Goodbye, HostUS!

For almost two years, I’ve had my hosting with  The performance has been great and I never really encountered any problems — at least until a few weeks ago.  In the span of about a week, my VM has been offline and later, networking was disconnected.  It took several hours for functionality to be… Read More »

rsync Backups Instead of scp

I have been working on a way to back up some of my remote systems.  In the past, I would have a timer/cron job to tar everything I wanted to back up, then use scp to distribute the tarballs to their off-site locations.  This works well and is quite simple.  However, it is inefficient for network bandwidth,… Read More »

KVM Quick VirtIO 9p Testing

I did some quick testing on using virtio (filesystem passthrough) with some of my KVM virtual machines.  Typically, I have been using NFSv3 and I haven’t really had much of a problem.  For the heck of it, I did some testing with virtio pass-throughs instead, since I assumed it would be a lighter and more efficient method.  I… Read More »

Arch Linux – Automating Single Package Updates

I have been a long time user of Arch and recently, I wanted to update a single package on a set schedule.  Here is how you can do it from a simple bash script: #!/bin/bash # the next line updates the package database only pacman -Sy # the next line updates only a single package… Read More »

Essential Phone – No Verizon Compatibility?

I had my Essential PH1 phone on pre-order and I was notified today that it shipped.  Also included (in the same email no less), was that the phone is currently not compatible with the Verizon network.  This phone was marketed as unlocked and compatible with all major US carriers.  This announcement — bundled with a… Read More »

Enable Windows Hello for Domain Accounts

I’ve seen a lot of instructions online requiring quite a few edits to the domain policy or registry.  I have found that it only takes two policy changes to enable this feature in Windows 10. Using gpedit.msc, navigate to: Local Computer Policy → Computer Configuration → Administrative Templates → Windows Components → Windows Hello for Business → Use biometrics (set… Read More »

Weekend of 3D Printing

Once I got my i3 MK2 running and calibrated, I spent some time capturing the printing process.  Here are a few selections:

Prusa i3 MK2 Assembly – Part 3

Continuing with assembly, here is my work installing the extruder, power supply, and heat bed.  Only the RAMbo installation remains! Unfortunately, I lost a file while transferring from my SD card, so there is around 15 minutes missing from the extruder assembly. PSU/Heat Bed assembly: