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A better Zoom experience with a Stream Deck

Since moving to a global and work-from-home role, about a year ago, I’ve been using Zoom a lot. I spend around 4-5 hours a day in sessions. While I always try to give my full attention to the conversation, there are times that I’ll be multi-tasking: taking notes, re-reading an email thread on the subject, reaching out to other colleagues on the subject, etc. Plus, it always bothered me to be staring at a person for a few seconds, after already having said bye, because you need to find the Zoom window and exit. 😉

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My 2019 in books

I like to read, and I learn better using books. This is why I always go through as many books as I can in a year. Goodreads keeps track for me, and in 2019, the tally was 43. Every year, I do an internal review of these books, but certain people convinced me just to post this. Here are my top picks!

Growth

I know, such a generic title. Basically, these are non-fiction books that I’ve used to extract learnings from and use in daily work or personal life.

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Building a cheap alternative for CrashPlan for Home

I use CrashPlan Home for all my off-site backups of my client devices. It’s a pretty neat and usable backup client which works on Mac OS, Linux and Windows. From the client you can restore individual files and it runs as a service for continuous backups. It’s a set and forget application, which is nice.

Bye Bye CrashPlan for Home

Recently, Code42 announced they’d be shutting down CrashPlan for Home to focus on their business customers. Meaning every consumer has to transfer their backups to another solution. I had the family plan, which allows you to backup multiple computers (I … Read more

Qt QNetworkAccessManager causing latency spikes on wifi

I don’t post a lot from my other life, the programming personality, most of my posts come from my adventures in virtualization. I have a bit more fun writing about virtualization than I do writing about programming, plus the number of coding blogs out there is enormous. But I’ve been troubleshooting an extremely hard to pin down issue with one of my applications (WhatPulse), where there would be a latency spike every 10 seconds (or less), only when primarily connected on wifi on Mac OS 10.12 (lower versions don’t seem affected). I’ve been pulling my hair on this … Read more

Monitoring a Galera Database Cluster

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..and now for something completely different next to my usual virtual networking posts. 🙂

Having switched over to a Galera database clustering setup for some of my applications recently, I needed to be able to monitor the health of the database cluster and its nodes. My environment uses Opsview for monitoring, which is basically a nice wrapper around Nagios for configuration and reporting, so you can use regular Nagios scripts. While looking for an existing Nagios script for Galera, I only found scripts that did not monitor the vital variables of Galera and didn’t fit my needs. So I decided … Read more

New VMware Home Lab

Until a few weeks ago, my test lab environment was the same as my production environment (where WhatPulse and this website runs on), but in a different resource pool for some prioritisation. The test environment on occasion would make trouble for the production and it was growing too big to keep it where it was. So I decided I needed a dedicated test environment.

So I made a list of requirements I had and did what everybody does, I started to google for these specs. My requirements were pretty basic: small enclosures, low power, at least 32GB of RAM, multiple … Read more

Installing Guacamole – HTML5 Remote Desktop

Guacamole is a gateway application described for HTML5 Clientless Remote Desktop, as I described in a previous post. I still use it daily and have not had any problems with it for the last 6 months.

Throughout the years, I’ve switched between a lot of desktop access methods (VNC, RDP, RDP over SSL-VPN, VMware View, etc, etc) and Guacamole is the only one I’ve managed to stick with for last 6 months and see myself sticking with for a very long time.

This post will go into the installation of Guacamole on a CentOS 6 Linux server. The following … Read more

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