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Replacing a Drive in My ZFS Mirror

Right before Thanksgiving, one of the hard drives in my server started get noisy… very noisy. Fearing the worst, I did a backup, and shutdown the server until I had time to investigate further… and likely replace the drive. That time came this past week.


Shell Stuff: Easy File Cleanup

Applications can leave their junk files all over the place. While I appreciate that all of the .swp, .retry, and "conflict" files are there to help me when things go wrong… sometimes I just want to clean up my file system. So… here is a simple string of commands I often use to declutter my files.


Configuring Pass, the Standard Unix Password Manager

I’ve been using pass to manage my passwords for quite some time. During the early days of use, I occasionally had difficulty configuring it on new machines, but those days appear to be long gone. It is a simple, generic, yet flexible system. Here’s how to get started.


Designing my new Ryzen Workstation

Over the past few years (particularly after moving to the T470 as my main device), I have been anticipating what my next desktop workstation build will look like. For a period of time, I was convinced that I would build a muti-socket, used xeon build. Then, in 2017 AMD released their Ryzen series CPUs…


Reset Plasma 5 Monitor Configuration

Extending a laptop’s screen to an external display can often be a nightmare. Sometimes, it might be best to just hit the reset button and configure from scratch. With KDE Plasma 5, you can. Here’s how.