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VMware and Broadcom thoughts

2024-02-14 vmware 412Linux
I wanted to pivot a little and reflect on the VMware and Broadcom deal. Since the deal closed in November, details have been steadily emerging as to how Broadcom will reshape VMware. There have been a number of announced changes to the VMware product line, licensing, and costs. Not all of the changes have been received positively by existing customers. Existing customers are now receiving new quotes on renewals with pricing that may not reflex their existing budgets. Continue reading

Library eLearning solutions

2024-01-29 elearning 412Linux
In my city, we are incredibly fortunate to have an awesome library system. Libraries today provide a great many diverse services for the community. I wanted to highlight one of the electronic services that can be overlooked. eLearning! In addition to typical services, some Libraries offer eLearning solutions to the community for free. My local library offers Udemy while others offer solutions such as LinkedIn learning. These services can be invaluable for community members who are looking to gain valuable skills. Continue reading

Atuin - Magical shell history

2024-01-10 atuin 412Linux
In episode 10 of the Linux Matters podcast, they mentioned a project that creates a magical shell history called Atuin. So I decided to check it out. Setup was easy and the documentation provided all of the required information to get started. I have been using Atuin for about 4.5 months. I can now say that it is one of my go to applications on both my daily driver and ancillary devices. Continue reading

Home Assistant new thermostat card customization

In the 2023.12 release of Home Assistant, a new thermostat card was introduced with a new look and feel. Overall, I really liked the new design. However with the new release, it altered my personal workflow by not including the thermostat mode controls directly on the card. While attempting to change the HVAC mode, I found my fat fingers would accidentally adjust the temperature in an unexpected manner. Prior to upgrading to 2023. Continue reading

Gitlab double upgrade

2023-12-07 gitlab 412Linux
Due to life circumstances, I had neglected my home Gitlab instance. I logged in the other day to perform some “quick” maintenance. Unfortunately, I found that I was more behind than expected. So much so, that I would need to perform a double upgrade of Gitlab going from 16.1 to 16.3 then ultimately to 16.6. After running a gitlab reconfigure, I found the Let’s Encrypt certs required an update. After making the required DNS and firewall changes, I was able to complete the necessary cert updates. Continue reading

Creating aliases using SimpleLogin.

2023-12-04 email tutorial 412Linux
As a Proton Mail user, I gained access to SimpleLogin as part of my Proton Mail subscription. Prior to using SimpleLogin, I utilized the wildcard functionality to create aliases for different requirements. Most frequently, I utilized a new address for each company that required an email address. This worked great until it was necessary to reply to the alias that was created. If a reply was required, I would need to create an address in proton mail settings. Continue reading

Installing Kumo Cloud integration into Home Assistant

A few years ago, we purchased a Mitsubishi mini-split ductless HVAC solution with multiple head units. During the purchasing process, we added the provided manufacturer remote access solution named Kumo Cloud. The manufacturer described the solution as “Manage Your Systems anytime and from anywhere using the Kumo Cloud App”. To Mitsubishi’s credit, the solution did allow remote system management. Additionally, the Kumo Cloud addon was a single one time purchase rather than a monthly ongoing charge. Continue reading
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