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First snow day of 2018/2019

November 20th, 2018

The snow came in the morning, but didn't stay long. It was nice seeing the flakes though.


Hartz IV - the welfare system in Germany

November 18th, 2018

I was, for seven years what germany calls a "langzeitarbeitsloser". Long word made of double-speak. It means that I was a long-time welfare recipient, and likely unemployable. The Hartz IV system gave me a job back then in 2010. It was at the Red Cross and I was supposed to make a PHP program. After one year they fired me. I think it was because I was too expensive for them. Anyhow I got an overlapping job since 2010 and it lasted until march 2018. So I was continually employed for the last eight years. I'm not a langzeitarbeitsloser anymore, by any standard but when I went back to Hartz IV this year because I did not qualify for any supportive unemployment insurance I was told I made too much savings over the last eight years and thus would not get any money.

Really I lived on the bare minimum for the last 15 years, and thus while I was working I was able to put some money away. This money is done in 2020 some time as I'M averaging a gross of 1300 EUR a month. There is no way to get lower than that currently unless I move. Now when I get Hartz IV again if I don't find a job in that time, they'll likely force me to move out of an apartment that I made my home for the last 5 years. Only where? There is a housing crisis currently in Schweinfurt. Affordable apartments don't exist much and they are building more luxurious condos instead of affordable housing. So in my opinion I'm a middle classer even though I'm really in poverty. I find it outrageous when a CDU chancellor candidate says he's middle class when he has a million in his bank account. This can't be real.

I'm all for the government (SPD) push for reforms in the welfare system, and I'm waiting to see if there is anything that will benefit me, when I'm allowed to take welfare again. I'm not squandering money, I don't drink, I don't do drugs. I feel I needed to be open about this and my social status, there is no way I'm getting rich off anything. And everything is getting more expensive. Have a pleasant weekend!


This blog should be TLS encrypted now

November 17th, 2018

Enjoy. Make sure you see the lock at the URL input in your browser. My next challenge is to keep the TLS up to date so that it doesn't expire.


Encrypting with acme-client and Letsencrypt

November 15th, 2018

I have started TLS'ing a test domain called "goldflipper.de". If everything works out well I'll turn up encryption on all my domains from tomorrow forward. I'm excited over the simplicity of this all.


Delphinusdnsd development: Plan A and Plan B

November 15th, 2018

As you know I had a shorter development period this year. In december I'll find out if delphinusdnsd work will be funded by the prototypefund or not. That falls under plan A. But what if I don't get funding? That's where plan B falls in. I have recently checked how old the DNSSEC keys are for the centroid.eu zone and have noticed they are already 2.5 years old roughly. The need to be rolled. So if I don't get plan A which will likely last until mid-year next year I'm slowly going to work on making delphinusdnsd capable for rolling KSK keys. ZSK keys it can already roll. All in all I want to be able to roll a KSK in 1.5 years. This will make the 1024 bit KSK key of centroid.eu potentially weak if already under attack. I need to make this a 2048 bit key as well. So that's plan B, and it takes higher precedence than the things I wanted to do for plan A. If I get plan A I'll be done with plan B maybe mid 2020. We'll see. I also had a project going to port OpenBSD/macppc to 64 bit. That project was under way since july and it looks like a fail right now. I had at least hoped I'd be able to boot the kernel in 64 bit mode. I'll keep poking on it until christmas as said but I don't want to get my hopes up too much. After christmas I'll be focusing mainly on delphinusdnsd again and I want to consider a POP3S (S for secure) daemon as a part-time project. So my hands are really full for 2019, I can't take on much more, also because I'll likely need to find work (at latest after july 2019) again and that will rob time from my pet projects as well.


New load for my solar setup

November 7th, 2018

Since the router that was doing Freifunk isn't on the battery anymore I was looking for new things to take the charge off the solar battery. I have now found one. For the second time now I have charged my ipod off that solar setup. 100% solar electricity, whoohoo! And mostly afternoon/evening sun too! I'm glad I had the equipment for this. I'm using a HAMA 2.1 Amp USB adapter on the 12V car electric port hub that I have. The Apple provided cable seems to be good enough. 5V * 2.1 Amp == a bit over 10 Watts. But the ipod only requires 5 Watts and sucks only that much to charge maximum. Seriously Super!


Happy Hallowe'en

October 31st, 2018

Well Halloween 2018 is here. I already had about 5 kids at my apartment door and they were not restrained taking the sweets I had for them. All in all I'm very happy (and a little sad that I only have candy's left for myself). Happy Halloween. Remember the Halloween documents!


Proprietary battle blows

October 29th, 2018

IBM buys Red Hat, Microsoft makes deals with NSA and US Defence. Where will it lead? So far OpenBSD hasn't sold out. That's why I'm loyal to it. What's IBM gonna do with Red Hat or better said what will they do with AIX now that they have Red Hat? Could this be its deathblow? What is Microsoft gonna do for the NSA with Windows? Will they program any/more back doors? All in all this could be good for projects like OpenBSD.


Deleted VPS/droplet psi.virgostar.net

October 28th, 2018

Two years ago I got this vps at digital ocean. Today I removed it. I'm saving 10 dollars a month roughly. I'm back down to 4 VPS's now.


Upgraded Omega, unveiled a few things

October 23rd, 2018

I have upgraded omega, my mail and web vps. I have unveiled this blog, and added an unveiled delphinusdnsd on this. Rejoice!


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