Caleb Cushing's Blog Also known as XenoTerraCide

Debian and OpenSSL blunder - goodbye debian?

I’m sure you’ve read about Debian’s OpenSSL blunder. If not here’s a recap on I’m just wondering… is it possible that the pain will be so great for admins that the great stable debian will be discontinued from production server use? I would (but I don’t use debian based systems for anything but livecds), seriously this is a hugely idiotic mistake, the pain of which is only beginning. This may in fact be the biggest security blunder I have ever heard of in open source.

dvorak vs manufacturer's

The DvorakKeyboard is supposedly better than the qwertykeyboard.Theoritically all you have to do is change the keyboard layout in your OS and then pop the keys off your keyboard and re-arrange them (technically the second step isn’t required but nicer). However all the keyboards I’ve seen attache the F and the J differently (they also have the home row bumps). Why do they attach them differently? why does it matter to them?

can't reach for at least 4 hours

no it isn’t my browser, no it isn’t my computer, and no it isn’t my network. It could be my isp’s network I don’t really know.I can’t contact google… tried mailing webmaster, but guess what.Thank you for writing to Google. We’d like to assist you, but we onlyrespond to messages submitted through our online contact form. Pleasevisit to submit your message, and we’ll getback to you soon. We apologize for any inconvenience, and we look forwardto hearing from you.

ext3 defaults update and grub breaks

GRUB vs. the Inodes: Who Needs a Bootable System, Anyway?So apparently ext3 decided to bump the default inode size to 256 however grub 0.97 can’t boot this and grub people aren’t about to fix it because they are working on grub 2. Yeah that sounds about right… don’t maintain your existing code base even though your next product isn’t out yet.Amarok is doing this too, it’s quite annoying, and very poor develompment practice.

recipe for success

Example 1In 2003, an Internet meme known as “How You Remind Me of Someday”, or “Nickelback to Back”, was created to illustrate the similarities between the songs “How You Remind Me” and “Someday”.In response, bass player Mike Kroeger said “I think that’s remarkable for someone to notice that there is a hit quality. If all hits sound the same, then sorry. When you are a band that has a distinct style such as us or AC/DC, that happens.

Making secure recoverable passwords

Update: I would suggest using a password manager like LastPass, or a long passphrase before this method now. For the basic you need a calculator with a decimal to hex function. Your OS should have one built in (scientific mode), many calculator’s do to. For advanced you’ll need special hashing software, suggestions for it can be found below. Windows: HashCalc Macintosh MacHash Linux/(*nix) Gnu Coreutils Now that we have the software we need.

Tracking your home directory with a VCS

Josh Carter has done some interesting benchmarkingin this area.His tests include Subversion, Mercurial, Git, and Bazaar–This workby Caleb Cushingis licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

More Advice to a Young Developer

More Advice to a Young DeveloperI think most of it applies to IT In general or even the world at large.–This workby Caleb Cushingis licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

Poor Support - READ WHAT I SAID

For Starters I’m annoyed and ranting. I’m going to pick on some particular companies, but this problem applies to the WHOLE support industry.Stop using generic scripted answers for problems where they obviously don’t apply. I’ve used them myself in the support industry, but where they apply.Examples are paraphrasedExample1: and there poorly worded emailsMe> I received an email saying that I had recently bought or viewed lawnmowers, I haven’t. Has my account been compromised?

firefox 3 beta5

I installed firefox 3 beta5 the other day. I’t really fast and has some really cool new features. Unfortunately it’s still too buggy for me. I’m downgrading back to 2.0 I’ll see firefox 3 when it’s stable.–This workby Caleb Cushingis licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.