Silly with rsnapshot

A bit silly. I tried setting up rsnapshot to make snapshots of the entire filesystem on my server. This apparently led to a fatal exception in the Linux kernel, probably when rsyncing /dev and especially /proc. It took a bit of time before it was fixed, but everything is working fine again. I'll make sure to first try silly things such as backup / localhost on my laptop.

fail2ban and sshd on non-standard port

Sometimes wifi connections only allow connections to a limited range of ports. In Israel connections to ports over 1024 were seriously throttled. So I put the SSH server of one machine on port 22. When going through /var/log/auth last week I found many bots trying to enter with standard names. So I installed fail2ban, today I'm checking and everything is working fine. For your own safety you can set up IP addresses that can always come through. Merely putting sshd on a non-standard port seems to be a more adequate way to keep bots out.

A beautiful day in Trashy Harlem

Trash in Harlem

Status update on 2009-07-02 at 0:23

Firefox 3.5 definitely feels faster
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Status update on 2009-07-01 at 7:50

"The recent figure I just got was over 92% of all soy grown in the Amazon is for animal consumption, not human."
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Status update on 2009-06-30 at 18:31

Let's see if the wordpress ping.fm plugin is working properly at guaka.org
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migrated guaka.org

Hopefully no one noticed my blog has moved to another server.  After almost two years of excellent (and free) service on Callum's server it's now at hetzner.de, a company offering excellent value for money and that is running on green power.  I've been using hetzner for a lot of sites that I've worked on in the past 6 months and right now I'm considering giving up my Slicehost for a new offer by Hetzner.

Something new is possible for the first time in thousands of years

It always makes me happy to hear from Joe.  He wrote something new: How mobile phones can replace a broken economy: The Mobile Manifesto:
When we talk about trouble with the economy, we’ve been overlooking an astounding opportunity. Something new is possible for the first time in thousands of years.

Spammed for 20-12

Since my online time was slightly less than normal yesterday - free Indian trash food and clothing at Salon Mazal, dinner at a friend's place, Romanian/Israeli theater and a lot of walking through this eclecticity - I only noticed today that my friends had created the craziest birthday present ever: SpamWiki. Thank you, all you crazies!

Some questions and answers

> Hope you are doing fine... At the outset, I am V Kumara Swamy, a journalist > with The Telegraph, Calcutta, India... I am doing a story on the concept of > couch surfing and your friend Thomas Goorden recommended your name while > responding to my queries on the same.

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