3/19/2018

Mastering the Chinese Box

One of the things that discovered here in Peru, was the Chinese Box. Reading a bit about this beautiful artifact I found that it was created in Cuba in the 1850's and was distributed across many countries in the Caribbean at that time. You can find more information here.

For the holidays of the new year, my grandmother in law bought this box and asked me to take care of the new year's dinner. She knows how much I love to cooking so, I was ready for this new challenge.

THE FACTS

I never used one of this boxes in my life before, so I started to look on the internet (youtube, google, cooking blogs, etc), about techniques and recipes related to the Chinese Box.

THE INGREDIENTS

Searching on the internet, I found that one of the favorite types of meat used for this technique was pork, so I decided to follow that direction.



THE TECHNIQUE

First we need to prepare our meat, the type chosen was the belly (in Peru it's called Panceta). We start to make some cuts in the skin so we make a nice grid.



Second, we need to prepare the fire (this can be done before or after we prepare the meat). The type of charcoal used was the regular we find on the supermarket.


We need to make the charcoal to consume, so all the carbon monoxide is gone and we get a high temperature on the box.



We open the box and remove temporally the tray with the charcoal and we put the meet (then we retun the tray with the charcoal), first from the side of the skin, for 45 minutes. Then we repeat the process, but from the other side, for 45 minutes more.

After 1:30 - 1:45, we can get something like this



We can get a crispy pork, tenderly done with an excellent flavor !!!

FINAL THOUGHTS

- This cooking technique is amazing. Pretty simple and with excellent results.
- If you want to add some extra flavor you can marinate the meet. In my case, it was my first time using this box, so I decided to use just plain salt.
- There are different sizes, design, and budgets,  but the concept is the same for all the boxes.
- There's a box used in the US, that is almost the same and it´s called the Cajun Box, you can find more info here

Thanks for visiting !!

Best Regards

Rodolfo

12/31/2017

2017 last post of the year

This year has been an amazing year with a lot of challenges. I became father for first time and I also moved to live to another country.

I want to say thank you to all my readers from the US, Rusia, Peru, Spain, Ucrania, Mexico, Brazil, Chile, Israel and the world, that shared with me, all my thoughts and hobbies.

I wish you the best !!!

Best Regards

Rodolfo

11/25/2017

ITIL Foundation Mindmap

I have always been a visual person and that's why mindmaps and tools like flashcards have been my friends during all my student life (an endless life by the way).

I want to present you a mindmap with some content to prepare the ITIL Foundation exam, the main idea is that you could review the main concepts.

I will try to keep this mindmap updated with some goodies like ITIL software too (CMDB, Help Desk, etc).

This is a preliminary version, so any feedback, comments, will be great

https://atlas.mindmup.com/rmondion/itil_v2/index.html

Have fun !!

Rodolfo

11/04/2017

Euler OS - Huawei Enterprise Linux

I've seen during this years that Huawei has grown a lot in the DataCenter and the Cloud sector, promoving different types of technologies like OpenStack, Software Defined Networks (SDN) and the Internet of things (IoT).  From a previous post about cloud technologies, I was redirected to the Huawei Development Network.

I decided to create an account and take a look of the products and technologies offered, once I logged in I started to explorer and I found an interesting project, called Euler OS.

This is a fork of a Centos distribution, planned to be used as a Server OS, for the Huawei line of servers. More details about the OS, can be found here.

I didn't see so much info about this distro from Google, besides Huawei standard documentation, so I decided to write about it (installation, first impressions, etc).

1. DOWNLOADING ISO IMAGE

This part of the process was kind of funny because I tried to download the image several times, using different methods (web browsers like chrome, firefox, opera) and even using wget and failed in all of them. For some reason when I was trying to download the iso file, I was always getting stuck at 1.2 GB and then was receiving a network connection warning or download abort error.

The main issue is that I was able to download information from several sites, including other Linux ISOS, without any issue, so I assumed that something was going on from Huawei's side.
The download page can be found here.

After this event I decided to open a ticket (pretty straightforward and simple from Huawei Development Network page, nice job !), then it took like 4 business days when I received some feedback from support team, they asked me to test with another link, to try download the file.

The second link was the lucky one, so I was able to download the file (4.1 GB approx). I choose in my case the EulerOS-V2.0SP2-x86_64-dvd-RC1 ISO.


2. OS INSTALLATION

If you have installed Centos in the past, the experience should be the same, the same installer (Anaconda) and basically the same steps of a standard Centos 7.X installation. For testing purpose I will use my good old friend VirtualBox.

You can see here some screenshots, for the installation


The OS only has support for English and Chinese language.

From the security perspective, I can see that there're different options that can be chosen:


In my case, I choose the default profile and also the base installation, without the GUI option


I choose automated partitioning, the path of my virtual disk and I started the OS installation. I also defined the user and root account as usual.


The installation takes a couple of minutes and I can log in now, to my Euler box.

ssh rmondion@192.168.1.16
Warning: Permanently added '192.168.1.16' (ECDSA) to the list of known hosts.
rmondion@192.168.1.16's password:
Last login: Thu Nov  2 23:37:35 2017

Authorized users only. All activities may be monitored and reported.
[rmondion@eulerOS ~]$
[rmondion@eulerOS etc]$ more /etc/system-release
EulerOS release 2.0 (SP2)

3. OS REVIEW

We can see some things from this distro

[rmondion@eulerOS etc]$ uname -r
3.10.0-327.53.58.73.h2.x86_64

[rmondion@eulerOS etc]$ more /etc/euleros-latest 
eulerversion=EulerOS_2.2.RC3
compiletime=2017-06-27-22-06-13
kernelversion=3.10.0-327.53.58.73.h2

We can see an updated Kernel and also their package repositories

[rmondion@eulerOS etc]$ cd /etc/yum.repos.d/
[rmondion@eulerOS yum.repos.d]$ ls
EulerOS-base.repo
[rmondion@eulerOS yum.repos.d]$ more EulerOS-base.repo 
[EulerOS-base]
name=EulerOS-base
baseurl=http://developer.huawei.com/ict/site-euleros/euleros/repo/yum/2.2/os/x86
_64/
enabled=1
gpgcheck=1
gpgkey=http://developer.huawei.com/ict/site-euleros/euleros/repo/yum/2.2/os/RPM-
GPG-KEY-EulerOS

We can search for standard software from our  Euler repository

[rmondion@eulerOS ~]$ yum search wget
EulerOS-base                                             | 4.2 kB     00:01    
(1/3): EulerOS-base/group_gz                               |  15 kB   00:06    
(2/3): EulerOS-base/updateinfo                             |  56 kB   00:09    
(3/3): EulerOS-base/primary_db                             |  12 MB   01:59    
============================== N/S matched: wget ===============================
wget.i686 : A utility for retrieving files using the HTTP or FTP protocols
wget.x86_64 : A utility for retrieving files using the HTTP or FTP protocols

[rmondion@eulerOS ~]$ yum search docker
============================= N/S matched: docker ==============================
docker-compose.noarch : add compose tool
docker-engine.x86_64 : The open-source application container engine
docker-engine-selinux.noarch : SELinux Policies for the open-source application
                             : container engine

[rmondion@eulerOS ~]$ yum search lxc
=============================== N/S matched: lxc ===============================
libvirt-daemon-driver-lxc.x86_64 : LXC driver plugin for the libvirtd daemon

Basically, we can see the same type of usage, from a Centos/Red Hat distribution.

4. CONCLUSIONS

- I think Huawei is having a great relationship with the Opensource community, contributing in many projects, especially in areas like SDN, OpenStack and now server OS, like Euler.

- If you are having some issues downloading the ISO image, you can follow the link mentioned before or try with the Huawei Chinese site.

- It's good to know that Centos is supported in the Huawei line of servers, sharing some space with the well known players (Red Hat, Suse Enterprise and Windows Server ).

5. ADDITIONAL LINKS

Huawei Server OS Installation Guides

Thanks for visiting !!

Cheers

Rodolfo