Author Archives: Mike Pelley

About Mike Pelley

Let’s see… A little about me… I’ve been around information technology since 1983 with computers such as DEC Rainbows (weird machine – the standard DOS couldn’t format its own floppy disks – remember them? – and I had to format them on a friend’s IBM PC) to Radio Shack TRS-80 to Apple ][e and Apple //c in the beginning. I have programmed in 8-bit assembly language on 6502, FORTRAN and COBOL on IBM System/370 (and I still hate JCL), VAX BASIC and COBOL (and a weird and massive WordPerfect 4.0 macro) on DEC VMS (Alpha), C/C++ on Digital Unix (ALPHA), and C/C++, Perl (it may be powerful but I still hate it), PHP on Linux (Red Hat, Centos, Ubuntu, etc.). I have work with databases such as Digital RDB (later to become Oracle RDB), Oracle DBMS, Microsoft SQL Server, MySQL and PostgreSQL on VAX, Alpha, Sun and Intel. Check out my professional profile and connect with me on LinkedIn. See I still think that Digital created some of the best ideas in the world: VAX clustering, DSSI disks (forerunner to SCSI) and the Alpha processor (first commercial 64-bit processor – Red Hat screamed on an Alpha!). DEC just could not seem to be able to give air conditioners away to someone lost in the Sahara Desert! VMware is one of the best ways to get the most out of an x64 server. And I have tried Oracle VM, Virtual Box and Microsoft Virtual Server. Outside of that I am a huge military history buff starting in the early 20th century. I love Ford Mustangs (my ’87 Mustang GT was awesome) and if I had the money I would have a Porsche 928S4. If I had a lot of money I would have a Porsche 911 Turbo. I also play too much AmrA 3 Exile mod. Over 5,000+ hours... I have a wonderful son, Cameron. I have a long suffering (Do you really need all that computer junk?) wife, Paula. I live in Paradise, Newfoundland and Labrador.


After years of using desktop UPSes for my server and network gear, I finally bought a rack mount, data centre grade UPS. Over the years, APC was my go-to brand. However, after two of my three UPSes had their batteries … Continue reading

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Happy 2024! And looking back over the years

Good bye 2023… Hello 2024! I wish everyone health, wealth and happiness over 2024. I guess I’m getting a little nostalgic as I have become ye olde IT grey beard… I thought I would put up some my “server closet” … Continue reading

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pfSense Unbound “Phantom” Entries

Every so often with pfSense I get “phantom” entries of pfSense’s hostname to incorrect VLAN gateway addresses. You can remove these incorrect entries – which appear in /etc/hosts but they will auto-magically reappear when Unbound is restarted. The solution is … Continue reading

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Fix: Slow Wired Ethernet on Lenovo Legion 5 15ARH7H with Pop!_OS 22.04 LTS

Ever since moving to Pop!_OS 22.04 LTS wired networking have been very slow. I recalled seeing posts on this problem and the issue being the included driver for the RTL8111/8168/8411 PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet Controller. Performance was not only poor … Continue reading

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When Windows 11 Blows Up Pop!_OS’ Bootloader

I’m not sure if this is an issue with Lenovo’s updating of the BIOS resetting the default boot back to Windows or if it is Windows itself. Since this has happened a couple of times, this is a reminder to … Continue reading

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July 1 Update – Rack Stuff

Well, despite my misgivings over the price of Netgate’s rack mount for the 4100/6100 firewall series, I finally broke down and bought one. I still think it is far overpriced even with the nice blue anodised aluminium. I really wish … Continue reading

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17 Days with New Netgate 6100

It has been just over 17 days with my new Netgate 6100. Shipping was sort-of a day late – I guess because couriers seem to have difficulty with delivery times to the easterly part of North America. I purchased the … Continue reading

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Arrggg!!! Generic pfSense Hardware Has Failed

I guess buying the not-so-cheap Alibaba-ish 1u rack router was not a totally great idea. Something failed and I think that it is network ports. All the network ports. All six of them. Anyway, I have a Netgate 6100 ordered … Continue reading

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Happy 2023!

Here’s hoping that everyone had a Merry Christmas (or whichever holiday you celebrate!) and wishing everyone a happy, healthy and prosperous 2023! Since my last post back in mid-October, I had my thoughts on what my next upgrade(s) would be … Continue reading

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Ubuntu/Debian and Broadcom BCM5762

I picked up an HP EliteDesk 705 G3 Mini PC as the potential third node for a Proxmox cluster. While I wouldn’t be using HA, I did not want to cause potential problems with a tied quorum vote. For under … Continue reading

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