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Delphinusdnsd now answers to version queries

September 5th, 2015

On my test server it replies for version queries now:

alpha$ dig @io.solarscale.de version.bind ch txt +short
alpha$ dig @io.solarscale.de version.bind ch txt +short +tcp
I did this partially because I needed something easy to do. Where I left off in June/early July was boring and complex work. I am trying to get back into the swing of things now. There is lots to do still before the 1.0.0 release. If I don't make it by November 15th, it will be postponed until the new year in 2016 most likely.


The last homely house on Earth

September 5th, 2015

Or... next stop, the Moon. This photo is my favourite photo of 2015.

I prefer it cold in photos as you could probably tell if you saw my self portraits on this website. No, I'm not in this photo.


Changed DNS setup

August 31st, 2015

I have partitioned my zones between four nameservers (two sets). swshell.de is a testdomain and is served by io.solarscale.de and americas.centroid.eu. I will test dnssec on these eventually. The rest of my domains are served by omega.virgostar.net and supercluster.virgostar.net. This is a thinning out and I hope I don't experience a double failure on either set but then nothing would work anyhow anymore.


Cancelling io.solarscale.de, eventually

August 29th, 2015

io.solarscale.de wasn't meant to be around forever. I've had it a number of years now at hetzner online. So hetzner came out with a new line of VPS's. A certain config of it I don't like at all, so when I tried getting a new VPS with them I got stuck with that, I cancelled it right away. No way! So I'm in the process of migrating everything to omega.virgostar.net and supercluster.virgostar.net (the former for mail, the latter for web). I just set up the IPSEC tunnel between those two hosts, it's looking promising.


Resisting Refugees is Shameful

August 27th, 2015

If you are against the refugee situation in Germany and greater Europe look into your heart. There is people fleeing a civil war and poverty, disease and of course violence of the highest degree. I'm for taking in refugees and I support it with money as well (200 euros went to the Red Cross this year for support of refugees). I don't believe anti-refugee violence should be tolerated here. And I just can't believe that there is people so ignorant of the refugees who are in dire need of help. They say haters are gonna hate, but it's a shame that haters become physical threats. Shame on those hateful people who stand in refugees way. That's all I wanted to say.


Omega: a new VPS

August 26th, 2015

I got a new VPS based in Frankfurt, Germany. It's called omega.virgostar.net. I'm going to be using this one for a testbed with DNSSEC. With that I'm going to have to split my domains a little bit. io.solarscale.de and supercluster.virgostar.net will become a pair for serving my current domains. Then I'm going to take my test domain (swshell.de) and transfer it to a new pair consisting of omega.virgostar.net and americas.centroid.eu. In this constellation I'm going to test DNSSEC, until either the test is done or americas.centroid.eu expires. I'm not going to renew it, meaning in may 2016 I'll have three VPS again instead of four. This is positive as four VPS's is starting to become a bit much to manage.


Ordered two books from Amazon

August 25th, 2015

I have ordered:

  • The definitive guide to HTML5 Websocket - Vanessa Wang
  • HTML5 und CSS3: Das umfassende Handbuch - Jürgen Wolf
I plan on using these books to make a remote serial console for a bhyve guest. Dunno if it'll work or not.


Bought a Reggae Album

August 24th, 2015

This time it's Konshens - Mental Maintenance. The first few songs sounded great!


Changes at work

August 22nd, 2015

The company I work for has been sold. Or better yet it has been aquired by another company. I worked there for 6 hours a day since 2012 and in total 5 years. Finally I told on my resume where I work. We were a very small company so I always felt it was better to keep secret where I work. Now it's in the open.

The company that aquired us want to retain everyone on staff. I've been offered an "after hours support" position at the NOC at that company. They promise more money, which is nice but I'm gonna have to work extra hard to establish a trusting relationship. It scares me somewhat because trust establishment is not like respect. Respect you can earn, but trust is a two way street, and it's subtle.

Since I am a remote worker everything hits me especially hard, since I'm not in the office. It's a stressful time for me and I hope I'll be able to get over it soon. Right now at work we're in a transition, from our system to the other system. The company that aquired my work sits in the USA, this is almost a repeat of what I saw in 1999 when another US company took over the Canadian ISP I worked for. Americans have a liking on buying Canadian companies. :-)

Back in 1999 I quit the company, but I watched the other people who didn't and they had a fairly solid job for a few years at least. Instead of panic'ing I'm gonna take it in stride this time, perhaps something positive will evolve out of this. Whether it's gonna work is written in the star perhaps. But I'm gonna have to say goodbye to the canadian systems we've built and nurtured. I won't be that "canadian ghost" that works in the real early hours of the morning. Now I'm in new territory, it's a little scary, as it's unfamiliar to me.

I'm always glad I have a blog to get things off my chest. To whomever reads this.


Maxed my Soekris 6501

August 21st, 2015

I have maxed the soekris net 6501 I have with 12 interfaces. 5 are used and 5 are possibly going to be used in the near future.

It took 3 years or so to assemble all this, finally it's completed. The latch to make sure the cards don't move did not fit in and I couldn't screw it on, too bad.. a slight misdesign by soekris. One just has to be careful with this one when transporting it.


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