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Creating a single PDF from multiple images on MacOS

Occasionally it can be helpful to combine a number of images or graphics into a single PDF. This is possible and very easy to achieve using the native tools within MacOS.

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Using Github Actions and Package Registry to build, store and deploy your containers

With Github Actions and Package Registry, you can now build almost an entire CI/CD chain without using other services

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Home Data Center Project: Wiping and configuring Force10 switch

A number of ports didn't work on the Force10 switch when initially using it as a standard switch. This was likely due to having special settings based on the previous installation while also having credentials for access via the console port. This post describes getting access to the switch, wiping the settings and setting it up for the given project.

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US Diversity Visa (DV) Lottery 2021 now open

The US Diversity Visa Lottery is now open for 2021. Entry costs about an hour of your time, but the reward can be life changing.

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Home Data Center Project: Reduction of noise on Isilon X400

After the introduction of the X400 to my home data center project, the next step was getting the server to manage it's cooling much more efficiently so that I could run the server in a household setting.

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Home Data Center Project: Formatting NetApp drives for normal use

This post deals with how to I managed to format NetApp drives so that they can be used in a normal context, outside of NetApp hardware.

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Home Data Center Project: Adding a storage server

The next step in building a home data center: adding a server to handle storage. For this purpose I picked up a 36 HDD bay, 4 unit rack-mount Isilon / EMC X400 chassis with a Supermicro X8 series motherboard. Fun ensues getting this part of the project working!!

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Home Data Center Project: Starting the build

After completing my previous project of building a Kubernetes cluster using old computers, I decided to take the next logical step and use real data center hardware to build a Kubernetes cluster at home within a budget of $3000. This is the first of a series of posts describing the build.

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