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[26 Sep 2010 | 4 Comments | ]
FreeBSD on Linode

Judging from the Google search results, this is a pretty hot-button issue… there are plenty of claims it works, but no one wants to say how it’s done. What follows is a rough essay taken directly from my notes, which was repeated multiple times so I believe I got all the kinks out of it, and ended up with a “working” FreeBSD 8.1-R i386 installation on a Linode. I say “working” because it has a tendency to crash under heavy load – there’s clearly still much work to be done …

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[26 Apr 2010 | 2 Comments | ]
lspci for Windows… Sort of…

Spike on IRC was commenting about how much of a pain in the arse it is to track down drivers for unknown hardware on Windows, and how easy it is under Linux using lspci. I sat and thought about it – lspci can’t possibly pluck hardware strings from nowhere, there has to be some sort of database… and there is, and best of all there’s a web-based front end to it.
So here’s how to do it yourself in a few easy steps… first, right-click My Computer and choose properties. Then, …

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[7 Apr 2010 | 4 Comments | ]
UPnP-IGD on FreeBSD with PF

I used to always run either OpenBSD or FreeBSD powered routers – basically since around 2000 (before that it was Linux, but we don’t speak of those days anymore). In recent years, starting with my Cayman 3546 router I just started enjoying the simplicity that appliance-type devices offered.
Our most recent setup has been a Linksys WRT54G, which has been rather crap in it’s duties really. For some reason it’s consistently dropping packets and possibly rebooting (but with the garbage default firmware, there’s absolutely no way to tell if it’s rebooted …

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[12 Mar 2009 | No Comment | ]

If you’re a PostgreSQL user running FreeBSD, you probably notice once a day (assuming you read your root mail) that the psql daily job complains loudly about not being able to auth to the database… that is of course unless you’re still using the “trust” auth mechanism, in which case your nightly maintenance should work according to plan, but unless the machine is locked away where no one can get to it (even via the internet), you’re probably a dumbass.
So how do we fix …

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[19 Sep 2007 | No Comment | ]

OpenBSD’s spamd – A lightweight spam-deferral daemon. Spamd works directly with SMTP connections, and supports features such as gray-listing. It minimizes false positives compared to a system that does full-body analysis. It is not a replacement for spam-filters, but an elegant method of segregating the spammers.
This HOWTO is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU General Public License for more details. ©2008 Strykar
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