Richard Bucker

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Sep 23, 2021
OpenBSD 6.9 Lenovo Ideapad 3 14 HEADLINE: I was able to install OpenBSD 6.9 onto a Lenovo Ideapad 3 14. It was pretty simple as installations go but t...
Sep 19, 2021
OpenBSD Laptop I'll say it again... I like my ChromeOS devices. But I also hate them. I do not know how many Linux kernel programmers ...
Sep 18, 2021
Touch and Pen I have owned a Google Pixel for several years and I fully expect it to hit end of life in the next year or so. Maybe. T...
Sep 17, 2021
Moores Law I never knew EXACTLY what `Moore's Law` said but essentially "power doubles"... Thanks to google I see: > Moore's law ...
Sep 16, 2021
The Case for VPS(cloud) I've deployed various OSs on both on-prem (VMware, OpenStack, virtualbox, vmm, ...) and many VPS services (Linode, GWS...
Sep 15, 2021
Laptop Envy The new season of laptop envy has begun and it is a very trying time. For many months now I have been marching toward a...
Sep 13, 2021
Certbot Acme Client Wildcard Domain Letsencrypt I am/was a firm believer in a wildcard domain. Back in the days prior to `Let's Encrypt` you would have to pay big mone...
Sep 10, 2021
Google Support Sucked Now Worse In the world of Free and Open Source software it has been buyer beware. The same thing applies to Google's domain servi...
Sep 5, 2021
ATT Microcell Regardless of what ATT says is their 4G/LTE coverage... my home is a wasteland. If I do not put my phone in just the ri...
Sep 2, 2021
OTP Troubleshooting There must be over 100 OTP authenticator applications on the Google Play Store. Unfortunately only 4 or 5 have the trus...
Aug 25, 2021
Just Not a Lot of Interest in It Watching the "FreeBSD bhyve intro" on youtube and Grehan made the statement. "just not a lot of interest in it". He was...
Aug 22, 2021
Why a BSD Laptop The squirrels have reasserted themselves and are chirping at the base of the tree. Over the last 2 days I have been fix...
Aug 21, 2021
Downside of Low Code "low code" as one very serious _Achilles' heel_. The problem with low-code is that it's actually an exercise in filling...
Aug 20, 2021
Falicy of 10x Programmers I'm a pretty good programmer. There was a time when I thought enough of myself to think I was a 10x programmer and I'd ...
Aug 1, 2021
Laptop Tablet Desktop I have several laptops, tablets and desktop computers. My daily driver is a laptop with 4 external monitors. I like bei...
Jul 29, 2021
CVE Says What? I find it funny and ironic that geeks and nerds that decided Windows is buggy and lacks geek-cred that switched to Linu...
Jul 25, 2021
Stop the Vm Maddness Executive summary: This post has been a long time coming. I have been working on VMs like VMware, VirtualBox, Proxmox,...
Jul 20, 2021
Chromebook: How Much RAM I would like to know what the percentage of chromebooks and the amount of RAM they have installed. I know that for basi...
Jul 19, 2021
Made for ChromeOS Taking the dog for the evening constitutional I was reading an article which had the headline "Opera for ChromeOS". To ...
Jul 15, 2021
ChromeOS Linux Openvpn Split Dns The OpenVPN documentation is frustrating on the topic of split-dns because the author(s) seem to play both sides. [a] s...
Jul 11, 2021
HA Vms and Multipath iSCSI Both Proxmox and vmWare talk about High Availability(HA) and hot migration from host to host. One way they claim to be ...
Jul 8, 2021
Starter Homelab There is a youtube channel "My Playhouse"... I do not know much about this person but he must have $200-500K invested i...
Jul 7, 2021
Github Copilot What Does It Mean Some times I get caught in a rant so let's see how this one goes. Watch the movie, numbers, and it's a story as old as...
Jul 7, 2021
Pop_os Review of Reviews What is pop\_os? It's stock ubuntu desktop linux with a facelift. Why stock ubuntu? That's because system76 deploys ub...
Jul 3, 2021
Golang Support for Fossil-scm Golang is a good programming language. First of all it's not `c` although I can make a case for moving back to `c`. Sec...
Jul 2, 2021
Why Sqlite? Answering this question is a pain in the ass and frankly it's basically the same reason why people hire me. Sadly the #...
Jun 29, 2021
Server Side Webassembly I'm not certain how I got to the point where I was asking myself about WebAssembly on the server. The search results se...
Jun 24, 2021
Nyxt Lisp Browser I just watched a few minutes of a video talking about the Nyxt browser. The browser seems to be implemented in lisp and...
Jun 18, 2021
Rust in the Linux Kernel Google has been telegraphing that it's going to accept or start working with rust in the Android kernel and now there a...
Jun 15, 2021
Tiny Operating System The last few days I have been looking for a tiny os to fill the gap between BSD, Linux, chroot/jail, and virtual machin...
Jun 12, 2021
Minimal Operating Systems I really liked RancherOS not because of the docker integration but the footbrint and boot-times. In recent days I've ha...
Jun 10, 2021
Truenas vs Synology Lawrence Systems did a good comparison between TrueNAS and Synology DSM. I do not have many complaints about his conten...
Jun 9, 2021
Intel Nuc Pci Slot0 Timeout I'm not able to install OpenBSD 6.9 on my Intel NUC i5. It's a few years old so I'm kinda surprised that OpenBSD will n...
Jun 3, 2021
Certified by Best Buy Expert Sucks I purchased a Samsung Galaxy Chromebook from Best Buy. It was supposed to be a "Certified" machine... all the parts and...
May 15, 2021
Update Update Update People used to complain about Microsoft Windows updates. They took so long and many were buggy. It was interesting that...
May 7, 2021
OpenBSD Is the tuner of Operating Systems I like OpenBSD and I like what they stand for and how they get there. But unfortunately I keep running into showstopper...
May 7, 2021
OpenBSD iSCSI I'm pulling my hair out trying to get any of my OpenBSD 6.8 or 6.9 systems connect to my Synology NAS with iSCSI suppor...
May 5, 2021
Learn Something New Every Day pkg add OpenBSD From the learn something new catalog.... I have been struggling with orchestrating my OpenBSD deployments. It's certain...
Apr 25, 2021
State of Work; My Environment ## Preface and Background I'm not... - a security expert or researcher - an Operating Systems expert - a Cloud expert...
Apr 25, 2021
Never Too Late I have been chasing the VPC-internet-gateway as described by DigitalOcean. There is nothing complicated about the syste...
Apr 24, 2021
Justified "Justified" was a great Texas Ranger TV series. Justified is also how I'm feeling now about my decisoin to abandon Linu...
Apr 22, 2021
OpenBSD vmm Gateway UGH! There are those days when I feel like Charlie Brown trying to kick a fieldgoal while Lucy is holding... and I know...
Apr 19, 2021
Virtual Machines Jails Chroot Docker Will Dell actually spinoff VMware? What does that mean to you/me? I use VMware almost exclusively for my development a...
Apr 12, 2021
Why Not BSD I have been a longtime BSD admin. I got my start a long time ago when working on commercial firewalls. It's easy to get...
Apr 12, 2021
Will I Ever Use Nim There was a time when I thought that `nim` checked a number of boxed. That was until it was discovered that it was bein...
Apr 5, 2021
Merge Sqlite and Tclsh I've mentioned my DSL strategy before ... and while I'm comfortable with bash I'm getting more reliant on tclsh because...
Apr 3, 2021
PHP Fail Now What I've been touting the benefits of my TCL inspired DSL for a couple of years now. In fact I have never liked DSLs in prin...
Jan 22, 2021
Project Name What's in a project name? EVERYTHING. Naming a project "carrot" or some other wacky name is a crazy waste of time. Whil...
Jan 6, 2021
What Is Your Next Language I still think that there is a chance we will see a technology pandemic... see solarwinds et al. Over he last year I hav...
Jan 6, 2021
Dashboard If you had to implement a dashboard what would it's purpose be? I'm looking at some bootstrap dashboards and some of t...
Dec 29, 2020
M2 Warranty Warning PRIVACY WARNING... One of the things I really like about ChromeOS is that I can configure, upgrade and powerwash as sim...
Dec 27, 2020
Chromebook i7 Cores I wanted to be an early adopter of the ChromeOS echosystem when the early CX devices were available. Unfortunately, the...
Dec 25, 2020
Your Toolchain Hacked Be honest... what are the chances that your toolchain has been hacked or trojaned? As I've mentioned time and again I d...
Dec 25, 2020
Solarwind There is so much that we do not know about the SolarWind hack and that we are not likely to ever know... But given the ...
Dec 20, 2020
Solarwinds What should we learn from the Solarwinds hack... that bad actors can be patient and are playing the long game. Also, th...
Dec 9, 2020
MicroServices To the point... micro-services solve some problems and create a lot more. But let's start at the beginning... A micro-s...
Dec 9, 2020
CentOS Stream Who Cares? There is tons of hoopla surrounding CentOS going all 2019-stream _but who really cares?_ Look, there is nothing truly w...
Nov 25, 2020
Third Party Dependencies When I started writing code using golang there was no need for a library vendoring solution. There were very few to tru...
Nov 21, 2020
Monolith What is a monolith? > defined: "a single great stone often in the form of an obelisk or column" --Webster But to be c...
Nov 21, 2020
The Case for Dsl In the video "why software engineers disagree about everything"... reason #2 is "high switching costs". That is the nu...
Nov 21, 2020
LinuxKIT or Commercial Linux Deploying commercial grade linux saves a lot of time in the short term but what's it good for in 2020? Back about 20 ye...
Nov 20, 2020
Micro Services Got It Wrong There was a time when I was sucked into microservices and then there was a time when I was repusled. > I spent the fir...
Nov 18, 2020
Virtual Machine Swap Looking at one of my VMs I see that I've used about 50% of my swap space. Swap space on a VM is a killer. The competiti...
Nov 17, 2020
System Resources Rule number one... know what system resources you need. Rule number two... know what decisions you make could offset th...
Nov 17, 2020
Why Puppet Ansible or Other I've tried to use Puppet and Ansible to orchestrate large enterprise systems and it's just no fun to use. All those fra...
Nov 16, 2020
Fedora IoT Is Not IoT I really wanted to run my microservice on Fedora IoT. But alas it's not IoT. The idea that Fedora IoT expects various s...
Nov 16, 2020
Fedora Is No Red Hat I said the same thing about CentOS... Fedora is not Red Hat. Both Fedora and CoreOS have great reputations but should ...
Nov 16, 2020
CentOS Is No Red Hat What is CentOS? Well, it's a linux based operating system forked from the open sourced parts of Red Hat. More important...
Nov 15, 2020
Herding Cats Since I started my progrssional career before the internet I learned by reading books. Until a few years ago I maintain...
Nov 15, 2020
No Code Many years ago when the "internet" was just a bunch of BBS', AOL, Compuserve, and ham radio packet networks I deployed ...
Nov 12, 2020
Only Tool Is a Hammer The saying goes... _if your only tool is a hammer then all your problems look like nails._ By extension a speaker at th...
Nov 12, 2020
Linuxkit Stars Why on earth does `linuxkit` not have a million stars? I'm perplexed by the number of container-based projects that are...
Nov 12, 2020
OpenBSD Encrypted Microsegments With Wireguard Everything I have been reading about wireguard suggests that most prople use it as a replacement for VPN. Meaning the ...
Nov 11, 2020
Next Best Programming Language I'm not sure why java and python are at the top of the list according to github metrics. There is something about timin...
Nov 11, 2020
Pulling My Hair I'm pulling my hair out trying to clarify my POV on production network security. To reiterate there is something to be ...
Nov 10, 2020
Fun Facts for the Day Client/server notation indicates who initiates the connection and who sits around waiting. Wireguard seems to work best...
Nov 10, 2020
Securing Microsegment Connections I'm losing hair trying to reconcile _Zero Trust Architecture_ and _Secure Authenticated and Authorized Connections_. Th...
Nov 9, 2020
Which Container OS Rancher did a simple [comparison](https://rancher.com/blog/2019/comparison-of-container-operating-systems/) of OS' capa...
Nov 9, 2020
Zero Trust Network _Zero Trust Network_ has a new meaning to me. "It's an architecture not a product". The theme presented in a 2019 talk ...
Nov 8, 2020
Zero Trust Networking What a complete mess! I'm researching Zero-Trust, SDN, Containers and VMs and frankly it's a mess of marketing spaghett...
Oct 27, 2020
Is Vmware Really That Good What are you really getting from ESXi that you cannot get from a homebrew of the same? Sure there is something to be sa...
Oct 25, 2020
Orchestration and Virtual Hosting I'm building some orchestration tools built on `govc` and my own project `runnable-markdown`. It works; but from a prod...
Oct 11, 2020
Pi Now Pt4 Now that the videos have been migrated to the AP it's time to process the videos. It's just not clear how to accomplish...
Oct 8, 2020
Clean Code I think I found some place that Uncle Bob and I agree... > clean code does not mean you reformated the code with your ...
Oct 7, 2020
Cattle v Pets It's an interesting saying "cattle not pets". I cannot determine where it came from except to say that it has been wid...
Oct 7, 2020
A New Lisp I still like my `tcl` interpreter. The code works, however, there are some elements that are not clear that might be i...
Oct 6, 2020
Pulling My Hair Out The shit hit the fan yesterday... I was trying to conncet to my client's VPN networks, however, ChromeOS does not reall...
Oct 5, 2020
Pi Now Pt3 At this point the cameras have completed their first boot, connected to the access point, been named, camera enabled an...
Oct 4, 2020
Pi Now Pt2 In part 1 of this series I covered the preparation of the access point. The purpose of the access point is to act as a ...
Oct 3, 2020
Pi Now Pt.1 I just watched an interesting video where the presenter was using his iPad as his terminal with a pi-4 connected and po...
Oct 2, 2020
Editor The first code file I ever edited was a BASIC program from a programmers mag onto my TRS-80. (sure there are many badge...
Sep 27, 2020
Langs Langs Langs I made some huge strides in the tcl-dsl project. But the more progress I made the more I realize that it's a big projec...
Sep 22, 2020
Synology What Is It Doing I have been chasing after squirrels lately... lots and lots of squirrels. I recently proposed "should I build my own di...
Sep 19, 2020
Tcl From Scratch > Many have called it the "best-kept secret in the software industry". Whether in large companies, small companies, ac...
Sep 18, 2020
Build My Own Tcl Installation This started off as a DSL of sorts... and while I'm distracted by this squirrel it not going to derail me. What I've be...
Sep 16, 2020
Nim From Scratch I'm already disappointed with nim but I find myself dragged back in. It took one modern video and one older video. Esse...
Sep 13, 2020
Factor Lang Factor is an interesting language idea. Frankly I couldnot do the language justice but it seems to me to be a framewor...
Sep 11, 2020
New Language Bust I just installed qemu on several machine in my DEV environment only to realize it's a bust and my concerns about a tec...
Sep 11, 2020
Lang for the Next 40 I'm half way through "Rust: A Language for the Next 40 Years - Carol Nichols" on youtube and losing my patience. Up unt...
Sep 8, 2020
Chromeos Linux Beta Goes Bad I have been using my ChromeOS/Linux as my development environment. The side effect is that I need all these tools and l...