Well, my wife has said its time to sell my 1997 Jeep Grand Cherokee.  For me, its hard because I form strong emotional attachments to my cars.  In the 6 years I’ve owned it, it has given many a ride to my nephews (who love my big black Jeep w/ its louder than stock exhaust) and been called Mr Lucy by a niece (wife calls her Explorer Lucy).  I also know it will be a long time before we can afford another Jeep because my wife has said I can only get one when we can afford a new one Sad smile  I’d really love a new GC w/ a V6 turbo diesel, but it also seems wrong that the new GS have IFS & IRS when I’ve only owned Jeeps with a solid axle front & rear……


The wife and I have found out that we are having a boy.  We have a name picked out, but aren’t telling anyone.  Here are some Ultrasound pictures for you though.MCCLOUDHEIDIM20140714090329010MCCLOUDHEIDIM20140714090941879MCCLOUDHEIDIM20140714091808304MCCLOUDHEIDIM20140714091914467MCCLOUDHEIDIM20140714092305357MCCLOUDHEIDIM20140714092321988MCCLOUDHEIDIM20140714092547465MCCLOUDHEIDIM20140714093923185MCCLOUDHEIDIM20140714094609682MCCLOUDHEIDIM20140714094627675

Good god, my mother is really starting to get on my nerves.  She has decided that she has to be the first to learn if my wife and I are having a boy or girl.  However, we have told her repeatedly that everyone will learn at the same damn time (or as close as humanly possible).  We are throwing a “family picnic” to announce it.  I mean, is it that hard to understand?!?!?!?!?!?!?


I have decided on the final list of parts for a new home server (for now that is :D).

All running ESXi with an OmniOS+napp-it, FreeNAS or NAS4Free VM serving as the data store for the other VMs.  If I go with OmniOS+napp-it then I will also have 2x40GB HDDs in a ZFS mirror to boot it from.

Other VMs are as follows

  • pfSense firewall
  • Plex, PlexConnect & CrashPlan
  • PBX in a Flash

The hardware is probably overkill for the VMs I’ll run on it, but that is fine by me.  I’d rather have it be overkill then not fast enough.

Well, I’m loving my UniFi AP at home.  Even though it only has a 10/100 Mbps network port I cannot notice a difference transferring files to & from WiFi devices & my home server from when I had my Gigabit Belkin router.  I can only imagine how fast it would be if I had the UniFi Pro AP.  That will have to wait until I have a house (although I will probably get AC by then).

I have now upgraded my WiFi at home to enterprise grade WiFi.  I am now running a Ubiquiti UniFi AP.  It’s a little harder to setup, but it is well worth it for the performance it is providing already.  I am running the controller app in a FreeBSD Jail on my NAS4Free box.  Made it a little more difficult to do the initial setup, but its working great.  Trying to decide if I want to setup FreeRADIUS somewhere at home (probably another jail) and use RADIUS authentication for the WiFi or not.  I know it would confuse people, but I kinda want to so I can also integrate it into LDAP for my network shares & Windows logins……

Well, I have come to the conclusion that it is time to start saving to build a new home server.  My N40L has served me well, but it is getting slow.  I won’t get rid of it, I will just relegate it to pfSense duties.  I’ll just need to add a single Gigabit NIC to it and it will be good to go.

New home server will consist of the following new parts.  HDDs & boot USB will come from my N40L.

The Xeon might seem like overkill, but Plex takes some power to transcode so it will be used.