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, […]

VMware ESXi 6.5 – Replacing the default SSL/TLS certificates

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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 Get your SSL cert, obviously. You’ll need a .key file and a .crt. (If you need […]

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 […]

LVM Recovery Bedtime Story: The tale of the journey home for some long lost bytes

Above: To the right is my hovel at the cottage I setup during my holiday-time-well-spent playing with ddrescue

I had an awesome LVM for nearly 15 years. It saw me through high school, 8 years of post-secondary nerding and then some years after. The drives involved came and went, as I perpetually upgraded […]

VMware ESXi 6.5 Hypervisor on Dell 690

I picked up a Dell 690 from an e-recycler for $11. I picked it out knowing that I can kit-it-out with 64GB of slow DDR2 FBDIMM RAM for about $80 and I can replace the CPUs to get to 8 threads for another $30ish. I somewhat foolishly assumed VMware ESXi 6.5 would just run on […]