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Well, the replacement parts for the stolen server are in and up and running. photon ][ (or 2) is born. The replacement parts are combined to make up the first server I have built for myself from all new parts. Well, almost all new. The hard drive ousing the OS Read more…


I have recently lost both bit-barrier (my firewall) and photon (my server) along with a lot of other gear. While traveling for work some one pried my front door open with a crowbar and took it all. Also in the list of items taken is my 19 inch LCD, WRT-54G Read more…


It was asked recently how to generate a random HEX key for something like WEP. A bash one liner can do this for you using the following: string=0123456789ABCDEF && for i in $(seq 1 32); do pos=$(($RANDOM%15)) && key=${key}${string:$pos:1}; done && echo $key


I find my self in a small predicament. I have a network share on my server via NFS. This is where I store all my media such as anime and music so I can get to it from any of my computers. The slight catch is the kid uses Windows Read more…


Well I got a bit motivated and finally wrote the code to run the files section of the site. As usual it is nothing massive or complex and uses a simple concept. Not much up there now but I hope to get more on there soon. As usual enjoy! 😉


My pirate name is: Dirty James Kidd You’re the pirate everyone else wants to throw in the ocean — not to get rid of you, you understand; just to get rid of the smell. Even though you’re not always the traditional swaggering gallant, your steadiness and planning make you a Read more…


I passed along that I had gotten a new 1u rack mount server to replace what I was using for my home server. It is an IBM xSeries 330 model which is a bit older but I got it very cheap so it suites me fine. The order of the Read more…


I have been under the pile of to-dos lately but I am working on getting things moving again. Primary task as of late was the addition of a new server. I got an IBM xSeries 330 from ebay for 47$ after shipping. This machine replaced photon which was an aging Read more…


On the second of May Slackware 12.1 was released. While I no longer run Slackware on my desktop system it still lives on my server machine. So an upgrade was in order of course. While I don’t really favor upgrades it is an upgrade of versions. To prep a full Read more…


I am reminded daily how lazy and spoon fed the average person is these days. I shall give you a prime example which I actually witnessed first hand myself. While serving as the IMO/ISAO of a company I was tasked to update and add some software to a good number Read more…

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