I’m not crying, you’re crying

Now I’m 30!

Yesterday I got back from a week away in the USA. I had three nights in Napa and four nights in down town San Francisco. It was pretty great.

There was a bit of a rough start though: high winds in Sydney delayed all flights around Australia. Our flight was delayed about four hours. So, we did what any good Australian does and got drunk in the Qantas lounge.


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Last week Chris and I booked our holidays for early 2019: In January and Febuary we have a cracking itinerary!

We definitely live in a simulation

Maybe Elon was right.

Synology WebStation 2 is a giant pile of shit

I have updated to WebStation 2.0, because I like the new shiny. I installed the Apache 2.2 backend, but it wouldn’t start, providing an error:

Failed to run the package service. 

I did some digging: when you install the Apache 2.2 WebStation backend, all the old WebStation configuration files...

Some light reading for your Monday morning…

Just as a preface, I am not some sort of deprived maniac: I am looking at my referrers, and trying to re-host any old, accessed content that people are linking to. Apparently, at some point, I hosted VacuumInjuries.pdf. And it is pretty consistently requested, and I hate returning 404s.


Redirect outdated and insecure browsers using Apache

I have absolutely no desire to support old and shitty browsers. And, I want people with modern browsers to view over SSL/TLS.


But, when someone with an old and shitty browser views my website they don’t really have a good experience. And, older browsers and operating systems tend to not support TLS SNI, which is a technology used to allow multiple certificates to be presented by a web server, and is utilised by Let’s Encrypt.

I have too much time on my hands

Strongswan with Let’s Encrypt on CentOS and RHEL

I have been trying to set up a VPN on my Linode running RHEL 7. Many of the tutorials for this involve creating self-signed certificates, but why? I already have a perfectly valid Let’s Encrypt certificate available–I want to use that to secure my connection!

This is how I did it.