Javier Solis

1 minute read

The Why

For those of you who are new to the site, welcome! I wanted to start with “Why Networking,” and maybe it will help you find your “Why.” My first post dates back to 2013 when I was just a Network Administrator. Before that, I remember reading technical blogs and books at the infancy of my IT journey. There’s so much fantastic content out there.

No longer is learning bound to written format, so I decided to create a YouTube channel that revolves around Networking and other related technical topics as complementary content for my blog. I enjoy sharing what I’ve learned and continue to learn, and that’s what you’ll find here. Enjoy!

@javi_isolis

Javier Solis

2 minute read

Something New

My day job continues to revolve around IT-related networking work, and I tend to spend quite a bit of time on other techie projects. So I decided it was time to get away from the keyboard and embark on a non-IT-related side project.

My wife and I were driving to the grocery store when I spotted a Datsun 280ZX for sale. It was difficult to hide my excitement as I previously owned a U.S. Nissan 240sx (a.k.a S13) fastback in college around the time I meet my wife. You could say that it was a “project” car, but it became my daily driver. A few years later, I had to get rid of the 240 and have since loved the Datsun/Nissan hatchback style. My wife said if I didn’t call the number on the Datsun 280ZX, I would regret it. So now we own a 1981 Datsun 280ZX “project” car.

We couldn’t get the car to start, so I had the Datsun towed home. The body isn’t in too bad of shape, and the interior needs some TLC.

The dash is cracked, the window seals, seats, and the carpet will need to be replaced. But my first task is to find out if the engine has any life left. The engine is an inline 6 (L28ET) and equipped with a turbo. I spent a few hours researching the possible non-starting issues and uploaded some of the initial work onto YouTube.

Enjoy,
@javi_isolis

Javier Solis

1 minute read

In this video I discuss transforming an Odroid-H2 into a home network attached storage device using FreeNAS. FreeNAS is a purpose built operating system that can turn any extra PC hardware into a NAS. I needed a place to store a backup of my newly created Youtube video content so FreeNAS was the perfect fit for my Odroid-H2 . The build consists of an Odriod-H2, an NVMe drive, 2 SATA SSD drives, and an emmc storage card. I also created a link aggregation between the two gigabit interfaces on the Odroid-H2 back to an Extreme Networks x440g2 12 port switch. I also provide details on the build and some instructions on how to get FreeNAS configured in the video.

Enjoy building your own home FreeNAS Network Attached Storage device,
@javi_isolis