Maine Coon Kitty Hunt: Round 2

Following our initially discouraging attempt to get our first Maine Coon kitten (discussed in my Maine Coon Kitty Hunt: Round 1 post), we kept pushing and made connections with various Maine Coon Breeders that were all very easy to talk to and seemed quite knowledgeable.

After another several weeks, it all came together wonderfully we and we now have a little ~11week old Maine Coon kitten.

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Maine Coon Kitty Hunt: Round 1

New beginnings

Upon the natural end-of-life of the last of cherished Himalayans, we’ve mobilized in our quest to introduce in to our family two Maine Coon kittens. We’ve been planning our pivot to Maine Coons for about 4 years now and we’ve casually attended cat shows to further affirm this is another suitable breed choice for us.

Our first serious Maine Coon Breeder candidate

The first breeder we got fairly involved with is Mariama, based in Sudbury, Ontario. We’d identified other prospects far closer to home (Alberta), but we fell in love with Mariama’s impressive photos.

Spoiler: This story doesn’t end well for us.

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Using pfsense to sign private wildcard SSL certificates

pfsense is a wonderful router appliance BSD distro that I’ve enjoyed for some years now.

I use the pfsense certificate manager to issue certs for my VPN client devices. For my Internet-facing life, I have legit SSL certs for everything, I’ve a neurosis about it. But it’s bothered me that for my LAN servers, I’ve continued to use Self-Signed certs for interfaces. Today I fix that.

Here are my notes on how to create and sign a wild-card SSL cert using pfsense for internal use. Note that this approach means you will make your own certificate authority which then must have its root cert installed on any machine you want to use your own certs.

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VMware ESXi 6.5 – Replacing the default SSL/TLS certificates

One of my weird hobbies is installing legitimate SSL certificates EVERYWHERE. Here’s steps for replacing the default self-signed garbage SSL certificates you get out of the box with VMware ESXi:

Steps

  1. Get your SSL cert, obviously. You’ll need a .key file and a .crt. (If you need help at this stage, take a look at my SSL cert management scripts on github.)
  2. Enable SSH access to your ESXi box. Login as root over ssh. (If you don’t know about this, perhaps this whole process is not for you at this time)
  3. From your root ssh session to your ESXi box, follow these steps:

    cd /etc/vmware/ssl
    mv rui.crt orig.rui.crt
    mv rui.key orig.rui.key
  4. Use vi to open new rui.key and rui.crt files and paste in your own crt and key files.
  5. Restart services so your certs are in-play:

    /etc/init.d/hostd restart
    /etc/init.d/vpxa restart

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Introducing ml1610-blaster – how you get a Samsung ML-1610 to work on macOS 10.13

The highly retro monochrome laser printer, Samsung ML-1610, continues to work just fine on macOS 10.13 High Sierra. However, getting driver support took me a long time to figure out a while ago. I got something worked out for macOS 10.12 (Sierra) and posted about it here.

To my great surprise, my old post on getting this going has become the most popular, heavily visited post on dawning.ca. So… I’ve revised things and spun this in to what I’m calling “ml1610-blaster”. There’s a github repo hosting it, here: ml1610-blaster.git

How to get ML-1610 working under macOS 10.13 High Sierra

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