eXistenZ | Stefan

DevOps implementations

In this blog I will go over the various DevOps implementations (or “levels”) I have encountered over the years. I will explain what the pros and cons of each implementation are and why I believe each level we look at is one step up from the previous one.

Resolving composer.lock merge conflicts

For developers merging and rebasing git branches is rather straight forward most of the time, but it can get complex when dealing with PHP’s package manager Composer, and its lock file. In this blogpost I go over my workflow when encountering such a scenario.

A new backup solution

Last summer, Code42 announced that they will stop with their backup solution CrashPlan for Home. I have been a user of CrashPlan for Home+ ever since I built a NAS that stores irreplaceable stuff like photos, but sadly this announcement means I have to move on now. This blogpost is a little exploration in the… more

Youtube watchlist 2016

Whenever I’ve got time to spare (kidding, we all know that never happens) I like to kick back and relax, and watch the videos of some Youtube channels that I follow.

Remote Kodi video playback (Part 3 – SSHFS)

Still here? Still waiting? I would have given up. Oh well, here goes: In part 1 and part 2 I talked about the various existing options for connecting a remote Kodi device to my NAS so I would have access to my media remotely. It also became clear after a bit of testing and tweaking,… more

Remote Kodi video playback (Part 2 – OpenSSH)

In part 1 I explained that I wanted to see my media on a remote RaspBerry Pi 2 running OpenELEC and that it turned out to be quite more of a hassle than foreseen. I talked about swapping out OpenVPN for OpenSSH, but since talking alone doesn’t get you very far, I built a demo… more

Remote Kodi video playback (Part 1 – OpenVPN)

Recently, the situation arose where I wanted to make it possible that the media on my NAS could be watched not only by Kodi instances on my local network, but on external Kodi instances as well. The system I intend on watching my videos on is a Raspberry Pi 2 Model B running OpenELEC 6.0… more

OCZ SSD life expectancy

A few years ago, when SSD technology was just starting to peek its head around the corner, I was the first employee at the company I work for who had an SSD in his laptop. In fact, I paid for it myself, turns out I am some kind of IT / hardware enthusiast. Who would… more

Skyrim modding 101

The Definitive 2015 Guide Foreword Some general information about modding Prerequisites Installing the toolset Mod Organiser LOOT TES5Edit Modding our Skyrim install SKSE Cleaning the master files Official High Resolution Texture Pack Installing mods everyone should have Taking it from here Visuals visuals visuals! Adding an ENB FAQ / Do’s and dont’s Conclusion Foreword OK,… more

Secure remote PHP debugging over the internet

This blog post is a copy of the original post hosted by Enrise here: https://enrise.com/2014/11/secure-remote-php-debugging-internet/ Most of us heard about debugging code and why it’s an easy way of finding out where the problem lies in a (sometimes complex) piece of code. In this article we will be looking at the problems that might occur… more