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Electricity for 2016

January 19th, 2017

I come through with reduced energy, even though I pay more this year. This is because the costs per KWh went up.


The apartment was mostly heated and not once did I freeze that I can remember. But it would be nice if the 2014 Night values came back :-).


After 8 years presidency Obama becomes ex-president

January 19th, 2017

What did president Obama mean to me? He was the first black US president many said but he had a white mother so that makes him half-white. I realise he had no luck with the senate which was mostly republicans and there was a time when I thought that many decisions done by the senate were racist in contrast to president Obama's vision. One thing which he did not achieve was closing Guantanamo Bay (gitmo). I'm not sure if he tried hard enough on that, or if he was ignored by the military. I used to dream of US presidents a lot because of their exposure in the news. The last dream I had of Obama was during the Ukraine crisis so in 2015. President Obama closed the US Army Garrison in Schweinfurt, Germany where I live. There was 2 bases here and in hindsight it was a good thing that the military moved out. We are a strictly civilian town now. And the bases were reused to house refugees during and after the 2015 migrant crisis. When I told someone on a train in Canada who was US citizen that our bases were going to be closed, the response was "why are they doing that?!" that was in 2013. When I replied "Obama", he said "makes sense". I think I was taken out of context though, I have nothing against Obama at all. Compare him with all the previous presidents dating to Reagan, he was probably the best of them all. Now in terms of globalisation I feel that Obama was a little reserved, he tended to want to isolate the US. His successor is a real isolationist so Obama was hardly isolationist compared to what we think Trump is. I'm glad president Obama pardoned Manning. Too bad he didn't intervene earlier. But he is a president that tries to go by the rules as much as possible. In this case he could have bent the rules more, noone would have objected. All in all I think Barack Obama served the American population well, from an outsider's viewpoint. I will miss him.


Thank you President Obama! Chelsea will be released May 17th

January 18th, 2017

Chelsea Manning has all the reason to celebrate today because her days in prison are numbered. Before her sex change she was named Bradley. I have dug up this photo of her from an article from September 3rd, 2011.

If you don't know what Chelsey did it was like this. In the war in Iraq a family of children and women and a man were shot up by a helicopter gunship. It was gruesome to watch, and it was Chelsea that released the video to the public. Chelsea sat in prison for someone else (the pilot), is my take on it. Anyhow leaking such material from the military is not undangerous, as you can see Chelsea sat 6+ years in prison. She tried to commit suicide and did a hunger strike. All that will be past soon but the scars remain and will need healing.


Blog outtage

January 18th, 2017

This blog was down for 24 hours because of the power outtage in Amsterdam yesterday. Even though my VPS came back yesterday I forgot to check the PHP scripts and just noticed it was down. Sorry for the inconvenience. I have taken steps to make sure that php55_fpm gets started right after reboot. It was a badly named rc script.


Short Weekend

January 16th, 2017

A harddrive died at work and re-ordered my weekend in such a way that I did not sleep at my parents which I usually do. I had to get up at 5:35AM this morning to assist the remote hands to swap the failed drive. Ahhh. The life of a sysadmin, when shit breaks. And shit will break. It's just a matter of time.


After fixing NODATA of ENT names...DNSSEC breakage

January 10th, 2017

My DNS server delphinusdnsd is currently broken in NOERROR reply when dealing with ENT (empty non-terminal) names in DNSSEC. I'm working on the issue after having tested ENT additions, and hope to finish by the 28th of January. If not then the 1.1.0 release will have to be postponed. These ENT fixes as explained in RFC 8020 are an absolute must for a DNS server and I have to fix it.


Obama, why not pardon Chelsea Manning?

January 8th, 2017

Chelsea Manning is still imprisoned. Why doesn't President Obama pardon her? There is one week left to do that. Act now!


RFC 8020 violation of Delphinusdnsd

January 8th, 2017

When delphinusdnsd has a zone.tld domain name and that contains a _25._tcp.mail.zone.tld domain name then when someone looks up just _tcp.mail.zone.tld the daemon replies with an NXDOMAIN. This is wrong. It should reply with NODATA which is NOERROR with nothing in the data section. Needless to say I'm going to try to fix this before the 1.1.0 release.


BIND didn't reply with AD flag

January 5th, 2017

I made a configuration mistake in my BIND options. I had set dnssec-validation yes; but this was wrong, this is how it should look like:

# grep dnssec named.conf
        dnssec-enable yes;
        dnssec-validation auto;
Only with the auto set will the AD flag appear and validation is being done. Thanks google for helping me find the problem.


Goodbye Mac OS X port

January 3rd, 2017

I have decided to drop the Mac OS X port for delphinusdnsd. If anyone wants to pick this up all it really needs is a Makefile update. The reason I do this is because Mac OS X is a dying OS at my house. I only have 1 native Mac OS X computer left and I don't want to pollute it with Mac Ports. Also I'm against running delphinusdnsd on a computer that has an open microphone for Siri. Let the real operating systems survive.


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