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19 octubre

wiki.e-shell.org almost finished

The counterpart of this blog will be my wiki site. There you will find all the stuff I had on the old handmade website, plus all the new contents I'll publish from time to time.

Almost all contents are now in the new wiki. The old Quick tips section is called now hacks (following the idea behind some books from O'reilly like BSD Hacks or Linux server hacks) and I just fixed some of them (uff, there were a lot of grammar errors :D).

The sources page will contain all the scripts made by myself (like the old SSH Blocker, the EFLBuilder for Slackware, etc) and the services page will hold information about the public services I plan to offer for free in e-shell.org.

So, feel free to poke around and ask me whenever you need some help on the topics covered in the wiki, you are welcome.

Posted by wu at 20:24 | Comments (0) | Trackbacks (0)
25 marzo

Comments are back!

finally I found some time yesterday...

Yes, comments are not moderated anymore. I took the decission of moderate comments because COREBlog was much prone to comment spammers than my old handmade code.

Now, thanks to betabug and his HoneyPotBL product, I've set up some protection mechanism that should stop most spammers.

You are welcome to comment openly again.

Posted by wu at 19:37 | Comments (3) | Trackbacks (0)
11 mayo

New server connection

and now it's blazing faster!

Just some minutes ago the migration of my housed server have finished. Now the server where this blog runs on (among some other things) is on a faster Internet connection, just check the ping reply, before:

[Fenris] ~> ping master.e-shell.org
PING master.e-shell.org ( 56 data bytes
64 bytes from icmp_seq=0 ttl=55 time=75.823 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=1 ttl=55 time=61.340 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=2 ttl=55 time=67.712 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=3 ttl=55 time=61.252 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=4 ttl=55 time=60.128 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=5 ttl=55 time=62.003 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=6 ttl=55 time=60.385 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=7 ttl=55 time=81.014 ms

and after the migration:

[Fenris] ~> ping master.e-shell.org
PING master.e-shell.org ( 56 data bytes
64 bytes from icmp_seq=0 ttl=245 time=37.631 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=1 ttl=245 time=35.720 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=2 ttl=245 time=36.685 ms

Damm good! (thnx to the people behind Asturhosting again)

Posted by wu at 02:16 | Comments (0) | Trackbacks (0)
31 octubre

Halloween skin


Tonight is halloween!

YES! my friends, tonight is halloween:

"Halloween (or Hallowe’en) is an international holiday celebrated on the evening of October 31; today it is often celebrated in the morning and afternoon as well. Halloween activities include trick-or-treating, ghost tours, bonfires, costume parties, visiting haunted attractions, carving jack-o'-lanterns, reading scary stories, and watching horror movies. Irish and Scottish immigrants carried versions of the tradition to North America in the nineteenth century. Other western countries embraced the holiday in the late twentieth century. Halloween is celebrated in several countries of the Western world, most commonly in the United States, Canada, Ireland, Puerto Rico, Japan, Australia, United Kingdom, and at times in parts of New Zealand"

You know, here in Spain we call it "El día de todos los santos" (more info here) and it is not a party at all, but a family meeting when you go visit the cemetery if there are some old members of your family there.

Anyway, halloween (the party) is getting more and more famous in Spain these days, and everybody goes out on the night of october the 31st, just to have some party.

So, here is my contribution to this year halloween, I've switched my blog theme to this halloween skin (Even my little south park character got a costume!).

Happy/Creepy/Spooky Halloween night!

UPDATE (01/11/2008): So, how was your halloween night? was it full of terrifying stories, pumpkins, children asking for sweets...? Now my usual blog-skin is back, but i would like to leave here a screenshot of this blog with its halloween skin on it:

blog.e-shell.org, halloween style.

Posted by wu at 14:07 | Comments (0) | Trackbacks (0)
22 octubre

Install party: upgrading my home boxes

...yes, finally I found some time to do this!

I would like to do this before, but the lack of time and, you know, sometimes desire...

But tonight is the night!, Right now I'm sitting in my home desk, Audioslave's Shadow On The Sound is the current song in the playlist, I've a beer with me, and FreeBSD 8.0-RC1 is being installed in my dual-xeon home box...

How many times like this I've had in my life... ;D and I really appreciate them.

I'll keep a log of this lonely bunker. First step, finishing the base install (minimal of course).

Installing FreeBSD 8.0-RC1

Posted by wu at 23:49 | Comments (0) | Trackbacks (0)
05 noviembre

Adding a planet.e-shell.org sidebox

more information for you directly in the blog

As some of you would have notice, I've been running for some time now a planet-like site in http://planet.e-shell.org .

There I've added rss feeds for sites I consider interesting, so I've my online news feed and I can check it from anywhere in the world (and it is a perfect excuse to set up a site running MiniPlanet (from my friend betabug).

Now, I've removed the Other Blogs sidebox in this blog (another MiniPlanet instance with only 4-5 blog feeds on it) and I've put a small sidebox with information gathered directly from the http://planet.e-shell.org site.

As both apps are running in the same Zope instance, it was very easy to set it up, I only needed some acquisition magic to get the needed stuff in place.

Hope you will find it useful.

Posted by wu at 19:29 | Comments (0) | Trackbacks (0)
20 enero

Hidden emails for comments in this COREBlog

it was a bad idea not to put your url in my comments

For all of you who usually comment my posts:

I want to get more people involved in the blog, but I don't want to contribute to SPAM your INBOXes.

Just in case some other COREBloggers out there want to know, I just edited the comment_body DTML method inside my custom skin folder, replacing:

<a href="mailto:<dtml-if "REQUEST.form.has_key('email')"><dtml-var "removeHTML(REQUEST.form['email'])"><dtml-else><dtml-var email missing=""></dtml-if>">


<a href="#">

Posted by wu at 18:42 | Comments (0) | Trackbacks (0)
04 junio

Moved to a new server

Dell Poweredge 1800

Today I've moved this blog, and the rest of the e-shell.org websites (the planet, the paste tool and the wiki) to a new server.

The old one has been suffering hardware problems for the last few weeks. I still don't know what the problem is, but the server has been frozen suddendly and a hard reset is the only way to get it back when that happens.

On wednesday it was even worse, the server went offline 4 times in a row, each time the guys from Asturhosting put it back online, it went offline again in a matter of minutes.

Lucky me, I'm somehow a maniac of doing backups so getting everything up and running again, this time in a new server, was a matter of some hours.

All the e-shell.org websites are Zope-powered, so restoring them was pretty simple. I just installed Zope 2.10 from ports (the new server is FreeBSD too) and then I did restore a backup of my Zope instance. Finally I just started the instance as I used to do in the old server and et voilá, everything was running smoothly.

Of course I had to add some things to the Apache server running in front of Zope and I did have to modify the DNS entries accordingly, but it was an easy job.

Posted by wu at 00:33 | Comments (0) | Trackbacks (0)
20 julio

Change by popular demand

this was the first change to this blog layout in years!

Just a quick post, because I think it deserves it.

For the first time in years, I've made a change to the layout of this blog. As you can notice, now the SouthPark-style character is located on the left sidebar, instead the top-right corner of the page.

This has been a request I've received multiple times since I moved my old blog to COREBlog+the new layout, because the character was making some texts difficult to read.

This morning, my friend saad told me:

09:59:32     saad | I admit that while I still grab e-shell's RSS feeds
09:59:44     saad | I no longer go read your posts
10:01:55     saad | as I am annoyed by the South Park like character that follow my scrolling
10:01:55     saad | given that I like scrolling down and reading from the beginning
10:01:55     saad | only to find that the SP char is the bg of text and thus make it impossible to read

"WTF!" - I thought - "how could it be that a friend of mine is not reading my blog anymore because of that!"

So I've moved the SP character a bit. I hope all of you will like this little change.

Posted by wu at 10:27 | Comments (0) | Trackbacks (0)