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Hi. I'm a Unix Administrator, mathematics enthusiast, and amateur philosopher. This is where I rant about that which upsets me, laugh about that which amuses me, and jabber about that which holds my interest most: Unix.
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Engineering Boredom

Posted 07-21-2014 at 11:55 AM by rocket357 (Musings on technology, philosophy, and life in the corporate world)

In the past few months, I've encountered a dramatic shift in interests. Sure, I'm still interested in coding, philosophy, and Unix, but I've appended a new interest to the end of the list, and this one has started trumping my other interests.

The interest is in electronics. I'm not sure 1) how I suddenly got interested in electronics or 2) how I never noticed electronics before! I've gone from the quiet "coder zen" type of desk (i.e. disorganized, but in an "organized"...
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DNS fun

Posted 07-06-2014 at 02:17 AM by rocket357 (Musings on technology, philosophy, and life in the corporate world)

I've configured probably the coolest, most complex DNS configuration I've bothered to setup in recent times. I say complex because it leverages unbound and pf to route dns traffic to other programs (nsd, dnscrypt-proxy, tor) and I say coolest because DNS traffic is "filtered" to the right places (so you don't end up with, say, a tor device leaking DNS traffic, or my wife having to wait crazy amounts of time for a simple DNS request).

I started off with the basics...what...
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icanhazmathz?

Posted 06-29-2014 at 08:23 PM by rocket357 (Musings on technology, philosophy, and life in the corporate world)
Updated 07-02-2014 at 09:21 AM by rocket357 (clarification)

A "quick and dirty" random password generator that I see a lot of people use is a construct similar to the following:

dd if=/dev/urandom of=/dev/stdout bs=6 count=1 2>/dev/null | base64

This produces output such as the following:

0zdQE0WC

Or perhaps even:

Pg7Ub+Rx

base64 is an encoding scheme that "converts" binary data into text data using 64 characters. The 64 characters chosen vary...
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Shut up and Hack

Posted 06-27-2014 at 12:06 AM by rocket357 (Musings on technology, philosophy, and life in the corporate world)

I'm nearly 75% through a bottle of Merlot, so this blog post may not be here tomorrow afternoon after I sober up a bit and get a chance to read it. Suffice it to say this won't be one of my typical technically-inclined posts.

I read something tonight that bothered me. I happened upon a brilliantly written blog about a young woman's struggle for finding her self worth and her identity. It brought tears to my eyes as I read through her setbacks, her victories, and eventual vindication....
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Shifting Gears (take 2)

Posted 06-13-2014 at 08:18 PM by rocket357 (Musings on technology, philosophy, and life in the corporate world)
Updated 06-13-2014 at 08:28 PM by rocket357

If you follow my blog you'll know that a few months ago I said goodbye to my Linux Engineering position at Rackspace and joined Amazon Web Services as an AWS Support Engineer. It's been long enough that I feel I have my feet on the ground and I am qualified to give a status update.

Holy crap, Amazon. Go big or go home, they say. I'd love to give some cliche' about "if you work at Amazon you've already gone big", but I'm not even certain I could say that. The problems...
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