Mac OS X and DHCP is screwing your Host Name

2016-08-12 Ronny Trommer
I’m using Mac OS X with iterm2, oh-my-zsh and spend 75% of my time in those terminals. It is totally annoying to me if I connect to a DHCP network and it screws up my hostname. Especially when I’m used to looking at the prompt which tells me the host I’m connected to. It is possible to fix your computer name for several things using the scutil command which requires administration permissions. Continue reading

Zyxel vs. Vodafone Easybox with VDSL 50

2016-07-14 Ronny Trommer
I ran in some trouble with my Vodafone Easybox 904 xDSL. Even with 2Ghz and 5Ghz WLAN I had regularly drops. Had to turn on / off the WLAN on the device or had to reboot it to reconnect. Otherwise the VDSL line reguarly got disconnected, also replacing the Easybox from Vodafone didn’t helped, so I bought a Zyxel VMG1312-B30A. Search through the interwebs and took me a while to figure out what settings are required. Continue reading

Docker and parallel builds

2016-07-09 Ronny Trommer

I was listening to an interesting talk from Laura Frank from Codeship. In case you build or maintain a Continuous {Integration, Delivery} environment this definitely worth watching and they describe how they used LXC and now Docker to build their CI/CD infrastructure.

TL;DR

Interesting to me, the description in the YAML file reminded me quickly on a course I needed to pass during my study in parallel computing. The exam had one section where you had to describe parallel and sequential processes with some high level constructs. You had to describe a given time sequence graph for processes on n processors with the primitives BEGIN/END for sequential parts and COBEGIN/COEND for parallel processes.

IPv6 and Monitoring

2016-03-19 Ronny Trommer
We are all happy when we are able to get IPv6 connectivity for our new servers. In case the network is provided by someone else and some kernel settings you can get in some tricky situations. With IPv6 there are so many addresses your Laptop and Mobile can have a unique public IPv6 address forever - pretty cool huh? The downside is, it would be pretty easy to trace every connection you ever do back to your device - this really not what you want! Continue reading

Pimp my Mail Notifications

2016-03-07 Ronny Trommer
Notifications are important if you do monitoring. I never liked mail notifications from monitoring systems where all the information is hidden in non-sense text. Otherwise notifications never look the same, so I’m always forced to read all that useless crap again and again. This is an approach to improve the usability of monitoring notifications using more a table pattern which helps me to recognize useful information much quicker. Probably a lot of E-Mail guys will hate me for the reason I’m using HTML in mails. Continue reading

Conferences OUCE 2015 and 31c3

2014-12-27 Ronny Trommer
I spent some time with preparing the OUCE 2015 and we use the free an open source software frab as conference management system. I do most of my server automation with Chef and my playground is running with Vagrant. For this reason I decided to spend some time an built a Vagrant / Chef environment and contributed it back to the frab project. This guys do a really good job and IMHO it is the best free conference management system you can get. Continue reading

Open Source Experience

2014-11-22 Ronny Trommer
I spend a lot of time in the OpenNMS project and I love to work in free software and the workflows around it. We moved with our project from SourceForge to GitHub a few years ago and I think it was the right decision. There are now some established workflows in this ecosystem and they tear down borders between different open source projects and here is an example of it. Continue reading

Investigate file descriptor issues

2014-11-07 Ronny Trommer
If you run a centralized monitoring system in large environment you can run in some issues regarding file descriptor limits. Linux gives you very detailed information in the kernel control and information center in /proc. The soft and hard limits have effect for file and network sockets, which can end up in a too many files open exception in OpenNMS. The default values for soft and hard limits can be checked with Continue reading
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