Tue 28 November 2006

Filed under Politics

Tags Lamer Moments

I've had a lamer moment. To all the people who noticed, I am deeply sorry that I nuked your comments =(. It was after a spammer got crazy with the feedback. I promise to never do it again.

Sincerely,

Joshua Schmidlkofer

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Tue 28 November 2006

Filed under Howto

Tags Cool PostgreSQL Python Security

I hate Apache. I really do. I refuse to vindicate that hatred. There are great aspects about it, but the things I want to do are hampered by things like the sewer-refuse-styled configuration syntax.

I like Nginx. It is fast, simple, and is amazing. It does proxy, reverse proxy, rewrite ...

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Tue 21 November 2006

Filed under Howto

Tags Cool Security

One problem that I have frequently is remembering how to list NFS exports on a remote server. It's really simple:

`showmount`_

osXlt:~ joshua$ showmount -a gambit
All mount points on gambit:
osXlt:~ joshua$ showmount -a forge
All mount points on forge:
*:/data
*,bubbles.mynetwork.com:/data
*,bubbles.mynetwork ...

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Tue 14 November 2006

Filed under Politics

Tags Lamer Moments

I have been working on an article, which was accidentally published for about 8 hours, which is a bitter recount of my views on OpenLDAP.

IMNHSO OpenLDAP has been a tool fraught with complexity, needless overhead, and inhuman design problems. Replication is terrible to setup. The whole SSL thing is ...

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Tue 14 November 2006

Filed under Email

Tags Lamer Moments Retarded Security

Task: Upgrade Symantec Antivirus for Microsoft Exchange.
Diffculty: Symantec Continues to Suck.

Despite a clear desire to escape from these things it can be difficult. Todays installment brought a new error: "Please Insert Disk 1". Despite all my best attempts, I could not divine what disk '1' was/is.

After ...

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Mon 18 September 2006

Filed under Howto

Tags Geek

Cliff Wells is up to Good Stuff (tm). There is now the Code Mongers wiki to help translate it into other languages.

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Wed 06 September 2006

Filed under Email

Tags Cool Python

My lovely wife has been using Evolution for some time now. We use Gmail lots anymore, but she still has lists and other traffic bound for Evolution on our Cyrus IMAP server. One continuous problem is the crappy filter problems with Evolution.

Cyrus provides a usable solution for this, Sieve ...

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Fri 01 September 2006

Filed under Email

Tags Cool Security

This is a simple, but cool, recipe for querying Exchange from Postfix. This is used with a Windows 2003 Small Business Server, running (s)Exchange 2003.

We don't often use this, because of the obvious problem of being unable to receive mail when Exchange crashes or must be rebooted ...

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Wed 30 August 2006

Filed under Howto

Tags Lamer Moments

My good buddy Cliff has been solving various problems with WebServices. We have been working for the last few years on sorting out Apache, Cherokee and Lighttpd. Cliffs vicious tongue has recently been laid to the trunk of Lighttpd. At the recommendation of the venerable Bob Ippolito, we are leaving ...

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Sun 27 August 2006

Filed under Blogs

Hey, I have a new theme. Did you notice? Well it may be temporary, as I am having some problems w/ the old one.

Typo kinda sucks, I wish there was an AWESOME python blog. When there is - I am out of here.

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Wed 23 August 2006

Filed under Email

Tags Geek Security

Everyone wants to know what to do with Postfix. I have tried to find a way to publish something. Everyone who does seems to always be out of date.

Not so for this guy or that guy.

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Wed 26 July 2006

Filed under Sec.

Tags Lamer Moments Security

My own private war is with my habits. So often when testing web services, I will setup a name in /etc/hosts allowing a quick and dirty approach to debugging, test, or whatever.

I use kerberos and this is a problem, considering that I added this:

198.145.247.218 ...

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Tue 25 July 2006

Filed under Email

Tags Cool Security

A growing number of small businesses are using Blackberry handhelds. Microsofts services haven't taken off as strong, but in a year or two I suspect Microsofts products will be kings of the market.

For now, we have a wide range of Blackberry services. Most of my clients use the ...

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Mon 17 July 2006

Filed under Email

Tags Lamer Moments Python Retarded

Microsoft Exchange, the pithy "message server of the masses". Running atop the 'venerable' Windows 2003 Small Business Server. It calmly neglects everything except it's beloved Outlook. Which in turn neglects everything except it's cancerous host: Windows.

Microsoft Assist (paid) phone support, separated by distance, culture, and of course ...

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Mon 17 July 2006

Filed under Email

Tags Cool Lamer Moments

Gmail is cool and everything. GmailFS is one example of the coolness of Google, and Gmail. Google tends to publish AJAX Api's for everything, making things extensible, even if XML Situps suck.

However, a new sucky thing (for me) has developed. I did not realize that the Google Spam ...

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Thu 22 June 2006

Filed under Sec.

Tags IPsec Security

Cisco VPN concentrators are a regular occurrence in the field. They can be the bane of your life. However, there is one simple change to enable these to consistently work with multiple policy routed subnets.

In your /etc/ipsec.conf use set the policy level to 'unique' instead of 'require ...

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Tue 23 May 2006

Filed under OS

Tags Cool Lamer Moments

Linux is pretty awesome, but sometimes manufacturers and hardware can be a pill. On such instance are LSI Logic MegaRAID controllers. From Dell PERC to HP NetRAID to off the shelf stuff, these can be the bane of your existance.

Today I have the mispleasure of dealing with one that ...

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Wed 17 May 2006

Filed under Howto

Mac OS X is cool, no doubt. But recently I had some mount problems.

http://www.redhat.com/archives/fedora-list/2005-December/msg03968.html

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Thu 13 April 2006

Filed under Email

We use CRM114, SpamAssassin and Postfix for most of our antispam solutions. We have somehow avoided using LDAP up to this point. Postfix 2.2 seems to have made a lot of relavent changesd regarding LDAP support, and now things are working smoothly and more clearly than ever.


Some don ...

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Tue 28 March 2006

Filed under Email

Tags Cool Security

My esteemed colleague Pacopablo has created a Howto on using Postfix with SMTPAUTH. Now, he can relay via his ISP, bypassing certain mail server restrictions due to having a dynamic IP address.

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Tue 21 March 2006

Filed under Howto

Tags Cool Geek

I never ran the preleases, but I was hot to trot as soon as Gnome 2.14 was released. I was like a kid in a candy store. I have never run forward with such reckless abandon, but if FC5 can do it, Gentoo can do it. Seeing cool articles ...

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Tue 21 March 2006

Filed under Howto

Tags Cool

I may not be much of a shell scripter, or a programmer. However, I wrote a utility that saved me more than 30 minutes of time tonight. The Bastard does mass unmasking and keywords overrides for portage packages. Who needs this? People who wish to run Gnome 2.14 before ...

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Fri 17 March 2006

Filed under Blogs

My Typo is aging a bit, and I have some strange problems. I have seen all my problems as closed tickets in the Typo Trac site. Everytime I try to update though, I get horrible rake errors, etc.


My good friend Nihilist gave me a hot tip that r761 was ...

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Wed 15 March 2006

Filed under Howto

Tags Cool Security

My old laptop is broken. It took many abuses. The flickering backlight on the screen. The little black plastic chunks that fell out now and again. The way the harddrive wouldn't stay powered on the battery. *sigh* Those really were the good old days. The 'good old days' ended ...

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Fri 17 February 2006

Filed under Howto

Tags Cool

I have had the lovely experience of running Starcraft on Linux and having it work VERY WELL! I've wished for years that Starcraft was stable on Wine. Sometime in the last 4 years, it became stable and totally usable.

I thought I would try again since Wine is now ...

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Tue 14 February 2006

Filed under OS

Tags Lamer Moments Python

I have used Python to do many things. However, I was debugging some code for a friend and we had the strangest side effect. We were using PyCURL to read a file from a webserver, and save it to disk as part of a wxPython app that he is writing ...

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Tue 14 February 2006

Filed under Howto

Tags Cool Python

One of my conspirators, Senior Pacopablo, left a quick guide for me demonstrating the ease of monkeying with Trac environments {en masse}. It's dead useful for situations in which you are making a standard change across a bunch of Trac sites.

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Thu 02 February 2006

Filed under Sec.

Tags Cool Security

Shorewall is a firewall administration package for Linux. I use it heavily. It isn't the easiest, nor does it have a GUI front end. However, it is fairly easy to setup complex firewalling with not a lot of work. It is also easy to setup for simple configurations.


  • One-interface ...
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Wed 01 February 2006

Filed under OS

Tags Cool

Like some other Gentoo users, I noticed the new baselayout, and groaned as I merged yet another series of small changes. However, this time I read the Gentoo Weekly Newsletter. Here are the bullet-list highlights that I dug.

  • Network backgrounding support from wpa_supplicant, ifplugd and netplug with service dependency restart ...

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Wed 01 February 2006

Filed under Howto

As if the Gentoo Page wasn't enough, I made a little wiki as I went through the process of updating my Gentoo Box to use SELinux. Maybe it will be a series, I guess that depends on the amount of drama that this causes.

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Wed 01 February 2006

Filed under OS

Tags Cool

SELinux. - cool security framework for Linux. *blarg* I am trying to make a useful blog post.


  • SELinux is killer.

  • It's only part of the puzzle of security.

  • GRSec is another part.

  • GRSec incoporates PaX which is a great technology for preventing undesirable execution, buffer overflows, etc.

  • SELinux patches broke ...

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Fri 13 January 2006

Filed under Sec.

I have been trying to find a coordinated way to deal with lots of bad traffic, across multiple hosts, and at length across multiple sites. There are so many ssh sweepers out there, so many mail-spam bots, etc. We have an evolving method of dealing with Spammers, but even that ...

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Thu 12 January 2006

Filed under Blogs

Tags Cool Geek

TurboGears(TG) is a love it or hate it web

framework. People who are merely lukewarm and in serious denial. IAMAGP

[I am not a good programmer]. In fact, some people would say that I am a system

administrator. Whatever that means, it doesn't frighten me. Turbostan is new ...

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Fri 30 December 2005

Filed under Sec.

I wrote a little howto for the guys at work on setting up Kerberos. Anyone interested can see what I did here

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Fri 23 December 2005

Filed under Sec.

Tags IPsec Lamer Moments

I think that IPsec tunnels are cool. COOL. Managing them SUCKS. I have been through the ringer this week. Three Ciscos, one Linux box, four Watchguards, two Netopias, a dash of Netgear switches, a 3com switch, several T-1s and two ISP. If you can say that ten times real fast ...

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Thu 22 December 2005

Filed under Politics

Tags Lamer Moments Retarded

The Ruby on Rails community seems like street preachers these days.

Talk to real-world programmers who run businesses and you are likely to come across strong sentiments about 'over-engineering'. These feeling will run deep and often are driven by a personal whimsy. It does not reduce their validity, it merely ...

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Thu 22 December 2005

Filed under Misc

Jive Software, makers of the best Jabber server, have renamed the project to 'Wildfire Server'. Check it out it's hot. I will be posting an install guide.

It sucks, because it's written in Java, but you cannot win them all.

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Sat 17 December 2005

Filed under Sec.

Tags Retarded

Security, or the process of attempting to protect computers is an imprecise science at best. How do you secure SSH?

  • Keybased Authentication

    • Strength: Difficult to break
    • Weakness: Carrying Keys Around
  • Kerberos

    • Strength: Less passwords
    • Strength: Can be used instead of passwords for many services.
    • Weakness: You can catch auth-sessions, then ...
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Sat 17 December 2005

Filed under Blogs

Tags Cool

I am not convinced in the value of Rails. That really does color all of the feelings I have about Rails. This blog meets my two inflexible criteria:

  • Not written in PHP
  • Back-end in PostgreSQL

I upgraded to Rail 1.0 today, it was very simple. Actually, I just unmasked ...

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Sat 17 December 2005

Filed under Misc

Tags Cool

I may have a solution now. I finally began large-scale grepping. Somehow I was missing this in the main log. Pound is betrying me. So, to start with, I did something silly. This _must_ be related to using a chroot() environ for pound. I went to the chroot dir, and ...

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