Matthew's Blog

Status update, August 2020

August has been a month of revival. Six months of staying at home during the coronavirus pandemic has taken its toll on most aspects of my life. I’m fortunate enough to remain employed. Working from home had introduced its unique set of challenges. Things like staying motivated and focused were especially hard during the earlier months.

Black Lives Matter.

Black Lives Matter. Say their names.

All lives don't matter until black lives do.

Mitigating Pi-hole ISE 500 Error on the "Long term data - Query Log"

When selecting a large date range on the long term data Query Log, say last 30 or even last 7 days, I’d be greeted with the following error message and some more information in Lighttpd’s logs.

Late one evening, I was having dinner with some vegan friends of mine at Comet Cafe in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The Comet is a relatively punky-style small diner in the Lower East Side. We stopped in Milwaukee for dinner after spending about 16 hours on the road. The three of us had all rode together to a small vegan get-together in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Request Tracker: Automatically Set Ticket Owner to Specific User

Request Tracker is an insanely powerful ticketing system. I started using RT about 6 months ago, and I’ve been absolutely enjoying every hour of it. About 2 months ago, I used a guide on the RT Wiki titled AutoSetOwner to automatically set every new ticket’s owner to myself, on my personal hosted instance of RT. It works great!

Remove and Prevent Access to Shut Down Commands Except on my VMs

I would do anything in my power to prevent the accidental shutdown of a critical server. Unfortunately, Windows makes it really easy to accidentally shut down a computer.

Pleroma: admin-fe

I recently switched from Mastodon to Pleroma, for no real reason in specific other than: Pleroma is far less resource intensive. Setting up Pleroma was a breeze compared to setting up Mastodon–I remember having a great deal of trouble. I enjoy the simpler interface as well. While Pleroma doesn’t have all of the flashy features mastodon does, I don’t need or use them anyway.

Blog Updates

The blog got some visual updates! Most of the content is now a single column, with any meta information, like my bio and external links, are under the content.

Update: July 2019

While we’re a couple of days into August already, a July status update is better late than never! Most of my July has been spent getting myself organized at my day job and assessing my workload after my coworker, whom previously shared my workload, left the company, leaving me as the sole Systems Engineer/IT “Help Desk”/Web Developer at my company. I wear a lot of hats, but so far the workload has been quite manageable.

Update: May 2019

It’s been a year and a half since starting this version of the blog. Behind the scenes, it’s been through a lot. Originally hosted on a Vultr VPS, this blog had been passed around to Linode, it had a long stay on a instance, and currently resides on a Linode instance again. As I host more and more things for myself and others, I’ve found I need to take more care into how much load another website might add, etc.

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I'm a systems administrator & engineer, front-end and back-end developer, and an IT guru in Minneapolis, MN. It’s nice to meet you.