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Custom/manual Ubuntu install via IPMI (on OVH hosting)

I recently spent a while working out how to do a completely custom install on a physical machine rented from OVH, making use of the IPMI access they provide. I thought I'd document it for future reference. So here's how to perform a custom/manual Ubuntu install via IPMI on OVH hosted hardware.

Disable OVH monitoring

First up ...

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Request Tracker - Precedence: bulk

I use Request Tracker as the ticketing tool for support enquiries to my web hosting company and happened to notice (while looking at email headers for something else) that it's sending out ticket emails with the header:

Precedence: bulk

I can understand why this is a reasonable default, especially as RT is often configured to send automatic acknowledgement and ...

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Journal, ISO week 2018-W35

last week

Property (and stats)

A great (well, I think so) read from the ONS in their latest house prices index. There are some big regional differences in the changes they report but it seems a drop in transactions is pretty consistent across the county. That said the historic numbers do suggest a spike in transaction numbers in April 2017 ...

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Wordpress - my essential plugins

If you've ever hosted a website, especially a blog, I'm sure you've considered Wordpress as the potential software to use.

Despite this personal blog not using Wordpress, I do use it for a few others, where I just wanted to get up and running really quickly with a pretty standard set of features. That was exactly what ...

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Journal, ISO week 2018-W33

last week

General

Somehow I managed to end up spending three hours doing Windows desktop support!! This is something I thought I'd escaped from a long time ago. There's just one special SEOSS customer who Tim still provides this for and hence w hile he's on holiday I get to as well. It's fairly common for ...

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Journal, ISO week 2018-W31

last week

Car (child) trouble

Monday morning challenge this week was a flat battery in the car - apparently due to cabin lights being left on, presumably thanks to a small person!

I've previously fixed this by removing the battery and charging it in the house. But removing the battery from a Prius Plus is not very easy and I ...

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Photo Friday: 2018-08-03

As the sun is bright and the temperatures hot, here are a few fittingly bright yellow flowers. I'm not aware of any hidden bees this week.

All taken in Norfolk in May 2018.

Yellow flower

Yellow flower

Yellow flower

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Journal, ISO week 2018-W30

last week

Time

First week in a while that I've managed to plan whole days for specific projects, rather than each day being a jumble of several. Also the first in ages that I've consistently left the house to work (using a couple of local co-working spaces).

For the next few weeks of summer holiday I'm intending ...

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Photo Friday: 2018-07-27

It has finally rained! For about two minutes there was marginally cooler air blowing through my window.

Now, almost instantly, it's back to being all to warm though.

We went to an excellent science festival at Wakehurst last weekend so of course I took a few photos of flowers (and a bee).

Flower at Wakehurst

Flower at Wakehurst

Flowers and bee(s) at Wakehurst

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