Ever felt that you have too many cables in your home and don't know which one leads where? Welcome to my world! Here's my recipe to how to make the situation easier.
It all starts with a sticky tape.
Now comes the pen.
Let's cut the tape with scissors.
At this point you should remove the protective foil from the back of the tape to expose the glue and shape a loop.
As a final move, pull the cable through the loop and push the tape against the cable to make it stick.
When doing all the above properly, you'll get a of sight that makes the pants of any nerd wet.
Here's the situation: I have a Mini-ITX home server in my LAN that sometimes gets disabled when the power goes down. I could setup its BIOS to get automatically enabled when it gets power but considering the nature of power outages it may happen that the power goes out and on in rapid succession over a short amount of time which isn't really good for the hardware.
I'd rather choose my server to be checked on a 5 minute basis and have it automatically woken up and I also wanna be notified by email on such an occasion so that I can SSH into it and uncrypt the crypto partition.
I'm about to carry out this task using my OpenWrt driven router. Everything is pretty straightforward, except that I can't send emails through GMail SMTP using Openwrt because mini_sendmail lacks SASL support so I'll just fetch a PHP script that'll actually send the mail.
Be aware that the above wol utility is a home-cooked one.
# m h dom mon dow command 0,5,10,15,20,25,30,35,40,45,50,55 * * * * supervise-host mybox http://mydomain.com/notifyme.php
At this ponit restart cron on OpenWrt.
< ?php mail('email@example.com', $_GET['host'] . ' has been rebooted', 'uncrypt me!'); ?>
There you go:
I've been using Google Apps for a while and a transition opportunity has appeared lately on the Google Apps admin interface that I've just executed. As a result I can use Reader through my Apps account instead of my Gmail account and my shared items page has changed from the old page to the new page.
According to the statistics I've read 86,937 items since April 7, 2006 with my old account which seems like a lot.
I'm just contradicting myself of not doing another release. This is just a small bugfix making PHP warnings and notices disappear. Get it while it's hot!
Not that I plan yet another release but it has proved itself to be a handy tool over the last few weeks.
I think these are the best articles on the topic:
- Maker Business: Adafruit Industries, How It's Made – An Open Source Hardware Company In NYC by Phillip Torrone
- Ten Rules for Maker Businesses by Chris Anderson
- In the Next Industrial Revolution, Atoms Are the New Bits by Chris Anderson
I'll update this list.
I came up with an algorithm that could be implemented by any CMS on the API level and it could dramatically reduce the load times of sites and relieve web servers significantly.
- Expose a dedicated API on the CMS level for plugins such as add_cached_css() / add_cached_js() .
- Execute the following points upon every page load:
- If the modification time of any file has been changed since the last page load or any new file has been added then go on, otherwise abort.
- Save the md5sums for the CMS to be able to reference the generated files from the main page.
A couple of things to note:
- This algorithm could be implemented by any CMS so that any plugins could use it with no effort.
Let me know what you think.
Update (2011-04-22): Zach let me know in the meantime that there's a much easier way to implement stickfile in BASH:
And now to the original post:
My employer uses SonicWALL NetExtender for his VPN needs. Saying that I'm not a fan of IPsec would be definitely an understatement, but my major problem is that NetExtender overwrites my resolv.conf upon every connection which screws the hostname resolution on my LAN from my laptop. chmoding or chowning resolv.conf doesn't help because it gets re-chowned and re-chmoded by NetExtender.
I was thinking about overwriting resolv.conf on a regular basis from a script but it seemed rather inelegant. But how should I do it otherwise? With inotify, of course.
Here's the script I've written which you should save as "stickfile" to a directory that is featured in your $PATH.
After I created a valid resolv.conf and saved it as /etc/resolv.conf.orig I only had to execute the following as root before starting up NetExtender:
stickfile /etc/resolv.conf.orig /etc/resolv.conf