pfSense and ESXi setup on the OVH network

3 years late... The lost article is finally here!

I host my projects on a dedicated server rented from OVH and I'm a huge VMware fan. Since not all my virtual machines need internet-facing IPs an easy solution here is running a pfSense install as a NAT router, as a virtual machine. Unfortunately, doing this on OVH is best documented in various blog posts across the internet. So here's to another entry to the pile.

1Password on Linux

I've been a long time user of 1Password, a password vault by AgileBits. However, it only supports OS X and Windows; which is a problem for linux desktop converts like myself.

Subsonic database bloat/corruption

I use a Subsonic media streamer install to stream my music library on my mobile phone, media center, laptop etc. Recently, my web UI and other client apps stopped working and I noticed the subsonic server was spewing HSQLDB database engine errors.

The Pi-Rack

I recently (Finally!) acquired a low-end 3d printer and after a few practice prints I decided to put my new skills to the test. I wanted to create a Raspberry Pi case, but I thought that would be a little boring. So the idea I settled on was creating something akin to a blade server - an enclosure that takes care of power and lan distribution, that houses several Pis. Overkill? Absolutely!

CH340G usb to ttl/serial for Mac

I bought some USB to TTL adapters on the cheap from China. The OS X driver was a little difficult to track down, but this thread cracked it:

Okay, drivers for mac do exist.
I always see for the driver, but now I searched for "" and found 
The mac driver is here :
The version is from is a newer, you should try that one.

Arduino Pong, Part 1: The display

As mentioned in my last post, I've been learning up electronics with the Arduino. I found a few 5 by 7 LED matrices at a local surplus store (pictured above), so I figured another fun beginner project would be creating a clone of pong using a few of these for the screen.

Nintendo 64 Joystick pinout for Arduino


I've been learning electronics and playing with an Arduino lately and realized I had a spare Nintendo 64 joystick. A fun challeng for a beginner like me to figure out how it works, and use it with an arduino!

Long way

So, I haven't had time to post in a few months. Why? The fun of moving across the country and a career change! As of June I am now a resident of Santa Clara, California, and an employee of Hewlett Packard! Specifically, I work for Pronq - an HP-spawned "startup" where I'm a front-end engineer. In other words, I still take designs and turn them into living & breathing website pages or html prototypes.

I drove across the country to get my car here, and I took a ton of pictures on the way. I'll post these eventually.