2017 Kirkland Signature Ti Point Sauvignon Blanc

It’s 2018, and we’re in a renaissance for wine. And Costco is pulling the curtain back on the whole industry.

Let me set the scene:  June in Texas, not officially summer yet but the heat index is already 100+ daily.  The only wine I’m wanting is a crisp white wine.

Enter the 2017 Kirkland Signature Ti Point Sauvignon Blanc. I’m a big sauvignon blanc fan, and this is one that knocks it out of the park. And not only is this wine fantastic, I found myself at Costco this weekend looking at it for $6/bottle.

SIX DOLLARS.

Typically I’ll look a wine up on CellarTracker, but this time I didn’t even blink. Nor did I listen to the voice in my head telling me to buy a case.

Tonight I opened it up. Nose was clean, floral, fruity, inviting. Color was bright, faint straw. The taste was heavy on the back palette, tangy, fruity, pear/apple, and faint honeysuckle. Overall – this was stellar. Exactly what I want in the summer heat.

12.5% ABV. Both bottles gone.

I’ll be returning to Costco to buy a case or two, this summer is calling for it.

$6 fucking dollars!

The Docker Containers (Part 3 of ?)

In this post I go over the initial set of Docker containers I’m using.

Once I had the OS online and Docker installed, I deployed a sample container (Hello World) to learn how it’s done. I quickly grew to desire a UI and looked for something that would serve as such for Docker. Portainer quickly turned up in my search, and since I was still new to the world of Docker, it amused me that Portainer was deployed as a container on Docker. Of course.

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Ubuntu 18.04 and Docker (Part 2 of ?)

This post will cover the steps I took to install Ubuntu 18.04 on the Intel NUC (NUC7i7DNHE) and bring it online and ready for the Docker environment.

Since this server was going to have some exposure to the internet beyond my house, I needed to ensure I followed some basic security best practices. I made a list of the various aspects to consider:

  1. Minimal OS – Install only the packages needed, and on an as-needed basis.
  2. Lockdown ‘root’ access – No external login for root, use a unique password.
  3. Create a dedicated user for the Docker environment instead of using root.

Fortunately, the OOTB implementation of Ubuntu handles most of the mundane server administration details such as log file management, date/time syncing, etc.

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Home Server (Part 1 of ?)

The purpose of this series is to document what I have done for my home automation, and to also perhaps share some information I’ve learned in the process. This first post is an overview, and the subsequent posts will delve more into the details.

I recently have been working on setting up a home server in preparation for the new home. The goal of this server will be:

  • Central hub for the various home automation components.
  • Media server (music, movies, photos, etc.)
  • Backups repository.

I thought I would write a post on what I’m using to accomplish these functions, and what changes I’ve made on the journey.

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