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HOWTO: Create a Warrant Canary, or NSL Dead Man’s Switch

Thanks Slashdot for carrying your users over to my blog this morning! The rsync team has been doing this for quite awhile, and I had an idea. Why not share this more broadly? So I created a quick little script to generate my own “warrant canary”. Instructions follow below. Note: Based on the direct emails […]

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Syndicated 2013-09-09 12:52:01 from random neuron misfires

HOWTO: Disable Usernames from Login Managers for Linux and Windows

With all the news flying around about security, the less we give a potential malicious attacker, the better. To that end, here’s how to disable the list of usernames or the last logged-in user on your machine(s) for Windows and Linux (gdm) when you boot them up and get to the login screen. Disable Usernames […]

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Syndicated 2013-09-08 00:35:08 from random neuron misfires

HOWTO: Properly install native VMware Tools in pfSense 2.0.3 (FreeBSD 8.1)

If you’re anything like me, you take security seriously. With all the recent news about the NSA and Prism and over-reach of surveillance, you’ll take this very seriously. I run several layers of nested firewalls, VPNs and other layers of security at my office. One of the things I run in a virtualized environment (VMware […]

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Syndicated 2013-08-24 22:49:04 from random neuron misfires

SOLVED: VMware Tools create_proc_entry Error with vmballoon_procfs_init on Linux Kernel 3.11.0

Another quick VMware Tools patch and fix if you’re using Linux Kernel 3.11.0 (and probably later, until this gets integrated into mainline). This time, if you’re seeing the following error: Using 2.6.x kernel build system. make: Entering directory `/tmp/modconfig-CZk9AS/vmmemctl-only' /usr/bin/make -C /lib/modules/3.11.0-999-generic/build/include/.. SUBDIRS=$PWD SRCROOT=$PWD/. \ MODULEBUILDDIR= modules make[1]: Entering directory `/usr/src/linux-headers-3.11.0-999-generic' CC [M] /tmp/modconfig-CZk9AS/vmmemctl-only/backdoorGcc64.o CC […]

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Syndicated 2013-08-23 19:11:22 from random neuron misfires

Using fdupes to Solve the Data Duplication Problem: I’ve got some dupes!

Well, 11.6 hours later after scanning the NAS with fdupes, I noticed that I’ve got some dupes across my system backups. # time ./fdupes -R -Sm "/nas/Backups/System Backups/" 2153352 duplicate files (in 717685 sets), occupying 102224.5 megabytes real 698m15.606s user 38m20.758s sys 92m17.217s That’s 2.1 million duplicate files occupying about 100GB of storage capacity in […]

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Syndicated 2013-08-23 16:05:16 from random neuron misfires

SOLVED: VMware Tools __devexit_p Error on Linux Kernel 3.8 and Earlier

If you run a current version of VMware Workstation, VMware Server, ESXi or VMware Fusion with a recent Linux kernel as a guest, you’ve most-likely run into this already. Using 2.6.x kernel build system. make: Entering directory `/tmp/modconfig-N9AMbf/vmci-only' /usr/bin/make -C /lib/modules/3.8.0-19-generic/build/include/.. SUBDIRS=$PWD SRCROOT=$PWD/. \ MODULEBUILDDIR= modules make[1]: Entering directory `/usr/src/linux-headers-3.8.0-19-generic' CC [M] /tmp/modconfig-N9AMbf/vmci-only/linux/vmciKernelIf.o CC [M] […]

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Syndicated 2013-08-22 22:14:00 from random neuron misfires

HOWTO: How to Fix a Forgotten Windows Administrator or User Password with Sticky Keys

I pulled some of my very old Windows VMs out of my backup NAS recently with the intent to pull them into ESXi 5.0.1, and manage them there. But they hadn’t been booted or updated in 4+ years. I thought I remembered the password for the users of these VMs, but none of my obvious […]

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Syndicated 2013-08-20 18:42:49 from random neuron misfires

HOWTO: Configure XChat Azure on OS X to connect to Freenode using SASL + Tor

With all the recent news about the NSA, Prism Surveillance Program and the US Federal Government actively spying on its citizens without cause, I decided to update the detailed HOWTO I posted in early 2011 describing how to connect to Freenode using Xchat (on Linux/FreeBSD) using SASL + Tor. The process is relatively simple, but [...]

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Syndicated 2013-07-31 13:17:38 from random neuron misfires

Using the Goal Zero Sherpa 50 As a Wireless Home AC Outlet

I’ve been happily using my Sherpa 50 since late April of this year. I went for the full kit, including the Goal Zero Laptop Charging Kit, the Sherpa Extreme Inverter and a great, custom Goal Zero Sherpa 50 Pouch from the team at Blue Ridge Overland Gear (great guys, I highly recommend visiting their site [...]

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Syndicated 2013-06-12 03:07:55 from random neuron misfires

DomainSite: This is Not the Way to Manage Passwords

As per my end-of-month processing, I update and rotate/change the passwords and login credentials for the hundreds of websites and logins I own and use on a regular basis. I reached my domain registrar, DomainSite, and successfully changed my password to something nice and secure, and their system happily accepted it. I logged out, and [...]

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Syndicated 2013-05-31 14:46:33 from random neuron misfires

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