The Cursed Certificate

5 Apr, 2021 - 5 minutes
This is the story of the most awful SSL certificate I have ever made. This was done entirely for my own amusement, and for the minute possibility that I could make somebody I don’t like miserable. Now, why on earth would I want to do this? Well, I don’t particularly respect scanner people. Their scanners are annoying, their tools always suck, and they create tonnes of noise in my logs that I don’t like.

Our mostly disposable and entirely stupid world

4 Mar, 2021 - 2 minutes
Across the street from my apartment is a house which has been in a perpetual state of renovation for nearly six months. This past week, a for sale sign has popped out of the ground just in time for the spring rush. It turns out, the man who bought the house did so about a year ago with the sole purpose of renovating and flipping it to make a quick buck.

Trying out OpenBSD (as a Linux geek)

3 Mar, 2021 - 4 minutes
There’s always been a kind of temptation from the proverbial ‘other side of the fence’ when it comes to Unix-like operating systems. This idea that there’s an entirely separate and similar, but entirely distinct system from what I’m used to is exactly what’s pulled me towards OpenBSD today. As somebody experienced with almost every mainstream Linux distro, I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect. Visiting the website (openbsd.org), the first thing I noticed was how dense and concise the documentation was.

Making VoIP Calls with Antique Rotary Phones

9 Jan, 2021 - 5 minutes
One of the worst parts of modern life is how unsatisfying it is to hang up on somebody. Tapping on the ‘End Call’ button on an iPhone or angrily clicking ‘Leave Meeting’ on Zoom just isn’t nearly as fun as slamming down the handset on a real phone. This particular project was to breathe some life into the antique Northern Telecom phone from my grandparents’ house by attaching it to a modern VoIP system.

Monitoring WAN speed with speedtest-cli and ElasticSearch

9 Dec, 2020 - 3 minutes
Similar to another post about WAN latency, this is a simple system to automate periodic internet speed tests. The two main components are speedtest-cli and ElasticSearch. These were chosen because I already had both set up and running, along with all the visualization and analytical software. To get a basic POC set up, just install ElasticSearch and Kibana with Docker. Once the node/cluster is running, the ‘speedtest client’ server can be set up.