Sat 17 December 2005

Filed under Misc

Tags Geek

Ha! Linked from Fark This is priceless. For me, it is equally cool and retarded. That makes it 'Geek'.


Elvish Howto

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Fri 16 December 2005

Filed under Sec.

Tags Cool IPsec

Shorewall firewall is the nicest/most complete firewall I have used. Back in the day I rolled my own. However, as ipfwadm became ipchains and that too passed into iptables I became aware of a basic fact: Firewalling's needs and habits change too fast for my brain to handle ...

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Thu 15 December 2005

Filed under Sec.

Tags IPsec Lamer Moments

TCPMSS - AKA Maximum Segment Size - an extremely important TCP value in it's own right. It determines how large the data block in any tcp packet is. When your dealing with IPsec VPNs, this value, and not as much the MTU decides your success or failure.

When dealing with Encrypted ...

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Thu 15 December 2005

Filed under OS

Tags Lamer Moments

It all starts with an innocent user.... "Hey, I can't see the Internet". "Oh, wow, I can't see email." "Oh, actually I can't work on files." (I can't help but notice the progression here: Oh, the Internet is down, I guess I'll send some email ...

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Thu 15 December 2005

Filed under OS

Tags Cool

I have been dealing with the oppression of the IPsec and tunneling. Multiple vendors, hardware and software, etc, etc,e tc. Fun! All software - especially VPN software - sucks. All of it. =) Typo, Ruby, Rails, Python.


In the meanwhile, this site claims to have a good suggesting for calculating bw/ip ...

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Thu 15 December 2005

Filed under OS

Tags Cool

A client is having serious issues with one of thier Cisco router. I am installing a machine right now to take the Cisco out of the loop and see if it is in fact, the problem.

So i'm setting up Monowall and Gentoo.

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Thu 15 December 2005

Filed under Blogs

Tags Cool Lamer Moments

I am still suffering from exciting problems with Typo.


  • Timezone: Add the TZ var to the lighty config.

    "bin-environment" => (
               "RAILS_ENV" => "production" ,
               "TZ"        => "America/Los_Angeles"
     )
    

    We will see if that works.

  • libgcc_s.so.1 - This is still plaguing me. Less so now, but it's kinda of mystifying. I am trying ...

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Thu 15 December 2005

Filed under OS

Tags Cool PostgreSQL

Command Prompt supplies the best replication available for PostgreSQL. They support it on RedHat and SuSE at the very least. So far, they have been willing to support Gentoo also. That is pretty hot.

I am working on getting it deployed. Along the way I'm producing some solid administration ...

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Thu 15 December 2005

Filed under OS

Tags Lamer Moments

I have been monkeying with RoR and I have been getting this error every so often:

libgcc_s.so.1 must be installed for pthread_cancel to work

I haven't done much investigation, but I suspect it's because I built ruby with threads support. I recompiled and am waiting to ...

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Wed 14 December 2005

Filed under Howto

Tags Lamer Moments

Gnome started dying on startup - with no errors - after something changed on my laptop recently. I do change a lot of stuff, and it was pretty weird. Finally I loaded just X:

export display=:0
X&
xterm&

Nice, simple, etc. then I ran gnome-session in my xterm to test, and ...

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Wed 14 December 2005

Filed under Howto

Tags Lamer Moments PostgreSQL

In MySQL you can use 'show databases' along with many other convenient 'show' commands. PostgreSQL is a different beast entirely. using real databases can be challenging if you grew up on MySQL.


Connect to the database with psql:


psql -U postgres template1
opsdb ~ # psql -U postgres template1
Welcome to psql ...

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Wed 14 December 2005

Filed under Blogs

I got a quick moment to poke around with themes. I found the Typo Themes Contest. Sponsored no less by Robby Russel and Planet Argon.

I grabbed a couple themes, and that is pretty hot.

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Wed 14 December 2005

Filed under Blogs

Tags Cool

I am pretty frustrated with all manners of blogging software. So now I am trying Typo. I just want a quick place to dump anything and everything.

It was super easy to setup pound for proxy, move apache to localhost:80, and create a lighty instance that ran as my ...

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