Not Really a Blog


Hi, I’m Jesús (common name in Spain and South America, so no biggie here) and I usually live in London, although I’m originally from Spain. I say usually because now I’m taking a gap year to go travelling around the world.

If you have a look at my blog you’ll see that I’m writing about my travels, with photos I have on my flickr account: So feel free to wander around.

When not travelling, I write occasionally on this blog, about computers, life, stuff, anyway. Feel free to come by, leave a message, etc. I have another blog in Spanish, at



  1. Nice Info 4 Tux Admins!!!

    Keep more coming :D

    Comment by koolhead17 — January 7, 2010 @ 17:14

  2. Hello Jesus Roncero, I have been reading your blogs for sometime now. I am a fan of your writing. You know the way to explain complicated things in easy manner. I have been struggling with a situation for some time now. Please see if you can help or suggest anything.

    I have VM running on OpenSUSE 11.4, Apache 2.2.17 and PHP 5.3.5. I am hosting moodle on it. Moodledata which is quite big directory almost 50GiB is on a NFS Server and Moodle Files is also on the same NFS Server. they are mounted on the VM and apache is installed on the VM which is serving these. Moodle also requires a DB which is MySQL running on different physical box.

    After the deployment i am seeing some weird issue. CPU hiccups. Any CPU extensive work on the server bumps up the CPU like anything. This VM has 2 vCPUs. Still the issue is same. Even one log-rotation ran 5:00 PM EST and Load avg went to 200% usages. Apache was not able to serve the requests. then log-rotation reloaded apache still the website didn’t came up. Then the only option left was reboot the VM. Once we did that it all came to normal. In error_log i found warning saying child process did not exits, sending SIGNTERM. by default the Kernel was desktop type with OpenSUSE i updated it to default type. but still no improvement.

    Can you think of something which can be causing this issue. few details:

    NFS is running on clustered windows server.
    monster#uname -a
    Linux lms1056 #1 SMP 2011-04-25 21:48:33 +0200 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux

    VM has 10GiB RAM and 2 vCPUs

    Comment by Satyajit — July 27, 2011 @ 17:33

    • Are there any issues between the VM and the NFS server, network-wise? perhaps it can’t read from it and then everything blocks trying to read from it???

      Comment by jesus — August 2, 2011 @ 11:09

      • Our Architech did check the NFS server but no luck. But i have seen error like “lockd: server nfslms not responding, still trying” when the CPU is high. when i try nfsstat command it shows normal. if top also show that the MySQL server and nfs server are one where most of traffic moving aournd. problem is any CPU extensive work bumps up the load.simple logrotation ran on peak ours and bzip2 ran to zip the file for maximun 2 mins and CPU went of to AVg Load went 200, 175, 170. I have seen this much AVg Load first time in my life.

        I am using
        apache 2.2.17
        PHP 5.3.5

        Comment by Satyajit — August 3, 2011 @ 04:48

  3. Hi, nice to meet you. I can see that we have something in common: our last destinations were in asia. Keep up the good work!

    Comment by t.on.air — February 22, 2012 @ 10:14

  4. Hola Jesús,
    Vivo en Gibraltar/Spain y encantada de conocerte y tu blog.

    It’s wonderful for you take a sabbatical to explore the world. Since I’ve done a fair share of travelling while I was at uni, I don’t complain but the photos you’ve taken are breathtaking.

    I don’t know whch part of Spain you come from but Spain is a vast country to travel around, isn’t it? Usually I stay down in Andalucia and I would like to go to Galicia.

    Hasta pronto.

    Comment by puret0ne — February 22, 2012 @ 12:08

    • I’m from Seville but live in London! ;-). So yeah, Spain has a lot to offer, but you know, the world… :-)

      Un saludo!

      Comment by jesus — February 22, 2012 @ 16:40

  5. How’d you plan where you decided to go? I might be taking a gap year too to travel around Spain and Italy. What do you think? Any recommendations?

    Comment by ninjajoy — March 4, 2012 @ 09:51

    • Well, I wanted to go to South East Asia, so I just grabbed a map and traced a route. Then, using the Lonely Planet guides and the internet to see what’s worth it. That simple.
      Spain and Italy are big, so if you have a year to explore, you might want to take it at a slower pace? Or include other countries. If you have a year, well, surely you can see everything :-)

      Comment by jesus — March 9, 2012 @ 13:30

  6. Passing on the Kreative Blogger Award to you…

    Comment by Joanne — March 18, 2012 @ 18:15

  7. An interesting blog, Jesus. Hope our travelling paths will cross sometime in the future.

    Comment by Peggy — July 8, 2012 @ 08:25

  8. What made you decide to take a gap year? And how did you afford taking a year off? I’m so intrigued by the idea of it!!

    Comment by emilyskeels7 — November 20, 2012 @ 13:18

    • Hi,
      I had been working for 5 years in the same company in London and I needed a break. I met other people who did something similar and read blogs of people that did the same. And the thing is that it scared the shit out of me, so I took it like a challenge and an opportunity to discover parts of the world where I had never been, so I decided to do it. It took me a while to make the decision though :)
      As per how I afforded, well, I quit my job and I had some savings. I though that a living of working only is not so good and that you have to use your better days to do the things you want to do, before the shit start hitting the fan, so, why not? :-)

      It then became, as I was going on this trip, less of a challenge and more of an endurance test, seeing how long I could go. At times it got pretty tiring, but overall was a superb experience. Travelling alone is sometimes hard (and tiring) but it puts you out of your confort zone, which is good.

      So, yeah, I really recommend it if you can.

      Comment by jesus — November 24, 2012 @ 10:48

  9. You’ve seen more of Vietnam than myself (a Vietnamese). I am sorry you didnt have so good an experience there (being cheated and all). If it makes you feel any better, I pretty much experience the same stuff being a local. Will keep checking updates on your awesome gap year. Have a blast!

    Comment by RoadTripWorms — December 15, 2012 @ 07:52

    • Ah, don’t worry. You pretty much get that everywhere, so I took it as part of the adventure. It’s just that you have to get used to it and up your ‘negotiating’ skills ;-)

      Comment by jesus — December 27, 2012 @ 16:09

  10. I’m having a gap year too, waiting to fulfill my plan of living abroad, but that didn’t work, i’m still home looking for something else, your blog is great, que suerte :)

    Comment by — March 31, 2013 @ 16:25

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