Adding a first boot task via systemd

Sometimes You just want to run a task once, the first time a system boots. There are a bunch of ways you could do this, but I was working on trying to solve a specific use case for a customer. In this case, we’d like to run some tasks on the first boot of a…


Nextcloud, in a container, in a bucket

Join me while I build a private cloud document and photo storage solution. Backed by an object store, so you’ll never need to expand your storage as you add files! …


Getting my digital life back from Google Photos

This is the second installment of a series I’m creating on “de-googling”. My goal here is not to eradicate Google from my life, but rather to limit my dependence on them. You can read some back-story in the previous article Untangling my life from the Google ecosystem. My first goal here is to try to…


Untangling my life from the Google ecosystem

Google. It’s become such a part of our lives. Certainly for those of us who are not Apple users. I don’t really have anything against apple exactly. I even ditched my android device for a little over a year and went to an iPhone. It wasn’t terrible, but I just liked the android experience better….


In the Days of Text

This is our world now… the world of the electron and the switch, the beauty of the baud.The Mentor (http://phrack.org/issues/7/3.html) When dial-up ruled There was a time that some of us can still remember.  A time before fast networks ruled the industry.  When connection speeds over 1mbps were blazing fast, and most of us lived…


Moving from docker-compose to Podman Pods

It feels like forever since I wrote my RHEL 8 beta intro to podman. In fact, it’s been quite a while, and a lot has happened since then. For some time now I’ve been planning on moving my Digital Ocean droplet, that hosts this and a few other sites, from the Centos 7 Docker platform…


Working from Home – Experts Insights

Note: this article was written collaboratively by a number of fellow Red Hat remote workers. I contributed, but cannot take credit for the article as a whole. You may see this article shared, almost verbatim, elsewhere. Your company has prudentially decided that you should work from home over the next weeks. Or you are staying…


Following up on the Legion Y740

Well it’s been about 3 months since I bought my Lenovo Legion Y740. You can read my first impressions in my “A week with the Lenovo Legion Y740” post. First I want to say that most of my opinions have not changed. I like this machine, and I do not regret the purchase at all….


My Sysadmin Story

Note: This story was originally written for Red Hat’s Enable Sysadmin blog. We’ve all got a story, right?  Our lives could be laid out like a script for a movie, or in the chapters of a novel.  I don’t know if anyone would read mine, but to the right audience, it might sound familiar, or…


What My Family Thinks I Do For a Living

Note: This was originally written for Red Hat’s Enable Sysadmin Blog, https://www.redhat.com/sysadmin The job title “System Administrator” is sometimes vague within the industry.  Some sysadmins are responsible for a wide swath of devices, from desktops, to servers, to printers, to air conditioning units.  So, sometimes when you tell another IT professional that you’re a sysadmin,…


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