20 Jan 2010
**Audience: **Datacenter ninjas, really lazy people who can’t be bothered to find a proper tool
I’m almost embarrassed to post this
Mostly, because it is such a simple “hack” it hardly requires mention. Secondly, I’m ashamed to tell you how many times I have had to resort to this.
Find a slot cover from an old (or unnoticed) computer.
If you don’t have a Bending Unit 22 handy just use some pliers. Depending on the width of the end you may need to trim it down in a bit
Care to share?
Do you have any handy improvised tools that have saved the day?
15 Jan 2010
Audience: *nix users that want to backup their gmail
Today I have a real quick method of backing up your gmail email.
Call me paranoid, but no matter what it is, if it’s important to me I like to have more than one copy.
Install “getmail” (available for most flavors of linux, bsd and solaris)
in your home directory create a “.getmail” folder
in the “.getmail” folder create a file called getmailrc with the contents below
setup your crontab. I am using the following
enjoy the peace of mind that you can browse all of your gmail, even during the zombie apocolypse
type = SimpleIMAPSSLRetriever
server = imap.gmail.com
username = [email protected]
password = PASSWORD
port = 993
mailboxes = ('INBOX', '[Gmail]/All Mail')
type = Maildir
path = ~/Gmail/
0 3 * * * getmail --dont-delete -n
mailboxes = ('INBOX', '[Gmail]/All Mail') - the mailboxes listed must be a tuple so you need to have more than one mailbox defined (otherwise it defaults to your INBOX). ’INBOX’ is your inbox, ‘[Gmail]/All Mail’ is a virtual folder for every email in your gmail account
path = ~/Gmail/ - this sends your messages to a folder, other than ~/Mail/, so it doesn’t clutter up your regular system mail
getmail --verbose --dont-delete --all (probably within a screen) to download the initial batch of mail
Yep, there are probably plenty. Right now it just dumps everything into one “folder”. I don’t even know if there is a good way to sort these by folder (“label” in gmail-speak). What do you think?
2010-01-21: Over at reddit.com someone recommended a post by Matt Cutts. Thanks cpu_cyclist
08 Dec 2009
On December 3rd, I was asked to join Connor Anderson (Riverfront Technology) to discuss the wireless survey I recently finished.
We went to the KROS radio station and talked for half an hour on different wireless security topics, as well as other trends in the IT industry.
Enjoy it here
I have to admit, it’s pretty weird listening to your own voice on the radio, so I haven’t listened all the way through. What are your thoughts on the state of wireless security? Is this something that your typical user should be concerned with? Should the manufactures make it “secure by default”?