Advice to Departing Interns

We’ve had a few summer interns around the office this summer… As they are getting ready to head back to school for the fall semester, one of them asked if I had any advice. This is what I sent:

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NBC’s The Blacklist: Why Reddington Is Better than the State | Mises Wire

The real lesson of The Blacklist is “never trust the government … even if you have to.” Not many shows are both anti-state in their narrative and enjoyable at the same time. The Blacklist, however, deserves to be watched. If there is one show that takes the government for what it is, i.e., a “bandit gang” as Rothbard called it, it would be The Blacklist.

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Fooling around with VyOS

One of the reasons I wanted to build a virtualized environment was so that I could easily test and tinker with new things, and build isolated, sometimes complex, environments. Of particular interest to me, of course, is virtualized routers.

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Cisco SG300-28

Finally got around to getting a new switch for the house. I’d been looking at either a Ubiquiti UniFi US-24-250W, or a Cisco SG300-28. A part of me really wanted to go with Ubiquiti, just to see how well it integrated with the UniFi controller software. I’ve been very please with my Access Point, and I like the controller a lot. In the end, it came down to price.

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Proxmox CEPH and SSD Journals

If you’ve read some of my previous posts, you know that I’m running a Proxmox hypervisor with CEPH shared storage. Now, this is a single node cluster at the moment, which I hope to add to in the future, eventually getting to three nodes.  So when I say “CEPH shared storage,” it’s not really shared…

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Arista vEOS on Proxmox

This post has been a long time in the works…  A few years ago, I built my first Arista network.  During the preliminary stages, I first modeled the network using vEOS, Arista’s Virtual EOS (PDF), which could be run in VMs.  Using Virtualbox, I built the entire environment, an 8 or 9 devices topology (I don’t…

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