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Coffee enthusiast and self-proclaimed programmer, musician, and curler.

Adventures in Wine Making (part 2)

October 20th, 2014

Dave Umrysh

Done

After a wonderful week of fermentation smell permeating throughout the house it is officially Chaptalisation time!
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Adventures in Wine Making (part 1)

October 13th, 2014

Dave Umrysh

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It has been a while since I made wine. Actually, the last time I attempted it I ended up dropping a full carboy, spilling delicious drink and glass everywhere. My hope is this round will go much smoother, and if not, at least I will have logged the experience here.
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Logging the IPs of Torrent Downloaders

September 8th, 2014

Dave Umrysh

Terminal

I was browsing around and found a website that displays all the torrents that have been downloaded from your IP address. It occurred to me it can’t actually be all that difficult to log the IPs of the individuals downloading torrents. I took a few hours to familiarize myself with the Bittorent protocol and wrote a script that does just that.
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The Farmers Buddy (2012-2014)

September 7th, 2014

Dave Umrysh

Farmers Buddy

It is with a sad heart I must announce I will no longer be updating The Farmer’s Buddy.

The wife and I are expecting our second child shortly and along with my commitments to work, my bachelor’s degree, our curling league, and my new hobbies I am simply running out of free time these days. My plans are to leave the website up as long as possible as a repository for the archival data.

Creating the original Android app and subsequent website taught me a lot. The Farmer’s Buddy was the first Android app I ever wrote and at it’s height it had close to 1,000 installs. To this day the website still averages approximately 100 unique visitors a month.

Thank you everyone for your support of the Android App turned website. It has been a fun two years.
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The Cabin

August 10th, 2014

Dave Umrysh

In Place

Erin and I have been discussing for some time about eventually building a cabin out at the family farm. But after seeing how much Seth enjoys being out there we decided to accelerate our timeline and get the cabin built sooner rather than later.

We placed the order for the basic shell of the cabin this spring and it was delivered on the July long weekend. Since then we have been trying to get out there as much as possible to get as much accomplished before the snow flies.
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JSONResume

July 17th, 2014

Dave Umrysh

JSONResume

A few days ago a stumbled across a JSON Resume.

It is such a fantastic idea!

It has been a long time since I have updated my resume, mostly because of job security, but also because of the whole issue of browsing through tons of templates, finding one that lookes semi-okay, and then the laborious task of making my data fit nicely inside the boundaries of the chosen template. It always felt like such a backwards method; find a template then enter your data.
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Monitoring Windows Updates with Nagios

May 31st, 2014

Dave Umrysh

Nagios

I figured it was time to add some new logging to my Nagios install. Being able to monitor which Windows machines have updates available seemed like a good place to start.
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Brain Assessment

May 31st, 2014

Dave Umrysh

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I’ve been a customer of Focus@Will for a few months now and use it every day. A couple weeks ago they sent out an email stating they were willing to cover the cost if I wished to be a part of their new brain assessment clinical trial that would find out what kind of brain type I have. I figured why not.

The test in itself is an on line cognitive test designed by Dr Evian Gordon. I found a quiet place, logged in, and completed the tests to the best of my abilities.
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The Pink House

May 19th, 2014

Dave Umrysh

The Pink House

A piece of my youth has been officially demolished :'(

In my final year of high school my parents purchased a quarter section of land adjoining our property. With that land came The Pink House.

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Review: Escape (The Curse of the Temple)

April 15th, 2014

Dave Umrysh

Escape

Escape: The Curse of the Temple
Verdict: 5/5

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End of The First Season

April 14th, 2014

Dave Umrysh

Welcome

This past Saturday we had our wrap up party for the Hack Weight curling league. Thus ending our first season running our own league at the Derrick Golf and Winter club. The season exceeded our expectations! We were so lucky to have such a great group of teams for this first year and we are definitely going to be back next season.

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Weekend Project

March 23rd, 2014

Dave Umrysh

HP Ex490

Our main home server has been a HP Ex490 I had picked up many moons ago. It has been serving our media for over 4 years with no issue but it was starting to show it’s age. Time for a software upgrade :)

Being a headless server (no monitor or keyboard/mouse ports) I took to the web to find out if it was indeed possible to adjust the BIOS so I could install another OS. I came across a great little product called the MediaSmart Server Debug Board.
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Old School

March 23rd, 2014

Dave Umrysh

CDs

This evening, as I was rummaging through old boxes searching for something (I honestly can’t even remember what anymore), I stumbled across my old CD collection. I am so taking these to work tomorrow!!
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The Falcon – Feed the Monkey, Drown the Worm; or, Goin’ Home

March 16th, 2014

Dave Umrysh

Falcon_Trash

With the rumor of a new Falcon record in the works I have found myself revisiting some of their old albums.
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USB Two-Way Radio Hack

March 14th, 2014

Dave Umrysh

two-way radio

For some time I’ve had this old two-way radio sitting in my desk and every once and a while I would turn it on and listen into all the chatter. The downfall was that it took 3 AAA batteries whereas, for an always on scanner, I would prefer it was able to be plugged into an outlet. Then it hit me, 3 AAA batteries equals 4.5 volts and USB is ~5 volts….would it be possible to rig up the two-way radio to be USB powered?
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iRedMail and Mailman on Amazon AMI

March 12th, 2014

Dave Umrysh

Email

After searching through numerous blogs and forum posts to figure out how to install iRedmail and Mailman on an Amazon Linux AMI instance I thought I should compile all the steps into a blog post in case I ever have to do this over again.

[/me shudders at the thought]
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Hollerado – On My Own

March 11th, 2014

Dave Umrysh

Spring

It’s starting to feel a lot like spring in Edmonton and what better way to celebrate then with an awesome spring-feeling song :)
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Update : Bitcoin Difficulty Mailing List

February 9th, 2014

Dave Umrysh

It has been a long while since I updated my Bitcoin mailing list so I figured it was about time it got some love and attention :)

Subscribers will now also get the current difficulty of both Litecoin and Dogecoin each morning.

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Olympic Curling

February 8th, 2014

Dave Umrysh

So this is our 2014 Olympic Curling team:

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And this is their competition:

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I think we are going to do just fine :)

SMACtalk

February 3rd, 2014

Dave Umrysh

Stock Market

A few years back I decided to invest some cash into a trading account and try my hand at playing the stock market. Even with a steep learning curve I was still able to increase the value of my portfolio by 40%.

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