Still Not Square Part II

I made another box and it’s still not square. Again out of boards I found in my basement. I tried to be a little more artistic with this one. Not perfect, but I’m happy with how it came out. My intent was to have a box to put my off-season clothing in. I’m not planning on going into the box very often. But I found an old hinge in my basement, so I used that for the top.

Still Not Square

In addition to not being able to make a square quilt, I also can’t really make a square box in woodworking. However, that doesn’t stop my from trying. I had some cedar boards and some old oak floor boards, so I decided to make a box. I wanted to have a box to store out-of-season clothes in, since I’m currently using a garbage bag in my room. I thought it would be good practice to try to make a nice box. Sadly, I didn’t succeed in making it square. Nor is it level. I’ve ordered some casters for it, so I should be able to use them to make it level. As for the lack of squareness, it’s not a big deal, except for the fact that it bugs me that I can’t make a square box.

Newest Quilt

Just finished my last quilt. I made a very short video of me making it. I would have made it longer, but my laptop is out of disk space and it was too much trouble to go through and delete a bunch of stuff. I also wanted to keep it under five minutes because I don’t know that quilting is all that interesting to watch. The quilt wasn’t done in time for my niece’s shower, but it was finished before the baby arrived.

Squirrelmail Certificate Issues

We had a certificate update at work that screwed up my ldap system. I fixed that by creating becoming my own CA and creating some self-signed certificates. This fixed everything except squirrelmail, which was still referencing the old certificate which had expired.

In the browser, the error basically said:

Error connecting to IMAP server: example.com.
0 : 

We use dovecot for email and got more information by looking at the dovecot.log file. It showed this:

Jun 01 09:20:53 imap-login: Info: Disconnected (disconnected before auth was ready, waited 0 secs): user=<>, rip=192.168.1.98, lip=192.168.1.98, TLS handshaking: SSL_accept() failed: error:14094415:SSL routines:ssl3_read_bytes:sslv3 alert certificate expired: SSL alert number 45, session=

I needed to tell squirrelmail to use the self-signed CA instead of the expired one. To do that, I got a copy of /etc/squirrelmail/config_local.example.php from here and then edited it with my CA. After that, things worked again.

Congrats Em!

My niece graduated from IU, but didn’t have a ceremony. So her Mom solicited videos from a bunch of people and we put them together to make a video for her.

Congrats Em!

RHEL7 Server and mod_ldap Missing

I have an RHEL7 server that uses mod_ldap. When I ran updates yesterday, I got this error:

...snip...
--> Finished Dependency Resolution
Error: Package: mod_ldap-2.4.6-90.el7.x86_64 (@rhel-7-server-optional-rpms)
Requires: httpd = 2.4.6-90.el7
Removing: httpd-2.4.6-90.el7.x86_64 (@rhel-7-server-rpms)
httpd = 2.4.6-90.el7
Updated By: httpd-2.4.6-93.el7.x86_64 (rhel-7-server-rpms)
httpd = 2.4.6-93.el7
...snip...

So, for some reason, the mod_ldap package for httpd-2.4.6-93 (which was what it was going to be updated to) was missing. I searched our satellite server and found it. I then deleted the mod_ldap package and ran all the other updates, thinking I’d just install mod_ldap when it was finished.

Note that I didn’t read this very carefully and just thought that it was moved to the optional packages. So I enabled that repo.


# subscription-manager repos --enable=rhel-7-server-optional-rpms
# yum install mod_ldap

I still got the error that there was no such mod_ldap package. Then I looked more closely at the repo. It was in the optional packages for workstation, not server. Unfortunately, I had server installed. I tried enabling the optional workstation repo, but that didn’t work, nor did I really think it would. My solution was to go to another computer that is running rhel7 workstation and install yum-utils. Then run yumdownloader mod_ldap, which downloaded the rpm for me. I copied that rpm to my server and installed it without any issues. Then, I could restart my webserver and things worked as before.

Making a Windows 10 Bootable USB Drive

I’m trying to update some computers to Windows 10. I have an iso file with windows 10 on it. I could write it to a dvd, but most of the computers I’m updating no longer have dvd players. I’d like to write it to a usb drive and boot from that. Over the past few days, I’ve found that this is a problem with windows 10 because there is one file, sources/install.wim that’s over 4gb. My systems will only boot from a fat or fat32 partitioned drive. On those drives, 4gb is the maximum file size. I also normally work on a mac, so I was trying to find a way to make these bootable usb drives on my mac. I was not successful. The key to making this work is to use a windows program called split-windowsImage. Here’s what I did, though making the NTFS filesystem on my usb drive was not necessary.

On my mac, I had a 1tb drive sitting around, so I partitioned it with two FAT32 partitions.

$ diskutil partitionDisk disk3 MBR fat32 DOS 300gb FAT32 NTFS 300gb
Started partitioning on disk3
Unmounting disk
Creating the partition map
Waiting for partitions to activate
Formatting disk3s1 as MS-DOS (FAT32) with name DOS
512 bytes per physical sector
/dev/rdisk3s1: 585794432 sectors in 9153038 FAT32 clusters (32768 bytes/cluster)
bps=512 spc=64 res=32 nft=2 mid=0xf8 spt=32 hds=255 hid=2 drv=0x80 bsec=585937504 bspf=71509 rdcl=2 infs=1 bkbs=6
Mounting disk
Formatting disk3s2 as MS-DOS (FAT32) with name NTFS
512 bytes per physical sector
/dev/rdisk3s2: 1367186816 sectors in 21362294 FAT32 clusters (32768 bytes/cluster)
bps=512 spc=64 res=32 nft=2 mid=0xf8 spt=32 hds=255 hid=585937507 drv=0x80 bsec=1367520669 bspf=166893 rdcl=2 infs=1 bkbs=6
Mounting disk
Finished partitioning on disk3
/dev/disk3 (external, physical):
   #:                       TYPE NAME                    SIZE       IDENTIFIER
   0:     FDisk_partition_scheme                        *1.0 TB     disk3
   1:                 DOS_FAT_32 DOS                     300.0 GB   disk3s1
   2:                 DOS_FAT_32 NTFS                    700.2 GB   disk3s2

I have NTFS for mac on my laptop, so I then formatted the NTFS partition as an NTFS drive. Then I mounted my windows 10 iso file and copied the files to both partitions. (Again, I didn’t need to do this, but I didn’t realize that at the time.)

be:CPBA_X64FRE_EN-US_DV9 $ sudo cp -r . /Volumes/DOS
cp: /Volumes/DOS/./sources/install.wim: File too large
be:CPBA_X64FRE_EN-US_DV9 $ sudo cp -r . /Volumes/NTFS
be:CPBA_X64FRE_EN-US_DV9 $ 

At this point, I took the external drive to my windows laptop and started powershell as an administrator. The DOS drive came up as D and the NTFS drive came up as E.

I moved to the E:\sources directory and ran this:

PS E:\sources> Split-WindowsImage -imagepath install.wim -splitimagepath "D:\sources\install.swm" -FileSize 1024

It took about 10 minutes and then showed the log file. After that I was able to boot windows 10 and install it.

2020 Projects #1 & #2

I’ve written more about these in my journals, but I thought I’d post a picture of my first two projects for the year. I made a new house number for my Mom and I made a calendar for my sister. I actually added a calendar hanger to this, but forgot to take a picture of it before I gave it to my sister.

On to 2020!

I worked yesterday and have a somewhat pressing deadline for a server and website I need to have up soon, so I didn’t think much about it being the last day of the year. We’re also waiting for the arrival of my brother’s baby which could be any time now, so my thoughts were elsewhere. And one of the things I wanted to do last year was do more with physical objects. I’m going to call that an unquestioned success. And the idea of continuing to do these blog posts is not as appealing anymore. I may switch over to doing them in my journals which I’ve been using a lot more. For the first time, ever, I think, I even ordered a planner. It should arrive in a few days and I’m going to try it to even more organize by thoughts and days.

Anyway, to keep this short, here’s my review of 2019. It was a great year. Did I eat more vegetables? Unquestionably, yes. Were there a wide variety, unquestionably no. But I very much did get in the habit of taking a salad to work most days. So I could this as a success.

Doing more with physical objects? Yep, I finished the quilt for Annie at the start of the year and made a baby one for my brother. I also did quite a bit of woodworking in fixing stools for my brother. And I wrote a lot in my journal. More on this later.

Be more present? Yes, I think I am. I also don’t think I’m on my phone too much, which is a good thing. I should probably be on my computer less (a-hem), thus the move to more writing with pens and paper.

Bike more? Ok, that’s a fail. My total miles for last year was only 861. I can do better and will.

Fail more? I think that’s probably a fail too. I did make a printer stand that has a shelf on it and the shelf really doesn’t slide open because the box isn’t square. But that’s the only fail that’s come to mind right now. So I clearly didn’t stretch myself enough.

However, overall, I don’t think I’ve ever been happier in my life. Life is good?

For 2020? I kind of think I want to keep the same resolutions that I had last year. But now that I’m going to start using my paper planner (note I’m going to use a Clever Fox Planner that should arrive soon), I’ll hopefully be more mindful throughout the year. I think my journal so far is just me doing a weekly summary. But the thought of sitting down to breakfast each day with a paper planner and pen instead of my laptop seems very appealing to me. We’ll see.

One thing I want to do today is to make a wall calendar to track on big habit over the year. And while I definitely started eating more salads over the year, I didn’t get that adventurous with other vegetables. I just read the book The Blue Zones last week and my takeaway there is I should be eating more beans. People in the blue zones eat around a cup of beans a day. So I think that’s going to be my tracker. Try to eat some beans (black beans, white beans, tofu, etc.) every day.

And now, since I’m off, I’m going to do some woodworking today. And probably clean my room up a bit. I’m also trying to get over a cold, so I’ll take it easy a little too. And life is good. I’m looking forward to 2020 being even better than 2019.