Plane Crash in Carlstadt NJ

I was witness to the aftermath of a horrific plane crash today near my office. A small Lear Jet 35 crashed into the buildings at the end of our block. Links below to my on scene photos and video.

Thankfully the only known injured/killed were the aircraft crew of two.

National news picked it up, just Google for “carlstadt plane crash” for stories. Some of my footage was used by ABC and a few other stations.

Photos on Flickr
Video on YouTube
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Multimedia Library Server

I’ve always used iTunes to manage my sharing and remote playing of my media library within my home.

As you no doubt know, iTunes sucks at sharing/streaming media. I used iTunes because it was the path of least resistance despite all the verbal abuse I’ve hurled at it…it’s bloated, slow, crashes etc…but that’s a whole different article…. 😉

Enter Plex. My Padawan at work turned me on to the Plex Media Server and my media consumption has been upgraded beyond my wildest imagination.

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Holy SSL Batman…

Just for fun and, well, a learning experience I have SSL’d my site. Why? Why not.

Every good Infrastructure Engineer/Manager should know how and now I do. It was much simpler than I thought.

If you need a good, simple SSL certificate that will cost you nothing I recommend They offer a simple Class 1 SSL certificate that is great for blogs and non-eCommerce platforms. They’re not as secure as Class 2 or 3 but you have to understand what the classes mean.

Basically a Class 1 doesn’t require any extensive proof of who you or your organization are. The other Classes verify more information about who is getting the certificate and what they’re doing with it. Since my site is just my useless thoughts, Class 1 is just fine.

Hit them up if you need a simple SSL cert. Class 1 certificates are free so if you’re experimenting that’s definitely the way to go.

More on what I did after the jump.

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Since I merged into my primary blog I’ve found lots of broken images and galleries. I’m working on fixing them as I find them. If you find one please leave a comment and I’ll fix it.

Apparently some URLs to images are embedded in the posts. I did a nice SQL search and replace on these and I think I got them all.

For the geeky out there and my own reference this is what that SQL statement looked like:

[php]UPDATE wp_table SET field_name = REPLACE(field_name, ‘/wp/’, ‘/’) WHERE field_name LIKE “”;[/php]

Time Warner. If you’re not laughing yet you will be.

I wish to God Almighty I was making this up. I have NEVER in my 20+ years as a network/infrastructure engineer said this to a customer. I haven’t even considered it. It was always a joke you told colleges but never, ever said with any honesty to a customer.

Time Warner said the following:

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