Bringing Back an Old Hobby


As you may know, I enjoy playing the drums. Chances are, if you've only known me for a few years, you probably never noticed I played them or had any interest in them. Well, that's because I didn't have a set to play with. Back when I was in high school and some college, I played the drums as a hobby. I still have yet to learn to read music, but I think I do pretty well with playing the drums anyway. I've always had an interest in playing them, even tapping on random things every day. When I was 18 years old, I finally bought my own acoustic drum set and played in a small garage band with some…

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Freeing Up Space in the Linux Boot Partition


Is your /boot partition full or almost full and don't know how to clean it up? These instructions will explain how to free up that space. The /boot partition is a very small partition, which is usually ~240MB with a default Ubuntu install. The size may vary with other flavors of Linux. Ubuntu frequently releases updated kernel images, which are automatically installed. Old kernel images are left on the system just in case a newly installed image were to fail. Unfortunately, older images are kept indefinitely if they are not cleaned up. This leads to the /boot partition to slowly fill up. What you will need: A computer with Linux (preferably debian-based) but should be similar for all flavors An…

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Self-Hosted DNS Server


I didn't think it was a good idea to host my own DNS server back in the day. Was always thinking in the back of my mind that people would DDoS it. Well, one day I exposed my Raspberry PI-hosted DNS server to the internet intentionally, and that's exactly what happened. For a few years now, I've been hosting my own DNS server on my LAN using PI-Hole, which is basically a DNS server which blocks all ad-related traffic. It saves a lot of time loading pages and prevents ads from showing up everywhere on my computer, including in-game ads on my phone. Was great! I wanted to take it to the next level and host PI-Hole on the internet.…

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Promotion and House Closure


It's been a few weeks since I've posted anything. Wanted to give an update that on Friday, August 4th, I got news that I've been promoted to the next position at Uber. I am now a Systems Engineer II on the Corp Site Reliability Engineering team. This is my 2 years and 2 months at Uber and can't be happier. It's been quite the journey and every day is an adventure. Something that I am so ecstatic about. I would like to thank everyone for all of the support you've given me throughout the years. I wouldn't have done it without you. Today, the third house we put an offer on has closed. My wife and I are now homeowners,…

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We Bought a House!


I never thought I'd be saying this at 30 years old in the San Francisco Bay area, but I bought a house with my wife. It wasn't too hard, but there are a lot of things I've learned and I now see the stress that occurs when trying to buy. On July 3rd, 2017, we put an offer on our first house. It was a 4 bedroom, 2.5 bath house with a hot tub in the backyard. We fell in love with it, so it was something we had to put an offer on. This was the first time I ever put an offer on a house, so doing it was scary, knowing how much the houses are in…

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