ntpd, openntpd, and ubuntu

ntpd (from ntp.org) has recently gotten a bad rap. A series of vulnerabilities have been found in it that, from my perspective, make it no longer safe to run on production, publicly facing machines; however, there is an alternative: openntpd.

Love, Hate, Linux

I have much of a love / hate relationship with Linux. From a philosophical standpoint, I love the idea of a free, open operating system that I can modify as I see fit.

How CVE-2014-0160 let us show the power of puppet

CVE-2014-0160 which recently made headlines because of it's massive impact across the large majority of Internet-based services has allowed us to show that the return on investment with puppet is greater than 0. Here's how.

Finding deleted files that are still opened by a process

Recently my server ran out of space, but my checks (via du) reported that only about 60GB was actually being used. That's because if a process has a file open that is then deleted, the space is still claimed, but the file doesn't appear.

Dirty reads with software raid?

Is it possible software raid 1 to not actually record data writes until some time later? I know it's possible with hardware raid, but I've never heard of that with software raid.

Restoring a lost file from your cache in Chrome

Recently, I switched the software that generates this blog from a custom Perl script that I built to a Jekyll based system. The migration itself went fairly well.

Netflix and API's

I joined the Netflix bandwagon late, but I've still been a subscriber for almost 5 years now. I love watching movies through the streaming system, and it's ubiquitous.