Life

New blogging software

Well, I ditched the old static-page iBlog software in order to use Serendipity, which is PHP-based, hackable, and moveable in that I can add entries wherever I am. iBlog had a stupid licensing thing so I could only use it on my desktop machine. Oh well. Anyways, I'm hoping that this will make me write more. I've also added an EverQuest blog so that I can track my adventures through Norrath.. ...

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Life

Annvix server changeover complete

Hopefully no one will have noticed, but earlier this weekend I moved the Annvix (and linsec.ca, mandriva.vmlinuz.ca, and other sites) over to an x86_64 system from an x86 system.

With a spanky powerful build system now (dual Opteron), I had an extra athlon64 system no longer doing much of anything and while I contemplated turning it into a test system, turning it into a live web server would make it more of a test system than ...

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macOS

OS X 10.4 "Tiger" thoughts

Well, I got OS X 10.4 (aka "Tiger") the night it came out.. then spent that night doing backups before I even opened the box. Took me a bit, but worth it because I always do an erase and install... best time to clean up is when installing a new OS. Unfortunately, come Saturday morning, things didn't look so good.

First thing is the DVD verification failed at about 65% on my emac. Tried it three ...

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macOS

Windows like OS X

Not really, OS X-related, but kinda is considering my Windows install looks more like a default OS X install than my Mac desktops do! Read on for some good links to customizing Windows XP if you, like me, are saddled with using it some of the time and just can't stand how ugly the thing is out of the box.

Strange stuff, but I never thought I'd blog about Windows considering I can't stand it. However, ...

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macOS

LDAP Editor for OS X: Found!

I use LDAP for authentication on my LAN (I wrote one of the earliest and definitive articles available on the internet for MandrakeSecure quite a while back), but I find dealing with LDAP to be a serious PITA. It's not the easiest thing to manage from the commandline... a GUI or web-based interface is almost required or you'll end up ripping off facial hair.

Today I went hunting for an OS X-based client in order to ...

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Life

linsec.ca changeover complete

Spammers irritate the heck out of me. And due to the open nature of TWiki, they've begun to take advantage of it and start including little hidden spam links on the site. I'm sorry to generalize, but every one of these spammers have been Chinese. It's very very annoying. They've been doing this with the Mandrake Community Wiki which I also host, but that site is really large and has quite a number of ...

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Linux

Using runit instead of SysVinit

I've been a huge fan of service-style handling of daemons since I first played with qmail a number of years ago. Using daemontools and supervise was awesome, even if it was only for qmail and djbdns back then. When I first decided to start my own proof-of-concept secure Linux distro (Annvix), one of the first things I decided on was to use daemontools to manage supervised services.

Unfortunately, daemontools is a little bit encumbered due ...

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macOS

The OS X blog

I've never kept it a secret that I'm a huge fan of OS X. I love this OS! So I've set a category aside for my notes and thoughts on OS X in general. Yes, I work for Mandrake, and yes, I use Mandrake. But I also use OS X (in fact, I use OS X primarily for my desktop systems). I prefer Mandrake as a server distro, however, I'm also liking Annvix for ...

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Life

linsec.ca Changes

The linsec.ca site has had a few changes and this is due primarily to the fact that chinese spammers are abusing the wiki. So, in the interests of keeping my sanity, I've decided to make all the articles on linsec.ca static meaning no more wiki.... This may make for a bit of a nuisance for some people as they've bookmarked the wiki links, but oh well.

At the same time I've decided to make a blog... ...

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