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apple T2… and new macbook pro

it took me a few hours to figure out the new subtleties. new computers from Apple with a built-in T2 chip (i.e. new iMac Pro and Macbook Pro 2018 edition) have a dedicated operating system protection. what’s the problem? first of all, by default, they can not be booted from an external medium. it’s part of the security that Apple introduced to make it more difficult for a potential hacker. to change this setting, you have to get to the system tools that live on a special ‘recovery’ partition. Read more →

FreeNAS and Samba - curious case of MacOS

FreeNAS is special edition of tuned-up FreeBSD, with GUI available over WWW to enable easy setup and maintenance. i had to migrate recently my old Synology 1815+ thanks to well known Intel SNAFU with Atom CPUs. interestingly enough, even Synology own service department declined to RMA the NAS, without even discussing the situation. so i managed to setup quickly 12x 3.5” bay server. i had five 3.5” 8TB HDDs from Synology that i wanted to rescue data from. Read more →

who gives more?

quite recently i described my own new workstation. it has dual Xeon processors, and today i decided to upgrade memory from 128GB to 256GB (yeah, i’m used to run a lot of VMs). so below you can see the outcome - 256GB RAM, 2 physical CPUs, 16 cores, 32 threads: great advantage of having such workstation at your disposal is that you simply can run everything thrown at it. it’s quiet, it’s effective and it also doubles as great gaming station. Read more →

freebsd foundation

we’re nearing end of calendar year. i’d highly recommend to consider donating to FreeBSD project with your own money, if you (like me) are using FreeBSD everywhere, where stability, availability, performance, security and scalability is critical. Read more →