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Is it more than Space Junk?

January 24th, 2015

I read somewhere that companies want to put their own satellites into space to connect the remaining 40% of Internet-illiterates. Google, SpaceX and Virgin Galactic I think. They dream of satellite formations that envelope the world and are able to give Internet in far remote corners where laying fibreoptic cabling is too expensive. I personally would tell these companies to "stand back" and hold that thought. If everyone does their own "Iridium constellation" then we'll have a major problem with space junk. What we need is 1 platform for everyone to keep it sane. So I hope these companies will "network" in the form of humans talking together and planning together instead of competeing and making a mess of the space that surrounds us.

I would bet that if we put reflectors or laser optic communication devices on the moon that people would control and talk to from earth that the problem would solve itself. The moon is seen by pretty everybody on earth but not always. So you can set up a communications link to give people a "downtime" to think, dream, plan and improve their methods of communicating with the moon and each other. In my view this is much more reliable and constructive than leaving space junk in orbit around earth. I've noticed that I think different when I'm online. I compulse more, I don't use my imagination as great as I do when I've spent time away from the net. Some examples are a long train journey (clickety clackety) or even being in the closed ward of a psychiatric institution.

In the end perhaps I wanted to put a thought out there when I had moon.virgostar.net on a Hong Kong VPS. In my view it's all about the moon, not earth orbit.


This is how fair the world is

January 19th, 2015

1% > %99. After the collapse of nations which is looming I predict people will want to do something different, if we still have a chance.


Purchased some Reggae

January 15th, 2015

In order to chill out and have something new to listen to I purchased some Reggae. The lucky artist I picked this time is Khago - The Real One (album). These 10 songs join my collection of reggae now.


And our rights diminish...

January 13th, 2015

I'm unsure whether it should be "thanks charlie" or "merci charlie". As there is now tougher laws, tougher controls and tougher everything-that-takes-my-freedoms. Even in England they are considering outlawing strong crypto. I guess we may as well start paying a tax to organized crime immediately since they can just read through the crypto that's weakened. Good thought! How free and creative!


I am not your subordinate

January 11th, 2015

The longer I observe the International news in regards to views from other countries with their relationship to Germany, I just want to make it clear. I'm not your subordinate. Other countries waged war versus Germany 70 years ago and we lost. However we're not born to be subordinates generations after the war, so treat us as sovereigns. If you do not you lose a friend. And friends is what everyone needs in these times. I sense that it makes Russians furious that Germans are able to share their opinions on the world wide web or even the Internet. I sense that Americans feel they have to protect a secret when it comes to exchanging valid information. I'm not your little friend and I'm not your big enemy. I am sovereign and seek freedom with something else. I'm annoyed that Mr. Gorbatchov is blaming Germany for the problems his country has with Ukraine. But my stance is, let the Ukrainians decide their own fate. All the power-struggles of Russia are immature and pertrude insecurity world wide. Get real!


Ordered 3 books

January 9th, 2015

I have ordered a book titled "The Art of Memory Forensics: Detecting Malware and Threats in Windows, Linux, and Mac Memory". This is something that interests me and that I'm a total newbie in. With this purchase was a recommendation to buy 3 books so I got the Red Team Field Manual along with Practical Reverse Engineering. I wonder if it was a good decision. Since my budget for this year is only 6-8 books I'm only going to count this as 2 books instead of 3.


My 150 Euro Calculator

January 5th, 2015

You know I own a Raspberry Pi. Well in December of 2014 I bought an Adafruit TFT with touchscreen (only with a pen) that is 2.7". Here is the costs involved:

Raspberry Pi - 70 euros with SD card and Powersupply.
Adafruit TFT display and Case - 50 euros.
Shipping and Customs from NYC, USA - ~30 euros.
I installed xdm and modified it to run calculator (xcalc) over the entire screen. It has a screensaver too. This is what it looks like:

I put an OpenBSD sticker on it but only to cover the holes for the buttons which I need to buy the buttons for but not likely since customs costs so much. This rpi is running raspbian OS. One day I'm going to overhaul this calculator but for now it's working nicely.


Donation time again

January 5th, 2015

I have written a bank transfer to OpenBSD for 50 euros, labelled it "1st quarter", so it may be that OpenBSD is getting similar amounts three more times this year. Told you it'd be less than last year.


Happy New Year!

December 31st, 2014

It's New Years eve here in .de, but on the globe the date is already January 1st (in .au for example). May 2015 be a prosperous year for you and me. Signing off for 2014, yours Peter J. Philipp.


Added supercluster to nameservers

December 29th, 2014

On August 12th, 2014 I removed moon.virgostar.net from the nameservers. Since then I had been running off only two nameservers. Both were spread far apart in Panama and Germany. Since today I have added a third nameservers again, this time it's called supercluster.virgostar.net. While doing so I noticed (thanks to DENIC) that my delphinusdnsd and its predecessor wildcarddnsd version 0.9.0 mismatched/flipped the refresh and retry values in the SOA of a zone. I fixed that and put it back in production. Supercluster is running nsd in a slave mode. Earlier before doing the DNS change I upgraded supercluster to OpenBSD 5.6 and applied all known patches. It's been a busy morning and I'm fairly tired. So looking at the winter flowers will get me going again, I hope.


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