Sunday, May 5, 2019

Idyllwild, CA

My wife and I hiked in Saturday to a trail that lead to a place called "suicide rock".  This is in the Idyllwild, CA area. We met some really nice people and the views were great. The altitude gets up to around 7000 feet, and for people like me who live in the lower lands in the SE, breathing is actually not easy on this climb. But, it was well worth doing, as California has some really beautiful mountain regions.


Tuesday, April 30, 2019

How NOT To Do Wireless

Hotels usually aren't that great when it comes to internet. It's no wonder when you see this one's wireless setup. 

Monday, April 29, 2019

Celebrating 26 Years

My wife and I are celebrating 26 years of marriage this month. :)

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Meraki Install

I don't know that I've ever really commented on the Meraki installs that I've done. I did an install for a company out of Nashville recently. Meraki does make some things easy to configure. But it also leaves out some really important threat prevention features. I should probably do a comparison list between firewall vendors.

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Home Projects: How To Line Up Three Light Switches For Faceplate

It seems that finding something like this on YouTube wasn't easy. Maybe I couldn't find the right keywords to search for, but for all of my searches, I came up empty handed.
I needed some way to line up three light switches in a row, so that when I put the faceplate on, it all lined up just right. So I came up with a template and decided this was the best way to do this.

You can see the holes and lines actually mean something here. The holes are for where the screw of the faceplate actually line up. And the lines are for my level. Placing this down, with a level, I was able to drill a hole where the holes in the template are. This helped me determine where the switch would be when I screwed it into the shiplap.
Once I was done, the faceplate was easy.

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Sunday Thought 2: Trust God

Have you ever seen or heard something or someone that takes you back in time?  I have two people in particular that takes me back to my teenage years.  For some reason, I listened to a lot of Chuck Swindoll and Charles Stanley preachings over the radio (AM, that is).  For some reason, to me, its comfort.  I don't know why, but when I hear Chuck Swindoll's voice in particular, it just brings some sort of comfort.  If you have 15 minutes, this is worth a listen:

Sunday Thought: Ricky Van Shelton

I know this isn't Sunday, but ever since I moved to the Florida panhandle, I have been listening a lot to the old country "legends".  There is some really good stuff, and below is a link to a really good one.
Ricky Van Shelton - Dont Overlook Salvation

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Home Projects: Big Fan

I've always wanted one of these big fans. We had the opportunity and decided to get one for this house redo. It certain moves the air in the room and I really like it.

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Fortinet Firewall: Packet Capture By Port Number In CLI

I like packet captures.  I have probably said that a million times, because it "proves" what is going on, on a network, instead of guessing what is going on.  Packet captures are a Net Admins best friend, plain and simple. 
So here is how you do a packet capture when you are looking for traffic using a specific port number in particular in CLI of a Fortinet:
diagnose  sniffer packet any 'tcp port 8883' 4 0 a

Above, Im looking for traffic on TCP port 8883.  Ill see everything that passes through the firewall.

Monday, March 11, 2019

Home Projects: More Shiplap

We still have to paint this, but I like the look of this. We will paint this white, even though it's already primed white. It should be s good look.

Friday, March 8, 2019

Home Projects: Kick Switch For Disposal

Working on this house has been really slow. That's ok though, White Rhino comes first. But I did need an easy win on this house. So, we installed this foot switch for the garbage disposal. It's just easier to grind food waste down the drain and the foot/kick switch works really well. It fits right under the cabinet and it's out of sight. Just use your foot to kick the switch and it's done. It's about a 10 minute install and I was really glad for this easy win. Looks like I need to clean up some of the saw dust, but I'm sure it's done by the time you have read this.

Here is the view from above. I'm pointing to the kick switch.