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Caching BIND name server on BananaPi

I previously covered how to install CentOS 7 Linux and NTPD on BananaPi here: http://blog.scottnolan.org/2016/03/16/bananapi-server-running-centos-7-linux/ This post is how to install BIND name server for caching DNS on BananaPi. Install and enable the BIND software: yum -y install bind bind-chroot systemctl enable named.service Go get a root hints file: yum -y install wget wget –user=ftp […]

BananaPi server running CentOS 7 Linux

I enjoy tinkering with small, energy-efficient servers. My latest toy is a LeMaker BananaPi (RaspberryPi clone, but with eSATA and gigabit ethernet). Grab a CentOS 7 for ARM image from http://mirror.centos.org/altarch/7/isos/armhfp/, mine happens to be CentOS-Userland-7-armv7hl-Minimal-1511-BananaPi.img Stuff that onto an SD card (mine is 16GB, but this should work even smaller) using dd commands. Insert […]

Splunk Forwarder on BananaPi

I have been tinkering with a nifty little RaspberryPi clone made by Lemaker and called BananaPi (basically a RaspberryPi model B with 1 gigabyte memory, eSATA connector, and gigabit ethernet). It’s the size of a deck of playing cards in it’s clear acrylic case, and runs CentOS 7 Linux server operating system. I have it […]

Steven Levy nails it, again – why are we fighting for the right to privacy again?

Steven Levy has an excellent article about the current attempt to squash privacy and encryption by the FBI and why this all sounds so familiar, it’s because we already had this battle before, twice, in the 1990s… and both times wisdom prevailed. Will it prevail again? https://backchannel.com/why-are-we-fighting-the-crypto-wars-again-b5310a423295 Remember the dreaded “Clipper” chip and everyone worrying […]

Vegetable Garden, 2016

Having a gently warm spring weekend has encouraged me to start on the garden this year; so far I am just tilling the soil with an old garden fork and thinking about how best to prevent deer and rabbit from eating everything. Remaining from prior years is a little Rosemary, a lot of Oregano, the […]

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Ransomware targeting Mac OS X posing as Transmission 2.90

It looks like some extortionists hijacked the transmissionbt.com website, and published for about 36-48 hours a fake version of Transmission (bitTorrent client) that claims to be v2.90 but is actually RansomWare that will encrypt your files and demand payment for decryption keys. Don’t use Transmission v2.90 and be careful out there. http://arstechnica.com/security/2016/03/first-mac-targeting-ransomware-hits-transmission-users-researchers-say/ I guess Mac […]

AppleTV (4th Generation) with tvOS

I am testing a new (4th generation, Oct 2015) AppleTV as a replacement for my 2nd generation AppleTV (Sep 2010). My initial impression is overwhelmingly positive! I am finally replacing the older AppleTVs entirely. I was an early adopter, got my first AppleTV (Silver, ran stripped version of Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger with FrontRow) […]

Election Day in Virginia, November 3rd, 2015

Quick reminder to all those in Virginia; it is election day tomorrow – state and local offices will be holding elections in every district in the state. Don’t forget to go vote. Where do I vote? Virginia State Board of Elections Voting Places What is on my ballot? Virginia State Board of Elections Ballot

XcodeGhost infected Applications; might include Mercury

First really serious hack to impact iOS devices that are not jail-broken manages to inject spyware into several apps that were actually in the Apple App store. There are several good articles covering XcodeGhost and the hacked apps that may have been developed with XcodeGhost. One of the better written ones is on ArsTechnica, of […]

4th generation AppleTV looks very impressive

In case you missed the Apple Keynote last Wednesday, September 9th, 2015, there was a segment of it I would like to call attention to; the segment covering the upcoming 4th generation AppleTV (available in late October 2015). This interface is what TV needs to be! AppleTV section starts about 52 minutes into the overall […]