Password Free Logins Over ssh (Part 2)

Friday, March 30, 2007

In the last post I suggested you add a passphrase to keep your private key secure. The problem with this is that now you have traded entering a password for entering a passphrase which is most likely longer. Doesn’t seem like such a great trade off.

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Password Free Logins Over ssh (Part 1)

Friday, March 30, 2007

Are you sick of typing in passwords when sshing into systems or when transferring files of scp of sftp. Well the good news is that there is an easier and safer way to do this with ssh keys.

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Is it Wrong – Zefrank One Year Later

Thursday, March 29, 2007

It turns out that I am un-hip and not plugged into the Interweb scene. How did I miss the Zefrank bandwagon when it came around. I only found out about it a couple days after he did his last podcast.

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Satan’s Jukebox

Thursday, March 29, 2007

Satan’s Jukebox is playing again. That evil little song rattling around in my head, bent on my destruction. This happens a lot if you have kids. the songs go on and on until madness finally takes over. Unless, of course, you can get it out, exorcize it. The only real way to do this is to give it to someone else, usually my wife. This makes her very angry. I do it by singing the song to her until she has it firmly implanted in her head, then I am free.

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DNS Change Regression Testing

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

For those who have needed to make a bunch of DNS changes and want to verify what the effect of those changes are, here is a little shell script that does a sort of regression test. Basically, it tells you what changes were made to a zone so you can see if any major mistakes were made.

The usage is simple try dnscheck -? for a list of options. It isn’t the fanciest thing in the world, but for those who need it, it might be helpful.

Open it in your favorite text editor to set the basic configuration options and make it executable and you are on your way.

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Perfect or Just Good

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

I hear a great quote the other day. I think it cam from the guys who manage the Subversion project.

“Perfect is the enemy of Good”

It reminds me of the analog…

“Good execution is more important than a good plan”

I can’t tell you how many times I have been in groups that have argued endlessly about the very best course of action, only to have disagreement and division when it came time to execute.

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Best Buy purchases Speakeasy, WTF

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot. Best Buy has purchased speakeasy? What an odd marriage. Does this mean that when you call Speakeasy support you get the Geek Squad, ugh. I, like other nerds of my ilk, have long appreciated Speakeasy’s Terms of Service and knowledgeable approach. I hope they can stay independent enough to keep to their ideals.

Here is the press release that went out:

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