Archive for the ‘Muggle Tech’ Category

New monitor stand

Sunday, September 13th, 2020

I am looking to purchase a new monitor stand for my sit/stand desk. I prefer to have more space on the desk, so putting the monitor up in the air seems like the best option.

This is the unit I am purchasing:

Old school lawn mowing

Thursday, September 10th, 2020

With the new lawn, it’s time to go old school. I think I will purchase one of these:

Amazon Associate

Thursday, September 10th, 2020

So I have been recommending products on amazon for decades and I thought it would finally be good to sign up for an associates account. It was pretty easy and straightforward to do.

With my new project I am about to launch I will be recommending books and products to people. This will be a good way to keep track of who is following my recommendation and buying them. And if I make a few pennies, I can put that toward future projects.

Stay tuned for more details on my new project. Below is a few books that I recommend that ALL system administrators have in their bookcase.

Testing the JetPack plugin

Monday, September 7th, 2020

I just learned about the desktop app for the Mac to support blogging with my site.

Hopefully, this will make things easier for me.

Possible things to come

Sunday, August 30th, 2020

For the last two months, I have been working way to many hours on a new project for work. I am finally coming to the end and look forward to being done with it. The majority of my time spent in the last few weeks was setting up a service that was free because the commercial solution I would rather have was not in the budget. I have learned the following:

1) DO not trust vendors. Even when they say their products work, they have bugs. Insist they reproduce it in their labs, rather than just say “it’s your environment”. It took me 7 days and insisting to get an expert in my operating system until we identified it was a bug in their software. I found a work around and will wait for a patch.

2) When setting complex passwords, never assume the vendors can deal with it.

a) using a * in a password prevented the software from properly installing.

b) using < or > in a password is not a good idea if the software does not properly escape the character before passing it to the shell. This took over a month to debug and we ONLY stumbled on the issue when I double checked the password and was luck, WTAF! <facepalm> moment.

3) There is a sever lack of useful HOWTO documentation for what I was trying to do. Lots of documentation, but not enough to help you jumpstart your knowledge.

Item 3 has re-inspired me to continue to do my training documentation and videos. I am looking to create a new YouTube channel in conjunction with my personal blog: I have quite a ton of material. I am trying to figure out if I should do 30-60 minutes videos or break them down into 10-15 minutes shorts. Should I release topics all at once, or one piece at a time? Does anyone out there have experience with this? I am also wondering if you can actually make any money doing this? My goal is to produce videos that could actually be used in or supplement classroom learning.