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November 12th, 2010

The RH for this week is Wait


More IPv6 news from the BBC

November 11th, 2010

Vint Cerf is in this BBC article warning over the IPv6 change. Date when we run out of addresses is set at 2012.


Random Hackepedia

November 5th, 2010

The RH for this week is nfsd.


Glad to be of help

October 31st, 2010

OpenSMTPd the OpenBSD mail daemon that is in the works, had a call for testers on the new DNS code that the daemon is using. Due to my work with wildcarddnsd I'm somewhat familiar with DNS and was able to make a contribution. Not in the form of patches which would have been nice but questioning whether the opensmtpd dns code withstood a certain scenario. It turns out given a second opinion that I was "totally right". This really made me happy and the opensmtpd is more robust as a result. This is why open source is so good because people can read the code and spot errors before they write exploit code to stress test an application (black box). If I had to write the exploit code it would have taken way more time than what it took up.


Got OpenBSD 4.8 in the Mail

October 25th, 2010

Well, I got the OpenBSD 4.8 CD's in the mail today. I'm very happy about this. I'll be building dione.centroid.eu with this soon.

I made an install video (like I do every release) you can watch it here.


My dream, triple redundancy

October 22nd, 2010

I made this picture with xearth and it shows the VPS's I have except in singapore. I'd like to have a VPS in Singapore too but it's expensive last I checked (something like 50 singaporean dollars which is like over 20 euros a month). If centroid.eu ever makes money I'll consider the singaporean VPS and balance traffic globally in such a manner that ASIA-Pacific traffic goes to Singapore, EMEA traffic goes to proteus which is in France and Americas traffic goes to goldflipper.net which is in Panama.


Random Hackepedia

October 22nd, 2010

The RH for this week is Tail.


Multiculturalism dead? Is melting pot better?

October 20th, 2010

This past weekend german Chancellor Angela Merkel declared multiculturalism dead in Germany, and the key word for strive is now "Integration". This means people who immigrated to Germany have to learn the german language foremost and try to fit the norm. To me it just means giving up. In the model of culture, multiculturalism is the hardest to sustain. Just like in the model of politics democracy is weaker than a dictatorship. But we don't want to go there because dictatorships are politically incorrect, yet, they are easy to have. Just like the melting pot. I don't know how long Germany had multiculturalism. It was even the first time I heard of it this weekend, meaning it barely touched the population. But I'm pretty sure that the so- called multiculturalism will have left a minute trace of positive in the fabric of culture. Something that Angela Merkel and her exceedingly right shifting party will.. or may never get. The harder a civilization tries to uphold the weak, different, and minority the stronger it is in its roots, and the more likeable it is in the end.


Downtime Wednesday/Thursday

October 19th, 2010

On the night of Wednesday at 11PM CEST until 8AM Thursday morning CEST, proteus the main solarscale.de/centroid.eu server will be down. So there might be a service interruption in reading this blog (oops). Proteus is moving to Strasbourg, France from Frankfurt, Germany. The details on Europes greenest data center where this is moving are found here. I'm gonna see if I can move the DNS balancing to the Panama VPS for the time being (I just hope I don't forget to undo it after the move).

PS: The maintenance went fine.

Oct 20 23:13:06 proteus exiting on signal 15
Oct 21 05:50:23 proteus syslogd 1.4.1: restart.
That's the time that proteus was off for. So roughly 6 and a half hours. The position of proteus in the network hasn't changed much, there is a 3 ms difference and the routers are the same except for 1 new address. But proteus is in France now, not Germany.


Observing Alpha Persei

October 17th, 2010

Unfortunately I wasn't able to make a picture of this but I'll just put an xephem screenshot out. I observed Alpha Persei aka Mirfak at NEE (60 degrees azimuth) at an altitude of about 30 degrees tonight at 9:44PM. I couldn't help but notice that the star was flickering but that could have been our atmosphere at work.

Perhaps you noticed it too, I'm waiting for Capella to rise beyond the hill that's in the way, btw.

PS: it turned out I made a mistake with the degrees altitude, the star was actually Capella , but I located Alpha Persei after that as well (at 50 degrees altitude). That means I saw Capella flickering instead of Mirfak.


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