Linux

Current progress of new blog platform

I've not had much time in the past week to work on the blog platform due to getting back to work after two weeks off. So that means future enhancements to the blog will take a bit longer.

I managed to implement a fairly basic commenting system that works well, so at least now you can offer your thoughts and comments on blog posts. The one thing that's really missing before I redirect the ...

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Life

Welcome to the new journey

This is the first post on my new blogging platform that I've written from scratch using Flask and Python. I've been using Drupal to host annvix.com for quite some time (mostly for consulting client information) and have used WordPress for years on linsec.ca. To be quite honest, I'm tired of Drupal, Wordpress, and PHP in general so I set out to try something new. I have been using Flask at work now ...

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macOS

Adding Dash support to Komodo IDE

I've recently found and become a fan of the Dash documentation browser for OS X. It has some neat integration with some applications, like Sublime Text and PyCharm (both of which I use), but not for Komodo IDE (which I also use). So this post is to show how easy it is to integrate the two.

Dash uses a URL scheme of dash://[query] that makes it really easy to tie into any application ...

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Life

Bye Bye Mediawiki

Just a quick note to say that I've shifted things around and have put most of the mediawiki content on as pages on the blog. This way I don't have to worry about updating both mediawiki and wordpress. I'm getting older and have less interest in patching things unnecessarily, so I've moved all of that information over. As a result, all of the old Annvix content is now gone as well. ...

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Linux

Serial console support in Grub2

This is another one of those "just so I don't forget" posts. I'm working towards migrating from IPA in a KVM-based virtual machine running CentOS 6 to one running CentOS 7 and the way of making serial consoles work in 7 is different than it was in 6 because CentOS 7 (and thus RHEL7) use Grub2.

Instead of editing /boot/grub.cfg, you need to edit /etc/defaults/grub and add:

GRUB_TERMINAL="serial" GRUB_SERIAL_COMMAND="serial --unit=0 --speed=115200"

The above will enable Grub output to ...

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Linux

Getting started with firewalld

I'm mostly writing this for my own reference as I spent a bunch of time figuring this out while I was on holidays with some serious oVirt misadventures and didn't document any of what I did, so since I had to reinstall CentOS 7, I'm stuck doing this all over again.

Effectively I'm migrating from CentOS 6 to CentOS 7 and trying to take advantage of the new way of doing things. I could easily ...

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Linux

Blocking ad networks with named

I've meant to do this for ages, so on my first day of my "staycation", despite vowing to myself that I wouldn't look at a computer screen this week (hey, it's not actually the technical start of my week off is it?), I fiddled this morning with BIND to try and avoid seeing ads on my devices. While AdBlock works great on my browsers, that doesn't transfer well to mobile devices and apps with ...

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Christianity

Our Response to the Majesty of God

The following is the transcript of what I spoke on at a Tuesday night at Christcity. A few people missed it and wanted to know what I spoke about, so I'm sharing it here. For those reading who may not "get it", this was delivered to Christians. This isn't a message to anyone else. There are a lot of "Christians" out there who were told a lie: That becoming a Christian ...

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Linux

Custom Email Notifications in GitLab

I started playing around with GitLab last month in order to get to know it a better and, while I like it well enough, the one thing that drove me nuts was the email that it sent out alerting of changes. My old git setup used the wonderful git-notifier script to send out emails and I much prefer the format it used than the format GitLab uses. Unfortunately, at that time, without ...

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