Rob Pickering
Leader, Mentor, Challenger, Educator, Network Engineer, System Administrator, Developer, Hacker, Writer, Diver, and Technology Explorer
Silence is Violence
Today is Juneteenth.  It has several "also known as" names, including "Freedom Day", "Jubilee Day", and "Liberation Day".  It is a commemoration of Union army general, Gordon Granger, announcing federal orders in the
Believing ...
This weekend, Disney released a new movie for download.  That by itself isn't remarkable.  What's remarkable is that this is a move that was just released to the theaters two weeks prior.  That
2019 What I've Read
I'm not sure where to start this post. 2019 has been difficult for everyone in the United States, I want to say 2020 will be I will! 2020 is going to
Recover a lost Admin account on macOS with FileVault 2
How to recover a lost Admin account on macOS when you have FileVault 2 enabled
2018 What I've Read
What a year. My family moved from Cupertino to San Jose, where we purchased a new home (don't even get me started on housing prices). I started in a new role at ServiceNow
What I wish I knew going to Disney's Aulani Resort for the First Time
My family and I just returned from a week in paradise, in Ko'Olina, Oh'au, Hawaii. Why Oa'hu? Because in Ko'Olina there is a relatively new resort, Aulani, that was built by Disney and
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Network Shenanigans in MacOS Mojave
This afternoon I was doing some network maintenance around the house. While inspecting all of my wireless clients, I happened to find a host that I didn't recognize (I name all of my
World Down Syndrome Day
As most people who know me and lots of my readers know, my son has Down syndrome.  Down syndrome "also known as trisomy 21, is a genetic disorder caused by the presence of
Free up over 100GB of space on macOS High Sierra using Storage Manager
Recently I was invited to participate in the World of WarCraft, Battle for Azeroth Alpha Test. I know you're thrilled (I was too!). However, in order to install the game, it required 40GB
World Down Syndrome Day
Today is a special day in the lives of my family. It's also a special day for millions of people across the world. March 21st is celebrated as World Down Syndrome Day. Why
2017 - What I've Read
2017 found my family and I finally settled, if a bit temporarily, in our new home in Cupertino, CA. We're renting and that will be the next major milestone we cross (buying a
Rest in Peace - Christopher J. (Chris) Utley
I've now reached a milestone in my life that everyone dreads, that age when your friends start to pass. I didn't think it would happen this soon. I'm beyond saddened that my first
Working around incomplete Ubiquiti UniFi Security Gateway DNS Service
I’ve been having a long-running conversation with various folks in the Ubiquiti Forums here and here regarding the DNS service that is provided by the USG. The USG is just a DNS
Using Let’s Encrypt TLS Certificates for SMTP, IMAP, and HTTP
One of the greatest advances towards securing the Internet happened on April 12, 2016 when the Internet Security Research Group (ISRG) launched the “Let’s Encrypt” X.509 Transport Layer Security (TLS) (you

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