Australia has recently passed some meta-data retention laws with bi-partisan support. Now I don't think for a moment that anyone anywhere has an interest in what I do online (or offline) but I do see this as a step firmly taken in the wrong direction. In my opinion, this is a victory for those that want us to be afraid whether that is the politicians that use fear to garner votes or the terrorists that want… whatever it is that terrorists want.

But, if I have nothing to hide… that's not really the point. Just because malicious people exist doesn't mean that we should all be treated as if we are one of them. Besides, we all have things that we'd rather weren't public knowledge and I certainly do things that, if taken out of context, might make me a suspect.

Since I was a kid with a WWII flight simulator I've had an intermittent interest in WWII aircraft, particularly the German Me262. More recently I was on Wikipedia one evening reading about the various versions and the armaments this aircraft could be configured with. I followed the link to read up about the anti-aircraft rockets it could use, the explosive in the rockets and then I was reading about the invention of C4.

My spare room has a decent collection of electronic components (mostly broken tech) and tools because, as this wiki will attest, I'm a nerd that likes working with electronics. Electronic components and tools and reading about Nazi aircraft and C4? In my defence I don't have the hair to be the next Unabomber (yes, I just Googled “Unabomber”).

More seriously though (i.e. less paranoid) this will be my own form of nerdy protest, I'm not going to make it easy for them to collect data about me. In return I'll doubtlessly be labelled suspicious for just attempting to obfuscate my online footprint (there's that paranoia again).

VPN for home LAN
VPN for Android devices
Preventing Google Chrome leaking information


Phoronix Test Suite

Media Inventory

Media Inventory

Test 2


Packages to install to build evolution:

libxml2-dev gsettings-desktop-schemas-dev libcairo2-dev libgail-3-dev libgio2.0-cil-dev libgconf2-dev libgnome-desktop-dev

New changelog entry template:

zabbix (1:2.0.3+dfsg-1ubuntu1ppa1~precise1) experimental; urgency=low

  * Import upstream debian package to Ubuntu Precise

 -- Shaun Maher <[email protected]>  Sun, 14 Oct 2012 16:33:00 +1000

Zabbix 2.0.3 ./configure parameters:

--build=x86_64-linux-gnu --datadir=/etc --sysconfdir=/etc/zabbix --prefix=/usr --infodir=\$${prefix}/share/info --mandir=\$${prefix}/share/man --enable-agent --enable-proxy --enable-server --enable-ipv6 --with-jabber --with-ldap --with-libcurl --with-net-snmp --with-ssh2

The things I did to rebuild the storage on vkhn53-coy:

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get dist-upgrade
sudo reboot

sudo tar cxf ~/etc-libvirt.tar.gz /etc/libvirt/*

sync; sync; time sh -c "dd if=/dev/zero of=speedtest-zerofile.10GB bs=128KB count=800000 && sync"

sudo lvm
lvremove /dev/vg_tank/lv_tank
vgremove vg_tank
vgcreate vkhn53-coy-data /dev/md125 /dev/md126 /dev/md127
lvcreate -L 64G -i 3 -I64 --name swap vkhn53-coy-data
lvcreate -l 95%FREE -i 3 -I128 --name data vkhn53-coy-data

sudo mkfs.ext4 /dev/vkhn53-coy-data/data
sudo mkswap /dev/vkhn53-coy-data/swap

sudo nano /etc/fstab
 - add the new volume and swap

sudo mkdir -p /mnt/vkhn53-coy-data
sudo mount /mnt/vkhn53-coy-data
sudo swapon -U ee1f5f79-1c10-4b2a-942f-ae9852e41505

reboot and make sure the 

sudo su -
cd /mnt/vkhn53-coy-data
sync; sync; time sh -c "dd if=/dev/zero of=speedtest-zerofile.10GB bs=128KB count=800000 && sync"
 - 365Mbps write
sync; echo 3 | sudo tee /proc/sys/vm/drop_caches
time dd if=speedtest-zerofile.10GB of=/dev/null bs=128KB
 - 341Mbps read

cd /etc/libvirt/
sudo tar -xzf ~/etc-libvirt.tar.gz