Tricky Firmware Slowness

May 4, 2022
Hardware, Providers

For a deployment recently we wanted to create an out-of-band circuit with a root bridge on a server that had the IPMI/BMC of several edge devices connected to it. There was a complexity in that one of the BMCs was remote and was being made accessible via a transparent bridge that had an arbitrary vlan tag set. Maybe its embarrassing to admit, but for these edge devices there was a need to be able to see both ssh (ipmitool) and http (graphical kvm), so these were exposed via wireguard. ...

2022 April Assorted Links

April 24, 2022
Collecting, Assorted Links

Photo taken (Of Enoch the dog!) in March 2022 in Fulton Heights of Grand Rapids Michigan with a Pixel. Culture # Brandon Sanderson did a crowd funding campaign for some previously un-announced novels in the Cosmere universe. Recently played Wingspan which has excellent game mechanics and a good deal of learning about birds! The same publisher has Scythe which is based on the works of Jakub Różalski. ...

The Cosmere by Brandon Sanderson

April 24, 2022

Author # Brandon Sanderson is a prolific writer and creator of worlds. His main works are the creation of the Cosmere universe. His other works include finishing the Wheel of Time series after the passing of Robert Jordan (The series is now an epic fantasy on Amazon Prime Video). His works are considered to be a part of Hard Fantasy largely because of Sanderson’s Laws of Magic. He, his wife, and a small team operate Dragonsteel Entertainment which seems to be highly engaging with the community. ...

Cleanup Binaries in Git History

April 8, 2022

It is considered bad etiquette to track binary objects without the use of LFS, this significantly impacts the performance of the repository for all participants. git Large File Storage replaces larger files with text pointers inside git while storing the actual files differently to prevent significant growth of the history. LFS was created by github, it is an open source project. There are other systems for handling large binary data with git, such as git-annex, but lfs has gained the most traction. ...

2022 March Assorted Links

March 29, 2022
Collecting, Assorted Links

Photo taken in March 2022 at Vintage Tube Services in Belding, Michigan with a Pixel. Culture # 100 years of whatever this will be with a thoughtful call for better regulatory foundations. With that last one being a bit heavy, Underrated reasons to be thankful is actually quite uplifting. An article on the phones of the Ukrainian President, which has all kinds of links to historical nation state networks. ...

Silverblue VFIO on X570+W6600+6800XT

November 16, 2021
AMD, Fedora

This post is essentially archiving the discussion here. I’ve been reading through other threads and attempting to get this working. My objectives are: Fedora Silverblue Host: W6600 connected to four displays via displayport Audio via USB DAC (no need for W6600 audio capabilities) Guest: 6800XT connected to single display via HDMI USB-C passed to guest, with USB-C based hub for keyboard+mouse+headset Mostly Linux guest, and mostly headless for vulkan accelerated containers Windows guest for some games This might be the first silverblue focused post on here? ...

UID(s), GID(s), and systemd

October 28, 2021
Systemd, Podman

Recently was fiddling more with systemd+podman deployments and was wondering why I didn’t get output when running journalctl --user. This had been bothering me for a long time. I’d open another shell up and watch the journal as root on a system when I was trying to debug a “daemonized rootless-as-non-root” deployment. The goal of putting all context for an application deployment into a user slice was mired with a need to watch the root journal… ...


August 11, 2021

This “book” idea is something I’d been meaning to get into for a long while. Originally I’d reached out to Lochnair with the idea as he’d helped me through some vy{os,atta}-isms when I’d first started messing around with EdgeOS. The gap between my fumbling around and his intuition for how these complex systems interact was inspiring. Some years later I’ve been afforded the opportunity to check off many items on the learning to-do list, enough that I should openly document some things. ...

2020 February Assorted Links

February 26, 2020
Collecting, Assorted Links

Photo taken in September 2016 at Speyside Cooperage in Dufftown, Scotland with a Sony Alpha α7II, FE 28mm F/2. Culture # History of Czechoslovak LSD is the story of legality of LSD manufacture and use in an authoritarian communist state (After LSD had been largely banned in western society). Protocols not Platforms apparently inspired twitter to announce funding an open source decentralized standard for social media. ...

Supermicro X10/X11 Idiosyncrasies

January 5, 2020

We’d standardized on the Supermicro X10SRH-CLN4F a set of deployments a while back, the last of our X10 deployments, and these boards are still kicking around with enough idiosyncrasies that it’s worth documenting. This is an uncomfortable generation of boards from Supermicro that support a lot of interesting new features, but not as easily as X11 or H11. For example you have to do most things via DOS on X10, but on X11+ and H11+ almost all hardware operations are handled via built in EFI shell. ...