Well, MN law states that heat doesn’t have to be turned on before October 15th.  That means since it is getting down to the high 20s at night it gets very cold in my apartment.  Wife and I have resorted to using a space heater to keep our son’s room warm enough so he will sleep through the night.

Computer Rebuild


I rebuilt my dad’s computer over the weekend.  He went from an AMD Phenom II X2 550BE (running as an X4) to an Intel Haswell Pentium dual core, AsRock B85 Pro4 motherboard, 4x2GB DDR3 DIMMs, Intel 530 240GB SSD round out the new parts.  I think I did pretty good on cable management considering his case doesn’t have anything for cable management in it.


World of Warships

I have been playing the World of Warships beta.  It is a blast although I was kind of upset when I upgraded from the starter US Navy ship (the Erie) to the level 2 USN ship (Chester).  I went from being able to bring 4 guns to bear when firing a broadside to being able to bring 3 guns to bear when firing a broadside.  I know it has more health, armor, better guns etc, but it just doesn’t seem right.  I’m hoping the hull upgrade for it actually mounts more guns….

EdgeOS IPv6 Tunnel

So, I decided to finally get my EdgeOS IPv6 tunnel howto done, although it should work in VyOS or Vyatta as well.  This is how I have it setup and it is working for me, there are probably other ways to set it up that will work.  They may also be more efficient too, but I don’t want to break a working setup.

Easiest way to do this is to SSH into your EdgeOS device.  Then type the following commands to setup your firewall.  Change WAN_LOCAL to your IPv4 local firewall rule, and change rule 15 to place the new IPv4 firewall rule as the second in your list.

Now we create the tunnel to  Replace 2001:470:xxxx:482::2/64 with your Client IPv6 address, with your Server IPv4 address.

Next, we need to assign an IPv6 to our internal interface.  On my EdgeRouter X, this is switch0.  Other devices could be eth1, eth2, etc…  Don’t forget to change 2001:470:xxxx:482::1/64 to an IP in your Routed /64 IPv6 Prefix, and 2001:470:xxxx:482::/64 to your Router /64 IPv6 Prefix.

Next we set the IPv6 next hop.  Again, don’t forget to change 2001:470:xxxx:482:: for your Routed /64 Prefix.

Now, we setup the DHCPv6 server.  Again, don’t forget to change 2001:470:xxxx:482:: for your Routed /64 Prefix.

Finally, we set the EdgeOS device to update DNS-O-Matic.  I use this to allow me to update my OpenDNS & tunnel info at the same time.

Now commit and save your configuration, and issue a ping6  You should see valid results, no reboot your client and ping Google’s IPv6 address (this will vary based on your OS, Windows is ping -6


Well, I again have a dual stack network at home.  IPv4 from Charter and IPv6 through a Hurricane Electric tunnel.  I do have to say it was not as easy to setup on my EdgeRouter X as it was in pfSense but I figured it out.  I will be writing a tutorial on how I did it in a little while since I figure other people might like to know 😀

New home server

So, I’ve been wanting to build a new home server for quite a while.  Today I started planning it out, might be a while until I can build it but I can dream.  My parts list is as follows.

Will use my current HDDs and set it up as an AIO ESXi/NAS4Free Host with 2x250GB HDDs for VMS & 2x2TB HDDs for other storage.



The wife and I took our son to the mall yesterday.  Not the first time we have done this but every other time he has been we placed him & his car seat into the stroller.  Yesterday we didn’t use the car seat, he loved looking around at everything in the mall as we walked around.  No, I am sad to say that the mall is getting rather empty, although they do say they have more stores coming in and the soft pretzel place will be coming back.  I hope the mall fills up just because its a great place to take him on a hot & stormy day (or a blizzard in the winter).  Also, they have officially announced that the former TGI Fridays location in the mall lot will be replaced with a Red Robin.  Very excited about that, I’ve always wanted to eat at one but never been able to.


OK, I officially hate SSL.  I just spent close to an hour trying to get the SSL trust chain working correctly for this site, and I still can’t.  Not sure if its something I’m doing wrong, something that Virtualmin is doing wrong (the control panel I use) or something that StartSSL is doing wrong.  At any rate, I don’t care anymore right now and I only really use it for my admin interface anyway.

Dumb stuff people have asked/done before and after my wife and I had our son

Just thought I’d share some of the stupid things people have asked and/or done since my wife and I announced we were having a kid and after he was born.


  • What are you going to do if he’s allergic to your cats?
    • I replied “Get rid of the kid”, no one got the joke……
  • Is he a good baby?
    • Wife always wants to say “Nope, I’m going to return him”
  • Can I hold him?
    • Sure, I’ll let a complete stranger hold him.  NOT!!!!
  • What’s that white stuff on your shirt?
    • Hmm, I have a baby, its probably spit up.

I’m sure there is more, I just can’t think of it right now.