In a perfect world I would spend my time between inventing great new devices and systems that inspire and revolutionize things and following up on hobbies like photography and movies. In the imperfect world that we live in I work in IT to pay the mortgage and food bill by creating and maintaining computer systems that make the world of business tick over.
My original training began with computers and physics back in the early 80’s at Canterbury University weaving a career that included pumping gas, frying at McDonald’s, driver education and finally a long spell in IT.
Like most parents of school aged children my life revolves around kids, school, work and kids. Our son is our life right now and we love him dearly but we yearn for our own space and time.
This blog is about things that interest me, things that inspire me and my particular slant on life. Drop by anytime and flick me a comment if you like. I have currently disabled comments on posts because I get no-end of spam but we can still be reach on the contact us page.
I wanted to watch Netflix on Kodi on Windows and although there are no official add-on’s for Netflix I chose the “Netflix” add-on by Stefano Gottardo, aka. CastagnaIT, as it seems to be respected by many people including comments in … Continue reading
If like me you run a lot of stuff in ESX, then you will know that you can open up the console in the remote This is very handy and opens up VMware Player connected to your VM in ESX. … Continue reading
This is a list, for myself, of a mapping of actual seasons to season numbers I use in MythTV. This is necessary because Doctor Who went from seasons to series and MythTV only has one field. This means the latest … Continue reading
This is related to the WordPress error you may get when trying to upload a file greater than 2MB: While you can install plugins to get around this I found this did not work for me and I then got … Continue reading
If using the “MythCenter 1.4” theme for Myth Frontend then when looking at PVR recordings it only displays the “Short Date”. The short date is just the day and month, it does not include the year. Thus it looks like: … Continue reading
I use MythTV as my media center and PVR and Kodi on Windows as my frontend. In an effort to organize my recordings and utilize subtitles, I needed to update the MythTV recordings metadata. For my situation the only practical … Continue reading
I really wanted copy and paste between Windows and VMs running in ESX. This is what finally worked for me. Note this was for ESX “6.0.0 Update 3 (Build 5050593)”. I was using VMware Workstation 16 Player “16.1.2 build-17966106” on … Continue reading
I needed to create a small OKD/OpenShift setup so I could play around with it and get comfortable with using it, developing on it and administering it. Additionally I wanted it to be somewhat similar in setup to what we … Continue reading
I run my OKD cluster on a set of VMs in VMware ESXi. My backups consist of shutting down all VMs and then copying them somewhere else – so full shutdown and backup. The cluster setup was done using the … Continue reading
By default an ESX server doesn’t allow you to ssh to it or ssh from it to another host. Being able to ssh to an ESX host can be very useful to do base unix functions including moving files around … Continue reading