Category Archives: Computer / Server

Server related things.

SuSE museum — 7.3 to 9.1

SuSE Linux Professional 7.3

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A Ghost from 1995 – Good Riddance

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BORG Backup — Deduplicating Archiver

The documentation is very usable, easy to understand. Getting the basic things going is very easy. The code is on github. It’s worth taking a look and having a go at it! You do know that you NEED a backup, … Continue reading

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The day the Twitter died…

I case you haven’t noticed yet, TWITTER IS DOWN, oh no! First I suspected my friggin’ Android-Tablet, as usual (and rightly so). It is slow and crash-happy, I suspect very poor quality FLASH-memory (IOWAIT is insanely high, fstrim doesn’t do … Continue reading

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PartedMagic — Booting ISO image from GRUB2 / openSUSE

Please note: this is not an excuse not to have a bootable USB-stick for true emergencies. This is just for convenience.

File download On openSUSE (13.2), this file needs to be placed into “/etc/grub.d/”. After that run “yast2 bootloader” … Continue reading

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“Easy” remote-admin — static systemd service

In the previous two posts we dealt with the script ‘after.local’, which is a remnant on openSUSE of the ‘init’-days, before systemd became the standard. After looking more closely, it turns out that there is a ‘unit-file’ for ‘after.local’ backward-compatibility. … Continue reading

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“Easy” remote-admin — take 2

In my previous post I described a method for a boot-activated remote-admin option for my parents’ computer. On 2nd thought, it is not always a good idea to rely on changing system-wide configurations (such as sshd_config, firewall…) In this post … Continue reading

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“Easy” & quite safe remote-admin for parent’s linux machine

Yes, I know about KDE desktop sharing, FreeNX and relatives… and again yes, this is nothing new, but someone might still find it useful. I wanted and needed something simple, something that could be activated in the bootloader menu (grub … Continue reading

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No more SATAsfaction — DIE you friggin cable

For some time now I’ve had issues with SATA bus-errors once in a while. The latest occurrence was a few days ago, a day after I had made a full backup.

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Welcome to the all-new server — fingers crossed

That’s all folks!

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Attacks against my server — no more comments / contact

Dear valued readers, due to persisting attacks against my server, I have been forced to shut off commenting on this blog as well as the option to send me an email via the ‘about’ page. If you absolutely need to … Continue reading

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Attacks against my server — gitweb taken down

Due to repeated attacks against my server, I was forced to take down the “gitweb” web-interface + git read-only repository cloning access. Please use my github page instead. Direct all your curses towards the A-hole who done it.

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How long do SSD drives last — not long enough

Almost exactly 4 years ago I bought a 64GB SSD for my then much younger laptop. It is a “Super Talent FTM64GX25H”. Read transfer rates were about 130MB/s in my machine. How much is to be attributed to the SSD … Continue reading

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Got a new Kindle and no WLAN support on your router?

What’s the motivation? You CAN transfer e-books to the Kindle via USB cable, BUT that leaves a lot to be desired. Browsing the Amazon Kindle store is a very nice feature that I wouldn’t want to miss anymore. There are … Continue reading

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I’ve added a support forum

Just to let you know. Lately I’ve been getting a lot of emails about how to code certain things for one of my projects. Not that I mind the emails, but discussing these things on a forum is much easier … Continue reading

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Updating the Server — Welcome Debian, bye bye openSUSE

My provider has upgraded its VServer plans. Now offering 1GB of RAM, 20GB of disk and some more CPU power for the same price, but openSUSE was phased out. My old VServer only hat 256MB or RAM and was kinda … Continue reading

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Blocking IPs after breakin attempts with tcpwrapper and fail2ban

My virtual private server runs fail2ban to block IPs that have tried to gain access to my system by hammering my ssh server. Suspicious IPs get banned for a certain time with a firewall policy using iptables. The un-banning is … Continue reading

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Blocking referer spam with mod_security2 using Apache2

I have some statistics plugins for WordPress that evaluate what sites refer to my blog. I use “WassUp”, “StatPress” and “CyStats”. Unfortunately some idiot thinks it’s funny to bombard my webserver with referer spam. Complaining to the local net-admin us … Continue reading

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