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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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UserAgent Stupidity

Posted 03-21-2013 at 01:04 PM by rocket357 (Musings on technology, philosophy, and life in the corporate world)

I've been using mutt for the longest time now. I love mutt.

Unfortunately, sometimes I still have to use my company's Outlook webmail for whatever reason. I've used it on my wife's Windows 7 machine to fire off a quick response email (I really hate typing on my iphone's keyboard) to a critical update (or whatever), so imagine my surprise when I fired up Outlook webmail on my OpenBSD machine and was given a choice between using the "Light" (i.e. complete crap unusable)...
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Die, Ad, die?

Posted 03-15-2013 at 08:21 PM by rocket357 (Musings on technology, philosophy, and life in the corporate world)

I hate ads. I took it upon myself to start filtering ads via unbound recently, but then my wife (an avid Google Chrome user) started complaining about the incredibly painful eyesore that is Chrome's way of saying "jeez...this piece of the page rejected my connection attempt".

There must be an easier way, right?

Yup. There is.

On an old sparc box, I put nginx. I configured it to serve 404.gif (a transparent gif) on all 404 errors. Oh, did...
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openbsd tcpdump + wireshark

Posted 02-27-2013 at 10:50 AM by rocket357 (Musings on technology, philosophy, and life in the corporate world)

I'm taking a class in a few days to delve into some deeper packet analysis than I've done before, and the instructor is a wireshark fanatic. Wireshark can be compiled on OpenBSD, but it has a reputation for security issues. I need a way to capture with tcpdump (privileged) and decode with wireshark (unprivileged) in realtime. Simple enough:

visudo (add "my_user ALL=/usr/sbin/tcpdump")
Download and compile wireshark (http://www.cromwell-intl.com/unix/co...n-openbsd.html...
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Book Collection: Other

Posted 12-29-2012 at 03:59 PM by rocket357 (Musings on technology, philosophy, and life in the corporate world)
Updated 02-28-2013 at 05:16 PM by rocket357

I have a standard Book Collection of Computer/Programming/Network/etc... stuff, but today it occurred to me that I don't have such a list for my other main interests: philosophy and mathematics (with a bias towards any book that combines these topics with computers =). So here it is, the list of books I want (don't own *all* of them, yet, but I'm working on that bit) (the list isn't complete yet...far from it. Suggestions are more than welcome!):
  • Philosophy
    1. Introduction to Mathematical
...
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[ $RANDOM -gt 16383 ] && move_up || move_across

Posted 12-22-2012 at 12:15 AM by rocket357 (Musings on technology, philosophy, and life in the corporate world)
Updated 12-22-2012 at 12:21 AM by rocket357

My boss has mentioned a big opportunity coming up. He's mentioned it on more than one ocassion, and he has dropped "subtle" hints ("Jon, <VP of my dept> mentioned that he needed a name for an internal candidate to put in charge of a new team, and you were the first one that came to mind") to clue me in that I should be preparing for a new role. The promotion would require travel, involve a very serious increase in responsibility and stress, and a just-as-serious pay increase....
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