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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!

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Winter Flowers

December 28th, 2014

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Merry Christmas / Frohe Weihnachten!

December 24th, 2014

Tonight is Christmas Eve. Merry Christmas! It looks like it'll be a green christmas here in Germany, as long as it doesn't rain, it'll be alright.

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NASA wants to go to Venus

December 17th, 2014

Remember the Venus Glider? One of my ideas? Search for it in this blog. Anyhow NASA wants to go to Venus with a manned mission and study the atmosphere at 50 km high. Life is bareable there we predict. Only they want to do it with a blimp instead of a glider.

The above picture is from my office (it's a poster) showing venus on the left and earth on the right. This is all the media I can give you. Let your imagination do the rest. Also for a small hint..trees breathe carbon dioxide which Venus has plenty. A floating base on Venus could perhaps have a few trees for rare treats. Venusian cherries anyone?

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