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Power outtage this morning

July 4th, 2015

We had a power outtage this morning and a transformer exploded causing a 40 minute outtage to many parts of Schweinfurt. All my computers have reset but thankfully none were damaged. I had one router with a 4000 hour uptime or so, it has now reset. So I'm not gonna learn from this because I already made plans to buy a bunch of UPS's in late August. It'll be three in total one for my setup in my living room, one for the hallway and one for my home office. Hoping the electricity grid will hold until then.


I have donated 20 euros to the Greece bailout fund

July 3rd, 2015

There is a fundraiser going on to bail out Greece. I first read about this here. So I have added 20 euros to this fund. If everyone in the EU donates 20 euros then we'd have bailed them out over 5 times the amount. Or if every family of five spends 20 euros we'll have hit the mark. Good luck Greece!


AKW Grafenrheinfeld has shut down over night

June 28th, 2015

According to this article at telepolis the nuclear power plant at Grafenrheinfeld which is about 8 km's from here has shut down, forever, last night. I'm very happy about this. Here is a picture of this plant:

The linked article tells that there is 8 nuclear powerplants left in Germany. I hope they shut soon as well.


Status update on Delphinusdnsd and DNSSEC

June 28th, 2015

Well a lot was done but a lot of work remains.

  • NSEC and NSEC3 need to be added to NOERROR and NXDOMAIN replies
  • SOA replies need NSEC* I think.
  • PTR replies and CNAME still need RRSIG addons
  • Any replies and AXFR still need to be including the new RR's
  • The ruby conversion tool needs to be finished, right now I'm converting BIND style zones by hand
And then I need to go through the checklists and debug. I think I'll do that in October when I perhaps will get another holiday for a week (to make up for my cancelled vacation). I figure there is about 2-3 more weeks of work left to do (at about 1-2 hours a day).


RFC 4034 compliant AFAIK

June 25th, 2015

I have added NSEC, and DS RR's to delphinusdnsd in the last 24 hours. I believe with a bit of converting effort a signed DNSSEC zone being served would be possible. But I don't want to stop there yet. I still want to do NSEC3 and NSEC3PARAM (RFC 5155). And a frontend to a zonesigning tool written in Ruby will be on the menu too, not sure when I have time for that though. You can check out the CVS repo at emea.centroid.eu if this interests you at all.


Donated 50 euros to OpenBSD

June 25th, 2015

I just wrote a 50 euro donation to Theo de Raadt. I'll be bringing the transfer to the bank tomorrow.


Vacation cut short

June 24th, 2015

Unfortunate events at work have cut my vacation short. I'm back working. What does this mean for delphinusdnsd? I don't know I can't finish it on my vacation now. I'll see if I can get some time off in september or so.


Art display of my parents creations

June 23rd, 2015

My mother and my dad are showing off their work, at the Kunsthalle Schweinfurt starting on the 26th of June until the 12th of July. My mom is a potter and my dad is a photographer, both their work will be on display.

If you're around the Schweinfurt area and appreciate good art, perhaps this will interest you. This may be my parents last display together, so this is a unique view of their display suitably called "signatures of time - double play". I'll likely visit this art exhibit on friday when I'm in the area of the art gallery. I won't be at the opening unfortunately.


Delphinusdns Project sponsors Luke Antins

June 22nd, 2015

I have sponsored Luke Antins to add on some resource records on his Ruby dns-zone gem. I'll need this gem to do a conversion tool between BIND and DelphinusDNS zonefiles, and especially do background conversion between signed zones. Luke accepted to the work and it's expected to be done by the time I get around to starting the ruby conversion tool, some time next week. Luke has a website at float64.uk. I'm absolutely thrilled about this and I'm so glad that we're able to do this on an open source basis.


Donated 150 euros to the Red Cross

June 22nd, 2015

The city that I live in (Schweinfurt) is getting a refugee centre which is in a part of the old Ledward Baracks, where the US Army used to be in. They are opening the centre in July I believe. It serves as a 1st contact site for refugees who are expected to stay in the city for up to 3 months. The Red Cross is overlooking clothing the refugees who aren't expected to have much clothing with them, so I have donated 150 euros and my family added 50 euros more making a total of 200 euros donation. The website of the local red cross is here. BTW yes this is the same Red Cross that I worked for a year as told on my resume.


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