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21 June 2018, 20:33 UTCosquery - extensions

Need to take a read only peek at "stuff" on running systems?
osquery - considered useful. Exensions can make it more so.
Abstracting away differences in firewalls, try things out (test a theory).
They even have a Python extension:


16 June 2018, 4:54 UTCTariffs, what can we make of them.

So, the whole basis is on the current US / China (U.S. against China - tariffs)
are based on a Nixon era visit and some follow up in 1974.



11 June 2018, 4:50 UTCDigital vs analog world

Digital VS Analog

In the digital world things come " now":
 and must be responded to "now"

in the analog world,
 things come "now" and must be responded to:
 when you can compose a cogent and salient thought.


5 June 2018, 15:50 UTCMore Backups... WindowsImageBackup to a share.

Forgot to write this down the first time, so here goes.
Steps I took to ensure writing to a Samba share worked:

Writing to an ext4 filesystem.

smb.conf share level config:
  browsable = no
  strict allocate = yes
  writable = yes
  create mask = 0700
  directory mask = 0700

I had a directory owned by just the user drwx------ windows-backup
within the share itself.

I am pretty sure the key is "strict allocate = yes" to get rid of the message:
The requested operation could not be completed due to a virtual disk system limitation.
Virtual hard disk files must be uncompressed and unencrypted and must not be sparse.
The operation ended before completion.


4 June 2018, 18:31 UTCNow that Github is on the dark side, here is how to back up your new Gitlab instance :-)

Backup as your "special" git user.

# - change your old backup retention, I picked 1 day.
gitlab_rails['backup_keep_time'] = 86400
gitlab-ctl reconfigure

# - githoser, or whatever your git user is, feel free to skip keeping your env.
/usr/bin/sudo /bin/su - githoser /usr/bin/gitlab-rake gitlab:backup:create


31 May 2018, 19:37 UTCCheck your SSL at the door, and keep your POODLE inside.

Deadline coming up (June 30th 2018) to be PCI compliant.
If you are running an older web server with e-commerce, you should be
removing support for older ( i.e., anything pre-TLS 1.1 ) for now to be PCI compliant.
- so, remove SSL 3.0 and TLS 1.0... Might just go to TLS 1.2 to not have to keep doing this if you can.
You can check it with this one liner:

nmap --script ssl-enum-ciphers -p 443

Since the client can be tricked to using lower levels - (and we know it will be impossible to force clients to update) - the server end needs to change to not have support for the lower level TLS.


30 May 2018, 5:09 UTCDon't give up!

It is common sense to take a method and try it. If it fails, admit it frankly and try another. But above all, try something.


8 May 2018, 15:08 UTCVery Magic! VIM needs hand holding for some sed replacments:

'been dipped in double meaning
When replacing @ in a document:


The \V says to turn off the "special characters" meaning.


4 May 2018, 4:56 UTCYea! Amateur Radio gets a mention in a scientific paper!


2 May 2018, 3:53 UTCbell labs, xerox parc, (mitre?)

Where are we to go next? Extinction?
Bring out your dead:

Olivetti Research Laboratory
AT&T Laboratories Cambridge
... more to follow

Hey Google, would you have an intern scan the following list?:
At least MITRE is still producing something somewhat non quarterly focused.


18 April 2018, 19:57 UTCTrusov Ilya Igorevych
29 March 2018, 21:11 UTCDrupalgeddon2
5 March 2018, 17:40 UTCMicrosoft - you don't correctly run MTA's either.
29 January 2018, 14:32 UTCThe most current Microsoft advice on configuration documentation:
25 January 2018, 17:10 UTCApple calls it (mostly) quits on the Server App...
20 January 2018, 4:00 UTCI wonder...
3 January 2018, 21:32 UTCNobody ever got fired for going with Intel/AMD/ARM (ha). - (Meltdown / Spectre)
13 December 2017, 15:55 UTCNOC, NOC?
5 December 2017, 15:13 UTCAndroid 8.1 Oreo
15 November 2017, 18:23 UTCTimedRotatingFileHandler - don't be stupid.
14 November 2017, 5:46 UTCSystemd (resolv.conf and dnsmasq)
7 November 2017, 14:23 UTCCorporate 'the buck stops here' at CenturyLink / Level3
4 November 2017, 6:44 UTCFilesystems, files, and inodes, oh my!
11 October 2017, 16:21 UTCData just wants to be free!
26 September 2017, 19:41 UTCGoogle / Chrome - Breaking the functionality of the web to save users from themselves.
18 September 2017, 18:52 UTCOptionsbleed - ask / search for it today :-)
15 September 2017, 17:07 UTCOld Python 2.7 install on Windows need pip / setuptools help?
24 July 2017, 17:45 UTCGoogle - how about "no".
20 June 2017, 18:49 UTCSo, in 2017, Grub2 still can't boot md raid 1.2 with on lvm top of it?
6 June 2017, 20:14 UTCWhere does that module live in the Python install?

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