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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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When "walk" becomes "whee"

Posted 02-06-2015 at 01:03 AM by rocket357 (Musings on technology, philosophy, and life in the corporate world)

Headed out the door and ended up skiing down my lawn this morning before work (steep lawn + heavy backpack + very slick mossy ground = me on my back, but not until I built up enough speed to actually do some damage to myself and the lawn). By the time I got home tonight from work, my back was hurting bad enough for me to take a few pain killers. They've definitely kicked in, it's getting late, and I think I have too much going on at the same time.

I'm building OpenBSD-STABLE on...
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Its midnight...do you know where your packets are?

Posted 01-31-2015 at 02:13 AM by rocket357 (Musings on technology, philosophy, and life in the corporate world)
Updated 01-31-2015 at 02:17 AM by rocket357

The internet sucks. Well, more succinctly: "The internet is run by people, and people suck."

My wife called me at work today complaining that our internet connection was unstable. While this isn't surprising, I suppose she anticipated my next question because she then said "but it only seems to be $game, everything else is working smoothly? Is this Comcast or your firewall causing problems?" I resisted the urge to absolve the firewall immediately of any wrong...
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It escapes the dollar sign in its password or else it gets the "login denied" again

Posted 01-29-2015 at 06:13 PM by rocket357 (Musings on technology, philosophy, and life in the corporate world)

Fun case today. Customer complains that they cannot login to an Oracle instance.

I check the IP. It's wrong. Dear customer, please use the correct IP, which is $some_private_ip.

Customer then complains that they get an error that the service is unknown. I double check, they should be using "$dbname", not "$dbname\-db". I explain.

Customer then complains that they are getting a login denied error. I suspect there is something...
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What the #$&*%, Comcast?

Posted 01-27-2015 at 05:12 PM by rocket357 (Musings on technology, philosophy, and life in the corporate world)
Updated 01-27-2015 at 05:16 PM by rocket357

I'm a bit of a security nut. It's true...I'm a tad paranoid, and it shows in the design of my home network.

Given the paranoia, it's really only a matter of time before my over-arching power-Nazi stance on security steps on the toes of my other household members, namely my wife. She really lost it one day when unbound failed (well, it didn't *fail*, but it wasn't exactly working as *she* intended). I attempted to step her (an avid Windows power user with zero experience with the...
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OpenBSD's W^X Policy

Posted 01-13-2015 at 10:22 PM by rocket357 (Musings on technology, philosophy, and life in the corporate world)
Updated 01-14-2015 at 10:57 AM by rocket357

http://marc.info/?l=openbsd-tech&m=142120787308107&w=2

OpenBSD has had userland "W^X" (Write XOR Execute, a policy in which memory pages can be marked writable OR executable, but never both at the same time. This policy defeats attacks that rely on an executable stack or other write-then-execute arrangements).

Now OpenBSD has applied W^X to the kernel (amd64 thus far) as well, along with ASLR and a few other improvements.

It's a great...
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