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I Am Going To OLF

I will be attending the Ohio Linux Fest this September (in about two weeks) giving a talk on "Password Theory and Breaking Encrypted Filesystems". The talk covers some theory on what exactly makes a "secure password", including some mathematics, entropy, random number generators, shadowed passwords, salts, rainbow tables and cryptographic hashes. I end the talk […]

OpenSSH Best Practices

This post comes from Matt Taggart, who put together a document about the best practices for using OpenSSH. A lot of the points brought up in that document rang the bells of common sense, and are so good, it's worth blogging about in hopes that the points mentioned therein reach as many as possible. I've […]

Why Unix Is Superior

Quick post, outlining what I think makes the Unix family of operating systems superior, including "unix-like" operating systems such as GNU/Linux, BSD, and others. Of course, the list isn't exhaustive- it's just something I threw together in 10 minutes. The motivation of the post was a discussion in ##unix on Freenode. The command line interface. […]

Newsbeuter, Mutt and Google

I just discovered Newsbeuter supports synchronization with Google Reader. Not only your read/unread feed items, but you can also share and star items in Newsbeuter as you can in the Google Reader interface. This blog post is documenting how. Further, by using Buzz, you can also comment on your shared items, and others. I'll cover […]

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Cloning Debian System Packages

Just over the past couple of weeks, I have done a few Debian GNU/Linux installations for various people, including myself. I am a minimalist. I like to have installed on my system only exactly what I specify. However, I'm also a realist, and know that Debian has likely chosen sane defaults in the installer when […]

Using Symantec NetBackp With A Fedora 12 Live CD

At work, we use Symantec NetBackup for all our full and incremental backups to tape. With currently about 100 servers in operation, and roughly 300+ virtual development environments on the horizon using RHEV, NetBackup and Bare Metal Restore, also from Symantec, will be crucial in our operations. Recently, we had some virtual servers take a […]

Connecting To Serial Null Modems With GNU Screen

The motivation for this post, actually, is that I had heard of the BSD-licensed tmux. I've heard it's far more configurable than GNU screen and lighter on resources. So, I thought I'd install it on my Debian machine, and give it a quick test drive. The first thing I wanted to test, was not attaching […]

How Travelers Can Protect Their Data

I used to travel quite extensively around the country, and even had the opportunity to leave the country and go abroad. My laptop was always with me. As a result, I was very concerned for the integrity and safety of my data. As such, I took the necessary precautions that travelers can take when their […]

The Meaning of 'su'

When I taught for Guru Labs, part of the students training was covering different ways of becoming the root user, such as using "su", "sudo" and taking advantage of the wheel group. Login shells versus non-login shells were also covered. The idea was to help the student understand the real nature of the shell and […]

Keeping Time In Debian With Virtualbox

I've been encountering an interesting issue recently with Debian running as a guest in side of VirtualBox on Windows XP. When I initially installed Debian, I told it to adjust the hardware clock to UTC. Of course, this was the mistake I made. Windows operating systems want the hardware clock set to local time, then […]

Get Your Unix Beard On

Today is the day, my friends. The day where the boys are separated from the men. The day tech support is separated from the system administrators. The day God smiles from on High. What am I referring to? Why, Whiskerino 2009, of course. The concept is simple. Whiskerino is an Internet beard growing contest that […]

Scrubbing Hard Disk Data

I've recently had the opportunity with wiping 13 SCSI drives. The drives are small- 36 and 18 gigabyte drives, and they do contain sensitive data. They will be sent off to a third party for physical destruction, but we need to make sure that the data is completely overwritten on the disk in a secure […]

Mobile LVM

Today, as my wife and I were headed into Target, I thought of the cheap USB thumb drives they usually have on sale, and I was tempted to purchase some. Then I got to thinking: what if I could use those thumb drives as one disk, using LVM, and have the ability to take that […]

The Official Root Certified, LLC Launch!

Today is a big day. Christer Edwards and I have gone into business with each other starting a Linux and Unix company here in Utah. We're named "Root Certified, LLC". We specialize in Linux hosting, Linux and Unix consulting and auditing. You can find more about us at our page: http://rootcertified.com. If your company is […]

GnuPG Up And Close

Every GNU/Linux distribution ships with GnuPG by default. While they all don't ship with the same GUI frontend, they do ship with the the same CLI backend. So, we'll be interfacing with that throughout this informational session. I'm not presenting this as anything necessarily useful. Rather, I hope you find it informational/educational, and learn a […]

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