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Why a static IP is best

July 4th, 2014

Happy US Independence day. Recently the news hit in Germany that users of tor (which is an anonymiser) are tracked down by the NSA and get an "extremist" flag. This just goes to show that dynamic IP's are not quite anonymous, as tor is much better at anonymizing than a dynamic IP. Anonymous services are dead. I realised this in 1997 when I started working for an ISP, and have always since tried to get a static IP. A static IP doesn't change, you dial in or connect your DSL and it is always on the same IP. This makes you easily identifyable by laymans even. However it also gives you a set of freedoms. Because now you can run services right at home, like a mail server. You know noone is snooping through your mail because you're the only admin of the computer at home. This gives you Independence too strangely (referring to the first sentence in this paragraph). Currently I'm on a dynamic IP but once my contract is up I'm switching to a provider that can give me a static IP again. The reason this didn't happen was that I was in a hurry to get 'net back when and was locked in a 24 months contract.

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Happy Canada Day (tomorrow)!

June 30th, 2014

Some of you may know I have a Canadian history. I even applied for .ca citizenship once but only went to stage 2 of a three stage process and didn't obtain it. Sad for me, Canada is a lovely country. I'm pretty jealous of people who obtained dual citizenships, as they can make both their countries their home. Anyhow. Enjoy the day when people wear red and white (sometimes)!

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Ordered a book

June 28th, 2014

For July I have ordered Evi Nemeth's book UNIX System Administration. May she rest in peace!

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A message to the Justice Minister, you're doing it wrong..

June 28th, 2014

The German Justice Minister wants to do harm to google in order to break the monopoly. Citations here. But it's my opinion that they're going about it wrong. What politics is doing is just adding a tax or tarif on Google which google will survive, as they are a monopoly. If you want to hurt google you copy its functions and start-up. Last year, I outlinedwhat needed to be done and how google positioned itself to be #1. Anyhow Minister, send me a proper email if you want to give me the green light to start a new google.

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Cherries 2014

June 23th, 2014

Last year I had a picture of cherries, so I will have one this year.

These cherries are smaller but more plenty in the tree. Probably due to a cool spring.

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Happy Solstice!

June 21th, 2014

Solstice is today. Enjoy!

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Purchased more Reggae

June 20th, 2014

This time the Changes Riddim from Don Corleon Music. I like this riddim, I think a lot of artists in the 9 songs are really great.

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ap.centroid.eu

June 13th, 2014

This is a notice that ap.centroid.eu will go away in less than 3 months. I'll likely point ap.centroid.eu to americas.centroid.eu when the vps in hong kong is reclaimed. The day this will happen is September 10th.

A brief history on ap.centroid.eu. I rented it from Host Virtual an american vps provider (http://vr.org). It resided in the NTT datacenter in Hong Kong and had the main outgoing route go through NTT's links (first to Japan and then on to the US to get to Europe). It was my presence in Asia for 2 years, and it attracted a lot of asian but also eurasian traffic. Not as much traffic as I had hoped but in retrospect at least it did not kill me. I was satisfied with the performance and service of this virtual computer. Over the course of the two years I have accumulated about half a TB of traffic, so not much.

So what's next for my network? I'm downsizing the VPS's a bit and in February I'm likely changing my DSL provider in order to get a static IP again. I'll host a master nameserver likely from home then.

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8 days until northern solstice

June 13th, 2014

On Saturday June 21st is northern solstice. For us here that means the longest day of the year. Have fun whatever you're doing.

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What happens when...

June 11th, 2014

You mix Reggae with RFC's? Out comes RFC-Reggae...

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