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OpenBSD has a new HTTPD

August 11th, 2014

I've been watching the CVS logs at OpenBSD for a while now where Reyk committed a new httpd at OpenBSD. It's a very secure lightweight server and I think it may be great for me. I'm going to be possibly porting/testing it out on FreeBSD next week during my holidays.

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nginx + fastcgi stopped working

August 11th, 2014

The jail admin on americas.centroid.eu upgraded all binaries in my jail. While this was nice of him/her it broke everything. So while googling and searching and finding nothing I came across the fix by strings'ing the php-fpm binary. Here is the fix to my config file for fastcgi:

--- /tmp/www.conf.orig  2014-08-11 13:20:25.777728000 +0200
+++ www.conf    2014-08-11 13:19:09.737666000 +0200
@@ -3,6 +3,8 @@
 group = www
 
 listen = /tmp/www.sock
+listen.owner = www
+listen.group = www
 
 pm = dynamic
 pm.max_children = 25
So I hope anyone who has similar problems will be able to come here. However you can't google this since this blog has a robots.txt deny entry. You can keyword search on this blog though.

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Ordered a book yesterday

August 4th, 2014

I ordered this book: Elemente optischer Netze: Grundlagen... by Volkmar Brueckner. This book is in german and will replace a book I once had in .ca regarding optical networks. I'm looking forward to getting it on the 6th.

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My next .ca vacation

August 4th, 2014

Will likely be in summer 2016. I already touched up on the subject with a few friends, that leaves 2015 unplanned. Who knows what I'll be doing but in 2014 I'm coding.

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Tunnels vs. Submarines

August 2nd, 2014

The tunnels in Gaza I believe are much like the cargo-submarines that Germany had before the breakout of WW1. Germany had created or wanted to create these because certain goods weren't able to get past the British Navy. So my opinion is that Gaza should disarm and make all tunnels available to the Israeli armed forces, so that they can be scuttled. It's too bad about the people living in Gaza that they have terrorists amid their midst and below them in tunnels, many of those people are innocent and victims of war.

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40 days til end of Moon

August 1st, 2014

My VPS moon.virgostar.net will cease working in 40 days, it will get reclaimed by Host Virtual. In 2 weeks, during my holidays, I'm going to move major services off it such as web and dns. What will remain is just a shell server until it stops working.

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My Prayer

July 27th, 2014

I'm not very religious. Yesterday I was lying in bed and listened to 2 hours of music, and I made up a little prayer of all things connected before I went to sleep. It goes a little something like this:

We are all connected
the earth is our home
the cosmos
the earth
blackness
the earth
green blue yellow light
the earth
white light
the earth
I solidify my roots
the earth
all sorrow is gone
the earth
painful events don't mean so much
the earth
our planet will live on
the earth
through the test of time
the earth
it will take us along 
the earth
starshine!
the earth
live the earth love the earth
our divine
In thought this prayer gave me a real home-bound feeling, my body felt very relaxed. Because we aren't just disconnected entities on earth, we are all connected biologically. Us as an invasive species or not.

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New Soekris Product coming in Winter 2015

July 25th, 2014

I just saw this at soekris.com's site. A new router with up to 8 Cores and 8 GB RAM. And best of all it has an IPSEC accelerator rated at 10 Gbit/s, which covers all 4 Gbit ports easily.

I'll keep watching this router, as I'm getting low on ports here at home.

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I interupted Venus's uptime

July 25th, 2014

My PPPoE router venus's uptime was interrupted today after 85 days uptime. I compiled a new kernel with SMP for it and it happily detected the other core or hyperthread. The below from dmesg:

cpu1 at mainbus0: apid 1 (application processor)
cpu1: Genuine Intel(R) CPU @ 1.60GHz, 1600.00 MHz
Thanks to the OpenBSD developer who fixed the 5.6 install and left a comment in the CVS messages, it made me aware I was only running off 1 processor since I bought venus, and I never really noticed.

The speed of an scp between venus and mercury hasn't changed though, so I didn't gain much more, perhaps a kernel will build faster though.

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Backdoored Hardware

July 23rd, 2014

I recently read something in german that said that DE-CIX (as an example) is not guilty at the spying when the hardware is backdoored. However I must say something to this. Around the time the Snowden story appeared, DE-CIX were active in upgrading their infrastructure to Alcatel-Lucent hardware. They could have stopped and said "no we're going with swedish routers instead". But they didn't. And that to me makes them guilty of a bad decision.

Let me give you an example. When you're a pupil going to school there is at least 2 or 3 alternate routes to the place. Let's pretend you get bullied on your way to school. Why would you take the same route after such an event? A smart person would take the alternate route if they can't make the bully stop. Problem solved. This is not what DE-CIX is doing though.

Had DE-CIX gone with swedish gear (which may have lesser quality) they could have introduced more parallelism to scale. It would have been a lot more money but in the end they would guarantee us a safe passage.

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