Sunday, July 7, 2013

Kudos to SouthWest Airlines!

SouthWest was excellent to me!

I was in Florida for the Independence day weekend with my Wife & Daughter, due to return on Sunday.

I was at my Dad's bedside Sun - Tues, he was in good condition & going to Physical Therapy.

Friday, while I was in Florida, he had three seizures. At one point it looked like he had a stroke.

Southwest changed my flight, from Sunday evening, to Saturday morning for no charge when I explained it was a medical emergency.

I want to thank SouthWest for being excellent to their customers! I wanted to let everyone know about their excellent service!

I want to thank all my friends for their prayers & well wishes through this difficult time.

My Dad is making an excellent recovery! Hershey Medical Center is taking great care of him!

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Linux Admin- Chicago, IL

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Sunday, June 9, 2013

Extending WiFi Part Two

Here is what my USB used to look like.

We had heavy rain on Friday from a tropical storm

I was afraid the water was inside the bag, along with the ear wig

I lucked out, the moisture was only on the outside of the bag.

Here is the antenna & 32 foot USB cable end

I am going to put it into this Gladware conatainer

So lets put a flap door in the side of the container

Lets mark the width

Lets mark the depth

Now cut on 3 sides of the box drawn

Put it all together

* Tape the inside and outside of the cuts, electrical tape for the real professionals out there, you could also use silicone cauking.

Place it in the tree with bunji

Check the signal

Check the speed

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Extending WiFi

Having a WiFi Router in one building & needing WiFi in another building, what solutions are available?

This and other devices with built in antennas were working, but slow. :(

I tried adding the Yagi to the USB WiFi adapter with no success. :(

Do I need a new WiFi adapter to work with the Yagi?

What about a DD-WRT repeater?

Will a 32 foot USB extension cable work?

Well yes, the 32 foot USB cable and the WiFi adapter, wrapped in a ZipLoc bag stuck on a tree is a winner!

I have not tried the DD-WRT with the Yagi, because of different sized connectors. :(

The DD-WRT boosts the signal, but it does nto have the speed of the adapter on a 32 foot cable close to the house.

I had a small hurdle getting the DD-WRT working as a repeater. I'll add that information after I get the screen shots done.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

NYC Unix Gig

Req.#: 14955
Job Title: SME,Infrastructure QA/Controls Job Type: Consulting
Duration: 4 months Business: Education/University
Location: New York, NY

Project Description:
Our direct client has an opening for the SME of Infrastructure Quality Assurance/Controls position reporting into the AVP of Internal IT Controls. The position will be responsible for day to day monitoring to ensure that the company's central IT infrastructure operation complies with its policies, procedures, and standards defined for various technology platforms. 

More specifically, the responsibilities are as follows:
Ensure ongoing monitoring for adherence to Standard Operating Environment procedures for Operating Systems, Middleware, Web Infrastructure and Databases.
Review and provide input into the design of Standard Operating Environment procedures.
Function as a source of knowledge on IT infrastructure and IT infrastructure quality assurance standards; build relationships with internal teams and external providers.
Foster progressive improvement IT infrastructure Standard Operating Environments in conjunction with quality assurance best practices.
Facilitate improvement of the IT infrastructure Change Management and Configuration methodology.
Regularly perform reviews of Change and Configuration Management processes for IT infrastructure components to validate compliance. Document non-compliance and escalate as appropriate.
Periodically perform reviews of provisioning and deprovisioning of privileged user ids.
Keep current with security trends in the IT infrastructure area (through the Security Team and other methods) and identify steps needed in order to stay current.
Ensure that core infrastructure components have fundamental documentation (architecture diagrams, configuration specifics, design documents etc.).
Ensure that key roles are documented for each infrastructure service area and that the segregation of roles is in place.
Review efforts to remediate access to sensitive data within the IT infrastructure.
Ensure that each IT Infrastructure area is in compliance with established standards.
Assist the infrastructure team with audit preparation and support, conduct pre-audits.
Ensure that estimation/resource utilization methodology is in place for all infrastructure components and that it is consistent across different infrastructure areas within company.
Work with appropriate counterparts to assist with planning for and implementation of agreed ITIL processes.

Minimum qualifications:

5+ years of IT infrastructure management experience. 
10+ years of hands on IT infrastructure experience 
Excellent communication and relationship management skills. 
Expert ability to analyze and interpret technical data. 
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ITIL experience.

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Excellent communication & relationship mgmt skills,
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Optional Skills:
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Monday, March 25, 2013

Need a 4TB Drive? For $139 External?

This is in the BUY BUY BUY category!

Inexpensive USB 3.0 Drive

This is a logical next review after Is an expensive Thunderbolt drive worth it?

The $139 2 TB USB 3.0 Portable drive (MacBook Pro styled)

When I bought the "Expensive Thunderbolt drive" I looked for some reviews to validate my choice. All the reviews were good, none did a speed comparison between thunderbolt & USB 3.0

I compared speed & found that I paid double for a drive that had a thunderbolt connector, that gave no speed benefit

The $139 2 TB USB 3.0 Portable drive (MacBook Pro styled)

Compared to

With a lesser speed showing

The bottom line, if you have a MAC laptop, need some extra storage, get this!

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Spammed by LinkedIn? We fix that NOW!

I am currently between contracts, so I worked on my LinkedIn Profile

It imported all my gmail contacts, good right? NFW!!!

No I am getting mad spam!

This is ruining my signal to noise ratio on my e-mail!

The answer I was hoping to opt out at the bottom of the e-mail. NO! :(

Opt out from their settings? Maybe not either!

I tried this: Here's How To Get Rid Of All Those Annoying Emails LinkedIn Sends You

I want some e-mails, but not to opt out of all of them, so lets DIY!

In the top right of your gmail page... settings

Select Filters

Create New

Add this search criteria: from:( See what has been up to

Select actions like move to trash

Click continue and you are done!

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Hacking the Belkin F5D7230-4

Problem: I have a new contracting assignment, new shared living space, want to have my pogo plug and other wired ethernet devices connected to the net.

Constraint: I do not want to run wires.

Solution: Flash the firmware with an image from

There is a lot of information on the site for the Belkin routers. Here is their instructions:

What worked for me was using Win7 on my netbook and starting the TFTP as soon as releasing the reset button.

Screen Shots:

TLLTS Pogoplug Podcast

Notes from The Linux Link Tech Show Podcast

Link to the podcast:

Pogoplug V1 (Wall Wart)

Pogoplug V2 (Pinky)




Pogoplug hardware chart from

Pinky Pogoplug Internal

SSH Access

OpenPogo install

Hacking Resources

IPKG Info (not specifically Pogoplug)


Samba Config:

workgroup = WORKGROUP
server string = Pogoplug Samba2 Server
hosts allow = 192.168. 127.
null passwords = yes
guest account = root
log file = /opt/var/log/samba/log.%m
max log size = 50
security = share
encrypt passwords = yes
smb passwd file = /opt/etc/samba/smbpasswd
dns proxy = no
preserve case = yes

comment = Test share
path = /tmp/.cemnt
available = yes
public = yes
writable = yes
printable = no
create mask = 0777
guest ok = yes
browseable = yes

transmission BitTorrent web & cli client


More ipkg Apps: