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.
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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 ...Read More
One problem that I have frequently is remembering how to list NFS exports on a remote server. It's really simple:
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 ...
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 ...Read More
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 ...Read More
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 ...Read More
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 ...Read More
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 ...Read More
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.Read More
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:
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 ...Read More
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.Read More
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 ...Read More
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 ...Read More
Wed 17 May 2006
Filed under Howto
Mac OS X is cool, no doubt. But recently I had some mount problems.Read More
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 ...Read More
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 ...Read More
Fri 17 March 2006
Filed under Blogs
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 ...Read More
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 ...Read More
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 ...
Wed 01 February 2006
Filed under Howto
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 ...
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 ...Read More
Fri 30 December 2005
Filed under Sec.
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 ...Read More
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.Read More
Security, or the process of attempting to protect computers is an imprecise science at best. How do you secure SSH?
- Strength: Difficult to break
- Weakness: Carrying Keys Around
- Strength: Less passwords
- Strength: Can be used instead of passwords for many services.
- Weakness: You can catch auth-sessions, then ...
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 ...Read More
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 ...Read More