How I Backup My Openbsd Desktop

It’s not often I backup and restore my desktop, but I do like having good backups for my desktop computer, especially since I rely on it for work. I use OpenBSD for my desktop operating system. I’ve been running -current since May 2022. 99.9% of the time it has been very good to me with no headache. Every now and then though I run into an issue, and it is something I can work around and maybe even just wait a day and sysupgrade....

<span title='2023-10-25 23:40:00 -0700 PDT'>October 25, 2023</span>&nbsp;·&nbsp;5 min

Creating FreeBSD Thick Jails

In an older blog post I focused on creating FreeBSD base jails with VNET on ZFS. Today, I want to do the same thing with Thick jails, since I have some use cases where base jails don’t quite do what I want to do in terms of management. Thick Jail? A thick jail in creation is basically half the steps of a base jail. It is a jail with its own complete userspace, no nullfs mounts and the sort....

<span title='2023-09-01 21:06:11 -0700 PDT'>September 1, 2023</span>&nbsp;·&nbsp;4 min

My Matrix Server Migration

I have been paying to host my Matrix synapse server for 2.5 years now. It has been one of my favorite projects to host because I have found a great communities this way and have been able to learn a lot being on Matrix. The problem for me though is, the synapse server is a bit of a resource hog, and has grown to be expensive. Synapse Synapse is the current Matrix server, in addition to dendrite which has been a gradual work in progress....

<span title='2023-08-15 00:20:00 -0700 PDT'>August 15, 2023</span>&nbsp;·&nbsp;11 min

Faster SSH Connections with Control Master

Many years ago I was told about a way to speed up my SSH connections to servers I have recently made a connection to. The idea was that a session would be kept open for a certain amount of time, even when you had closed out of your sessions. I couldn’t remember the name, so I forgot about it until today when I was trying to find out ways to speed up my Ansible connections....

<span title='2023-01-07 19:45:30 -0700 -0700'>January 7, 2023</span>&nbsp;·&nbsp;2 min

My OpenBSD Audio Woes and My (Hopeful) Resolution

I have been an OpenBSD desktop user since May. In my blog post, I mentioned I was having some audio woes with OpenBSD. Namely, when running Firefox on OpenBSD it wouldn’t take long for the audio to sound like someone was taking a hammer to my ears. Now that may be an exaggeration, but someone might as well have because the stuttering frustrated me to no end. I tried a handful of solutions:...

<span title='2022-11-28 19:45:30 -0700 -0700'>November 28, 2022</span>&nbsp;·&nbsp;4 min