Author Archives: Jethro Carr

MongoDB document depth headache

We ran into a weird problem recently where we were unable to sync a replica set running MongoDB 3.4 when adding new members to the replica set. The sync would begin, but at some point during the sync it would … Continue reading

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MacOS High Sierra unable to free disk space

I recently ran out of disk space on my iMac. After migrating a considerable amount of undesirable data to either the file server or /dev/null, I found that despite my efforts, the amount of free disk space had not increased. … Continue reading

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Access Route53 private zones cross account

Using Route53 private zones can be a great way to maintain a private internal zone for your server infrastructure. However sometimes you may need to share this zone with another VPC in the same or in another AWS account. The … Continue reading

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FailberryPi – Diverse carrier links for your home data center

Given the amount of internet connected things I now rely on at home, I’ve been considering redundant internet links for a while. And thanks to the affordability of 3G/4G connectivity, it’s easier than ever to have a completely diverse carrier … Continue reading

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Easy APT repo in S3

When running a number of Ubuntu or Debian servers, it can be extremely useful to have a custom APT repo for uploading your own packages, or third party packages that lack their own good repositories to subscribe to. I recently … Continue reading

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StuffMe? Or Just Stuffed?

The big news today is that the NZ Commerce Commission has declined the NZME/Fairfax merger. There’s plenty of coverage from the various news companies around NZ, but does it really matter? Either way NZME and Fairfax are stuffed – merger … Continue reading

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Detectatron

I recently installed security cameras around my house which are doing an awesome job of recording all the events that take place around my house and grounds (generally of the feline variety). Unfortunately the motion capture tends to be overly trigger happy … Continue reading

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Surveillance State “at home” Edition

A number of months ago I purchased a series of Ubiquiti UniFi video surveillance cameras. These are standard IP ethernet cameras and uses a free (as-in-beer) server agent that runs happily on GNU/Linux to manage the recording and motion detection, which … Continue reading

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AirPods

Being tethered to one’s device via a cable has long been an annoyance and with Apple finally releasing their AirPods product, I decided to take the risk of a first adopter of a Gen1 product and ordered a pair. I seemed … Continue reading

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Macbook Pro 2016

Having recently changed jobs (Fairfax/Stuff -> Sailthru/Carnival), the timing worked out so that I managed to get one of the first new USB-C 2016 Macbook Pros. A few people keep asking me about the dongle situation, so figured I’d just … Continue reading

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