Who Does Colorado Senator Corey Gardner Represent?

I recently signed a petition and sent an email to the Senator elected to represent me from Colorado which discussed why the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is bad for his constituents. If you’re not familiar with this legislation, then you really should be as it will have a direct effect on your future if it passes. An analysis of this proposed legislation has been done by many but here is one example. The key points of this legislation would pave the way for the following:

  1. offshore American jobs and increase income inequality
  2. raise the the cost of medicines
  3. sneak in SOPA-like threats to Internet freedom
  4. expose the U.S. to unsafe food and products
  5. roll back Wall Street reforms
  6. ban Buy American policies needed to create green jobs
  7. empower corporations to attack our environmental and health safeguards

Please do yourself a favor and using your favorite search engine, search for ‘TPP fast track‘. At any rate, if my fellow Coloradans were not sure who Cory Gardner represents, this response shows that it’s not his constituents:




Any elected official, including the President of the US, should be ashamed of this legislation. Corporations have taken over our government and bought our politicians and this is just further proof of this fact.

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Installing Oracle 12c on CentOS 7

I wanted to capture the changes which need to be done to a fresh centos7 server install to support Oracle 12C. The server was installed with Basic Server using a 4GB swap device but before we can start the Oracle install, we need to prepare the system.

  1. Create credentials

    # for f in oinstall dba oper; do groupadd $f; done
    # useradd -g oinstall -G dba,oper oracle

  2. Install additional packages:

    # yum install binutils compat-libcap1 compat-libstdc++ gcc gcc-c++ glibc glibc-devel ksh libaio libaio-devel libgcc libstdc++ libstdc++-devel make sysstat net-tools telnet

  3. Disable the firewall

    # iptables --flush
    # systemctl mask firewalld
    # systemctl stop firewalld

  4. Tune open file descriptor limit
    using your favorite editor, edit /etc/security/limits.conf and add the following:

    oracle soft nofile 4096
    oracle hard nofile 65536
    oracle hard nproc 16384

  5. Create /etc/oraInst.loc

    # cat > /etc/oraInst.loc

    Correct permissions

    # chown oracle:oinstall /etc/oraInst.loc
    # chmod 644 /etc/oraInst.loc

  6. Modify or create a response file.
    Make a copy of the response file found in the Oracle install directory, database/response/db_install.rsp and edit to match your environment. Here is the list of variables which were changed in my install:


  7. Install Oracle
    Log in as the oracle user and run the installer:

    % ./runInstaller -force -silent -responseFile ~/db_install.rsp

Posted in Technology, Virtualization

They Just Don’t Get It.

While I was researching the current legal battle taking place in Mora County, New Mexico, I came across an article from the Independent Petroleum Association of New Mexico.  This document asks some questions and presents some statements which require responses.  Specifically the points presented on page 16 where they discuss Regulatory Responses.  They ask (about fracking opposition):

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Return Power to the People

Under the current laws, local communities are powerless against the oil and gas corporations and can not limit activities which harm the environment, reduce property values, or harm our health.  In particular, the protections provided by the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, and the Safe Drinking Water Act, do not apply to the oil and gas industry as is outlined by this article by the Sierra Club.  It also makes it almost impossible to file a suite against these corporations when environmental infractions occur.
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No Really… It’s Safe!

I’ve been following the issues surrounding the current boom in natural gas extraction and wanted to start a post to capture some of the stories I’ve discovered.  I’ll try to keep this updated with my findings.

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Focaccia Style Flax Bread


  • 2 cups flax seed meal
  • 1 Tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 5 beaten eggs
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup oil


Preheat oven to 350 F. Prepare pan (a 10×15 pan with sides works best) with oiled parchment paper or a silicone mat.

  1. Mix dry ingredients well – a whisk works well.
  2. Add wet to dry, and combine well. Make sure there aren’t obvious strings of egg white hanging out in the batter.
  3. Let batter set for 2 to 3 minutes to thicken up some (leave it too long and it gets past the point where it’s easy to spread.)
  4. Pour batter onto pan. Because it’s going to tend to mound in the middle, you’ll get a more even thickness if you spread it away from the center somewhat, in roughly a rectangle an inch or two from the sides of the pan (you can go all the way to the edge, but it will be thinner).
  5. Bake for about 20 minutes, until it springs back when you touch the top and/or is visibly browning even more than flax already is.
  6. Cool and cut into whatever size slices you want. You don’t need a sharp knife; I usually just cut it with a spatula.

Nutritional Information:

Each of 12 servings has less than a gram of effective carbohydrate (.7 grams to be exact) plus 5 grams fiber, 6 grams protein, and 185 calories.


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FreeBSD / FreeNAS Clone Jail

I recently had the need to update my shiny new FreeBSD jailed server because I wanted to migrate to WordPress. I didn’t want to bring down the existing server while I did the install and converted my content so I managed to clone my existing jailed server using warden:

 warden export name_of_jail --dir=/directory_for_warden_file 

This will take a while… Once done, you can import the warden file creating a new jail:

 warden import jail_warden_file.wdn --host=jailbird --ipv4= 

You’ve now got a cloned jail and a template for creating other jailed servers.

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Solaris 11.1 Install with metadb slice

If you need to a Solaris 11.x install which will use Solaris Volume Manger and want the metadbs on the boot disk, here’s a procedure to get the job done.
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Solaris 11 Tips

Static IP

Solaris 11 network stack is using crossbow so network administration is completely different now. In order to switch from DHCP to a static IP, we need to do the following:

# netadm enable -p ncp DefaultFixed
# ipadm create-ip net0
# ipadm create-addr -T static -a net0/v4

Enable root login

rolemod -K type=normal root

Install Gnome

pfexec pkg install --accept solaris-desktop

Automated Installer

If the installadm client fails to boot and you land at the grub prompt, you may be missing next-server directive in the dhcp configuration. This should follow the filename directive.

# vi /etc/inet/dhcpd4.conf

host 08002746E9C3 {
  hardware ethernet 08:00:27:46:E9:C3;
  if option arch = 00:00 {
    filename "0108002746E9C3.bios";
  } else if option arch = 00:07 {
    filename "0108002746E9C3.uefi";
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Solaris Cluster in a Box

A VirtualBox Solaris Cluster complete with shared storage and quorum disk!

Host System

The host system is a Mac running 10.8:

Intel Core i7-3770K Ivy Bridge 3.5GHz
16Gb RAM
GeForce GTX 470 1280M
At the time of this article, I’m running Mac OSX 10.8.2 with VirtualBox 4.2.6. The Solaris Cluster is 3.3 running in a Solaris 10u10 virtual machine.
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