Monthly Archive: August 2015

Tutorial: Using VMWare ESXi and PFsense as a network firewall/router 7

Tutorial: Using VMWare ESXi and PFsense as a network firewall/router

In most networks, you will have dedicated hardware to function as your “edge” (firewall/router). This is typically for the best, but there are always cases where you can’t put out that dedicated hardware. Sometimes it’s for cost reasons and sometimes it’s for complexity. In my particular case, I was installing an ESXi server in a datacenter and only had 2 amps of power to work with, of which my server...

Tutorial: PoC Telegram Bot running in AWS Lambda 0

Tutorial: PoC Telegram Bot running in AWS Lambda

My favorite “SMS Alternative” app is Telegram Messenger. It’s simple, easy to use, has decent encryption (from what I understand), is very multi-platform, and has a lot of fun features. It is my sole method of communicating with some people and was recently used for a 15 person group text at Outside Lands where it worked flawlessly. Needless to say when they announced a bot platform (that was quite well...

ESXi 6.0 has a fickle installer 0

ESXi 6.0 has a fickle installer

This week I picked up a project that got put down last month, to install ESXi on one of my psuedo-servers. This particular machine runs an ASUS Z9PE-D8 WS motherboard with an Intel Xeon processor. Normally, installing ESXi shouldn’t be that hard, unless your hardware isn’t on the HCL, in which case it can be quite fickle. That’s why this was the third time I’ve run headlong at a brickwall.

A Pinterest success story 0

A Pinterest success story

For those of us who aren’t super crafty types, when one mentions “Pinterest” typically the mind jumps to “Pinterest Fails“. You can Google that and find hundreds of websites dedicated to the very topic. However today we’re discussing the opposite, Pinterest success stories, or more specifically one success story. This particular story centers around my niece who had mentioned to me before that she was a fan of Pinterest ....

Electricity as a shower (Understanding Volts and Amps) 0

Electricity as a shower (Understanding Volts and Amps)

Normally electricity and water don’t mix, however today we’re just talking analogies. When working with electronics, it’s very common to see questions along the lines of “My project requires X volts, is it okay to use Y power source” or “My Raspberry Pi requires 1 amp, will a 2 amp power supply burn it out?”. If you don’t know electricity, this makes perfect sense to ask. Rather than answer specific...