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The Enforcers of the Internet?

September 12th, 2014

Some government body in Bavaria is writing warnings and threats to Internet companies that don't use STARTTLS in their mail servers. I don't think it's right to threaten Internet operators with fines when they don't encrypt. Instead they should give Incentives to Internet companies to start encrypting. Pretend you run your own mail server that doesn't have crypto built in... I think this is the wrong methods the state is using just to "protect" its citizens.


Moon finally gone

September 10th, 2014

The VPS in Hong Kong is gone. Here is the last message I saw from it.

You have new mail in /var/mail/pjp
[pjp@76er ~]$ Write failed: Broken pipe
that was from 76er.virgostar.net one of its jails.

I'd like to thank the people of Hong Kong, the city of Hong Kong, NTT and Host Virtual (vr.org) for making this VPS possible for me for 20 dollars a month. Hong Kong has good infrastructure IMO, especially near the HKIX internet exchange, although I can only guess about it really. It was my pleasure staying there for 2 years. As they would say in france, a bientot!

I'll now remove the mentions of moon.virgostar.net from my DNS.


Venus (computer) has 4 more interfaces

September 7th, 2014

This morning my dad and I transplanted my Soekris 6501 (aka venus) from its small case to a 19" rackmount case and added a lan1841 to it. It now has 8 gigabit interfaces. When I return home I'll have some time to configure the new ports and add my rpi to it. Giving me 3 open ports in the hallway and 2 open ports in my office (by taking the rpi out). I'm very happy.


Donation time again

September 2nd, 2014

After a long break from donations of any kind I activated donations again. I've written a transfer for OpenBSD which I'll bring to the bank this friday. The amount is for 100 Euros. This will be the last for OpenBSD for this year and brings the amount to 300 if I'm not mistaken. It's a little less than the previous years but I'm also facing less income this year due to currency exchange. Hoping for a raise soon. :-)


Purchased Soekris Addons

September 1st, 2014

Happy September! I have purchased a 19" soekris case with internal powersupply and one quad ethernet addon card for my 6501. What I plan to do with this is place venus into my office and uranus into the hallway. I gain 2 ports on both locations that way, and I can possibly put the raspberry pi back in the hallway. Once I get the gear I'll have to wait for the right time to do the operation from venus's (my soekris 6501) old case to the new case. Anyone interested in buying a normal soekris 6501 case (metal) with external power supply should make me an offer preferably if you live in europe.


War in Europe

August 29th, 2014

I think it's fair to say that we have war in Europe. This is the most devastating piece of news, after Chernobyl, I have come across concerning Europe in my life. Now is a good time to stop and listen to the UN.


Holidays coming to an end

August 29th, 2014

I had 2 weeks holidays and I didn't do very much except veg. I did write a bit of code but not the bit of code I wanted to write. It'll have to be written another time.


Bought an Album

August 25th, 2014

I know it's only been 2 weeks since I bought one but I was browsing through Anthony B's album Rasta Love and I just had to buy it. :-)


Fears of a centralized wifi

August 22th, 2014

There is a rumour that the governing party in Bavaria (a state of Germany) wants to give the state a wifi network covering most or all of bavaria. I have thought about this with a shudder. Basically what this means is that the the wifi spectrum which is still free and decentralized would get a sort of network of sensors added to it. And fibreoptic networking would make sure that someone in Munich would be able to follow the wifi of anyone without leaving their chair. So, uncloaked, it is a centralized surveillance apparatus. With such a wifi it gives the authorities in munich a few choices.

  1. They can now follow every single smartphone, everywhere
  2. They can now detect any "Freifunk" nodes which are not encrypted
  3. They can capture encrypted wifi traffic without leaving their chair
  4. They can enforce, by law, an encrypted wifi ap, without leaving their chair
On the other hand it may be really convenient, but who's gonna manage it? The Deutsche Telekom or M-net? And will this mean the end of commercial ISP's?


Futile attempt on a dating service

August 21st, 2014

I cruise dating services once in a while but get turned off when I have to pay. So I put this image of me up in the pictures, and it got removed, oh jeez.

I did this so that it would survive the dating services auto-scaling as I tried outguess and the message got scrambled. So.. if you're looking to date me why don't you send me an email? I'm single...I'll have to ask you a security question first though so I know where you're from. *laugh* carry on carry on!


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