Author Archives: Udo

removing a passphrase from a X.509 certificate

If you are running services relying on certificates (mostly encryted onces, like TLS or SSL based ones), you normally don’t want to enter any kind of password each time the service starts (like with an externally reachable HTTPS server that is supposed to come up without any user interaction). Instead what you need after getting Continue Reading →

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Linksys RVS4000 telnet madness

Our company’s network access is implemented by an ordinary DMZ style configuration, with one firewall being directly at the outside and one internal firewall shielding the internal net from the DMZ. For various reasons we had to replace our internal firewall and decided to go with the (affordable) Linksys RVS4000 [1], mostly because it runs Continue Reading →

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mail notification in Thunderbird only for some accounts

Thunderbird already comes with a reasonable mail notification popup that tells you when new mail has arrived. However, if you happen to have more than one email account like me, the default mail notifier by Thunderbird quickly becomes annoying, because I don’t want the mail notifier popup each time a mail arrives in any of Continue Reading →

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improving synaptics touchpad tapping behaviour

[UPDATE]: this post is not entirely correct, because under some cirumstances the synaptics configuration in xorg.conf is completely ignored and thus syndaemon will simply not do what it should. A followup article will come soon. Occasionally I have to work without having a real mouse and thus am relying on my laptops very ordinary Synaptics Continue Reading →

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Installing Torbutton on Mandriva 2009.1

As it seems we are all about 2 be surveillanced to an extend where it really starts to hurt even me as an “ordinary” user. So one of the possibilities one has is to use Tor [1]. Tor essentially allows you to browse the internet without others eavesdropping you and tracking, what sites you accessed Continue Reading →

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