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Custom Linux Bash Prompt

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Ok, so I had some downtime at work.  By this I meant an evening shift where absolutely nothing was going on.  So I decided to play with one of my Virtual Machines.  My Setup at work consists of my Laptop, a USB Monitor, and a standard VGA Monitor, so 3 screen in total.  On one screen I usually have a full screen instance of Kali Linux going via VirtualBox.

I found two really cool sites called Bashrcgenerator.com and Ezprompt.net.  I used both of them to create my new user bash prompts:

PS1-rootPS1-mkoster
The reason for the two sites is they encode each part differently.  …

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Considered Normal? has moved to Vultr

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To the untrained eye, nothing has changed for the site. Only one small detail is missing. You will notice that the Links in the sidebar to my friends and family are gone… not by choice, seems the new versions of WordPress have removed this feature, and since I didn’t bring over the database, pre-existing links (only was to enable the links in newer versions) didn’t carry over. A minor issue.

What people may notice however is how blazing fast the site is. The move to Vultr was done for a few reasons. The first being that the database on the old site was having hichups.…

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Configuring multiple IPs on Debian – The Easy Way

I was recently tasked with adding 100+ ips to server at work. Normally we deal with smaller networks, like /28 or /29, but this guy had a /25 which is 128 IPs (125 usable) (Side Note: before you argue and tell me it should be 126 Usable, In our line of work, there are 3 unusable IPs instead of 2… Normally you have Network (first IP in range) and Broadcast (last IP in range), in our line, we add a Gateway (Second IP in range) which is not usable by a server) SO taking away all the unusable IPs, and of course the primary IP assigned to the NIC card, that results in 124 IPs needing to be assigned.…

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Installing Ruby on Rails (On CentOS) – The EASY Way

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It seems every tutorial I find on the net has something wrong with it.  Its either out of date, or for the wrong operating system.  Many of the tutorials show you how to install Ruby on Windows or Mac, but no real instructions on how to install it in a production environment.  This strikes me as odd, I mean, whats the point of only having a development environment if you can’t eventually move it into production?

I found one tutorial that was on the right track, but sadly it was outdated, so here is an up-to-date version as of today, April 11, 2015.…

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Project: Load Balancing

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As most of you know about 4 months ago I switched jobs.  I went from being a Computer Centre Manager at a private library to being a L1 Support Agent/L2 Sysadmin for a server hosting company.  The learning curve has been immense. I went from working with 3 servers to over 1000 servers.

One of the first things I did was start a personal project.  I mean the more things you can do in the world of servers, the more valuable of an asset you are to the company.  I mean I don’t want to stay at L1/L2, I want to move up, become L3 and work on Complex Solutions.…

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