What I recommend for a wireless setup

Normally talking about wireless networks isn’t the most exciting thing that one can talk about. But over the years I have been asked what my thoughts are for a setup or if I would setup a wireless network for someone. With that in mind, this is what I would recommend for a wireless setup if you were doing one from scratch. My in-laws built a new house a little while back and we did some planning ahead of time to account for a future access point that would be mounted once the drywall, texture and paint were all up.

How to get WordPress’ version from the CLI

Have you ever been in that situation where you have CLI access to a wordpress site but not through the GUI? I had that experience recently and wanted to know which version of wordpress the person was using. Mainly, I wanted to see if they were keeping things up to date. So with this handy one liner I found scouring through the web, you can do exactly that. # find .

Puppet: sslv3 alert certificate revoked

Have you ever had one of those days where you see on your dashboard one of your long lost boxen is no longer successfully reporting into your beloved puppet master? I’ve had a problem child as of late and I’m not sure if it was a security patch for openssl or if it was when the box moved from one virtual environment into a vCloud environment. But whatever the reason, I was suddenly seeing red when I would manually run my puppet agent command on the box.

Scotty Factor

If you’re reading this, there is a good chance that you do some sort of project work within your job. My blog doesn’t attact a lot of people outside of IT and the typical IT guy is working on project X, Y or Z and sometimes all 3 at the same time. If this isn’t you, I’ll save you some time and you can stop reading now. Ok, so you are working with your boss and he/she has assigned you a project.

Keeping a package up to date with puppet

Today I came into work with the following messages in my logwatch emails: Last Status:    WARNING: Your ClamAV installation is OUTDATED!    WARNING: Local version: 0.97.4 Recommended version: 0.97.5    DON'T PANIC! Read http://www.clamav.net/support/faq    main.cvd is up to date (version: 54, sigs: 1044387, f-level: 60, builder: sven)    daily.cld is up to date (version: 15042, sigs: 218148, f-level: 63, builder: mcichosz)    bytecode.cld is up to date (version: 185, sigs: 39, f-level: 63, builder: neo) Ah crap, time to touch all the boxes and make sure that the package is up to date right?