RIP 2019

Wow, 2019 came and went in a flash! It's been an incredibly tough, rewarding and interesting year for me. There was a lot of change and turmoil in my personal and professional life, which made actually finding time to stop and do the things I love a lot more difficult. I've barely cycled, I feel like I've barely touched personal projects, and the memories of what I did in January & February feel a million miles away. …

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Disk Destroyer

I finally fell into the dd trap. I dd'd a FreeBSD Beaglebone black image to /dev/sdb, where my home directory lives. It should have been /dev/mmcblk0, but I trusted tab completion and didn't check dmesg. After a quick check of gparted, it was obvious what had happened. I've nuked the partition table on the drive. Well done. The data in /home/hibby was intact, however. My home directory was still responding, I could load new files ith no corruption. …

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vm-bhyve with NAT on FreeBSD

I've been running FreeBSD on my primary server for a while. There's a number of things I like, and I'm enjoying the challenge of getting to grips with how the system is put together. It's been a good challenge so far, with many highlights. The idea of the server was to be VM host - bhyve is a lovely hypervisor to interact with, and I've tried a few management tools for it. …

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GnuPG as SSH Agent on XFCE4

I tried to set this up so I could use my yubikey as a portable authenticator following the Debian guide, and ran in to a bit of an issue. Despite what I was doing, ssh-agent would auto start, set environment variables and give me lots of trouble. Killing ssh-agent and manually setting the $SSH_AUTH_SOCK to my gnupgp socket fixed the issue, however I couldn't get ssh-agent to stop starting and setting that variable on login. …

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Infobeamer Event Signage

So i was recently at a convention run by friends. I tend to align myself to the position of least uselessness, so I like to be helpful. Somehow this lead to my good nature being exploited for mediocre software1. One of the problems at these things is that while we go to great effort to produce a lovely convention booklet, no one actually reads it until the week after. Having the event schedule in there feels like a bit of a waste of time. …

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