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Foray into video

Recently, I worked with Packt publishing to release a video on Neo4j.  This gave me a little confidence and ideas for how to build my own video series.    I have a plan in place to start building some items around technologies that I’m a huge fan of.    Some will be perch related, some will not be, so, get prepared for a wide mix!

Here’s one that I put together to introduce a new feature at Perch!

back from vacation

After two weeks of electronic detoxing at the beach, I’m back!

Kayaks are fun

The beach is relaxing

It’s possible to detach from electronics

It’s near impossible to stop thinking about ‘work’ and life back at home while I’m on vacation.  I do my best, but, maybe not good enough.  What I realized though, was that it’s those times of being unplugged than I can get into a much better ‘strategic’ brainstorming session, instead of the day to day operations.   That’s invaluable.  Maybe I can expense my trip.



Enterprise Ubiquiti at Home – Amazing Speed!

It’s often surprising to folks to learn that I’m not always on the latest and greatest technology.  As a technologist, it’s kind of ironic.  Yet alas, here I am, running the same airport extreme that I’ve been running for what feels like a decade.    It works great, the 802.11N signal is pretty strong through out the house, except for the far reaches.

It died.

That sucked.  Being wifi-less, in the day of ipads and xboxes, it a tough life.  I decided to step it up a notch, and do a proper installation of a much better wifi (with 802.11 AC!) solution to replace the old, busted.  After researching a lot of different technologies, I ended up following the sage research of a friend of mine, Jorge.  He doesn’t know it, but I did. Ha!

Ordering the Ubiquiti Unifi device was simple, thanks Amazon Prime for super fast delivery ,you can find it here (referral link):

Ubiquiti Networks Unifi 802.11ac Dual-Radio PRO Access Point (UAP-AC-PRO-US)

Ubiquiti Networks Unifi 802.11ac Dual-Radio PRO Access Point (UAP-AC-PRO-US)

Ubiquiti Networks Unifi 802.11ac Dual-Radio PRO Access Point (UAP-AC-PRO-US)

Yeah, it kind of looks like a space ship.   Pretty legit.

Installation was simple.   For now, it’s plugged straight into my Verizon Fios box. Over time, I’ll tie it into a full ubiquiti setup for meshing, security, firewall logging, etc…. and I need a packet capture solution in there, duh!

Create a new cable

I didn’t have a long enough Cat5e cable sitting around, so I had to make one.   Always rely on the Internet for figuring out the wire pattern;

Thank you: GroundControl.com for the image

After doing that, I used the supplied template from the Unifi , and put it on the wall outside of the coat closet that’s my ‘data center’ as well

Wall mount bracket

Ubiquiti Unifi – Wall mount bracket

Ubiquiti Unifi - Holes in the wall

Ubiquiti Unifi – Holes in the wall

Once the holes were drilled, I passed the new CAT5 cable through it, routed it in the closet using some zip ties and whatnot around the walls, back to my FIOS router.  Setup was super simple in the Unifi app that runs locally in a web browser.   Here’s a picture of the Access Point (AP):


Ubiquiti Unifi - Access Point

Ubiquiti Unifi – Access Point

Mounting the AP to the bracket was exactly like mounting a smoke detect.  Plug in the cat5 cable, use the little dust cover that comes with it, place it on the bracket, push and twist!  Then it glows like a spaceship… or at least how spaceships glow in my head:

Ubiquiti Unifi - Glowing Spaceship

Ubiquiti Unifi – Glowing Spaceship

The finished product:

Ubiquiti Unifi - On the wall and running

Ubiquiti Unifi – On the wall and running

Next to buy, is the security gateway:

Unifi Security Gateway











500k per year

I recently had a conversation with an old friend of mine. There were some awesome things about his job. He loved the day to day, hands on field work.
He didn’t love the office politics, lack of career growth, etc.

I asked him: “how can you make 500k / year in your field?”

What do you think. Is that a valid question? Is that a valid goal for everyone?

My intention was to inspire thought beyond the traditional career path in his field. Not to imply his field or career was bad/wrong.

Can you earn 500k a year using the skills and passions you have? Are you stuck at 35k/year? 100k/year?

Do you need to earn more to feel fulfilled?

Amazon Linux – Java 1.8.0 for Elasticsearch 5.3

Quick note, and it’s not too hard, but took a few minutes to remember.

Amazon Linux comes with Java 1.7.0 installed. I wanted to upgrade to 1.8.0 for Elasticsearch 5.3

sudo yum -y install java-1.8.0-openjdk



$ java -version
java version "1.7.0_131"


Not Awesome

Just yank out 1.7.0

$ sudo yum remove java-1.7.0-openjdk

If you need both installed, maybe an old piece of code needs 1.7.0 and all your other stuff can deal with a global default of 1.8.0,   update your legacy apps to specify the JAVA_HOME environment variables to the real location of java-1.7.0, and update the global system like this:

$ which java
$ ls -altr /usr/bin/java
lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 22 Apr 20 17:00 /usr/bin/java -> /etc/alternatives/java
$ ls -latr /etc/alternatives/java
lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 46 Apr 20 17:00 /etc/alternatives/java -> /usr/lib/jvm/jre-1.8.0-openjdk.x86_64/bin/java
$ sudo update-alternatives --config java

There is 1 program that provides 'java'.

Selection Command
*+ 1 /usr/lib/jvm/jre-1.8.0-openjdk.x86_64/bin/java

Enter to keep the current selection[+], or type selection number: 1

Had I not removed Java 1.7 already, I’d have 1.7 and 1.8 in that list to choose from.



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