After becoming increasingly frustrated with cacti’s lack of sane repeatable configuration and extensibility I began to explore other options.

Munin showed the most promise and compatibility with many of the services we run at the OSL, such as memcached and varnish. I liked how the plugin system is set up independently on each host, and that each plugin can be managed, configured, and consolidated through symlinks. Continue reading “Part I: Setting up Munin-Node”

Have you ever needed to perform a Windows install, but lacked the necessary hardware to do an install?  After ridding my house of optical drives, and having a limited number of large USB drives, I devised a way to install Windows without the use of either!  By using Linux’s wonderful KVM application, it’s possible to install Windows 7 on your hard drive with nothing more than a Windows ISO.

Warning:  This information comes without a warranty.  I won’t guarantee support if you break your hardware.  I’m not responsible for anything you do with this information.  For entertainment purposes only.  I’m probably lying. Continue reading “Installing Windows Vista/7 the lazy way!”

Over the past few years I’ve been trying to find the perfect window manager for me. Some have had the correct features, but terrible behavior. Some turn me off with painful programming languages. Others have horrible authors who are bat-shit insane.  What follows is a chronicle of my progression through various window managers, and a brief overview and review of each. Continue reading “Tiling Window Managers: A Comparison”
The AlwaysInnovating TouchBook is an ARM-based netbook that also has a removable keyboard base that contains a second battery.  I was hoping that though one, I could experience what ARM hardware could bring to the traditional Intel-dominated netbook market.  Today I received shipment of the AlwaysInnovating TouchBook.  Here’s the unboxing and subsequent first-boot. Continue reading “AlwaysInnovating Touchbook Photo Gallery”