Author Archives: Bill Plein

About Bill Plein

I've been in the data storage industry since the 1990's, most recently with 3PAR, Fusion-io, and currently with Pure Storage I'm attracted to bright, shiny new objects.

Creating a macOS High Sierra installation ISO

Over the years I have created/extracted installation ISOs from the downloadable upgrades that Apple uses. Each time something changes slightly. I searched on the web and found lots of broken instructions from the Beta period. Finally I found one that “worked” at MacRumors.  But it doesn’t work. So I stepped through it line by line,… Read More »

Switching ssh to run on an alternate port on macOS Hight Sierra

In order to get the ssh daemon to run on an alternate port, I decided to launch an second ssh daemon (let’s call it “ssh-2”) instead of messing with the main one. This has the benefit of being more resistant to any issues with macOS software updates. It also means you won’t screw up your… Read More »

Patch Fusion-io VSL for FreeBSD 9 to work with FreeBSD 10

I didn’t write this patch, but it’s been forwarded to me and my understanding is that a Fusion-io customer wrote this a while back. VSL (the software driver for Fusion-io cards) can be recompiled (all the real IP is pre-compiled in an included library), allowing VSL to be recompiled for variations in a given operating… Read More »

Home Structured (re-)Wiring

Here was my problem. I love my home, and this is definitely a first world problem. When we bought the house, it had an alarm system (tan box) and a white On-Q (Legrand) 14″x14″ box where all the ethernet, phone, and cable (DirecTV dish) cabling terminated. I added my own 16-port switch below and AT&T… Read More »

Plein’s Laws of Social Dynamics

While observing poor self-moderation in a Slack channel, I came up with the following observations, that I am coining “Plein’s Laws of Social Dynamics” due to their forced similarity to the Laws of Thermodynamics.   First Law of Social Dynamics “A vibrant and well focused forum/channel/page tends to stay vibrant and well focused.” In other… Read More »