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1 tblsp of vanilla extract
4 cups Eggnog
4 Large eggs beaten
2 cups Granulated sugar
2 teaspoons Ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon Ground Nutmeg
1 package of 12 KING'S HAWAIIAN Original Hawaiian Sweet Rolls
Step 1
Cube bread and Mix in all other ingredients. Pour in a 9 X 13 greased baking dish. 
Step 2
Bake @ 350 degrees F. for 60 minutes 
Step 3
While pudding is baking, you can make the sauce to pour over the cake when it is done. 
Step 4
In a small saucepan heat 2/3 cup water, 1/3 cup of spiced rum, 2/3 cup granulated sugar, 2 tblsp flour, and 7 tblsp butter. Mix and cook over medium heat. Boil at least 2 minutes while stirring continuously until thickened. Remove from heat and blend in 1 tsp vanilla. Pour over cake after it cools slightly. Serve warm.
If you have one week in Baton Rouge especially around Mardi Gras here is a locals guide to good eats, good parades, and good times.
George’s (11am-11pm) This restaurant/bar is the quintessential local bar, and like almost everywhere in Louisiana servers outstanding food. Many people who have moved from Baton Rouge make it the first and last place they eat when there at home. The Shrimp Po Boy is the best I have ever had, but you cant go wrong with anything on the menu.
Bet-R-Grocery (7am-9pm) Just down the street from George's Bet-R-Grocery is a local supermarket that has all the local Louisiana flavors, What stood them apart was the delicious Deli in the back.  We stopped in for a quick breakfast and for $1.45 you wont get a better breakfast sandwich.  There biscuits where so good and the Grits are super flavorful.
The Chimes (11am-2am) There are not enough words to explain how good this place is.  Located just off the LCU campus, (there are two other locations), the atmosphere food and beer is hard to replicate. They probably make the best burger I have ever had and the fried pickles and alligator was super yummy too.
Louisiana Lagniappe (5:30pm-9pm) This was hands down the best meal I had on our trip. It is an upscale restaurant in Baton Rouge Absolutely delicious, wide variety of seafood, reasonable prices and excellent service. I would definitely recommend this restaurant and return when I'm back in the area.
Raising Cain’s (10am-3am) If your coming home from a mardi gras parade or just want a quick bite Raising Cain's is a good choice. They are a typical fast food restaurant but where they shine is they specialize in just chicken fingers. You don't have a million choices on their menu just chicken fingers, fries or cole slaw. 
Coffee Call (6am-2am) Last but not least you need to try beignets when your in Louisiana and my favorites where at Coffee Call. They have not only beignets but the easier to eat Belgium fingers, and much like Rasing Cain's they focus on making the best beignets.
Zeeland Street  (7am-2pm) The locals place for breakfast. It's not fancy but everyone knows each other and food is great.  In fact Zeeland family has owned it for ever.
Louisiana “New” State Capitol (8am-4:30pm) The tallest state capitol in the United States the New Luisiana State Capitol is a must see attraction.  Your tour here can be made even better is you study on the King Fish Governor Huey Long's assassination that took place in the second floor hall way.  You can still see the bullet holes n the marble.
Louisiana “Old” State Capitol (10am-4pm) One of the coolest old building I have ever seen.  It has been beautifully restored and the winding stair case and stain glass celling is breath taking.  You have to watch the movie about the history of the capitol.  With out giving away to much it was produced by Disney and will truly surprise you.
The Cajun Village My friends favorite beignets and fun eclectic grouping of unusual gift shops.  This place is in the middle of no where but worth the trip.
Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center (9am-5pm)
Angola Prison Museum (8am-4:30pm)
I tested the process below on Mac OS Mojave and it still works.

Original post was created by Bryan at wrmem.net 

Network engineers on Windows have been using the lightweight and open source TFTPD32, for years But for those of us who have evolved and moved to the Mac we have found a couple short comings due to the increased security and sandboxing requirements set by apple. Luckily there’s a built in tftp daemon that you can use in a pinch if you know a couple little tricks.
Here is a link to another post for apple OS Sierra Sky579x.bligspot.com

By default tftpd uses the following folder:
which is hidden in finder, but can be accessed by using “go to folder” or hitting Command+Shift+G and entering /private/tftpboot

To launch the daemon run the following commands:
sudo launchctl load -F /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/tftp.plist
sudo launchctl start com.apple.tftpd
Be sure Read/Write/eXecute permissions are set on the tftpboot folder and any files you wish to transfer:
sudo chmod 777 /private/tftpboot
sudo chmod 777 /private/tftpboot/*
If you’ll be transferring a file TO your TFTP server, the file will technically need to exist on the server beforehand so create it with touch. For example:
sudo touch /private/tftpboot/running-config
sudo chmod 777 /private/tftpboot/running-config
To unload and shutdown your tftp daemon you can run the following command.
sudo launchctl unload -F /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/tftp.plist
If you’d like a graphical front end for launching tftp then check out the great TftpServer. I have found this application not as reliable so I have fallen back to using the built in TFTP server. 
Now you can start transferring your files.

Happy TFTP'ng
Star Trek Holodeck

So I am kind of excited about 360 degree photography. It might be the Sci Fi geek in me but it really feels like the next evolution of photography and video. Here is my first shot of 360 using my iPhone and the Google Streets app. I used Demander to host and embed the image.

The Electronic Frontier Foundation is a leading nonprofit organization defending civil liberties in the digital world. Founded in 1990, EFF champions user privacy, free expression, and innovation through impact litigation, policy analysis, grassroots activism, and technology development. The EFF works to ensure that rights and freedoms are enhanced and protected as our use of technology grows.

With recent events privacy and secure communications have become important technologies. The EFF has put together an excellent project called Surveillance Self-Defense. It outlines everything you need to know about how to protect your privacy online and offline. Not everything in this guide will apply to you. Luckily the EFF does a good job of explaining the threat model to help you choose what is important to you. Since this is a living document I am going to link to their site. I hope you enjoy it and can take something away that helps you secure your digital life.

Travel gear is a subject that may be different for everyone. So after doing a lot of online and hands on research, I have come up with a short list of the items that have worked for me.

Carry what you need:
Sometimes less is more. When staying at a hotel you can use a small daypack to carry what you need for just the day. This backpack was perfect for day trips it packs up small so throwing it in your suit case is easy. It also fits light rain jackets, bottles of waters, random tech, with plenty of space left over for souvenirs.

Power on the Go:
The cell phone has become our navigation, camera/camcorder, and mobile Internet device but the batteries often fall short of a whole day.  We found ourselves plugging in our phones wherever we could find power. With approx. 4 full charges out of the Jackery Giant Portable External Battery, this thing was a life saver. We slid the charger in the front flap of our backpack and were able to charge our phones while on the move.

Flight Serenity:
I have been looking for quality on the ear bluetooth headphones for flying.  I had tried Beats and for the price they didn't really do it for me. My major issue with Beats was a lack of a passive mode (plugging in to a headphone jack when power dies.) So after doing a lot of research I found the Jabber Revo wireless headphones, they were half the price of Beats headphones and I thought they sounded better, much less bass focused.

Laptop Alternative:
Last but not least I made the leap of faith and did not bring a laptop - instead I brought my iPad with a keyboard case.  I have tried a couple keyboard/cases and this one has been my favorite. I wanted a case that would allow me to use my iPad as a laptop, fold behind like a cover, and protect it when it was in my backpack.  Pro Tip they are asking $79.00 for the cover I bought the cover from the Amazon warehouse used (damaged packaging) for $30.00 and was totally happy, no issues.

Bring your Own Wifi:
Staying in a hotel or a hostel on shared wifi can be a little nerve wracking. If your a tech savvy traveler and you want your own travel wifi router with built in firewall the Travel Sith is for you.  It also has some cool features with IPS and android where you can back your photos us to a local thumb drive you can plug into the wireless route. 

Stay Hydrated:
All to often when your traveling you forget to bring water, or possibly the water where your visiting is suspect. I found this awesome collapsible drinking bottle perfect for stowing away in your day pack.

Platypus PlusBottle, 1 Liter with Push-Pull Cap

Charge your Stuff:
Many times I have run into an issue in hotels where there just isn't enough plugs.  I found this compact power strip that offers 3 outlets and two 5 amp USB outlets. You can charge up to 5 devices at once with this power strip and I have.  

Belkin SurgePlus 3-Outlet Mini Travel Swivel Charger Surge Protector with Dual USB Ports (2.1 AMP / 10 Watt)

Organize your Packing:
I was recently was turned onto these through another travel blog I follow and I love them.  It makes it really easy to organize your clothes and move them from your bag to the hotel dresser.

TravelWise Packing Cube System - Durable 5 Piece Weekender Plus Set [2014 Version] (Teal)

Organize your Cables:
With all the electronics I travel with I hate the mess of cables I end up with. I never knew where they where and I ended up leaving them or losing them half way through the trip. Once I started using this cable organizer it made my life a lot easier. Every cable has it place and it's super easy to see one that may be missing.

BUBM Universal Cable Organizer Electronics Accessories Case Various USB, Phone, Charge, Cable organizer Travel Organizer--king Size (Black)

Recently we have been moving services to the Cloud (AKA other people's computers.) Amazon Web Services (AWS) offers two different types of cloud service: Gov cloud and Commercial cloud. Gov cloud is marketed to federal, state, and local government entities and offers hosting within the Untied States. The biggest issue I have found with Gov cloud is that only a fraction of the functionality offered in Commercial AWS is offered in Gov cloud. Gov cloud is pretty much a stripped down version of the Commercial AWS.

The cloud in my opinion serves a purpose, first and foremost to host stand-alone public facing applications. This is not a place to host heavy web applications that depend on data or content you are not wiling to host in the cloud. But there is still a need to connect to your corporate network for monitoring, auditing, or publishing content.

That being said, we have recently built out AWS infrastructure and wanted to share the design we came up with. Our first hurdle is the amount Amazon charges for VPN connectivity to a VPC. And if you want connectivity to a VPC it must have its own VPN connection. This was a limitation that drove us crazy. So we asked ourselves, if we are hosting truly stand-alone websites, why do we need direct connectivity to those servers? So with that question in mind we came up with the idea of creating a management VPC that is connected to or corporate network. Then as we create new applications we could add application specific VPCs that where connected to that management VPC. This not only provides a single VPN connection to our corporate network but also isolates each application in its own VPC giving us segmentation at a network and billing level.

Here are the steps we went though:
  1. Assigned a /16 network to the AWS infrastructure and set a static route to our AWS IPSec device. (This is not mandatory since you will only be routing the management VPC network, but I did it to tag those networks for AWS)
  2. Build out the management VPC with a /24. (This will be where we build our management servers such as Bastion hosts, patch server, LDAP, etc.) This VPC does not need to have internet access.
  3. Per application build out of new VPC networks using /22 this gives you 4 /24 networks to use between a web, app, and DB tier across two availability zones. (Remember Elastic Load Balancers are going to burn up a number of IP addresses.)
Pros and Cons of this design:

  • You only need one VPN connection
  • Complete segmentation between applications
  • Easy to track application billing
  • Super scalable 
  • Added security since the application VPC servers can not route directly to your corporate network
  • You can not route through the management VPC to connect directly to a server in the application VPC, or the reverse. You will need to use an SSH proxy server in the management VPC
  • Web applications that are dependent on corporate resources will not work
  • You will need to build all your management tools in the management VPC to connect and monitor application VPC servers