There is a cool little trick to get the status of a dd operation out of the system. It will provide the status of dd via the err interface. You can do this one of two ways, either background (bg) the operation or perform it in a new terminal or screen. For OpenBSD, a SIG_INFO […]
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 or dd if=/dev/arandom of=/dev/r#d#c bs=10k This will ensure that random (not completely random, but good enough) […]
The start of May 2013 marks the release of OpenBSD 5.3. Another release brings a swag of hardware improvements along with software features that will give users even more choices when they are building a server, router/firewall or desktop computer.
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 […]
Nginx(8) is the replacement web server for the old patched Apache 1.3 in OpenBSD. As of OpenBSD 5.2, Nginx(8) is still not the primary [default] web server in the BSD release and allows for users to slowly migrate from Apache to Nginx(8) without additional package install.
All the news around the webs states that Windows 8 has been released. I was meaning to get down to Harvey Norman for the midnight launch (something that I did back when Windows 95 hit the streets) but funnily enough, I forgot. No big deal really, the internet reminded me, so I went to the […]
The OpenBSD project has announced that pre-orders for the up coming 5.2 release of the operating system are now on-line. The release is due to hit shelves and mirrors on 1 November, 2012. The inexpensive 3-CD sets of OpenBSD 5.2 are $50CDN, Posters $2oCDN and T-Shirts $25CDN. While you are there, you can also make […]
Yes, I know, OpenBSD 5.1 has been released since 1 May 2012, however my blog wasn’t up then. It did get a mention on my Twitter and G+ pages so all is not lost. I highly recommend supporting the project by buying a CD release or making a donation. While you are waiting for your […]