Thursday, August 9, 2018

ESXi 6.5u2 and macOS High Sierra

I found this surprisingly easy to set up.
It doesn’t matter but the hardware is a Dell r210ii with 16gb of RAM. 
Installed the Dell ESXi image from the Dell website. 
WinSCP to move DrDonk’s Unlocker v2.1 to a datastore and ran the ESXi installer included. 
Downloaded High Sierra on a Mac using the App Store and made an ISO using instructions found online. 
Installed ISO - went without a hitch. 
Downloaded VMWare tools from VMWare website. Used latest version (10.1). Dug darwin.iso out of the zip file and installed the macOS tools. This enabled changing screen resolution. 
Everything is working perfectly, no problems so far.

EDIT (17-Sept-2018) - you must follow these instructions for High Sierra or your VM disk will keep filling up and crashing the machine.


Sunday, April 22, 2018

The Dell Poweredge R720

Certainly a beast of a machine. Problem is the lack of user configuration for fan speeds. Dell seems either not to care about sysadmins and their hearing; or users tweaking their hardware.

It's a shame, it's a nice box and prices are reasonable for a home server.

See also: information from the UnRaid forums

Friday, October 13, 2017

i haven't posted in a while, here's a nifty script

there are lots of queries everywhere about how to script PRAW and youtube-dl to download videos off Reddit subs (i use this to load my Plex server with relevant music videos). here it is (it'll take a CLI of the sub you want to scrape and get the "Hot" 10 links:


#!python2.7
import praw
import youtube_dl
import sys      
#import urllib
 
r = praw.Reddit(client_id='insert your info here',
                     client_secret='insert your info here',
                     password='insert your info here',
                     user_agent='insert your info here',
                     username='insert your info here')
        
        
urls = []
 
def yt() :
        for submission in r.subreddit(sys.argv[1]).hot(limit=10):
                urls.append(str(submission.url))
        return urls
 
yt_urls = yt()
ydl_opts = {'ignoreerrors': 'False'}
ydl = youtube_dl.YoutubeDL(ydl_opts)
 
for item in yt_urls:
        #print([item, ])
        ydl.download([item, ])


Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Blichmann Tower of Power reviewed

So, first off, this thing is expensive and I personally think there are WAAAAAY too many self-congratulatory reviews on the internet for expensive products. Like everything else, this thing has pluses and minuses. If you want the short-but-sweet version: it works, it has some nice features, several drawbacks and I think it's too expensive to give it a sound recommendation.

Positives:
Very small form factor
Stainless enclosure is nice
PID controller eliminates overshoot (but is of questionable utility)
Flame rectifier
Works for natural gas or propane setups

Negatives:
PID seems unstable
PC software is clunky, poor user interface, and only runs on Windows
Communications cable is overpriced
Programming your own mash steps is tricky
PID controller has insufficient documentation
Installation not straightforward

Some additional information that I've gathered and think is useful:

The PID they're using appears to be the venerable Love Series 16B. At least they appear similar in appearance and they're also using the same software! The "TOP-Link" software has the same appearance/look/feel of the "Love-Link" software from Love Controls. This is very disappointing to me because this software is a stinker, only runs on Windows and has a craptacular UI.

I'm reasonably confident that they're also using this Fenwal 120v ignition module (or a similar product from the same manufacturer), and here's an appropriate electrode.

I'm not saying this whole thing is a piece of cake, but I do think it's overpriced but by how much is hard to say. The PID is about $90, the ignition module is about $200, and the electrode is between $20 and $50. So that's at least $350 before you add wiring, a case, a solenoid valve, etc. It retails for about $575, so I guess it's a matter of how much you like doing this stuff and how much it's worth to you.



Perfect example of "too many lawyers"

Bank of America has an "Unsolicited Idea Submission Policy" on their "Contact Us" page:

Bank of America and its associates do not accept or consider unsolicited ideas, including ideas for new or improved products, processes or technologies, product enhancements, advertising and marketing campaigns, promotions or new product names. Please do not send any original materials, suggestions or other items. The sole purpose of this policy is to avoid potential misunderstandings or disputes when Bank of America’s products or marketing efforts might seem similar to ideas submitted to the Bank. If, despite our request not to send us your ideas, you still do, then regardless of what your communication states, the following terms shall apply to your idea submission.
TERMS OF IDEA SUBMISSIONYou agree that: (a) your ideas will automatically become the property of Bank of America, without compensation to you, (b) Bank of America can use the ideas for any purpose and in any way, and (c) any information you provide will be considered non-confidential.
Because this probably happens all the time, right? Somebody sends them an idea on how to construct a new credit default swap. This is what caused the financial crisis - user submitted ideas.