It’s been interesting looking back at what I’ve posted over the past year. I’ve had lots of ideas, but never really fully completed any of the projects I started. I’m not a huge believer in new year’s resolutions, but I think this year I’m going to make the effort to complete whatever projects I start.
Looking back over my past projects, I’ve started the following:
- AstroBook: Setting up an old laptop so I can control my camera for astrophotography. I actually finished this, but never really followed through with documenting it.
- Linux From Scratch: This one stalled due to lack of a suitable computer. I now have a computer suitable for it, so it’s back on the menu, but I won’t be starting this until another, new project is complete.
- Setting up a SIEM: I started setting up a SIEM with the ELK stack, found that it wouldn’t work easily on the Linux install I had, so I decided to go all out and use Security Onion instead. Still on the cards but is taking longer than I expected. My biggest issue is working out the best method for installation. The laptop I wanted to use it on refuses to boot from the install media, so I will probably install it over the top of a working Linux install.
Now that I have a computer suitable for completing my Linux from Scratch project, I have set myself the goal of completing it before the end of the year. Once I have that complete, I’ll be using that system to set up either ELK stack or Security Onion and using it as a SIEM on the home network. But, as a warmup for Linux from Scratch, I’ll first be setting up the computer with ArchLinux.
I’ve played around with Arch in the past and found it a frustrating endeavour. Mind you, looking back at my list of projects and seeing how many of them failed due to hardware issues, I’m going to give Arch another shot. The way I see it, getting a working Arch install will be good practice for Linux from Scratch.
I have a week of holiday before I go back to work, so that should give me plenty of time to get Arch up and running and make a few blog posts as well.
I like messing with stuff and seeing what I can make it do. Computers, electronics, photography are my main hobbies, but I also enjoy bike riding, gel blasting and music.