Microsoft Teams on Fedora and Wayland with screenshare

Since the whole COVID19 pandemic hoax started a couple of months ago, working from home has become the new hip thing every company brags about on every social media known to humankind. The first step to be able to call yourself a proper COVID19 ready(tm) company is the ability to bother every employees with just a few mouse clicks. So here we are, with Microsoft Teams(tm) and a lot of other not very secure and massively bloated software elected as the center of the office life. …

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uwot.eu TOR onion mirror

Here at uwot.eu we are strong believers in internet anonymity and privacy, for this reason we are proudly announcing the launch of uwot.eu onion mirror. Onion mirror version of the website is still work in progress and still contains links to third party clearnet domains. Use with caution.

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InfluxDB max user`s password length

Apparently Microsoft is not alone when it comes to utterly retarded design decisions. A few years ago when signing up for a Microsoft account I discovered that for some reason they enforce a maximum password lenght of 16 characters or something around that. Well, InfluxDB not only does the same thing but also silently fails to create the user account when the password is considered too long. Took me at least half an hour to figure out why this piece of trash kept vomiting {"error":"authorization failed"}. …

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Weihrauch HW 77 K pellet comparision

This is gonna be a very unusual post, in some way it is still about technology even if it is not about the usual IT stuff I write of. I have a Weihrauch HW 77 K spring air rifle I mostly use to shoot in my backyard or terrace. When it comes to air guns I always have troubles finding proper reviews and comparisons online, so I figure it might be worth sharing my findings here. …

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New Gohugo theme

Since I apparently got recurring readers (no, for real, I do) I suspect someone might actually have noticed how the look of the blog changed drastically a few weeks ago. To explain what happened a bit of backstory is required; this blog is built using a static website generator called Gohugo, the way it works is basically the following: choose or build a theme from scratch. Write some articles in Markdown or some other memetic markup language. …

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Kubernetes cluster for manufacturing engineering: tale of an epic commissioning

- Introduction A quite big company that produces parts for some of the most important automotive industry companies was interested in a cloud-based system to monitor the overall efficiency of their production machines, analyze some key parameters and optimize the production activities scheduling. Goal of the project was to connect eleven industrial manufacturing machines to the cloud, extract specific machine data and develop a web application for the visualization and management of such data, while guaranteeing information confidentiality and security. …

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FreeBSD, Nginx and htpasswd file generation

On most Linux distros it is possible to generate the htpasswd file entries simply using the htpasswd command line util. On FreeBSD the easiest way to accomplish the same task is using OpenSSL itself: openssl passwd -apr1 Enter the password twice to get a nice hash, copy that in the htpasswd file with the usual user:password_hash syntax.

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Disable head parking Western Digital drives

Most Western Digital hard drives' firmware let the heads park themselves after a certain amount of seconds in case the disk is not actively performing any operation. This might be useful to keep power consumption under control but is actually harmful for disks that run 24/7 (WD Red for example). Luckily there is a way to disable head parking, this can be done directly from Linux using a tool called idle3ctl. …

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