So I was trying to update the site once again, prepping to move to Drupal 8 as it were. However, at some point during the process I was a little too confident and didn't move content the way I should of. This lead to a white screen in Drupal. This usually means that the sys admin messed up, and I knew that was the case. So I scratch my head and started to shuffle backups and couldn't fix it. I knew it was time to walk away. That was about 3 months ago and as of today I have things back where I think they should be.
So I have been looking through my web site debating what to write about in the last few weeks and I keep either pulling up older posts or starting new post thinking I will complete writing them. There always seems to be a desire to write, but not the will to actually put the pen to the paper. I also often times think about why am I writing this at all? As my wife would say "no one is reading this." So am I just writing for the sake of it? Regardless I think that is okay.
So I have transitioned to a new job, but that hasn't stopped me from wanting to learn some of the things that I had been trying to do at my last job. One of those things was to learn Ansible, which is a way to automate some of the deployments for systems. I was looking at how could I use it to manage the Linux workstations that we were using. So I had been playing with it at Home, and finally have it working in some basic deployment situations. So far making sure that I have certain packages installed.
So before I go posting anything about what I want to accomplish during 2017 I should probably stop and look at what I set out to do in 2016. So last year
I posted my resolutions/goals for 2016. So for a quick recap the goals are the first bullets and the secondary bullets are how I felt I did.
So last year about this time we were able to switch our ISP from Time Warner Cable to a local company called Greenlight Networks . To me it wasn't about just getting rid of Time Warner Cable, but rather knowing that the Technology that I was buying was more robust than the Coax service that Time Warner would be providing.
So I saw a few other people posting their resolutions/goals for 2016, so I thought maybe I should. If it is public at least then someone can call me out on not finishing them.
So one of the things that we tried last year and did okay with was a garden, so this Spring we gave it another go. This Spring unfortunately was a bit cooler and wetter than it was last year, but I think all and all we are doing okay. Overall I like the little bit of a challenge as well as knowing that I grew something I am eating.
This year we planted a few different things, so here here is our list and what seems to be going well at this point. The first set are our new attempts;
We are working on planning our wedding, and I have decided to try to keep up the details at the following site.
So for the last few years we have been working on developing the monitoring of our network. When I was first hired I was asked to look into what we might use. We were using What's Up Gold, but it had aged and wasn't being kept up. We were also using MRTG, but not on all of our links. Of course all the usually suspects showed up in all of my Google searches:
Then there were two that I hadn't seen before.
Saw this and thought it was interesting.