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I’m Grumpy, and I make content about Linux, Servers, and HomeLabs and build things I think are neat. I use this site to share all those things.

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Recent Posts

USING HTTPS IN YOUR HOMELAB, AND WHY IT'S IMPORTANT

When you have a homelab, you’re going to start having a number of internal websites and services you use. You’ll learn to live with HTTPS warnings when navigating to these sites, but these warnings can still be a problem. What if we wanted to have valid HTTPS everywhere? HTTPS Primer HTTPS encrypts your traffic so things that intercept it (routers, attackers, etc) can’t decode it, and it does this even with an invalid or self-signed certificate.

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PLEASE DON'T SELL SPACE IN YOUR HOMELAB

Hanging out in subreddits like /r/homelab, /r/servers, and /r/datahoarder, I see this question asked too many times: I have extra space in my home server, how can I sell this for other people to use? My answer (and a lot of other people’s answer): don’t. We’re Really Not Trying To Ruin Your Dreams If you come across this post, or if this was sent to you, know that we aren’t doing this for the sole purpose of ruining your day.

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MY THOUGHTS ON LASTPASS AND THEIR RECENT BREACHES

If you’ve poked your head outside in the last few weeks, you’ve noticed that LastPass had a security breach where customer vaults were exposed and downloaded. I’ve been hanging around in /r/lastpass and seeing the mixed reactions has been interesting. Why I’m Leaving I’m leaving LastPass, and had been looking at solutions for the last few months. While the security problems are the last nail in the coffin, I’ll share why I’m leaving besides the breach.

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THE COST OF HOMELAB BACKUPS

If you ave a homelab, you’ve probably collected a few TB of data that needs backed up. Recently in /r/datahoarder and /r/homelab I’ve seen a lot of posts that ask about backups. I’ve talked about my strategy in the past , but I figured I dive a bit more into offsite backups. If you’re not familiar with why you should be keeping backups or some general rules of thumb, I have some information over here.

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SETTING UP A BACKUP 4G INTERNET CONNECTION WITH OPNSENSE

One thing that quickly becomes annoying is disruptions to my main home internet. This is annoying for the obvious reasons: I can’t use remote services, home automation that needs the cloud breaks, etc, but is also frustrating because it’s something I largely can’t control. I’m at the mercy of my ISP to detect outages and resolve them, and sitting around and waiting is one of the worst feelings. After an outage that lasted over a day, I took matters into my own hands and created a backup 4G connection for my home internet.

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