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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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Testing a new toy

Posted 11-30-2013 at 12:24 AM by rocket357 (Musings on technology, philosophy, and life in the corporate world)

The other day while running a maintenance for a customer in which we had settled on communicating via IM, I noted that typing on my android was a pain. Sure, the on screen keyboard is ok if I'm texting a quick message or typing out a short explanation of the final deal, but going from my laptop to the android and back for each step was getting old...so I figured it was time to grab a bluetooth keyboard and wire it up to a Galaxy tablet and test it out...only my wife beat me to it and picked one...
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RIP: bad value: NULL

Posted 09-18-2013 at 08:57 PM by rocket357 (Musings on technology, philosophy, and life in the corporate world)

Spent a few days debugging what I thought was a bizarre kernel bug on a RHEL 6.3 box. We had crash utilities installed and I'd gotten incredibly comfortable with analyzing kernel crash dumps. I can also say that I'm intimately familiar with a few features of the Linux kernel that I didn't even know existed before.

If you know much about kernel debugging, you probably already know the fix (due to the subject line). See, when you analyze a kernel crash dump, you get certain information,...
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tor as an...availability service?

Posted 07-24-2013 at 06:26 PM by rocket357 (Musings on technology, philosophy, and life in the corporate world)

Last night my wife complained to me that facebook was taking forever to load. I figured it was just a hiccup somewhere between facebook and our home network, so I waited a bit to see.

An hour or so later, she was getting impatient, so I fired up a tcpdump session on the firewall and watched her desktop exchange a pretty funny set of packets (well, you had to be there, I suppose), loaded with PUSH, URG, and FIN packets back and forth between her desktop and facebook. I laughed and...
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pcap_open_live(vlan2): vlan2: (all BPF devices are busy)

Posted 06-25-2013 at 02:42 PM by rocket357 (Musings on technology, philosophy, and life in the corporate world)

I can haz iftop x 5?

No, apparently not.

Code:
# lsof | grep bpf                                                       
iftop      1106    _iftop    4u    VCHR       23,5        0t0   58522 /dev/bpf5
dhclient  10196      root    5u    VCHR       23,9 0t15376716   58526 /dev/bpf9
iftop     10521    _iftop    4u    VCHR       23,8 0t30713975   58525 /dev/bpf8
dhclient  10789     _dhcp    5u    VCHR       23,9 0t15376716   58526 /dev/bpf9
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/30 ftw!

Posted 06-16-2013 at 08:31 PM by rocket357 (Musings on technology, philosophy, and life in the corporate world)

So, one of my big fears on my home network is a virus outbreak. Granted, my wife is an incredibly paranoid web surfer, and in the 12 years we've been together there has been just one virus issue (and that was after our niece used her computer to surf some "ooh, I'm a vampire...I sparkle!" type of social sites). Sigh.

So, why the rekindled fear? My daughter is old enough to start using the internet, and she hasn't had time to build up the same paranoia that her mother...
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