Tech drama. An OpenBSD [paranoid] user.

In times like this, when the corona pandemic hits hard and lot. You might invite friends over for work or play. And when friends are over, there is always a need to share your Wi-Fi, I mean what else are you supposed to do?

But what do you do when you don't want to say your passphrase to all of your friends and neighbours. You can of course share your access point and passphrase with a QR-code. Isn't that fantastic? So how do you do that? Well, it's real easy.

First of all you need to install the application: qrencode This is installed by issuing the following commands: OpenBSD: $ pkg_add libqrencode

Void Linux: $ xbps-install -S qrencode

Arch Linux/Manjaro/etc: $ pacman -S qrencode

Debian/Ubuntu/etc: $ apt install qrencode

Then you have to use a specific format like this: WIFI:S:{SSID};T:{WPA};P:{passphrase};;

On Linux or equivalent system: qrencode -o - -t utf8 'WIFI:S:HomeNetwork;T:WPA;P:ThisismylongpassphrasethatevenIcantremember;;'

There is a template for building (not for musl) it from source in void-packages. I never tried the official binary.

# git clone --depth=1 https://github.com/void-linux/void-packages

# cd void-packages

# ./xbps-src binary-bootstrap

# echo XBPS_ALLOW_RESTRICTED=yes >> etc/conf

# ./xbps-src pkg MEGAsync

$ xbps-install --repository=hostdir/binpkgs MEGAsync

And when Megasync is updated or you do a full $ xbps-install -Su you need to build Megasync from the sources again.

I am really impressed with the new upgrade process in OpenBSD. It's called 'sysupgrade' – “upgrade system to the next release or a new snapshot”.

I am using the awesome service at openbsd.amsterdam for various BSD explorations and teaching myself the whole ecosystem.

Now the 6.5 version has been released into the wild I decided to upgrade my vm on openbsd.amsterdam. Here's the guide to upgrade your vm.

Hope this helps!

Arguing that you don’t care about the right to privacy because you have nothing to hide is no different than saying you don’t care about free speech because you have nothing to say. — Edward Snowden

I have been translating Tusky to Swedish for a couple of months now. It is a great and fuzzy feeling when there is a great FOSS-project we all can contribute to.

The last weeks the head developer @ConnyDuck@chaos.social has tested a couple of different translation projects, like Crowdin and now lately Weblate, we both prefer the latter since it is open source and possible to host on your own infrastructure.

I've just donated $12 to Tusky. Consider donating too, every little helps! https://opencollective.com/tusky?referral=32452

Spleen is the new default font in OpenBSD, thanks to Frederic Cambus.

Monospaced bitmap fonts for consoles, terminals, and code editors.

available in 5 sizes: 1. 5x8 2. 8x16 3. 12x24 4. 16x32 5. 32x64

I personally installed the fonts on both Mac OS X and Arch Linux without any issues. The fonts are looking really great.

As seen on reddit. CloudFlare's public DNS manually manipulates the .org zone for its users, setting a scary precedent.

This is a list I wrote about a year ago, but it's still accurate:

  • It's not really free. It's like a drug dealer “First ones free”.
  • Shared SSL certificates
  • Forced to use Comodo for SSL. Comodo's CEO is a sleazebag.
  • Can't use Let's Encrypt for SSL
  • Can't use your own SSL
  • Decrypts SSL traffic, breaking End-To-End Encryption.
  • Cooperates with tyrannical governments
  • Provides services to terrorists, child pornographers, and so on
  • Has no “vetting” process for new customers
  • Does not protect your website from hacking
  • Doesn't provide any value to 99% of websites
  • Cloudflare's CEO is an ego-maniac who believes he controls the entire internet.

More details on SSL decryption:

Keyless SSL requires that Cloudflare decrypt, inspect and re-encrypt traffic > for transmission back to a customer’s origin.''

Source: https://www.cloudflare.com/ssl/keyless-ssl/

By doing that, Cloudflare is violating the trust between users and server operators and making the SSL certificate itself worthless. A website cannot be considered “Secure” if the traffic is decrypted by a man in the middle.

I usually use Vultr, my referral link to host my cloud images for misc purposes. I also got a couple of VPS running OpenBSD.

I used Romans awesome guide for upgrading it to 6.4.

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