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Upgrading Emacs to 24.5

on Ubuntu 12.04

Dump this in your terminal:

sudo apt-get install checkinstall
mkdir -p ~/src
cd ~/src
tar xf emacs-24.5.tar.gz
cd emacs-24.5
sudo checkinstall
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Apr 5, 2017 1 min read

How to reference Bitbucket commits to Asana

tl;dr: Use this post-commit hook.

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Jan 31, 2015 2 min read

SynoCommunity packages for Synology NAS

A great source for all sorts of packages such as Node.js, Zshell, BitTorrent Sync, Redis, and Firefox Sync Server just to name a few. Check out the full list of packages or just add the source to your package manager :)

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Jan 9, 2015 1 min read

How to enable SSH access to Synology DiskStation

Log into your system with an administrator account and open the 1Control Panel applet. From there, click on 2Terminal & SNMP, 3Enabled SSH service, and 4Apply.

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Jul 12, 2014 1 min read

How to setup automated backups to SSH server with Synology DiskStation

As a best practice, it’s great great to have your data in more than one location. I use my Synology Diskation as a local network file server at my home. The reality is something can happen and I lose all my important data in that little box. From a BBQ, a birthday party, or maybe the house just burns down and now all my data is gone. Unfortunately my network rack at home will never be as secure as a network rack in a data center. So, backup your data because that’s much easier to do rather than trying to restore from no backup. Makes logical sense right? Derp.

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Jul 12, 2014 4 min read

LSB Init.d Script Template

Managing daemons on Linux

Quick little init.d template:

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Jul 7, 2014 2 min read

Replace a bad hard drive on a Synology DiskStation RAID 5 with DSM 5.0

I received an alert from my Synology RAID regarding a few bad sectors on a hard drive. Even though the RAID is still operational, it’s best practice to replace the hard drive before any data gets corrupted due to the bad sectors.

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Jun 28, 2014 3 min read

Chef Gearman Cookbook v0.1.0

A little Gearman cookbook I put together for Chef. Supports installing multiple versions by source. Also has a recipe for the PHP extension.

Grab it from GitHub!


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Jun 12, 2014 1 min read

Update Chef Solo on your Vagrant

Install vagrant-omnibus:

vagrant plugin install vagrant-omnibus

Configure your Vagrantfile before provisioning to the latest version of Chef:

config.omnibus.chef_version = :latest

You can also upgrade to a specific version like so:

config.omnibus.chef_version = "11.12.8"
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Jun 10, 2014 1 min read

Backing up and Restoring with MongoDB

Dump You can dump the database locally using the following mongodump: mongodump --host DATABASE_HOST --port PORT -d YOUR_DATABASE_NAME -u YOUR_DB_USERNAME -p YOUR_DB_PASSWORD This will create a dump folder containing a subfolder named after your database. The default port for MongoDB is 27017. Import You can import the same dump to a local MongoDB instance using something like the following mongorestore after changing into the dump directory: mongorestore --host DATABASE_HOST --port PORT -d DATABASE_NAME_TO_IMPORT_TO --drop DATABASE_NAME_TO_IMPORT_FROM Note: This will drop the collections in the DATABASE_NAME_TO_IMPORT_TO database before restoring the same collections from your database dump.
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May 30, 2014 1 min read