Costco Citi Card

While balancing the books I found it disappointing that AmEx dumped access to their site the instant the Costco transferred our accounts to Visa. Companies with better service tend to provide access for a period after cancellation to download statements and the like. I was at first a little perplexed as the Citi statements …

TLS management

Let’s Encrypt, TLS certificates, and HAproxy I’m evolving. As always, the change is being driven by the most pernicious of motivators: pain. I’ve sold, installed, and upgraded SSL/TLS certificates for years. It’s always been mildly painful: I maintain an offline CA where I generate all the keys and CSR (certificate …

US manufacturing

The the USA is still one of the largest manufacturers in the world. Our manufacturing sector is producing as much today as it ever has: source: tradingeconomics.com While it’s true that some (a small fraction) US manufacturing jobs have moved overseas (especially textiles), the vast majority of manufacturing job losses …

nginx and cronolog

Since the last century, I’ve been in the habit of piping my web server log files through cronolog and off to automatically selected files in the pattern /var/log/http/2015/10/23/access.log. This works quite well for me because way back when, I wrote a little log processing script called Logmonster… This is my solution for timestamp based logging with nginx:

Is a change of political climate in the air?

On May 21st,  leaders representing 6.5 million companies in 130 countries called on policy makers to shift towards low-carbon economies including carbon pricing and an end to fossil-fuel subsidies. Yesterday, June 1st,  Six oil and gas “Majors” called on the UN Convention on Climate Change to introduce carbon pricing and markets. If this keeps up, …

Apple data centers on 100% renewable power

Apple is spending an eye popping $850 million to build a ginormous solar farm (280 megawatts) that will power their entire California operations. This new solar farm is not to be confused with the 70MW solar farm they’re building in Arizona, the $55 million “under way” third solar farm (17.5MW) in North Carolina, the two 20MW …