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( Jan. 19th, 2011 04:35 pm)
So hey there LJ. Been a bit impersonal lately, what with only blog reposts and whatnot hitting up this space. No hard feelings, I hope.

So things. Things have been good. Things have been better than good, lately. I've been happy for the first time in a while. I mean, it's not like I was all emo and writing bad poetry with my black tears, but a lot of the time I was just going through the motions. This has improved greatly.

Still rocking the not-so employed, but hopefully that is changing soon. A bit of stability with a job would be pretty awesome.

I've been spending most of my "social" online time over at Facebook or Twitter, which is one of the main reasons the LJ has gotten ignored. I just don't find that I have huge amounts of things to say that would be LJ post worthy.

And really, that's about it. I'm leaving things out, and being vague about other things... but if you follow me on Twitter or friend me on Facebook you'll know the whole story with my life as it stands.

Originally published at ScummBlog. You can comment here or there.

Recently a couple of Linode VMs were acquired by my employer. It was decided that these would host OpenVPN, OpenLDAP, PostgreSQL and a couple more services in a HA cluster. This seemed like a great idea, and much congratulating occurred.

Little did we know what awaited us.

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Originally published at ScummBlog. You can comment here or there.

I am here, people, to save you from LDAP. Unless you have to use it, in which case you are already lost. Like me. But here are some pro tips to make connecting clients a bit easier!

1) TLS in Ubuntu is seriously broken. Like, terribly broken. GnuTLS looks like it’s to blame, and from the bugs that I’ve looked at nobody wants to actually acknowledge that the problem belongs to them. So you’d think that would nix using LDAP over a secure connection, right? Wrong! You can use stunnel to create a SSL-encrypted listener on port 636 (LDAP’s secure port) and have it dump the incoming connection to 389 (the un-encrypted local listening port). This lets your clients use LDAPS:// properly. Don’t ask me why this works, but I’m damned glad it does.

2) Just apt-get installing libnss-ldap on a client doesn’t bring in everything you’ll need for proper LDAP logins. You’ll also want to make sure that libpam-modules is already installed (for pam_mkhomedir.so) and nscd (Name Service Cache Daemon) otherwise you’ll run into lovely “I have no name!” issues on login.

3) Some handy things you’ll want to check in /etc/ldap.conf: make sure the port is 636, ssl is on and tls_checkpeer is no.

4) Make a local recovery account with a *really* secure password, and *DON’T* disable local login in PAM, otherwise you are SOL if LDAP ever breaks.

So there you go, somewhat painless LDAP authentication! The TLS thing alone resulted in a tonne of swearing yesterday, before I found the myriad of bugs filed against it.

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( Jun. 18th, 2010 07:54 pm)

Originally published at ScummBlog. You can comment here or there.

So thanks to a friend’s awesomeness, I have access to a proper Linux VM kicking it in a real datacenter! This means I can finally move the content off of my home server!

So Bung (the VM) will now serve my static content for the various sites I host, and Pants (local server) will be for services. This should simplify a lot of things, and give me a bit more experience with a) Ubuntu as a server and b) running a VM server.

In addition to switching up hosts, I’m also switching up HTTPD services. I’ve dealt exclusively with Apache (1.3 and 2) in the past. The same friend that is providing the VM also convinced me to give Nginx (wiki.nginx.org) a shot. It’s taken quite a bit of getting used to, but it does seem to be crazy fast, and the config gets a lot easier as you go along.

I have already migrated the sites under the scummbox.org umbrella, and am just rsync-ing the content for the other domains that I host. Hopefully the remainder of the sites will be relocated by this weekend!

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( Jun. 18th, 2010 07:54 pm)

Originally published at ScummBlog. You can comment here or there.

So thanks to a friend’s awesomeness, I have access to a proper Linux VM kicking it in a real datacenter! This means I can finally move the content off of my home server!

So Bung (the VM) will now serve my static content for the various sites I host, and Pants (local server) will be for services. This should simplify a lot of things, and give me a bit more experience with a) Ubuntu as a server and b) running a VM server.

In addition to switching up hosts, I’m also switching up HTTPD services. I’ve dealt exclusively with Apache (1.3 and 2) in the past. The same friend that is providing the VM also convinced me to give Nginx (wiki.nginx.org) a shot. It’s taken quite a bit of getting used to, but it does seem to be crazy fast, and the config gets a lot easier as you go along.

I have already migrated the sites under the scummbox.org umbrella, and am just rsync-ing the content for the other domains that I host. Hopefully the remainder of the sites will be relocated by this weekend!

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( Jan. 11th, 2010 01:17 am)
It was almost exactly like this:
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( Jan. 11th, 2010 01:17 am)
It was almost exactly like this:
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( Dec. 2nd, 2009 12:47 am)


This is all you need to know.
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( Dec. 2nd, 2009 12:47 am)


This is all you need to know.
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( Sep. 21st, 2009 11:20 pm)
Here is one picture from camping, as I can't be arsed to paw through all the crap shots I took right now.

+1 )
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( Sep. 21st, 2009 11:20 pm)
Here is one picture from camping, as I can't be arsed to paw through all the crap shots I took right now.

+1 )

Originally published at ScummBlog. You can comment here or there.

As hinted in the last post, Scummbox.org is running some new services.

To facilitate remote access to my network, OpenVPN has been installed. It was a cinch to install, and through some trial and error I have gotten additional routes passed through to access my home network range from any remote location.

Also installed was TinyProxy. This allows users connected to the VPN to (transparently!) access sites that may be blocked at their location.

A final new service running is GnuMP3d… A remote playlist/streaming client that is tucked behind the VPN to prevent rampant and unauthorized usage.

On the workstation front, I’ve gone from running Kubuntu to Windows Vista to Windows 7 Beta/RC. Windows 7 is running extremely well and has offered me no problems as of yet. A side effect of going back to Windows is that I’m playing World of Warcraft again, as well as EVE Online. And what’s the side effects of playing games on a PC?

Hardware upgrades. The workstation has gotten a new PCIe 2.0 ATI video card. A 4870 HD with 1GB of GDDR5, to be exact. And with that also came two 22″ widescreen monitors running at 1680×1050 for an amazing amount of desktop real estate.

It has been a frenzy of upgrades and updates and taking chances on new software, but it’s paying off big time!

Originally published at ScummBlog. You can comment here or there.

As hinted in the last post, Scummbox.org is running some new services.

To facilitate remote access to my network, OpenVPN has been installed. It was a cinch to install, and through some trial and error I have gotten additional routes passed through to access my home network range from any remote location.

Also installed was TinyProxy. This allows users connected to the VPN to (transparently!) access sites that may be blocked at their location.

A final new service running is GnuMP3d… A remote playlist/streaming client that is tucked behind the VPN to prevent rampant and unauthorized usage.

On the workstation front, I’ve gone from running Kubuntu to Windows Vista to Windows 7 Beta/RC. Windows 7 is running extremely well and has offered me no problems as of yet. A side effect of going back to Windows is that I’m playing World of Warcraft again, as well as EVE Online. And what’s the side effects of playing games on a PC?

Hardware upgrades. The workstation has gotten a new PCIe 2.0 ATI video card. A 4870 HD with 1GB of GDDR5, to be exact. And with that also came two 22″ widescreen monitors running at 1680×1050 for an amazing amount of desktop real estate.

It has been a frenzy of upgrades and updates and taking chances on new software, but it’s paying off big time!

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( Jul. 26th, 2009 11:51 pm)
For any Monty Python fans out there: Munro's Books has the complete Monty Python's Flying Circus on DVD (21 DVDs) for $49.99! HMV.ca is currently selling it for $119, and other places as high as $200! Even with Express shipping ($10 within Canada) it's ridiculously cheap!

Many thanks to [livejournal.com profile] jvcstu for pointing the deal out!
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( Jul. 26th, 2009 11:51 pm)
For any Monty Python fans out there: Munro's Books has the complete Monty Python's Flying Circus on DVD (21 DVDs) for $49.99! HMV.ca is currently selling it for $119, and other places as high as $200! Even with Express shipping ($10 within Canada) it's ridiculously cheap!

Many thanks to [livejournal.com profile] jvcstu for pointing the deal out!
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( Jul. 26th, 2009 12:07 pm)
Anyone interested in a 19" LG Flatron LCD monitor? I have an extra now, and no use for it.
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( Jul. 26th, 2009 12:07 pm)
Anyone interested in a 19" LG Flatron LCD monitor? I have an extra now, and no use for it.
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( Jul. 20th, 2009 12:07 pm)
Instead of letting the pictures languish on my camera for 17 years prior to posting, here are pictures from the impromptu Cottage weekend.

http://jamie.olmsted.ca/gallery/v/D40/cottage09/
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( Jul. 20th, 2009 12:07 pm)
Instead of letting the pictures languish on my camera for 17 years prior to posting, here are pictures from the impromptu Cottage weekend.

http://jamie.olmsted.ca/gallery/v/D40/cottage09/
I have cut over from Old Scummbox to the newly-built Scummbox. Things will be broken. AllSome of the image links in my old journal posts are now dead... I don't have time to fix them all (I went back and fixed to mid 2005). Any hosted sites (minus all the dead guild sites) have been moved over as is, so any links there should work fine.

If you come across anything that is seriously broken, let me know.
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