Phoning home while being a nomad via SSH

While there are many solutions for remote access to a home machine, they never seem to meet my needs.

As I already have a persisted host on the internet from Digital Ocean, lets leverage that as a meet me node.

It is assumed that source and destination nodes have key …


Extracting Chapters from DVDs

As I don’t care for the noise of an optical drive while going to sleep, have been transcoding a few favorite DVDs to USB sticks.

ffmpeg is a versatile tool, but does not support import directly from DVD media.

mplayer does however, and can stream dump.


function …

Irda, Linux, and a working mcs7780 chipset

Finally picked up an IrDA transciver based on mcs7780 chipset for getting Subsurface working with our Lunas. had a bunch of trouble getting it working with Linux, but found a wonderful walkthrough at kartadmin that laid out how to get it all working.

quote for quick reference:

  1. Download and install …

Using reposync to create a partial yum mirror.

In a previous life, I had built and deployed a partial yum mirror to speed up, and simplify, kick starting and deployment of supporting packages for an application stack. since there were multiple upstream yum repos that needed to be consulted (centos base, couchbase, epel, pgsql, etc), it made sense …