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Secure Password Vault Using Yubikey

Up until recently, my passwords were stored in a rather precarious manner. For my birthday, I decided it would be a nice gift to myself to perform a complete password refresh. This involved taking inventory of every password there was any record or memory of and resetting it to unique ...


Long Term Secure Backups

Not that long ago, I managed to delete all of my physical HV hosts, backup server, all external backups, and a bit more. The first question that most people would ask would probably be how that's even possible. That may become a post by itself; it probably won't ...


Ground Up Infrastructure

I've been working with a company that recently lost a very large amount of their infrastructure. Not only were servers lost, but also backups, application data, and much more. Unfortunately, I'm not at liberty to share too many details, but I am able to say that it was ...


Geo Point with Elasticsearch 2.x

I was recently brought into an interesting project that deals with analyzing some exciting data. I have my preferred search solutions and hate java, but I had to bite my tongue and acknowledge an ELK stack is the best tool for this particular job.

ELK Stack

An "ELK stack" refers ...


Getting a Perfect SSL Labs Score

Running web servers is both fun and infuriating. We get to do some really neat and fun things, sure. We also have an ever changing battlefield. When we sleep, the other guys are wide awake. Keeping a web server secure is tough.

Just one of the many battles in this ...


All I Know About Cast Iron

Cast iron cookware is considered some of the best and most amazing stuff that anyone could ever cook with. My grandma gave me a cast iron dutch oven a while back and I never had the chance to use it because it was rusty, too big to use, and I ...


Book Review - Nginx Module Extension

I apparently do enough work with Nginx that people keep asking me to review things. In this case, Packt asked me to review another book called "Nginx Module Extension." Well, a decent module development book doesn't exist, so I'm rather excited to dive in!

While Reading

Instead of ...


St. Baldrick's Fundraiser - 2014

I'm rather certain that we've all heard about cancer and I'm also rather certain that we all know at least one child that we care about. Imagine those being that child that means so much to you getting cancer. Let's take this further and imagine losing ...


Blog With Pelican and Nginx

I used to be a big lover of Drupal as a blogging platform. It's incredibly easy and trivial to deploy a new site with it and it comes with everything needed to write a blog. It's also incredibly easy to extend and with little work the whole SEO ...


Completely Automated ESXi Deployment

This post has to come with the disclaimer that 99.97% of ESXi deployments have NO use for anything this complicated. For that 0.03% of us, ESXi can be one heck of a deployment nightmare. It doesn't have to be, though.

Background: The Situation

The company I work ...