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From One Butz to Many

My great-grandfather was Karl Butz and there was very little I knew about his father, Karl Heinrich Butz other than that he lived with his son in Böhmen and died there. All my mother could tell me is that he was apparently from Krefeld in north-west Germany. I found a clipping from a newspaper in the town that he died, which confirmed this and gave me a rough birth date.

Introducing Grant

It's only version 0.1! There haven’t been any posts about genealogy yet and that’s not because I’ve just picked this up, but because it’s a hobby that tends to be more sporadic for me. There will be a separate post to introduce my research and what my focus is at the moment, but in summary, I have a fairly good family tree already and currently my work is mainly around documenting individuals with hard evidence1.

Backup as a Service Using Restic

Making backups of your work is one of those things that we all know we should do, but get lazy about actually setting up1. Things are easier these days, particularly on Windows, where you can have your Documents folder automatically backed up to the cloud. You can also install GoogleDrive, DropBox, NextCloud as drives in Windows and have them sync automatically as well. When it comes to backing up configuration data on my Linux servers, things are a bit more complicated for me.

Those Damn Cultists

Adam, Rasputin, Borden, Sister Beth, The Kid If you’ve been following my twitter feed for the past couple of weeks, you’ll have seen these minis already in isolation. Now they’re toegether for the first time and what a solid start to the year! With fully half of the investigators that came in the Cthulhu: Death May Die boxset already painted! They are of course lovely little miniatures.

Adding a Schema to LDAP

I’ve had an LDAP setup for a quite a while1, but I’ve never really used it. Sure, I could set up my Dokuwiki to get the logins and groups from LDAP and that’s kind of what it’s for, but that wasn’t enough. I wanted to use LDAP as a central configuration/setup/inventory management system. Configure my mail server to lookup email addresses there, assign port numbers and hosts for my services from there, etc.

Stark Sworn Swords

Finally done! I have to admit, these took me far longer than I would have liked. They sat on my painting table all through and since I painted the Cherusci Warrior through October and November. It was a bit of a slog to get back into painting and to actually finish them, but now that they’re done, I’m actually very happy with them. The snow bases I’ve wanted to do for a while now.

Healthchecks for the Network

Over the Christmas holidays, we spent a couple of weeks abroad with family. During this time, I still like to have access to my network, both for the self-hosted services I have but also so I can play around with new ideas during the downtime. Unfortunately, about halfway through our holiday, I lost access. I couldn’t tell whether this was because my DNS Updater script failed to set the correct dynamic WAN IP on my DNS record, or whether the router had locked up, or my servers were down.

Automating This Blog

The most annoying thing about having a website or blog for me has always been in writing content for it. Getting stuff published is a close second though. So when I wanted to revive this blog and actually have a proper web presence for once, I resolved that it should be as easy as possible to do it. So first thing I did was to put this blog up as a Github repo so that I could access it from anywhere.

Carronades, Britons and Cthulhu

Father Christmas has been very kind to me this year! Cthulhu: Death May Die When we went to visit my parents at the beginning of Christmas, they got me the new Cthulhu: Death May Die board game by CMON. It’s jam-packed with miniatures and they are gorgeous. Very detailed, particularly the Great Old Ones and the investigators. It also has a bunch of henchmen, which I’m sure will go through a batch-painting process.

Collecting All the Data

I set up influxdb a while back on my NUC, so that I could have a TIG (Telegraf/Influxdb/Grafana) stack running and capture nice metrics on my home network. What I didn’t find out until later is that you shouldn’t put Influxdb on a network drive, it generated a network storm, maxing out my NUC’s CPU waiting on I/O operations to complete. I tore down the TIG stack and hadn’t used it since.