Puppet 3.8.x on CentOS 8

Yes, I know that puppet 3.8 belongs in a museum, but it's the version we are still running at $work, mostly out of tech debt but also y'know it just works good and it's stable in our multi-master setup with thousands of clients. It does create an issue every…

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So I did a dumb thing

For the first time in my almost 32 years I had to visit A&E, I was at my new house trying to undo a package that was secured with zip ties, with a knife. It slipped and as my hand was downrange I stabbed/impaled my left index…

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The sounds of the Series Land Rover/gearbox update.

In place of a rebuild update, a couple of videos I have of series related things. I have completed the transfer box, part 3 of that rebuild coming soon hopefully but I've been lazy with the write ups. I've also started taking the main box apart so write up of…

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Project Gearbox, part 2

The gearbox rebuild finally continues! Though I have done some stuff since part 1. Mostly degrotting most of the parts removed and I also came to the conclusion that instead of finding an overdrive (because they go for silly money and would probably need a costly rebuild as well) I…

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Talking in modbus

At work we have a datacenter, so we have things that require monitoring like generators, air handlers (industrial aircon to keep the servers cool), and uninterruptible power supplies. Our building monitoring system was originally written by a colleague that has long since left and the responsibility of maintaining it has…

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Krumpi (Paprikás krumpli)

If you like onions, potatoes, and (lots of) paprika then this recipe is for you. This was originally taught to me by my Hungarian friend. It's a very easy and a very tasty meal to make. Lots of leftovers make for great work lunches. For originality you should use hungarian…

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Tank

Meet tank, my favourite car I thought I'd never buy. He's a VW Polo, with a 1.9SDI engine. Yes, that's a non turbo diesel. Which is where his name comes from. He sounds like a tank and is about as fast (with his 64bhp). He came into my life…

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Project Gearbox, part 1

My landrover series's gearbox is a bit ropey, it's definitely seen better days and judging by the blue instant gasket that has oozed out between the mating plates at least one previous owner has been inside it. Everything else I have discovered that's wrong with the landy has been due…

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Project Daylight

Adding a LED lightbar to pugly. Overview My daily driver is a Peugeot 1007. It's pretty nifty and unique which is one of the reasons I love it so much, However it's illumination is somewhat lacking, even with the full beams on and with decent bulbs. So I came up…

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Nagios lookup.

I wanted an easy way to query our nagios server to see which hosts are being monitored and what checks they have assigned to them for auditing. I also wanted it to be speedy as no one wants to wait 30 seconds for a lookup, so some kind of caching…

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