As file sizes increasingly become bigger in cameras such as Go Pro and Canon EOS D, the FAT file system has become unfit for purpose. As such, instead of looking to an open source file system (probably due to no support in the Windows or Mac platforms), these camera manufacturers have just done a bump to a more recent version of a Microsoft proprietary file system, exFAT. Continue reading
OpenBSD comes with a SNMP v2c and v3 daemon in base. Simplistic and privileged separated, this SNMP service is easy to configure and secure – putting Simple, backing into Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP).
Recently, I have needed to flick on snmpd(8) to provide data to the Cacti logging service. The default configuration in /etc/examples/snmpd.conf will get most people going while only letting the daemon listen on the localhost interface, keeping your SNMP service reasonably secure. Continue reading
I have just moved a WordPress instance from a standard cPanel installation, into a custom OpenBSD host. Everything ran smoothly from a data point of view but when I went to test the installation I got a 500 error. Turning on php error logging gave me the information I needed to start debugging the issue. Continue reading
For OpenBSD users, it has been pretty disappointing that Digital Ocean didn’t launch other BSDs with introduction of FreeBSD, even though the technical barrier had been removed to allow it.
Today, I thought I’d try doing an OpenBSD load again (I have tried before without success due to CPU feature issues) and the results were pleasing – you can now enjoy OpenBSD on Digital Ocean. Continue reading
While some use the documentation correctly and search the mailing lists, sometimes the answers don’t come up correctly due to formatting or google having issues indexing.
As I use OpenBSD more and more as a daily driver (be it still in VMWare Workstation on one machine and Virtual Box on the other), I still don’t have it on raw workstation hardware. I want my audio and video to work but out of the box on the above platforms, but my audio was either sketchy or non-existent. Continue reading
Having just recently performed an upgrade of OpenBSD 5.6 to OpenBSD 5.7, duplicity (my backup tool), stopped working for no apparent reason.
At first, I thought it had something to do with the 0.6 branch becoming deprecated, but in the end I found out that this was just a warning message. Continue reading
I often get asked the best way to securely erase a disk or what to use to ensure that a disk has been sanitised to DoD 5220-22-M. A reasonable way to achieve this would be:
dd if=/dev/urandom of=/dev/rdsk/c#t#d#s2 bs=10k
dd if=/dev/arandom of=/dev/r#d#c bs=10k
This will ensure that random (not completely random, but good enough) data is written to the devices RAW geometry. This would remove all traces of previous data on the disk1 Continue reading
With a few guests coming over tomorrow afternoon for beers in the garage and the Hawks playing on the box, I thought we might need some TV where we are drinking. I thought, no problems, I’ll get the Windows notebook out and set it up in the garage and stream TV from the HD Home Run unit in the lounge room. But I didn’t really want to go and dismantle the notebook or have the good notebook subject to beer and chips so I wondered if I could get the unit streaming to my Linux laptop? Continue reading
With the whole Google Reader issue (not that I am a user), I got think – some of the facilities that I use on the internet could be taken away, without notice or have an ability to extract my data out of the applications.
It was time that I took some things seriously and roll my data back into my own controlled applications and servers. I was planning on doing this once the NBN rolled on by but with the Google Reader issue and the possibility that NBN won’t roll by due to the ‘I’m no Bill Gates’ lead
noalition coalition possibly getting into governement, time was right to act on this at a faster pace and just put up with the speed hit that I will initially find. Continue reading