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.
****** NOTE this post is in a VERY incomplete state, at some point I will fix it ******************* Overview ======== This describes the steps I follow when ripping a CD using EAC running on a Windows XP virtual machine. … Continue reading
The kids from Westmere Primary School came to the Spark NZ atrium to perform a Kapa Haka. Originally intended for another audience which didn’t work out at the last minute they moved to Spark City in Auckland and boy they … Continue reading
Want to see what is being run against your MariaDB this is what to do. Firstly you need to enable logging to a file of all queries. You do this by running: SET GLOBAL general_log=1; SET GLOBAL general_log_file=’/var/opt/rh/rh-mariadb102/log/mariadb/maria_general.log’; Problem is … Continue reading
Join us and watch and celebrate Diwali 2019 at Spark with 27 very hard working and talented members of Spark perform a range of items including a traditional Hindu payer, a traditional classic dance , an high energy fusion dance … Continue reading
Swanson School does it again with it’s production of “Sister Act Too!” What a fantastic time, these kids were great, so talented and having such a mighty good time. It really was lots of fun and of course the music … Continue reading
There are a number of posts on how to do this. I have created this post mostly for my own records so I know I will continue to have a record of what I have done. Setup Ensure you have … Continue reading
In the post CentOS 7 base VM for WordPress and MythTV I described how to create a base CentOS 7 VM. This post describes follows on from that post and describes the post installation tasks to make the VM a good … Continue reading
Simple and official way to rename a host: hostnamectl set-hostname centos7-base.cantabrian Then restart the host. You should find the new name is reflected in the file: /etc/hostname Note: You only need to edit “/etc/resolv.conf ” if you are changing workgroups … Continue reading
If you have ever got this popup warning on CentOS/RedHat 7 this post may help. This happened to me and when I looked at “/boot” it looked like: You can see there is the current kernel and three previous kernels … Continue reading
I am setting up a new CentOS 7 server, in 2019, because I want a long life public facing WordPress host that I can update easily. For example when the “Heartbleed” security bug, in the OpenSSL cryptography library, was discovered … Continue reading