September 27, 2020
by dhoytt

Done Changing Garden Borders Front Yard

The past weeks one of my many projects I have been completing as I get the proper materials is changing my front yard garden borders from using faux wooden posts that had started to fade and deteriorate to stone pavers. I first wanted to put up some real stone in chunks. I searched different landscape and stone yards for some interesting stones then concluded it would have been possible but quite a bit of work with the different sizes of widths, length and thicknesses, then setting them in place would take some minor trenching and concrete work. Had this been my only major project going right now I may have gone the real rock option for my garden borders.

I was also shopping all the specialty landscaping rock yards and ended up with the pavers I really wanted from the Home Depot a couple of miles from me.

For the longest straight stretch of border in line with my fence I ended up leveling the ground pulling roots from a tree I had chopped down moving a portion of my drip system near the border as well as relocating some flowers right on the borders edge.

I then set the stones pavers in place on top of a plastic paver retention bracket, used landscape adhesive to hold them then applied a landscape adhesive to the second layer of pavers and the first layer.

For the other section I ended up using bend board edging underneath the pavers I had to search for and got from Green Acres Garden center. I didn’t apply adhesive between the bend board edging and the bottom pavers since the sidewalk will hold them in place with the force of the soil and bark cover. I did apply landscaping adhesive between the bottom and upper layer of pavers though. Having that bend board edging and retention brackets underneath the pavers will prevent the pavers from unevenly sinking into the soil down the road. The bend board serves a separate role of adding height to almost match the concrete steps to my front door.

Here’s some pictures:

The front garden with deteriorated faux wooden borders.
Bend board stretched sine it had been on a 20 foot roll. I used 30 pound dumbbells each end overnight in backyard.
Bend board edging getting cut with pavers in place temporally before placing them on bend board edging.
Completed sidewalk stretch.
Completed stretch lining up with fence border.

September 26, 2020
by dhoytt
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Back up Streaming After OS Configuration

The “Snakeice House of Beats” is back up and streaming. I like monitoring my resources and had to make a change in my ILO settings to monitor my CPU settings in W2019 “Task Manager” for this to happen. My bl460c gen7 blade uses ILO3 and I went to Power Management -> Power Settings -> Power Regulator Settings -> OS Control Mode, then upon reboot I could see my CPU settings properly in W2019 “Task Manager”.

September 24, 2020
by dhoytt
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Back Streaming Sounds Fine More Tuning to Come

Well back up and running again streaming music from my new W2019 server on my bl460c gen 7 c7000 blade which has a healthy 32gb of RAM and 10gbe infrastructure internally until it hits my router going out to the world then my speed is just 1gb to all of you.. I moved to having ShoutCast 2.5.1 on my new Centos 8 Linux server run with systemd, with the latest IceCast relays 2.4.4 running on that server as well which I already runs under systemd since IceCast is in the Linux repositories.

The reason I now have ShoutCast running on Linux at this time is I ran into a surprise trying to go to the latest version of ShoutCast 2.6.0 running from my Windows server as I have for years. My 192kbps and 320kbps kept getting the errors about the stream having network issues and in the Windows event logs saying “Frame settings changed could cause playback problems..”. The 128kbps and 64kbps ShoutCast encoders were playing fine and so were the IceCast encoders and relays. All ShoutCast relays played over the same ShoutCast instance so that error was especially strange.

After digging around on various forums I found on Winamp\Shoutcast that Shoutcast the company had indeed disabled the bit rates above 128kbps in the Shoutcast server software unless you were using their streaming services! Well a huge part of this is to learn and keep my skills up by doing things myself and I don’t want or need to use others streaming services. I’ll give specific steps I took later as its time to hit the bed.

Looks like I need to also get paths straight to where some of my music resides as I had 2 separate drives on the other server with music. I’ll be doing some tuning up on issues like that along with picture files plus more of the background items I performed.

September 23, 2020
by dhoytt
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Rolling Over to New Streaming Server

Time to officially roll over to my new W2019 streaming server from my W2012-r2 streaming server. I need to copy the current MariaDB database, to the new system, point ports in firewall to new systems, make sure those ports are opened locally as well. I am also pointing the IceCast relays to a new Linux Centos 8 server that doubles as my Zoneminder CCTV system and one of my Plex Media servers.

September 18, 2020
by dhoytt
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Busting This Stay Home Isolation With Beats

Busting out beats from while doing a slew changes to my infrastructure I can finally do after getting most of the parts and getting things tested. Changes to my server infrastructure were delayed by this covid-19 stuff an taking care of some personal issues I’m still handling after my parents passed . I’ll talk about changes I made here but mostly @ .

Anyhow I’m already deep into this beat session having already played artist like, Ghostface Killah, Usher, Beastie Boys, Doja, Lil Yachty, LSD. I’m looking at artists like Will Smith, Mya, Public Enemy, Thundercat, DJ Khaled and some slow sounds with people like John Legend, Melanie Fiona, and so many more will mix in and out to match songs.

September 1, 2020
by dhoytt
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Dhoytt Entire Site Update of Software and OS

I updated to the latest WordPress version 5.5.1 and updated all of my themes and plugins then decided to update the Centos 7 Linux OS patches of this virtual system as well. I also took care of some pesky ssl issues that had mixed ssl and non-ssl objects so that the site is more compliant and friendly to visitors. Now you will see the padlock indicating my site is safe. I updated the certificate and did the .htaccess ssl redirects over the weekend Saturday around noon.

August 31, 2020
by dhoytt
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Storing Tomatoes for Future

I haven’t always taken advantage of proper storage of my garden produce. Well now I am finally using my FoodSaver and planning on using my dehydrator both purchased years ago but never used.

Over the weekend I cleaned up the dehydrator and took the FoodSaver vacuum packing storage system out of the box?

The following are my first time blanching and getting items ready in long term vacuum packed storage.

August 31, 2020
by dhoytt
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Busy Sunday

Started Sunday staying up late Saturday into Sunday morning getting staged for preserving my garden vegetables and herbs. Then upon waking up my website was down so had to troubleshoot that by looking in the logs and it was an entry in the ssl logs as I had started making ssl updates and changes yesterday.

Due to the website issues I then got a late start on prepping my brisket I set to thaw in the refrigerator and then cleaning the ash off my grills. Then cleaned the Traeger grill and prepped the grill and got the brisket on. I then got my front lawn in order since the lawn service kept canceling and would not be by until September 10th.

I like doing my own lawn but when going for long periods traveling I need someone and I don’t want to find someone last minute. I used Sunday to get my rose bushes trimmed the way I normally have them the past 14 years so when the lawn service takes back over they understand better what I have said before. A demonstration shows so much better than words many times. The lawn service has been decent just need to show them how I wanted things done.

Then I fast smoked the brisket in about 8 or 9 hours instead of 15 hours and turned out tender to a fault as it was almost pulled beef. I also threw some beef ribs on since they had thawed out. The beef ribs meat was super tender fall off the bone tender too.

I had the ribs with dinner and a few pieces late of the brisket

Here’s the visuals including my grits breakfast.

August 29, 2020
by dhoytt
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Big Garden Harvest and Nice Vegetable Casserole

Picked more vegetables from the garden then feasted on an eggplant, squash, tomatoes casserole. I also threw in a bunch of basil from the garden along with garlic, a little pepper and salt, mixed with Parmesan cheese and olive oil.

Here’s pictures of the harvest and casserole.

Eggplant, squash, tomatoes and peppers 🌶.