Why my Gigabit switch was limiting my desktop to 100Mbps and how I fixed it.

I’ve been slowly reworking my home network over the past few months and ran into a new problem today - my desktop, wired to a gigabit switch via Cat6 cabling, would never reach speeds above 100Mbps. Bypassing the switch resulted in the expected speeds that were double that.

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Recovering data from a synology NAS disk drive.

I recently had a hard drive in my Synology NAS crash. The SMART scan found something like 8 bad sectors and the volume crashed but the data was still available since the NAS kept it mounted read-only. Contacting Synology support didn’t work for me since they said I’d need to install a new drive and create a new volume.

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Creating Gem Based Themes For Jekyll

How I Built Starving Artist Jekyll Theme

Jekyll 3.2 introduced the ability for theme creators to easily generate Ruby Gems from Jekyll themes and for users to easily use and change between themes.

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Starving Artist Jekyll Theme

Ubooquity Comics Server on Synology NAS

Ubooquity is a cool piece of software that acts as a server for your comic book collection. Think of Plex but for comics.

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Ansible Loops and AWS EC2, Now With Working Tags.

I’ve been playing with Ansible and have been working on using their awesome ‘loop’ feature. What this allows me to do is define a task such as creating an EC2 instance, and then loop over that task multiple times, using a file of specified variables as the input.

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Getting started with Arch Linux and Ansible

Welcome to the future

I run the site for my local neighborhood association and recieved an interesting email from the contact form today.

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Slim Pickins Theme

Jekyll Themed Category Pages Without Plugins

I don’t like using Jekyll plugins unless absolutely necessarry, I’d much rather use Jekyll’s built in features.

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Using _data to Build Jekyll Navigation

I wanted an easy way to create my navigation menus and I found a great post here on using the new-ish ‘data’ feature of Jekyll.

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Integrating Compass and Jekyll Without Plugins

I find myself getting closer to the point where I’m done with the scaffolding and can finally start with the design. The more fun stuff I look at the more I realize that integrating Compass is probably a good idea.

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Integrating the Foundation Zurb Grid With Jekyll

I was playing with the idea of using Bourbon Neat to create a semantic grid but when it comes down to it I’m familiar with Zurb and I like how it works.

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Deploy Jekyll to S3 With S3_website

I’d originally set this up to deploy to S3 using the new-ish Octopress-Deploy gem but after using it a bit I’ve found that it’s still too rough to be my goto.

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An S3 Policy to Block Semalt Referral Traffic

A lot of people have noticed shit tons of ferferral spam from semalt.com and their various other domains.

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Rakefile: Minimize Assets and Optimize Images

I used Octopress to build my wife’s webcomic site ShamseeComic and learning how to optimize everything has been fun.

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Moving From Github-Pages to S3

I decided to move from free github-pages hosting to dirt cheap AWS S3 hosting. I also decided to move my DNS from namecheap to the free CloudFlare plan. Here’s the steps I took to transfer everything over.

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Mail Forwarding With Mailgun and CloudFlare

After moving my DNS from Namecheap to CloudFlare I lost the ability to use Namecheap as a mail forwarder. For anyone not sure what that is, essentially it allows you to receive email at anyname@your-domain.com and have it automatically forwarded somewhere else (like your personal Gmail account).

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Add sitemap.xml to Jekyll

Bundling Your Digital Comics

I highly recommend using ImageMagick and mogrify for most of these tasks. Make sure you understand how to use these tools before running the commands since they will modify your images. All of the commands should be run from the terminal and you should be in the directory of files that you want to modify.

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Adding Google Analytics to Octopress 3.0

Create the analytics code

  • Create a file called google_analytics.html in your _includes directory and paste the following code into it:
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Octopress Blog From a Subdirectory

I’m using Jekyll and Octopress 3.0 to manage my entire site here, but I want the ‘blog’ page to be located at [chrisanthropic.com/blog] so here’s what I did.

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Installing Octopress 3.0 From Scratch

I’ve been getting excited for the release of Octopress 3.0 and decided to try installing it today. I’ve never used Jekyll without Octopress so I struggled a little, but it was a relatively painless experience.

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Octopress 3.0 / Jekyll Basic Customization

A few simple configs to change after an initial install

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