Scott's Weblog The weblog of an IT pro specializing in virtualization, networking, open source, and cloud computing

Looking Back: 2012 Project Report Card

About a year ago, I posted a look at my planned projects for 2012. Now, a year later, it’s time to review my progress (or lack thereof) and measure myself on how well I did (or didn’t) do on those projects.

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Inaugural OpenStack Denver Meetup

I’m very excited to announce the inaugural OpenStack Denver meetup, scheduled for 7 PM on Wednesday, January 9, 2013–only 6 days away!

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OpenStack Cloud Computing Cookbook Giveaway

It’s no secret that I’ve been spending time over the last few months working with a number of open source technologies like KVM, Open vSwitch (OVS), and libvirt, all building up to a focus on how these pieces fit together as part of OpenStack. To help strengthen my OpenStack skills, I picked up a copy (actually my wife Crystal bought me a copy) of Kevin Jackson’s OpenStack Cloud Computing Cookbook, a book that I’ve been working my way through. So far, it’s been great—I highly recommend it.

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Presentation from Midwest Regional VMUG

Today I had the opportunity to speak at the Midwest Regional/Kansas City VMUG User Conference in Overland Park, KS. Below is the presentation I delivered, as hosted by SpeakerDeck.

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Examining Some Networking-Virtualization Chimeras

I like to spend time examining the areas where different groups of technologies intersect. Personally, I find this activity fascinating, and perhaps that’s the reason that I find myself pursing knowledge and experience in virtualization, networking, storage, and other areas simultaneously—it’s an effort to spend more time “on the border” between various technologies.

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Update on Markdown and BoxCryptor on iOS

A short while ago, I talked about how to add client-side encryption to Dropbox using EncFS. In that post, I suggested using BoxCryptor to access your encrypted files. A short time later, though, I uncovered a potential issue with (what I thought to be) BoxCryptor. I have an update on that issue.

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Why a CLI for Dropbox on Mac OS X

I was thinking about a command-line interface (CLI) for Dropbox, and how I personally would take advantage of such a feature. So, after failing to find any indication that the Mac OS X Dropbox client contained a CLI, tonight on Twitter I made this comment:

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Technology Short Take #27

Welcome to Technology Short Take #27! This is my usual collection of links, thoughts, rants, and ideas about data center-related technologies. Here’s hoping you find something useful!

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Posts From the Past, December 2012

Every now and then, it’s kind of fun to look back at the content that I’ve generated in my 7 years of blogging here (soon to be 8 years). With that in mind, here are some “posts from the past” for early December.

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Problem with Markdown Files in BoxCryptor on iOS

About a week ago, I published an article showing you how to use EncFS and BoxCryptor to provide client-side encryption of Dropbox data. After working with this configuration for a while, I’ve run across a problem (at least, a problem for me—it might not be a problem for you). The problem lies on the iPad end of things.

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