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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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The Squareroot of Negative Fun

Posted 08-08-2014 at 09:48 PM by rocket357 (Musings on technology, philosophy, and life in the corporate world)
Updated 08-08-2014 at 09:56 PM by rocket357

Every now and then, you have one of those days. One of those days where a customer reports that something weird is happening...their database contains *negative* client ids...even though you know for a fact that the client id is an identity column that begins at 1 and counts *up* to MAX_INT (or whatever SQL Server's max integer is). One of those days where you dig through thousands of lines of PHP code to discover that another intern decided to check in a revision where two numeric variables were...
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Abort, Abort!

Posted 08-05-2014 at 10:40 AM by rocket357 (Musings on technology, philosophy, and life in the corporate world)

I read a blog post on zenarchery earlier that was incredibly dark and depressing. Unfortunately, it was pretty accurate as well. It was about the brooding depression that seems to be commonplace among "corporate workhorses" and pretty much anyone living in the US. Here's the article:

http://zenarchery.com/2014/08/everyo...brokenhearted/

I agree with the author on many points, namely that I identify with the angst that he alludes to, but more importantly...
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Engineering Boredom

Posted 07-21-2014 at 12:55 PM by rocket357 (Musings on technology, philosophy, and life in the corporate world)

In the past few months, I've encountered a dramatic shift in interests. Sure, I'm still interested in coding, philosophy, and Unix, but I've appended a new interest to the end of the list, and this one has started trumping my other interests.

The interest is in electronics. I'm not sure 1) how I suddenly got interested in electronics or 2) how I never noticed electronics before! I've gone from the quiet "coder zen" type of desk (i.e. disorganized, but in an "organized"...
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DNS fun

Posted 07-06-2014 at 03:17 AM by rocket357 (Musings on technology, philosophy, and life in the corporate world)

I've configured probably the coolest, most complex DNS configuration I've bothered to setup in recent times. I say complex because it leverages unbound and pf to route dns traffic to other programs (nsd, dnscrypt-proxy, tor) and I say coolest because DNS traffic is "filtered" to the right places (so you don't end up with, say, a tor device leaking DNS traffic, or my wife having to wait crazy amounts of time for a simple DNS request).

I started off with the basics...what...
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icanhazmathz?

Posted 06-29-2014 at 09:23 PM by rocket357 (Musings on technology, philosophy, and life in the corporate world)
Updated 07-02-2014 at 10:21 AM by rocket357 (clarification)

A "quick and dirty" random password generator that I see a lot of people use is a construct similar to the following:

dd if=/dev/urandom of=/dev/stdout bs=6 count=1 2>/dev/null | base64

This produces output such as the following:

0zdQE0WC

Or perhaps even:

Pg7Ub+Rx

base64 is an encoding scheme that "converts" binary data into text data using 64 characters. The 64 characters chosen vary...
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