Let’s Encrypt with Nginx

When I saw the first news of the Let’s Encrypt project several months ago I got pretty excited about it, mostly because I don’t like to use self-signed certificates and this blog didn’t seem worthwhile to pay for a proper certificate on.  Combined with the recent news of Google starting to shame sites not using SSL I figured I would give it a shot.  Here is a quick rundown of how I configured my nginx web server to use Let’s Encrypt SSL certificates.  The official documentation for Let’s Encrypt can be found here. A few things to note at the start: I did not use the nginx plugin, as that is very broken I followed a fairly manual process using the “webroot” method thanks to this tutorial My Linux distro is Arch Linux This first thing you need to do is install/configure Let’s Encrypt. You can do this in any […]

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NetApp LUN Alignment

This is just a quick post about how to check and manually set the LUN alignment offset on the NetApp Platform. Traditionally you can only do this using the wizards in the VSC Console but in some cases you may want to create a LUN with a specific offset without using the wizard which forces you to migrate VM’s onto the newly created LUN at the time of creation. For me this was especially useful when attempting to fix alignment issues on Linux VM’s which use LVM and are not correctly identified as being mis-aligned in the VSC tool. Identifying the LUN offset The following commands will allow you to see the offset of a LUN or manually set the offset if you are trying to manually overcome disk alignment issues. If a LUN has a manually set offset (or a custom offset defined by the use of the VMWare […]

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An experiment in leadership.

I recently decided to undertake a unique challenge in leadership, a challege which most people will deem silly and pointless, to lead my own raiding guild in the game World of Warcraft. Before I get into the meat of this post, I recognize that WoW is just a game, and as such most people dismiss the fact that it has any real world value whatsoever. This I will agree with as it is, just a game. However, I do feel that real world value can be taken from it.

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The American Dream

Much in line with my last post, I have been feeling quite dissatisfied lately. I wonder what life is supposed to be, and why I am so unhappy simply being content, living The American Dream. Is there nothing more? We’re we born to simply work our days away, constantly counting down until that next weekend finally arrives?

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Life Sucks, Then You Die

A gloomy outlook, I know. I have never been known to be much of an optimist, but think about it. What is life about, and what do you actually spend your life doing? Do you spend it doing the things you want to do? I would be willing to bet that for the average person, the answer to that question is no. Even if you love your job, given an option of going to work, or spending the day doing something else you enjoy, who would choose work?

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