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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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Took the Plunge

Posted 12-22-2014 at 12:13 AM by rocket357 (Musings on technology, philosophy, and life in the corporate world)
Updated 12-22-2014 at 12:42 AM by rocket357

I've run a tor relay over at Digital Ocean for a while now, and I finally decided to pull the plug on it. Digital Ocean announced up coming BSD support, and I waited with anticipation to see exactly how far they were willing to go with the BSDs...and let down that it was only FreeBSD support. (I've been running the tor node on Debian...not exactly ideal in my opinion, but it's been working well enough...I was really looking forward to switching the tor node over to OpenBSD...).

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OpenBSD-STABLE Automated build script: 2

Posted 12-02-2014 at 05:18 PM by rocket357 (Musings on technology, philosophy, and life in the corporate world)

New and improved, with X included.

Code:
#!/bin/sh

set -e

export LOGFILE=/var/log/build_stable.log
export ARCH=`machine`

# DEFAULT: BUILD -STABLE (UPGRADE TO LATEST -RELEASE FIRST!!)
export BUILDVER=OPENBSD_`uname -r | tr '.' '_'`

cat > ${LOGFILE} << EOF


STABLE BUILD - `date` - `uname -a`


EOF

echo "Retrieving/Updating Sources for src ${BUILDVER}"
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A Life in Code

Posted 11-05-2014 at 12:21 PM by rocket357 (Musings on technology, philosophy, and life in the corporate world)

PHP Code:
#!/usr/bin/env python
import systime

alive 
None

try:
    
birthday time.asctime(argv[1])
except InvalidDateExceptione:
    
sys.exit() # never existed?  Paradox!

deathdate None

if time.now() > birthday and time.now() < deathdate:
    
alive True

def OHNOES
():
    
alive False

minor 
True

while alive and minor:
    
geteducation() 
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One of those days (rant)

Posted 10-19-2014 at 08:50 PM by rocket357 (Musings on technology, philosophy, and life in the corporate world)

Ever have one of those days where you want to grab people, shake them within an inch of their lives, and scream in their face "WWAAAAAAAAAAAAAAKKKE UUUUUUUUUUUUUUPPPP!!"??

I'm having one of those days. I read a debate earlier where one side was arguing that RMS has saved us from proprietary control and all that jazz.

Really? It's 2014. 2004 wants its punchline back.

I challenge ANY of you to a simple task. I challenge you to fork a GPL project,...
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It's fixed? Prove it.

Posted 09-26-2014 at 03:53 PM by rocket357 (Musings on technology, philosophy, and life in the corporate world)

One of my favorite "war stories" from the data center involved a small company I worked for many years ago. We had a cabinet-size UPS come up for maintenance, and as it was an aging unit my boss asked the tech to perform a thorough inspection and perform any maintenance that appeared to be required. Once complete, my boss asked him to perform a functional test. The tech agreed, but mentioned it would cost the company extra. My boss agreed to the terms and the tech wandered off to the...
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