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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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Shifting Gears (again)

Posted 06-23-2015 at 10:01 AM by rocket357 (Musings on technology, philosophy, and life in the corporate world)

I was given an "opportunity" to move to a new team at ${DAYJOB} (a required clearance for advancement in my position was denied...such is life in the government sector). I've been increasingly bored with Linux lately, so jumping over to commercial Linux support didn't seem very appealing at all. I wanted to branch out into a more diverse ecosystem with room for me to learn. As I'd done considerable work with Windows in support of Government work, I wasn't keen on heading there either...
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Not-so-smart devices

Posted 05-25-2015 at 02:56 PM by rocket357 (Musings on technology, philosophy, and life in the corporate world)

A few years ago, my 47" Toshiba TV developed a strange characteristic. It would suddenly, and without warning, feed static through the speakers (making it impossible to watch TV). Changing the channel up one and then back down one "fixed it", until the problem occurred again.

In the end, the real fix was a firmware update. Being a guy from the days of rabbit ears and tube TV's, I'm a bit irked that they call this "improvement" "smart" (very much...
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My brain is a Jelly Doughnut

Posted 05-15-2015 at 01:33 AM by rocket357 (Musings on technology, philosophy, and life in the corporate world)

Ok, so that's not *precisely* what he said.

Today it occurred to me that it's scary how easy BGP and ESP are to configure...on OpenBSD...and by proxy, pfSense.

There exist other network vendors (I dare not mention in name, lest they haunt my sleep tonight), for whom configuring ESP is the equivalent of stapling your tenders to a ceiling fan and then turning it on high.

TL;DR: Ouch.

That's enough for today.
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OpenBSD AWS BGP VPN

Posted 05-09-2015 at 07:42 PM by rocket357 (Musings on technology, philosophy, and life in the corporate world)
Updated 05-09-2015 at 11:11 PM by rocket357

In an earlier blogpost, I covered configuring a static AWS VPN setup with OpenBSD. I promised I'd revisit it to include the BGP (dynamically routed) version if I ever got it working.

Hi, I got it working.

**sorta** working (major emphasis on "sorta").

Let me explain...OpenBSD is a policy-based IPSEC engine. AWS operates on a route-based IPSEC engine. The major difference, in laymen's terms, is that with route-based IPSEC you can configure...
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Doh

Posted 04-13-2015 at 10:37 AM by rocket357 (Musings on technology, philosophy, and life in the corporate world)

http://www.pressherald.com/2015/04/1...mputer-system/

I have no words.
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