RPi 2: The Server

The second RPi that I ordered 19 weeks ago from RS Components finally arrived last week so I have begun work in earnest on setting up an SD card with the raspbian server I will use it for. As before, I will document my work on setting it up for my own future edification but will post it for the world as well.

This server will need/do several things:

  • Run the newly-rewritten Autopunter 2.0, a python script which will not be discussed further here
  • Run a No-IP client to keep an updated domain name
  • Auto rsync with a backup drive to serve as offsite backup
  • Act as an n2n supernode for private connections between computers as a Hamachi replacement
  • Run an VPN server for personal use and updating when needed

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Raspberry Pi

Last week, my first (actually second?) Raspberry Pi arrived in the mail. This little ARM-based computer is an initiative of the Raspberry Pi Foundation to produce an inexpensive basic computer for education. Their effort to provide a cheap (~$35 in its current incarnation) computer for young people to learn computer skills is surely noble, but it has also provided a low-cost project platform for the world. Continue reading

David Thompson Geneaology Project

For many years I have been an aficionado of the Canadian explorer David Thompson. I have read the biographies, watched what little video there is chronicling his travels and mapping of western Canada, and spent some time going through his journals. While his trading and surveying work is well documented, I was struck by the lack of information of what happened to his family, specifically the 13 children he and Charlotte Small raised during and after his travels. Somewhere along the way,  I got the idea to undertake a complete documentation of the children and grandchildren of this historical figure which I started several years ago. Shortly after I started I came across the article “The Family of David Thompson, mapmaker” by David G. Anderson, published in Glengarry Life (1994) based mainly on an interview with one of Thompson’s grandchildren in 1916 which served as an excellent start. Still, the fate of many of his children, and grandchildren remained unknown so I continued on with the project and started to documents my findings.

I have been using the genealogy wiki werelate.org to document my efforts, which have primarily relied on internet genealogy resources to date. You can review and contribute to the project at the following address: http://www.werelate.org/wiki/Person:David_Thompson_%2832%29 but I present below in the following schematic, a summary of my findings to date:

A graphical of the amount of information on the siblings, children and grandchildren that has been recorded to date.

This figure summarizes what has been collected about each of the Thompson family with individuals where much is known, including any offspring, are indicated in green. Individuals where some information in known are coloured yellow, and those where next to nothing is known in red. In addition to the 13 children, I have cataloged at least 26 grandchildren, and have some leads on at least a few more.

This figure is presented not as a completed project, but rather as one that is still in progress. At some point in the future, I plan to compile the information into a single article, but I present this now in hopes that perhaps some other researchers or even descendents may stumble across this post. If you have some information to contribute or something you wish to discuss, I encourage you to post in the comments below, or directly contribute to the wiki at werelate.org. From time-to-time I may post interesting bits I uncover here, and eventually the finished document will reside on the blog, but to keep an eye on the incremental progress, you will have to check the wiki.



Superfecta.ca: A Mission Statement

Since migrating hosting to Iceland, I have been pondering what to do with this site. Primarily, the registration of superfecta.ca was to provide more secure harbour for my email communications and a static email address that would follow me in perpetuity regardless of my employment or the whims of corporate America. But since my hosting provides me with a web podium, I might as well use it for something. As I am not really interested in the increasingly-tired traditional blog; superfecta.ca will instead be used to document personal projects that might be of little or no interest to the outside world. My sanitised day-to-day online pensées and reflections will continue to live on Twitter as they have for the last 4+ years, but I will post here specific projects that deserve a public record. Posts may not be frequent, but in aggregate ,will hopefully will serve to document my various endeavours primarily for my own benefit.