Archive for the 'Business' Category

SSDs and Linux Native Command Queuing

Sunday, August 9th, 2015

Native Command Queueing Native Command Queuing (NCQ) is an extension of the Serial ATA protocol that allows multiple requests to be sent to a drive, allowing the drive to order them in a way it considers optimal. This is very handy for rotational media like conventional hard drives, because they have to move the head […]

F11 and F12 over serial

Friday, June 19th, 2015

I always seem to forget this one. To pass F11 or F12 over a serial connection (either real serial or Serial-over-LAN IPMI), it’s Escape followed by ! (Shift+1) or @ (Shift+’) respectively. Note that on a US keyboard ! and @ would be next to each other above the 1 and 2 keys so that […]

Fun with Supermicro motherboard serial headers

Friday, June 19th, 2015

or, “LOL, standards” TL;DR: Most motherboards have a serial header in an IDC-10 (5×2 pins) arrangement with the pins as a row of even numbered pins (2,4,6,8,X) followed by a row of odd numbered pins (1,3,5,7,9). Supermicro ones appear to have the pins in sequential order (6,7,8,9,X and then 1,2,3,4,5). As a result a standard […]

OneRNG kickstarter arrived!

Saturday, June 6th, 2015

My OneRNG kickstarter arrived today. I had five units, so I chose three external models and two internal ones. The finish of the external model isn’t really up to the quality of an Entropy Key. Here’s a picture of them together. Given that the external model looks rather flimsy — I could imagine it getting […]

Currently not possible

Sunday, October 12th, 2014

On Thursday 9th, after weeks of low-level frustration at having to press “close” on every login, I sent a complaint to Barclays asking them to stop asking me on every single login to switch to paperless statements with a dialog box that has only two options: This morning they replied: Please be advised that it […]

“My IP is blocked by a repressive regime, can I have a different one?”

Sunday, July 7th, 2013

I asked this question on Twitter yesterday and got a wider range of responses than I expected, although from a limited number of people. So I wondered what others would think. Say you sell virtual machines and a customer says: My service allows journalists and others inside repressive regimes to get their stories out. My […]

Scanning for open recursive DNS resolvers

Friday, January 11th, 2013

A few days ago we unfortunately had some abuse reports regarding customers with DNS resolvers being abused in order to participate in a distributed denial of service attack. Amongst other issues, DNS servers which are misconfigured to allow arbitrary hosts to do recursive queries through them can be used by attackers to launch an amplified […]

Strategies for talking to Labour MPs about the draft Communications Data Bill

Monday, July 2nd, 2012

Dear Lazyweb, I’m thinking of having a conversation, face-to-face, with my MP about the draft Communications Data Bill. I’ve already done some research on the logical and moral reasons why the bill is a terrible idea. I feel pretty confident in how I can articulate those points. My MP is a Labour MP though, so […]

CentOS 6 in a chroot

Saturday, August 13th, 2011

When fiddling with CentOS 6.x in a chroot: If your host architecture is x86_64 but your chroot architecture is i686 then you’ll find that yum update will try to install lots of x86_64 packages, and then fail. That’s because the arch command still returns “x86_64″. You’ll want to use setarch: # arch x86_64 # setarch […]

Domain name as hostname not recommended

Friday, June 10th, 2011

I had an interesting support ticket yesterday. Someone was trying to do an apt-get update via BitFolk‘s apt cache and was ending up connecting to 2607:f0d0:1003:85::c40a:2942, where it was failing to update. This is not a BitFolk IPv6 address, nor is it the IPv6 address of a Debian mirror. Where was it coming from? I’d […]