py-boto and LibreSSL

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.

Boto for Python Issues

Using a few utilities in the past couple of days, I have noticed a few issues with boto either ignoring the AWS variables or not addressing buckets correctly.

Windows 8.1 Update 0x80240031

While setting up two new Lenovo E540 notebooks that had Windows 8 on them, I came across an issue with the update to Windows 8.1 via the Microsoft Store.  It would get to 50% downloaded/installed and then error with the code 0x80240031.

OpenBSD 5.5 Released

The start of May 2014 marks the release of OpenBSD 5.5.  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. Some highlights that interest me are:

OpenBSD 5.4 Released

The start of November 2013 marks the release of OpenBSD 5.4.  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. Some highlights that interest me are:

Ford Fiesta/Focus Oil Change Light – Reset

It appears that Ford Australia and the dealer servicing network are forgetful when it comes to resetting the oil change light when a vehicle is in for service.  It makes you wonder if they actually did anything when they service your vehicle – they probably forget to even change the oil.  Lets just say, for […]

dd, What is the status?

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 […]

Hard Drive Sanitisation

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) […]

OpenBSD 5.3 Released

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.

HDHomeRun and Linux

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 […]