Published February 16, 2019
Destiny on Playstation 4 was the first game on a non-Nintendo console I really invested a lot of time into. It was the first game I can remember playing that combined FPS elements and RPG elements into a single game. I faintly remember playing the demo, and I did not fully understand the game. But upon playing it a second time, I found the mechanics of the game very appealing, and the graphics looked great considering it was released about a year after the PS4 was released. I started playing after Bungie made the game less of a grind, and that no doubt made it easier to get into.
Published February 2, 2019
I invested a lot of time into Diablo 2 and its expansion, Lord of Destruction. I created many different types of characters and builds. I played hardcore. I was a member of a guild for the first time. But, I think my Diablo 2 fire was extinguished when my level 79 hardcore Amazon died because of a lightning enhanced monster in an ice cavern in Act 5. And even worse, I remember a Paladin in my party that had plenty of lightning resistance, but that player was in another part of the ice cavern. It was time for something new. Dungeon Siege filled that void.
Published January 24, 2019
• Updated February 2, 2019
The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 6 has pretty good battery life, but most battery tests are performed running Windows. In an effort to get a baseline of how the battery performs running Ubuntu 18.04 LTS, I will be documenting some various, real world battery tests that I come up with. There will not be anything too scientific here. I will update this post with more tests as I complete them.
Published January 14, 2019
A Google Cloud load balancer is not a single thing. It is made of many different components that all work together to provide regional or global load balancing to your applications.
What follows are some quick diagrams I have created to better understand how all of the components that make up the various Google Cloud load balancers work together.
Published January 9, 2019
• Updated February 2, 2019
I have never used a Linux distribution as my primary operating system. After using OS X, eventually renamed to macOS, for 13 years and then ChromeOS for 2 years as my primary operating systems, I decided it was time to try something new. So, I purchased a Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 6 and installed Ubuntu 18.04 LTS.
Published November 16, 2018
• Updated January 10, 2019
In a previous post, I stepped through how to do a clean install of Windows 10, drivers, and utilities on an MSI GS65 Stealth Thin. In this post, I will step through the process I took to install a Samsung 970 EVO M.2 SSD into the second M.2 SSD slot.
Published September 22, 2018
• Updated September 24, 2018
Stackdriver Logging makes it easy to export Admin Activity logs to BigQuery, Cloud Storage, or Cloud Pub/Sub.
Cloud Pub/Sub is typically used to export logs as messages to an external system such as Splunk. Configuring this can be done using the GCP Console.
Published July 30, 2018
• Updated January 14, 2019
A common configuration for any web serving infrastructure is to redirect all HTTP requests to HTTPS. Because a Google Cloud HTTP(S) Global Load Balancer is a globally available resource comprised of many software defined networking components, configuring this, despite the end result being the same, works a bit differently than what you might be used to.
Published July 10, 2018
Similar to the command cheat sheets I publish, this post will serve as a quick reference for short and simple Python code snippets I have used in prior projects.
Published July 8, 2018
• Updated January 13, 2019
I recently purchased an MSI GS65 Stealth Thin 8RE, and I immediately wanted to do a clean install of Windows 10. The reasons for wanting to do a clean install of Windows 10 are threefold:
- Have a better understanding of what is installed on my computer
- Remove the bloatware that usually comes pre-installed on Windows computers
- Reclaim storage space by removing the data and recovery partitions setup by the manufacturer