ZFS Snapshot Management

With my new fileserver/NAS, I am using a ZFS raid array for my file storage. One aspect of the ZFS file system that I didn’t really investigate all that closely before I installed it was the snapshot feature. ZFS snapshots basically store a “picture” or “image” of all the files on the system at a […]

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PVC paintball gun holder

I play paintball frequently enough that I finally broke down and made myself a paintball gun holder. Is it a requirement for paintball? Of course not! Is it a convenient place to put your gun between games while you fill the hopper and work on it? Yes! I initially tried a different design but didn’t […]

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Linux – Bulk UnRAR

If you’re not familiar with RAR files, they are like ZIP files. RAR is an archive format. I had a collection of more than 150 RAR files in a single folder I needed to unrar (that is, open and extract from the archive). Doing them one at a time via KDE’s Ark software would work, […]

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Linux: Batch Convert .avi files to .mp4/.mkv

I’ve been trying to clean up my video library since building my latest NAS. In the process, I found a number of .avi files, which is an older file format that isn’t widely used these days. While every time a file is converted it loses some of its quality, I was willing to risk the […]

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Hillsborough County, FL – 2020 General Election

Below is the information I found on the various candidates and constitutional amendments for the 2020 general election in Hillsborough County, Florida for my district. You can find your own sample ballot here. I’m politically an independent but registered as a Democrat so I can vote in Florida’s primaries. I generally try not to endorse […]

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Teaching with a Mask – Headset Solution on Linux

My university, the University of Tampa, is doing what it can to continue teaching in-person classes (many are hybrid) during the COVID-19 pandemic. To facilitate that, our IT folks installed webcams and microphones in all of our classrooms. Unfortunately, the classrooms all have Windows-based desktops that don’t include all the software I need for educating […]

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