Star Slinger is great music

I was listening to Spoons on WKNC last night and he played this hip hop track remixed by Star Slinger who I've never heard of before. It was hot so I googled him and found his soundcloud page. I ended up buying two EPs which included remixes by him and downloading another two tracks directly from his sound cloud page. Here are the four tracks that I really liked:

hip hop track I initially heard on WKNC (free download):

Childish Gambino - Freaks and Geeks (Star Slinger Remix) by Star Slinger

The beginning of this track reminds me of The Tough Alliance

The Morning Benders - Cold War (Star Slinger Remix) buy & support japan by Star Slinger
EP that includes the above track is available here

nice chill song (free download):

H-Town - They Like It Slow (Star Slinger Refix) by Star Slinger

Gold Panda - Marriage (Star Slinger Remix) OUT MARCH 1st by Star Slinger
EP that includes the above track is available here

NetworkManager, bridging and VPN

I cannot get this to work.

in /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/ifcfg-eth0 as soon as I add this
line and save it NetworkManager stops managing eth0


Then if I click on the nm-applet the VPN option is greyed out and
unclickable. It also shows "wired networks

[root@farina network-scripts]# cat ifcfg-eth0

[root@farina network-scripts]# cat ifcfg-br0

I don't see how this can work?

I thought about letting eth0 do dhcp and that worked, but as soon as i
enable BRIDGE="br0" in ifcfg-eth0, network manager stops managing it..
(check the screenshot)

I wonder if I create the bridge manually if networkmanager would work on eth0.

Hannah Montana Linux is Real

Hannah Montanna Linux, You might think it's a joke, but the author claims it was created to entice young people into using Linux. I fired it up in a VM and it is actually real. It took me a while to find a torrent link that works so I'm attaching the torrent I used here. Here are some screenshots. I didn't actually get it installed because I accidentally only made my KVM guest's disk image 1000 MB and by the time the install failed I was ready to go to sleep, but I did get far enough to get some screenshots of the installer (including syslinux boot splash screen!) and the live CD functionality to get a feel for it. It is real.

Computer Shelf

I got a new shelf for our various computers. It's from and it's 24"W x 24"D x 54"H. It's big enough to store three computers side by side which is great. Initially I organized all the UPSes and Network gear on the bottom but after hours of time spent trying to arrange the cables while laying on the floor I took a break for a few days and came back and redid the whole thing with the power and networking on the top. This way it's easier to connect/reconnect/rearrange the things that need to be rearranged most often. So I have power coming up on the back right post and then power going down to the PCs on the back left post. CAT-5 networking cables go out of the switch and down the left post on the front. Doing this allows for well organized cabling.

Fedora 14 RPM for Mixxx 1.9.0

I have created a one off RPM based on the spec file for mixxx-1.8.2 from rpmfusion:

I emailed the packager of mixxx for rpmfusion to ask when he would update it but I haven't gotten a response since I emailed him yesterday.

For more info see this thread:

Whirligig 100k permanent randonneur

My buddy Ian P. Hands has been trying to get me to start randonneuring for at least a year. Early last week I sent off my registration for Randonneur's USA which is a group of cyclist that do long distance rides. When I say long distance I mean long like 1000k long.

Today I did my first rando ride. It was a 100k (~60 miles) permanent which means it's a predetermined ride that is always available to ride for credit even if there isn't a scheduled group ride. It was a lot of fun.. The ride was called the Whirligig ride. I didn't know why but someone explained we were going to the "whirligig farm" as if I should have known what a whirligig was..

Turns out I did, I just didn't know what it was called. Ian me and a bunch of other guys from work often do Wednesday night rides that go on the trail behind Meredith College and the NC Mueseum of Art where you can see this guy

So here are the rest of them in action:

Here are some stills in my gallery

The ride was awesome. we had ten people total but one dropped off early so just nine in the peloton. It was pretty windy going out so the group was very nice to have to block the wind. The one time Ied the pack (double line) it was hard.

With the strong wind behind our back the last 7 miles or so I think we must have been averaging 20-25 mph.. I was about to give out.. had a bit of cramping. I was so glad to see and recognize the parking lot of Food Lion where we had started and realize we were finished.

When I got home I made some hamburger helper (cheeseburger macaroni) ate that and then passed out for an hour or two.

Good times.

Red Hat Enterprise Security: Network Services and RHCA

Yesterday I passed the Red Hat Enterprise Security: Network Services Exam (EX333). It was the last certificate of expertise I needed to complete the Red Hat Certified Architect program. On the first part of the exam I made a typo configuring a major service which caused me to lose a lot of time. After trouble shooting it for a bit I moved on to other things and after I completed the other items I came back to it and finally figured out my mistake with only forty five minutes left. I managed to get that major service and all it's associated services setup after that but had no time to reboot and verify they were all still properly configured. I had some trouble on the second part testing my configuration (I was not testing properly, it actually worked fine) but I lost time there too. In the end I wish I would  have practiced more but either way I got it and I'm pretty psyched:

Banshee and Amazon MP3 Downloader

I've always been annoyed when using Amazon MP3 Downloader to download full albums from their site because the RPMs provided are always only usable on older distributions (at least in the Fedora realm) so I was glad to see Banshee on Fedora 14 supporting AmazonMP3 Downloader within the app! Take a look:

Live from Bada Wings in Raleigh, NC

The second set I've done! You may remember my first set from August. This set was done at the Bar at Ba-Da Wings on December 3rd, 2010 for Uzoma's Birthday celebration. Check out Uzoma's mix and AndriusB's set from the same night. Thanks to AndriusB for recording this set and hosting it on his podcast

Happy Birthday Uzoma!

01 – The Good Natured – Be My Animal
02 – Metric – Gold Guns Girls
03 – Royksopp – What Else Is There (Thin White Duke mix)
04 – Yazoo – Don’t Go (Todd Terry Freeze Mix) (127 bpm)
05 – The Good Natured – Your Body Is A Machine (Baby Monster Remix)(134 bpm)
06 – Kid Sister – Big n Bad (130 bpm)
07 – Depeche Mode – Enjoy The Silence (Phil Monnerat 2009 remix) (126 bpm)
08 – Lady Gaga vs Eurythmics – Just Dance vs Sweet Dreams (Prydz mix) (127 bpm)
09 – Dave Aude, Tall Paul – Common Ground feat. Sisely Treasure – Original Mix
10 – Sascha Ries – Catfoot (Original Mix)

MP3 Download

Cacti Is Awesome!

I have been using MRTG for a while but I always wanted graphs for more than network statistics. So I finally setup Cacti this week. It took me several nights of configuring but I finally got it setup like I want for my home network. The key for me was installing these cacti templates from Alexandre Dumont. I modified them slightly, and I may document the whole process on a friend's wiki later.
Cacti Screenshot

Check out the finished product here, this is Cacti on my home network

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