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Just a thought, is Snowden a FUD-Trojan?

September 6th, 2013

A trojan is a piece of payload smuggled into enemy territory. It could be a message, a program, or where the name comes from a payload of soldiers in a wooden horse. So then I have to wonder, does anyone ever consider that the entire Snowden affair has been planted from the NSA all along? FUD stands for Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt. So is Snowden a FUD-Trojan? Does he spread fear in all directions and primarily on our beloved Internet? I have considered it. And I have considered my viewpoint. I'm in no position to defend that AES is unbreakable. Nor do I understand the mathematics behind the RSA or Diffie Hellman to a full extend. The NSA has some very bright mathematicians, some of the best it is said. So what if there is a breakthrough? Naturally if there is a breakthrough we need to know. Because the Internet's secrets are worth more than the security of the USA. Some things should stay secret, even from the NSA's eyes is my opinion. At the same time some things should become open. Like cryptography and it's strength. The Internet is on a collective downward spiral if cryptography doesn't work. Because somewhere out there someone has the same formulas as the NSA, and they have a much fearsome plan I predict.


OpenSMTPD upgraded on io.solarscale.de

September 5th, 2013

I noticed OpenSMTPD didn't encrypt outbound mails with STARTTLS. Grabbing a recent snapshot fixed this. Thanks to lynge on #opensmtpd/freenode for helping.


Wildcarddnsd has little new features for BETA8

September 4th, 2013

I'm going on holidays in a bit more than 2 weeks, this leaves the following month for wildcarddnsd development:

      October               November
Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa  Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa
       1  2  3  4  5                  1  2
 6  7  8  9 10 11 12   3  4  5  6  7  8  9
13 14 15 16 17 18 19  10 11 12 13 14 15 16
20 21 22 23 24 25 26  17 18 19 20 21 22 23
27 28 29 30 31        24 25 26 27 28 29 30
On November 29th is W's birthday and I'll try to tag the tree for that reflecting BETA_8 changes. What changes? We have a debug mode as found on line 3 of this markup. Also I'd like to get some changes in that I needed for compiling W on the Raspberry Pi other than that I don't think I have time to do any big changes. What I have attempted to do was replace the BerkeleyDB as a whole, and replace the parsing with a YACC parser but that went nowhere as well. I'm interested in all sorts of help for this daemon as it's getting older and needs a lot more functionality. Any hackers interested in hacking on Wildcarddnsd?


RadeonDRM on OpenBSD

September 3rd, 2013

OpenBSD hardware with AMD Radeon cards (and Intel HD) have a new video driver. The driver is still bleeding edge but I was able to upgrade my OpenBSD-current netbook which has an AMD chip and my first impression was shock. I was expecting something on the console but nothing appeared. So I hard-powercycled my netbook and hoped to be seeing something better the next time around and I was not let down again. The RadeonDRM is really nice and if you had seen a macppc console before that's how the amd64 netbook's console now looks like. Here is a link to an undeadly article that talks about the changes for radeondrm(4). Thank you to Jonathan Gray who programmed this driver. Also I can now exit X (from startx) and get back to console, I couldn't do that before on this netbook, this is really nice.


Will be guest DJ'ing at SVPRadio.COM

August 27th, 2013

On September 25th I'll be guest DJ'ing in the reggae spot (10-11PM EST). I'll probably also make a guest appearance on the Get Fresh show with DJ Jaz. I'm really looking forward to this. I've never seen the studio before so this will be great spending some time with DJ Jaz.

The type of music I'll be DJ'ing will be Reggae. It will consist of the artists and music that has been with me for the last few years, (mostly on youtube). I bought a lot of music for this spot.


Vacationing in Canada next month

August 27th, 2013

I'm going to be in a lot of places, and all over. Ontario, Saskatchewan and Nunavut (which is way up north). All my flights and train rides have been purchased and I have a sort of schedule to follow to see all my old friends. This is my first vacation in 2 years and I haven't been to Canada in a decade, so this is gonna be a great time.


Got two books I ordered

August 25th, 2013

I got the following books:

  • PostgreSQL 9.0 High Performance - Gregory Smith
  • PostgreSQL 9 Admin Cookbook - Simon Riggs and Hannu Krossing
I'll be reading these in the next little while as I'm interesting in their Clustering.


Ordered a WLAN USB adapter for the Pi

August 23th, 2013

I'd say the Raspberry Pi is a success. I'm taking it a step further now to replace the Apple Access Point (Apple Extreme 2nd gen.) and I'll make savings in electricity usage. What I'm doing is getting a USB WLAN adapter from Edimax which is compatible with my Pi. I'm going to have to run this in hostap mode somehow, something I haven't figured out on the Pi yet, I'm sure it'll work though.


Got Raspberry Pi, it's running Linux now

August 18th, 2013

I found the FreeBSD Pi image I made still lacked a bit of stability. So I put Raspbian Wheezy on my Pi. I'll use this pi like I said below. Right now what's running is a wiki, with apache and mysqld as well as wildcarddnsd which wildcards the entire Internet's names to one IP. It seems to work nicely.

If someone goes to "somedomainname.tld" it'll redirect to the wiki and and give an editable page for Somedomainname.tld. I think it may be popular around here, if only I knew how to turn the edit history off. Overall I'm a happy camper.


Wait a minute... not so fast... what changed?

August 16th, 2013

In germany the ruling government has declared the spy affaire to be dead. A Mr. Pofalla and Mr. Friedrichs who are ministers have voiced that there is nothing to go on. Nothing to go on? These ministers have admitted to us that the BND and other german secret services are actively spying on us. So while the USA may or may not be spying on german citizens the interior secret services are.

While our hands are tied in the public in terms of doing something about this right now, this does seem to be a good way to express my feelings at the vote. I'm voting Pirate Party of Germany because I'm for transparency and for an Internet that is supported by a political process.

While I hate to write about this whole spy affaire as it really ruins the good mood my blog used to give me, I think it's necessary to write about this issue because it affects our freedom. Like Bruce Schneier said that in the USA the NSA have commandeered the Internet ( see his blog for that), I'm drawing similar conclusions here in Germany about the BND. How dare they attempt to take the Internet away from us! This is a digital coup! While not literally "taking it away" they are installing facilities in several places to read Internet traffic, they've in fact taken away the privacy going on the digital links.

See you at the vote, where my vote will probably not count unless my party gets over 5% of the vote, which is a grey zone. But you never know.


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