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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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SysAdmin "Lack-of-Judgement" Day

Posted 03-25-2015 at 12:14 PM by rocket357 (Musings on technology, philosophy, and life in the corporate world)
Updated 03-25-2015 at 12:19 PM by rocket357

I have a beaglebone black. It was running OpenBSD 5.5. I felt the urge to upgrade last night, so I set off on a massive fustercluck of cursing, crying, and gnashing of teeth (whatever that means). Oh, and the curse of U-boot bites. Hard.

First, you aren't **EVER** supposed to skip versions when you upgrade OpenBSD. If you have an OpenBSD 5.5 machine and you want to upgrade to OpenBSD-5.7, you need to upgrade to 5.6 first, then upgrade again to 5.7 (or backup everything, perform...
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Better late than never?

Posted 03-21-2015 at 08:16 PM by rocket357 (Musings on technology, philosophy, and life in the corporate world)

http://hardenedbsd.org/article/shawn...oducing-noexec

I'll let you read that really quick. Take your time, actually, this blog will be here when you get back.

Back? Awesome. Let me hint you in to a little secret...

OpenBSD has had that technology since 2003.

Let me repeat that: This amazing "new" feature in HardenedBSD has actually been in place in OpenBSD for over a decade now.

Got it? Good....
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Frustration Defined

Posted 03-20-2015 at 06:39 PM by rocket357 (Musings on technology, philosophy, and life in the corporate world)

I won't lie. I hold a very low opinion of the security saavy of many American corporations. I understand that complexity is the enemy of security, and hence large corporations, who have complex chains of command, are necessarily going to be less secure (ahem...without dedicating tremendous resources and energy into making security a design feature and not an afterthought...such a place, however, is a rare beast indeed).

This, however, this takes a level of lackadaisical complacency...
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The little instance that couldn't

Posted 03-18-2015 at 06:47 PM by rocket357 (Musings on technology, philosophy, and life in the corporate world)
Updated 03-18-2015 at 06:50 PM by rocket357

Kids, gather around so I can tell you a story. A story of heartbreak, and frustration, and 'OhMahGerdWutTehF00kzRurThinking!'

I got a case yesterday where a user couldn't ssh to his EC2 instance. Simple enough, I see these quite often and I just about have a playbook to run by for these. *just about*, I say.

Yesterday I spent a decent amount of time troubleshooting with the user. Mostly emails back and forth (which would have gone faster, but the user and I both...
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To dish or not to dish...

Posted 03-15-2015 at 04:06 PM by rocket357 (Musings on technology, philosophy, and life in the corporate world)
Updated 03-15-2015 at 04:17 PM by rocket357

I've been bashing Comcast a lot lately, but today an even stranger "let's piss Jonathon off" event took place. See, we use Comcast for internet service only. I'd like to be in a position to go with fiber, but until we buy that dream house up on the hill, I'll have to settle (to be completely honest, Comcast isn't all *that* bad as I have written them up to be). I've configured a bunch of "obfuscating" services, such as tor, dnscrypt, etc... so Comcast knows as little as possible...
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