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File Server Blues

story posted Monday, March 1st, 2021 05:12 pm GMT -6

Working in technology usually means a fair amount of fixing stuff that’s broken. The advice of Roy and Moss from The IT Crowd is often handy: “Have you tried turning it off and on again?” Strong Google/DuckDuckGo skills and some free time are usually all you need to fix almost anything these days. I’ve really only had one situation in my tech career that had me stumped for a long time: bad networking at HSRA. That issue eventually got resolved with new hardware, but it’s a terrible feeling when technology doesn’t follow a logical troubleshooting process.

A week ago, another issue surfaced that may join the troubleshooting hall of shame. It started with a team member who couldn’t login to the file server on our office network over the weekend. With most of our staff working remotely, the on-premise file server is usually accessed via VPN, from both Mac and Windows clients. I connected from home and was able to see the file server (and thankfully all of the files) from my office iMac, but could not connect from my MacBook Pro. I find it useful to keep troubleshooting notes for future me, so please continue on if you’d like some nerd-tastic reading.

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Vincent Price singing “You’ve Got a Friend” on the Muppet Show (S1 E19) is just what I needed today

@kingsbury tweeted Monday, March 1st, 2021 03:20 pm GMT -6

First new tickets in a long time

pic posted Monday, March 1st, 2021 12:23 pm GMT -6

Rosalia by del Prado – we have so many great pizza options in Minnesota

@kingsbury tweeted Sunday, February 28th, 2021 05:54 pm GMT -6

Classic Zantigo

pic posted Sunday, February 28th, 2021 02:52 pm GMT -6

Why oh why do the Wild have to be so fun to watch when we can’t go and see them?

@kingsbury tweeted Saturday, February 27th, 2021 08:04 pm GMT -6

First ride of 2021: 22.5 sloppy miles along the river and through tropical St. Paul (47F!)

@kingsbury tweeted Saturday, February 27th, 2021 05:53 pm GMT -6

Finally crossed Mavericks off the list – the reality matched the hype, we will be back

@kingsbury tweeted Saturday, February 27th, 2021 05:01 pm GMT -6

Luna ❤️ BC Slots

pic posted Saturday, February 27th, 2021 12:09 pm GMT -6

Restaurant Week @SaintDinette – the Happy Meal and the cronuts 💯

@kingsbury tweeted Friday, February 26th, 2021 05:21 pm GMT -6

Change in Saint Paul?!?

pic posted Thursday, February 25th, 2021 07:03 pm GMT -6

That’s me in the middle

pic posted Thursday, February 25th, 2021 06:53 pm GMT -6

Last tweet was almost five days ago – thanks a lot, Windows file server

@kingsbury tweeted Wednesday, February 24th, 2021 10:58 pm GMT -6

One sleeve down

pic posted Tuesday, February 23rd, 2021 12:01 pm GMT -6

Squares Rule

pic posted Monday, February 22nd, 2021 06:34 pm GMT -6

Why is my head so big?

pic posted Sunday, February 21st, 2021 04:35 pm GMT -6

Now Paul is a real estate novelist, who never had time for a wife. And he’s talkin’ with Davy, who’s still in the Navy, and probably will be for life…

- Piano Man

quoted Sunday, February 21st, 2021 01:24 pm GMT -6

Believe I have entered the “wardrobe by Crazy Shirts” phase of my life

@kingsbury tweeted Saturday, February 20th, 2021 12:58 pm GMT -6

Lombard Revisited

story posted Friday, February 19th, 2021 07:40 pm GMT -6

Today I needed to get from I-94 to Brake Bread on West 7th, so I exited at Snelling and headed over to the infamous Short Line. When I got to St. Clair, I thought, “why not swing by Lombard?” Lots of changes starting to appear at the two former family residences (more pics after the jump).

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Twitter marketing 100% works on me

@kingsbury tweeted Friday, February 19th, 2021 07:03 pm GMT -6

Know what I love? When really smart people help solve the problems of the world 🧠

@kingsbury tweeted Friday, February 19th, 2021 05:05 pm GMT -6

‘Tigo Fries and Chilitos

pic posted Thursday, February 18th, 2021 08:40 pm GMT -6

BANZA! Got 3 out of 6

pic posted Wednesday, February 17th, 2021 07:58 pm GMT -6

Peak Duluth

pic posted Wednesday, February 17th, 2021 07:52 pm GMT -6

Mid-week pizza treat from @bigriverpizza

@kingsbury tweeted Wednesday, February 17th, 2021 07:10 pm GMT -6

Happy birthday, kid one ❤️

@kingsbury tweeted Wednesday, February 17th, 2021 07:24 am GMT -6

Lots of change in Prior Lake

pic posted Monday, February 15th, 2021 05:49 pm GMT -6

Special delivery from kid one

pic posted Saturday, February 13th, 2021 11:21 pm GMT -6

This little man is a good boy

pic posted Saturday, February 13th, 2021 11:18 pm GMT -6

Been a while, Davanni’s

pic posted Saturday, February 13th, 2021 04:40 pm GMT -6

A Week of Gremlins

story posted Friday, February 12th, 2021 09:09 pm GMT -6

Experienced some weird technical glitches this week:

  • The older of my two AWS instances just stopped running right after midnight one night. Uptime Robot notified me right away via email, but I didn’t see it until around 8am, so there was some significant downtime (relatively speaking). The instance restarted fine, but I don’t know what caused that (and Amazon didn’t notify me of any issues).
  • I made one late night attempt earlier this week to move this site to my newer AWS instance, but had two issues: 1) my nginx virtual host config is apparently wrong, as it started sending requests to a different domain after I updated DNS and 2) creating a new Let’s Encrypt certificate failed (probably because the domain name didn’t match). Decided to just revert back for now and make another run at it later.
  • The iOS WordPress app update this week seems to have now broken all functionality with this site. Before, I just had issues uploading featured images (they would upload to the media library successfully, but the app would never get a “finished” acknowledgement). Now it doesn’t even get that far. I’ll just post from macOS machines for now, but that’s a pain for mobile posting away from the house.
  • My office workstation wasn’t set to automatically restart after a power outage, so it’s been off for a week. I have other machines to use at home, but that machine does my automated network share backups to the cloud, so I needed to get that issue resolved in person today. I went to check status when I returned home and initially couldn’t see it, but that turned out to be an issue with the DHCP lease expiring. All good now.
  • Not a glitch, but decided to take a look at my Twitter settings tonight. Dropped some dead accounts (actually really surprised at how many accounts I follow that haven’t been active for 100 days or more), unmuted some people and started looking for a new profile picture. Twitter remains my last social media account – can’t decide if it stays or goes this year. Leaning towards keeping it, with a renewed focus on pruning and more active curation of what I mute and what I follow. Might go private too.

Thankful for a long weekend – stay warm, Minnesota peeps…

MyFishBurger

pic posted Friday, February 12th, 2021 07:50 pm GMT -6

Nice job by @EdKroics and crew on flipping the field

@kingsbury tweeted Friday, February 12th, 2021 07:46 pm GMT -6

Looks nice out (but really not)

pic posted Friday, February 12th, 2021 11:26 am GMT -6

Pitchers and catchers, a week from tomorrow

@kingsbury tweeted Thursday, February 11th, 2021 08:52 am GMT -6

Shadows on the hills. Sketch the trees and the daffodils. Catch the breeze and the winter chills. In colors on the snowy linen land…

- Vincent (Starry, Starry Night)

quoted Wednesday, February 10th, 2021 11:32 pm GMT -6

65 Days to Go

pic posted Wednesday, February 10th, 2021 10:31 pm GMT -6

The vintage Mäser has arrived

pic posted Wednesday, February 10th, 2021 04:58 pm GMT -6

Late lunch or early dinner?

pic posted Wednesday, February 10th, 2021 04:36 pm GMT -6

I usually plan out a week at a time, so looking at ten years is…challenging

@kingsbury tweeted Wednesday, February 10th, 2021 03:32 pm GMT -6

Noodles’ Sweetest Flip

pic posted Wednesday, February 10th, 2021 12:53 pm GMT -6

Baron von Raschke

pic posted Wednesday, February 10th, 2021 12:50 pm GMT -6

Peppy Pit Stop

pic posted Monday, February 8th, 2021 03:56 pm GMT -6

Cheers to the staff in Tampa 🏈

pic posted Sunday, February 7th, 2021 10:27 pm GMT -6

@kingsbury tweeted Sunday, February 7th, 2021 11:48 am GMT -6

Solid (not stellar) AT&T 5G

pic posted Saturday, February 6th, 2021 09:02 pm GMT -6

67-year-old American Utopia David Byrne might be the most impressive David Byrne

@kingsbury tweeted Saturday, February 6th, 2021 06:55 pm GMT -6

Well, damn, it appears that Mäser of Austria is no longer a thing

@kingsbury tweeted Saturday, February 6th, 2021 02:13 pm GMT -6

Guess who’s back, back again. Nive Man’s back, tell a friend

@kingsbury tweeted Friday, February 5th, 2021 06:01 pm GMT -6

We’re blushing & blooming up

pic posted Friday, February 5th, 2021 04:10 pm GMT -6

Hello again @tbtduluth

@kingsbury tweeted Thursday, February 4th, 2021 08:18 pm GMT -6

Celebration pizza 🍕

pic posted Thursday, February 4th, 2021 02:26 pm GMT -6

Coming Soon

pic posted Thursday, February 4th, 2021 01:16 pm GMT -6

No

pic posted Wednesday, February 3rd, 2021 02:24 pm GMT -6

Loaded Libby on the iPad, hooked it up to my library card; book one is 14 week wait, book two is 6+ months

@kingsbury tweeted Wednesday, February 3rd, 2021 12:20 pm GMT -6

My siblings know me

pic posted Wednesday, February 3rd, 2021 12:00 pm GMT -6

Excellent job by @joenayday at Carlson School 1st Tuesday – you’ve grown so much since “back in the day” @ChadAGermann

@kingsbury tweeted Tuesday, February 2nd, 2021 01:04 pm GMT -6

Streaming in 2021

story posted Tuesday, February 2nd, 2021 12:47 am GMT -6

In the not-so-distant past, I was very much an advocate for cord-cutting. Everyone likes to bag on the cable companies, but to be honest, the only real issues I’ve had with them my entire life are cost and channel selection. The former always goes up and the latter never seemed to include exactly what I wanted. Cord-cutting seemed to be the solution – just let me pay for the channels I want. Unfortunately, the TV provider also being the internet bandwidth provider makes it difficult to get one without the other. The last time we moved, Comcast basically offered me internet plus a bunch of channels for the same price as just internet (which also turns out to be a very good deal if you like live sports).

Today, I seem to have a bit of everything (and the amount I pay to Comcast continues to rise). I have an old AppleTV connected to our Sony set, which streams multiple services that I get billed for in addition to Comcast: Netflix, Hulu, HBO Max, Apple TV+, Disney+ and CBS All Access (which we just added so Colleen could watch The Stand). At some point, I need to catalog all of these accounts, see how much I’m paying in total and decide if we really get that much value out of them. In normal times? Probably not. During a stay-at-home pandemic? Likely a bargain.

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Two Minnesota courses will host U.S. Open qualifying in 2021: Legends Club on May 4 and Medina on May 10

@kingsbury tweeted Monday, February 1st, 2021 08:37 am GMT -6

First time at Afton Alps since Vail bought them – @sushirocks and I had a nice, safe experience

@kingsbury tweeted Sunday, January 31st, 2021 08:38 pm GMT -6

Paulie Gatorade!

pic posted Sunday, January 31st, 2021 08:28 pm GMT -6

The little present to myself arrived today – thanks, @billamend

@kingsbury tweeted Saturday, January 30th, 2021 10:57 pm GMT -6

Pork Royalty in Saint Paul 🐖 👑

@kingsbury tweeted Saturday, January 30th, 2021 05:41 pm GMT -6

It’s like an apocalypse movie

pic posted Friday, January 29th, 2021 04:06 pm GMT -6

IT’S HAPPENING – welcome to the neighborhood, Chef Facundo 🍕

@kingsbury tweeted Friday, January 29th, 2021 12:09 pm GMT -6

Sqrel should totally be a winner

pic posted Thursday, January 28th, 2021 03:24 pm GMT -6

Nice.

pic posted Thursday, January 28th, 2021 03:20 pm GMT -6

American grocery stores are really pretty amazing

@kingsbury tweeted Thursday, January 28th, 2021 03:16 pm GMT -6
 

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