So it’s time to say Goodbye, yet again…

Faith at the Beach

Faith at the BeachIt started innocently enough.  Faith had had decreased appetite when we were at the beach and at the time we attributed that to her not wanting to stand on a slick, hardwood floor to eat (she is old, and weak, and so keeping her legs under her on a slick surface is a chore).  But when that continued after getting home, we took her in after realizing some of her back teeth had rotted … Continue reading

They had named her Jazz…

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The trees rushed by the window in a blur of browns and greens topped with the myriad shades of grey that make up an overcast sky.  We sat in the car, my arm around her, holding her tightly to me as we both watched the cascade of colors racing by.  She barely had the strength to keep her head lifted, but she did.  The ride passed in silence, each passing tree trunk a marker counting down the minutes and seconds of life. The past paraded by amidst the dancing colors outside the glass and that’s where we journeyed: back … Continue reading

And just like that, over a cup of coffee and an english muffin, I scheduled her death…

Jazzy

Jazz It’s funny how things happen.  One day you’re squatting next to your wife in a cramped laundry room doting over a neurotic Alaskan Husky who is in the process of squirting out wriggly little husky mutt puppies and the next day, it’s over 12 years later and you’ve just gotten off the phone with the vet, setting up the date and time of one puppy’s death.

“That’s not a puppy, thats an old dog,”

is what they say. … Continue reading

How do you decide when the choice is not obvious?

jazz-recliner

jazz-reclinerShe came into my life 12 years ago, a sticky wet mess of black fir along with her siblings.  She was part of a litter that never should have been, just days before we were going to have her mom spayed, mom got caught on her run by a bad boy who had been living in our woods.  So some months later, we had a litter of mostly black Husky mix puppies.

We found homes for each and … Continue reading

Setting up Intel AMT to act as a remote KVM in Linux

Remote KVM via AMT

I’ve been running MAAS for some time now on an Intel NUC, specifically the DC53427HYE model from a few years ago.  There are very few NUC models that offer vPRO support which is why I chose this one to begin with.  It had been running well for quite  a while with Ubuntu 14.04 and MAAS up to version 1.9 from the MAAS stable PPA.  And then tragedy struck…

It all started when I decided I was going to try to upgrade my server to Xenial, the coming Ubuntu 16.04 LTS Alpha.  I realize the perils of running … Continue reading