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Farm

Zero Turn

The accident that cost me a finger happened when I was converting our tractor from mowing mode to regular tractor mode by removing the mow deck and putting the backhoe and loader back on. Since we have a tractor why not use it for everything to save some money on not having a dedicated mower? […]

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Farm RV WFH

General Updates

A few general updates. I’ve reactivated my wordpress.com blog at https://mikesisk.com I’ll be posting most stuff here and setting up a service to copy content over to Facebook. For the past few years I mostly used Facebook, but I think it’s time to move away. We lost two of our baby geese last week during […]

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Dog Farm

Farm Dog

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Farm

Update on Finger Injury

Ok, now that’s it a bit in the past I can talk a little more about that finger injury. It wasn’t a perfectly clean amputation; the doctor had to do some trimming to clean it up. To do that the doctor used a familiar tool. I’m not sure what the medical term for it is, […]

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Farm

Night at the ER

I spent most of last night in the ER and we didn’t get home until 2 AM. Yesterday I was working on our tractor attaching the backhoe when the implement shifted and caught the end of my glove and pulled the middle finger of my right hand into the hole for the attachment pin and […]

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RV

RV Internet

The most difficult thing about living in an RV when you work in technology is internet access. Last time I did this was in 2001 and the best I could do was satellite internet at slow speeds at extreme cost. Luckily in the intervening 19 years mobile “cellular” broadband is a thing in most places […]

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DevOps

Installing Docker on a Raspberry Pi

The Raspberry Pi is a fantastic low-cost way to experiment with Docker and Kubernetes. There’s several ways to get the latest version of Docker installed on a Raspberry Pi; you can go with the Cypriot project or a full-fledged GUI-based Raspbian installation. In my case I have a cluster of six Pi I need to […]

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DevOps

Some vi tips

Awhile back at a previous company I got hit with a last-minute request to update our Nginx redirect map with data provided in a spreadsheet. Normally I only have to do one or two redirect rules at a time. But today I got hit with 120 rules – each of which needed data from two […]

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DevOps

s3cmd with Multiple AWS Accounts

Awhile back I was doing a lot of work involving Amazon’s Simple Storage Service (aka Amazon S3). And while tools like Panic’s Transmit, the Firefox S3Fox extension, or even Amazon’s own S3 Management Console make it easy to use, sometimes you really just want a command-line tool. There’s a lot of good tools out there, but […]

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DevOps

Cron and Sewing Needles

Sometimes, even after decades of experience, you still screw up. Consider this cron entry I put in last night: # Backup MongoDB every 6 hours, zip it up, and rsync it. * */6 * * * ~/bin/backup_mongo.sh I wanted this to run the backup script for MongoDB every six hours. Instead, I got it running […]