What I've learned from my son

There's one thing that fascinates me about kids. I actually only noticed it recently while watching my little son.

The thing is, kids do everything 100%. There's no multitasking, whatever they do, they only do that thing and they are completely focused on it.

My son doesn't even speak and probably only understands very few words, yet nobody else will listen to whatever you say like he does. Obviously that's only true when he is listening, when he's not, he's not listening at all. There's no pretending. You either have his undivided attention or you have none of it.

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2016-05-03 00:00 Miroslav Prasil

Small box, small problems

Introduction

Weeks passed and Eggsnows' Celeron J1900 based fan-less PC on my desk was replaced by this little box called MSI Cubi.

I've bought the Intel Pentium 3805U based model - there is one model even cheaper than this one with Celeron inside and there are i3 and i5 based variants as well if you need some extra power. I went with the bare-bone version, though if you don't feel like getting the other components (you'll need RAM and some mSATA storage) there are also models with the necessary components already installed.

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Docker on ZFS

Introduction

So I've ended with this ZFS and Docker combination on my home storage some time ago. I use ZFS on Linux to safely store data and I use Docker to run services like samba, plex, owncloud, and others on top of that data.

I've been using devicemapper on top of ZFS and it was mostly good. Every now and then I had this strange issue of layer not being available while starting container, (as if docker tried to spin up the container before having the storage ready for it) just re-running the container solved the issue. I've never seen this at work, where we use Docker in production quite a lot and in my case it was transparently handled by upstart so I've just assumed the combination of devicemapper and ZFS caused these. Besides that I was quite happy with the whole system.

Recently I was wondering if there was some progress on the ZFS storage backend and I was pleasantly surpriset, that this is actually built in sice couple versions ago. (how did I miss that, I have no idea) So let's try it?

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2016-03-04 00:00 Miroslav Prasil ,

Four cores, no fan

Introduction

So I've recently bought this Eggsnow Fanless Mini PC to be used as a silent, but powerful enough desktop. Most of the work I do on it is done remotely, so what I really need is something capable running browser, couple terminals and perhaps able to play a movie every now and then.

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