Author Archives: Jethro Carr

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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Quake 2016-11-14

We had a pretty large quake last night – everyone OK here, but a bit of a shock. The cats weren’t too happy either and after fleeing the house at high speed they spent most of the night hiding outside … Continue reading

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DevOpsDays NZ 2016

I recently spoke at the inaugural DevOpsDays NZ in Wellington. The team whom put together the conference did an amazing job and it’s one of the few conferences that I’ve really enjoyed recently. If they put together a subsequent conference … Continue reading

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Puppet Training

I recently ran a training session for our development team at Fairfax introducing them to the fundamentals of Puppet. To assist with this training, I’ve developed a bunch of scripts and learning modules which I’ve now open sourced at https://github.com/jethrocarr/puppet-training Using … Continue reading

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Building a mail server with Puppet

A few months back I rebuilt my personal server infrastructure and fully Puppetised everything, even the mail server. Because I keep having people ask me how to setup a mail server, I’ve gone and adjusted my Puppet modules to make them … Continue reading

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