Introduction

Let’s start with the traditional Why ln –help? name question. Well, one rather amusing part of my career in tech is: Whenever I have to create a symlink in Linux, the first thing I do is running ln --help. Because for the life of me, I can never remember whether the link name or the link target comes first in the argument order. That’s true even when I created another symlink just minutes ago…...

July 22, 2022 · 2 min · Michael
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Fediverse: (Almost) Three months in

At the beginning of August 2022, I made my first steps in the Fediverse after setting up my very own Mastodon instance at social.mei-home.net. I wrote about my initial impressions after a couple of days here. And because there’s another large movement to the Fediverse after Elon Musks takeover of twitter has finally become official, I thought I would write down my impressions after a couple of months on the Fediverse....

October 30, 2022 · 6 min · Michael

Homelab in 2022 - Hardware

After finally finishing my series on netbooting Raspberry Pis, the initial trigger for creating this blog, I want to give an overview of what my current Homelab is looking like. In this article, I will provide an overview of the hardware and hosts that I currently have. The next one will be about the stack I’m using, with a bit more detail on my storage solution, Ceph, and my cluster running Nomad, Consul and Vault....

October 27, 2022 · 14 min · Michael

Configuring an Udoo x86 II Ultra for Netbooting

I’m currently planning to switch my Homelab to a cluster of eight Raspberry Pi CM4 modules with two Turing Pi 2 boards. That means a full switch to the aarch64/ARM processor architecture. But not all software supports aarch64 yet. So I went looking for a small x86 machine which doesn’t cost too much, doesn’t take too much space, and doesn’t consume too much power. What I found was the Udoo x86 II Ultra....

September 29, 2022 · 17 min · Michael

Internet in the German ICE train: WireGuard MTU problem

I’m currently on my way home for a family visit and a weekend with friends. I’m sitting in the first class carriage of an Deutsche Bahn ICE train. Internet is working as expected while surfing. A little bit slow, and I’m getting timeouts from time to time. But it’s workable. The problem started after I enabled my WireGuard VPN to connect to my Homelab. Initially, it works okay, but then everything just stops....

September 29, 2022 · 2 min · Michael