Tag Archives: Sysadmin

scary and incompetent support at hetzner.com

Yesterday we had to install a KVM [1] instance on one of our customers’ server hosted at hetzner.com What seemed to be easy and trivial prooved to be extremely annoying because after activating the KVM instance, the support people at hetzner.com “deactivated the server due to illegal activities”. The entire story goes like this: A Continue Reading →

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unsubscribing from majordomo mailinglists

If you are like me subscribed to a variety of mailing lists, it can be quite an annoyance when unsubscription information is neither contained in the mail headers nor can be found on the web page you originally subscribed on (or exactly this page is broken). Fortunately this does not happen too often, but if Continue Reading →

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real time encrypted directories in Mandriva 2009.1

Data encryption is no obscure thing only secret agents and computer experts should know about but instead be a fundamental precausion against theft of the storage medium or even the entire computer you have stored your personal data upon. The choices are many in Linux, ranging from creating dedicated partions to encrypted directories and finally 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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