Puppet Quick Tip: Enabling an Apache module
April 5, 2012
Recently, I was asked to enable mod_rewrite for Apache on our webservers, which are controlled by the sexy puppet master server. I did a quick google to see if anyone had any recipes published. On the puppet wiki there is a recipe for Apache on Etch, but their module portion installs Apache modules. In the case of mod_rewrite it comes with Apache2 so it doesn’t need to be as complicated as they suggest.
How to: Disassembling (and reassembling) the Globalscale DreamPlug
November 3, 2011
The DreamPlugAt work we received a couple of Globalscale DreamPlug (Model: 003-DS2001) units for a research project of mine. These are nifty little plug based computers with an impressive array of features for their form factor, including: 1.2 GHz CPU, 512MB RAM, onboard 4GB MicroSD, Dual Gigabit NIC, 802.11b/g/n WiFi and bluetooth. Of course, as soon as I got the device in, I decided to take it apart (officially so I could check the MicroSD card replacability, if anyone at work asks). I took pictures of the process, so here’s the guide!
Does free knowledge require free software?
September 9, 2010
Last night I was having a bit of a philosophical debate and I thought I’d externalize it. Everyone knows that the Wikimedia Foundation is a big proponent of “free software”, and similarly, “free access”. By that I mean audio and video is uploaded in formats like Ogg Vorbis / Ogg Theora rather than patented formats like MP3 & H264. This is, without a doubt, as it should be. You wouldn’t want The sum of human knowledge locked away because of one silly patent. Though there is another side to this “free software”: the software which is used on the desktop machines of the staff… and that’s where things get interesting.
May 13, 2005
When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth —Sherlock Holmes This stands particularly true with networking. I had an issue with our home network tonight and a rogue machine. I eliminated every option (including a stranger on our open AP) — with no avail. The rogue machine — the debian server I was using was that rogue IP. It had swapped mysteriously from static to DHCP — I’m not exactly sure how… but it did. (include is the offending section from /var/log/daemon.log). Strange!