Use Nagios to Monitor Linux Software RAID

I use Nagios to monitor every server in my company’s infrastructure. It’s a bit of a hassle to setup, but once you get it up and running and understand the basic concept and how to use NRPE, it becomes easy to start monitoring every aspect

Dog in Desert Sunset

Photo: Dog at Desert Sunset

There’s this small field at the end of a street in my neighborhood where I sometimes walk my dog. A couple weeks ago we were out there at dusk and the scene was fairly dramatic. I wound up with a decent shot of my dog

Use Crashplan to Backup Everything

Many years ago I lost everything. Well, not everything, but I had a RAID failure on an important file server that caused me to lose a fantastic collection of music, some photos and various other important files. I was already pretty good about backups and redundancy,

Child in Blue

Photo: Child in Blue

I’ve been taking pictures lately. A solid year or more went by where I hardly put my aging DSLR to use, but lately I’ve been spending a bit more time with it. I got it dusted off and warmed up in preparation for the birth

USB 3.0 Thumb Drives

My My, USB 3.0 is FAST!

I don’t tend to run the latest and greatest when it comes to tech. Like, almost never. As a result, I’ve been using USB 2.0 devices constantly, despite the much better, MUCH faster USB 3.0 spec being finalized in 2008 and devices beginning to hit