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Feb 20, 2018 - 2 minute read - Comments

New NIC to the Rescue

Earlier today, I wasn’t able to access my homeserver externally. I thought maybe the LAN cable just got disconnected, or worse the power cord of the server got disconnected. When I got home, I immediately tested if I am able to access the homeserver from my internal LAN. I tried to ping the server and it is not responding. Upon investigation, server is powered ON and link lights are ON for the NIC (network interface card).

Feb 12, 2018 - 3 minute read - Comments - linux

Study Study Study

I recently got a message asking how I prepare for certifications / exams. I just keep on studying, reading and lots and lots of practice! The hardware that you use also helps. Having an external display helps me a lot! Recently I was able to acquire a monitor for free! Company was disposing them and I was lucky enough to get it. It’s an old school 17inch 4:3 box type monitor.

Feb 12, 2018 - 1 minute read - Comments - linux

Lets Encrypt for HTTPS

I am using Let’s Encrypt and just got an email from them stating that my certificates will expire by Mar 04, 2018 and need to renew the certificates. This will be part of weekend project, as my whole week for today is all booked up practicing for upcoming RHCSA exam. Hoping that renewing the certificates will be straightforward / few commands away.

Jan 31, 2018 - 2 minute read - Comments - finance

How to Get 10% Guaranteed Returns with Banks

Most banks have promos – you open an account with them and when you meet the requirements, they pay you! For last year, I went with the CIBC promo. The requirements are quite easy - open a chequing account, make a reoccurring direct deposit every month and on the 3rd month you get the payout. For CIBC, I opened a chequing account with 3,000. If it falls below 3,000, there is a monthly fee of 3 or 4.

Jan 30, 2018 - 1 minute read - Comments - finance

DJIA down by 3xxpts or 1.3x%

It’s been a while since I’ve checked MarketWatch. The last change I did to my portfolio was adding more funds and switching some of my bonds to Canadian Index, US Index and International Index last Jan02. Now I’ve checked MarketWatch and looks like DJIA is down by about 1.3x%. Instead of panicking, I consider this as opportunity to buy more at discount prices! I’ve rebalanced my bond funds again and my allocation now looks like this -

Jan 29, 2018 - 1 minute read - Comments - Linux

Debian to Fedora

It’s been a productive weekend. I’ve decided to reformat my study laptop from Debian to Fedora. Since I am preparing for RHCSA, it’s better to get used to the RPM ecosystem. I also need to practice on KVM hence I reformatted to Fedora. And Fedora is the upstream of RHEL, what I learn in RHEL / Fedora can be used in one another with some minor adjustments. In summary, this is what my weekend looked like -