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Importing ZFS Pools on Unraid

I’ve been running Ubuntu on my home server, mostly because it supports running zfs out of the box. ZFS has been my filesystem of choice for our home server for years. However, I’ve recently had the itch to switch away from Ubuntu and move to Fedora or CentOS. While comparing distros, a major consideration was if I would be able to transfer my zpools, or if I’d have to wipe and restart. I’ve now switched to Unraid… and got to keep ZFS. Here’s how.


Trying ElementaryOS 6

The recent release of Elementary OS 6 (Odin) really piqued my interest. It has been a few years since I last tried Elementary, (probably around the previous release), and I was curious to see all the improvements that the team have made. So, I installed it to my test laptop… and I was not let down.


Obsidian Notes iOS + Working Copy Setup

After deciding to leave Notion, I have been using obsidian.md for all of my notes and loving every moment of it. The one thing I have missed after the switch has been the ability to view or lightly edit notes on my iPhone and iPad. However, I saw that there was an Obsidian mobile app in development, and I have been eagerly waiting for it. Now that the app has been released, here is how I set it up on my iOS devices (with some help from working copy 😉).


New Work Laptop: X1 Carbon (gen7) Thinkpad

A few months ago I became eligible to trade-in my work laptop, a Lenovo p50 Thinkpad, for a newer one. After experiencing problems related to the laptop’s dedicated Nvidia graphics card, I jumped on the opportunity to swap it. Compared to being asked the simple “Thinkpad or Macbook” question I faced when starting at Red Hat, I had some additional decisions to make this time around.


Introduction to Toolbox

As I use podman more often, I continue to rely more heavily on toolbox. In particular, on Fedora Silverblue, toolbox becomes the command line environment(s) that I use. Everything is done in a toolbox on Silverblue. So then… what is toolbox and how can you start using it?


Website Updates: Moved to Gitlab Pages

I recently made some major changes to my website. After playing around testing the site on Gitlab Pages for a few months, I finally sat down to figure out how to make the official switch. In the end, this involved a bunch of additional side projects, including replacing my ‘cloud node’ with a new one, setting up a Gitlab runner, removing all analytic trackers from the website, and completely re-doing the the DNS for my domain name. It’s been quite the overhaul…


Multi-hop ssh Connections

Last weekend, I wanted to ensure that I could work on a personal project using my typical setup, while I was away for a few hours. This consists of running VS Code on my macbook air, but remotely connected to my Linux desktop. All of the coding actually happens on the Linux computer, even though I am running VS code on my macbook. However, when outside of my home network, connecting to the desktop requires multiple ssh hops. Fortunately, configuring ssh to handle a multi-hop setup is actually quite easy and…. it works with the VSCode remote plugin. Here’s how.


Disable Seafile Notifications on Gnome 40

Quick post here. Basically, I keep figuring out and then forgetting how to disable Seafile notifications on Gnome, because it doesn’t allow tray icons. This time, I’m recording the process.


Upgrading My iPad Pro

A few years ago, I purchased my first iPad, a 10.5” iPad Pro. I use it just about every day. With the release of the newest 2021 iPad Pro, I decided it was finally time to trade mine in for an upgrade. Here’s why.


Leaving Notion

After using Notion for my notes and daily planning over the last year, there are a few issues with it that have worn on me. Over time, my uneasiness with the application has built up to the point where I have decided to switch away Notion completely. Here’s why.