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After our discussion, we came up with a list of topics for future meetings.

I’m going to do a talk on the environmental monitor unit I brought with me based on the Raspberry Pi and a few add-ons for May

We have the following items listed, with a couple of volunteers so far:

  • Basic firewalls – re-purposing EOL gear for ongoing use (August)
  • OpenVPN
  • Security, an example would be the SANS Top 20
  • Zabbix (maybe June)
  • Coursera experiences talk  and discussion (July)
  • Small NAS appliances such as Synology including:
    • Package Creation
    • encfs
    • sshfs
    • deduplication
    • NFS
    • ipkg
    • Third party software packages
  • Crypto basics(using OpenSSL)
  • Pen Testing with Metasploit (tentatively in November)
  • Hardware simulation on different platforms
  • Using the XBMC API for message and video injection
  • Online learning experiences (panel type presentation)
  • Diskless Raspberry Pi
  • Network and Automated installs of almost everything
  • Configuration management with current tools
  • Screencasting/training
  • Good looking documentation with open source tools
  • WordPress usage cases

For anyone interested, Bruce mentioned that Udemy has their top 1500 courses on for $10.00 each.

Don’t forget, BSDCan is on next month at the University of Ottawa and there will be a Puppet Meetup on the Thursday night before the conference starts.

This is going to be more of an interactive discussion meeting. The goal is to have a list of topics and get everyone involved in sharing some knowledge. I’ll post a followup with the topic list and we will try to schedule in the right people and topics over the rest of the year.

In addition, we have a couple of items:

  • A server room environmental monitor prototype
  • BSDCan is next month and we will be swapping the night of our meetings
  • On our regular meeting night in May, there will be a puppet meetup at the University of Ottawa. Feel free to attend. The location is on the BSDCan website.

This month we will have Renato talking about ECC memory and why we might be interested in it or more likely why we should be concerned it is not in more common use.

Topics include:

  • Reliability: the R in RAS
  • Yes, memory fails. Just ask Google.
  • How do they fail: hard and soft errors
  • Why do they fail: the enemy from space
  • Memory standards != manufacturing standards
  • Effects of memory errors
  • How ECC works
  • How effective is ECC
  • Toyota’s $1 billion mistake: no ECC memory
  • When is ECC memory recommended

I’m not too sure how long the talk will take, so if there are any additional topics, feel free to add as a comment or just bring them along and we will entertain them after the talk has been completed.

For full details, check the event box on the left side of the main page.

I am trying out a different event manager and while I think it is better than the prior one, it doesn’t post an article on the site. I currently need to add an item manually and the RSS feed does not see the calendar events directly. I don’t think there are too many people who look at the RSS feed, but you never know. I’ll have to ask about it at the meeting.

Published: 2014-01-05
Updated: 2014-01-18


I am aware that this topic has been done before and probably more times than is worth counting, however this was originally written as a HOWTO for my brother to install a replacement for his old gateway box. I wanted to include all of the stuff that is usually left out, as I felt that would reduce the number of possible phone calls until he wanted to do something interesting with the unit.

Note This was originally posted on my business website as a reference for my brother. It seemed like a good idea to add it here, given the recent discussion of AsciiDoc and how to use it. This was posted with the blogpost utility from the asciidoc source document.


As stated, this originally started as a guide for my brother to configure a replacement for his aging router device. There were a number of options, but the simplest one was to recommend something I already had experience with using.

I’ve been using pfSense for years on a variety of hardware, but that came later. Originally, I used a netwinder as my gateway device at home and over the years, migrated to using SmoothWall on an older PC that was gathering dust. This served me very well and I was happy for a while. Of course, it had an old IDE disk in it that was already three years past its warranty, so it eventually failed.

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