Space Marine Scout squads

To start again after my glorious return to the game, I painted two simple five-man scout squads. Scouts are quite useful if you’re just starting out. They’re cheap points-wise, but they can scout and infiltrate. They are a troop choice so they can take objectives. The first was a squad of the old metal scouts […]

Rebuilding world on FreeBSD

To upgrade FreeBSD between versions, I generally rebuild world with the latest sources. You can easily get the -RELEASE tarballs using fetch. I generally remove the old /usr/obj and /usr/src completely before I start. # cd /usr # rm -R obj # rm -R src # fetch “” # tar -x -C / -f src.txz […]

5th Company Dreadnoughts

I recently picked up an old hobby again: Warhammer. I own quite extensive forces for both Warhammer Fantasy and Warhammer 40k, but to my shame, appallingly little of that is painted. I’ve now set upon a quest to remedy that, and will try to post updates here on my progress, with pictures of my conversions […]

Images are back up

It recently came to my attention that a recent plugin update had broken all images on the website. It basically meant I had to go over everything I’ve ever written and fix the links. Thankfully, I don’t update often. Images should be back up now. If I’ve missed something, don’t hesitate to let me know.

Growing a ZFS pool – Update

In an earlier post I described how you can grow an existing ZFS pool by replacing all the disks with bigger ones. That article was written several years ago, for FreeBSD 7.2. Currently we’re at FreeBSD 9.2, and the ZFS implementation has evolved somewhat, making that article no longer accurate. Most importantly, this concerns the […]

Using GMirror as a rollback tool.

On Thunderflare, which predates affordable solid-state drives, the OS is run from two small laptop drives in RAID 1. The RAID 1 is there so that if one of them crashes, I won’t have to do a complete reinstall. I’m lazy, sue me. Besides, a reinstall would take a lot of time, while setting up […]

Machine army and Penelope timeline

I’ve updated the Machine Army page with a list of my current and past machines. I’ll expand this page further as I have the time. I’ve also published the full upgrade timeline for Penelope, my main workstation.

SSH connections without a password

One of the basic ways of connecting to a FreeBSD server is through a secure shell, commonly referred to as ssh. The most basic usage of an ssh connection is to give you a full-fledged command prompt on the remote machine. However, the ssh connection can also be used as a tunnel for countless other […]


Once again, I’d like to wish all my readers (there’s more than one, right?) a very happy new year. My resolution is to keep using this place as a drop-off for stuff I need to store outside my own head.

Hitman Absolution

Rant power: Activated! I just finished playing Hitman Absolution, the latest installment in the Hitman series. I’ve been a big fan of the series since the beginning, and eagerly pre-ordered it when it was announced. I must say that after the first few missions, I was disappointed, but now that I’ve finished it all the […]