New bike hardware

Got a rear pannier (which will act as a mudguard), front mudguard and a decent pump.

IMG_20140303_133115Bike is looking sexy. Plus I can cycle in the rain without getting my arse soaked by water thrown up by the rear wheel.


I fail at subkeys

My buddy Scott and myself have been trying to get his GPG system set up. Signing to him works, he can sign mails to me, I can encrypt mail to him. He can't send encrypted mails to me.

Long story short, my encryption subkey expired a few months ago. In my defence, "expires" and "expired" look bloody similar in a monospaced font on a terminal. I've extended the expiry date.
Grab my updated key here or do gpg --recv-keys BAF45865 to update.



sshuttle

A couple of my friends have been playing about with getting VPNs running. I have tried to do similar in the past but never got it to work very well. However, while skiving at work, I came across sshuttle which is sort of a transparent proxy, ssh tunnel and VPN all rolled into one nice package.

The neat thing about sshuttle is it doesn't require much setup. All it requests of your endpoint is ssh access as a regular user and the ability to run python. Locally you need python and root or sudo privileges as it manipulates your iptables rules to get the job done.

The really neat thing is you can get it to capture your DNS requests so that an eavesdropper can't tell what addresses you are looking up.

sshuttle --dns -r username@sshserver 0/0

is the command to use once you install it. You can add -v flags to make it more verbose but it is already quite verbose as it is.

The one drawback I have found is that it doesn't use my ssh keys very easily. As it runs as root, the root user has no access to my ssh keys and wants the password to login to the remote machine. You can pass it the ssh invocation to use your keyring but if you have that password protected like I have (a good idea), it requests the password for that. Thus, you still have to type in a password no matter what you do.

Its a small drawback, especially seeing as it protects your traffic from eavesdroppers right up to your remote machine. Very handy for hostile (publicly accessible) networks.


Reading TFM does work.

Fixed my bike. At least it shifts between all 3 ranges now, albeit with some delay at times. No chain rub though which was the reason for the faffing. Time to get my cycling on!


Better the devil you know?

Independence.

Conjures up visions of bloody struggle and violent revolution. But this isn't Ukraine or Venezuela. The streets don't run red with the blood of people fighting for their lives.

No, this is altogether a much less violent affair. A bunch of middle aged men and women having childish arguments about the future of a nation.

As someone who lives north of the imaginary line in the ground that divides this island, I am frequently asked what I think of the whole deal. How will I vote?

Honestly? I have no idea.

I am fairly anarchist leaning and as a result, I would like power to be moved more towards the individual. Independence would be a step in that direction. Not being governed by a group that allows the Church of England to have a say in folk's lives does appeal to me.

However, ideology is not the best thing to make such a decision on. Can Scotland survive being split from the rest of the UK? Do we have the economic power to make it? Oil won't last forever and the shipyards certainly aren't making boats any time soon.

The Scottish Parliament (Alex Salmond and co) seems to think we can. They have produced a rather weighty book which can be delivered for free for you to have a read. My Dad got a copy and when I had a flick through, it was dripping with fervent nationalism from the first page.

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I do know one thing. If Scotland does get independence, it will make my trips to Yorkshire a hassle. The Tories have said they will institute border controls which will undoubtedly make things very difficult. The economic losses from the time taken for lorries to cross the border alone will make life more interesting.

The other issue I have with gaining independence is that the Prime Minister will be Alex Salmond. I really do not want that smug face on TV for months. The man is an arse. His sole platform for years has been "independence will fix everything". OK, maybe a little artistic licence has been taken but you get the point.

I also take issue with allowing those 16 and over to vote on the matter as opposed to the usual 18 or over. I don't know about you but I don't trust 16 year olds to act in a rational matter on this subject. You just know they are gonna broadcast Bravehart the night before the referendum to whip them up and "fight back against the English, innit?" or whatever the current vernacular is.

I still haven't made up my mind. Do I go with the same old garbage from London or do I try the new possible garbage from Edinburgh? Middle road of not voting at all?

I'm interested in what you think of the whole thing. Contact me in the usual places or leave a comment below.


I need to rtfm

Bike can only do low and medium range. Think I fanneyed about too much.

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My name is Kevinus Isageekus

Owner of a slow moving website, caretaker of a buggered land rover! I will get my geek on in this life, but not the next, as I'm an atheist!

--Coined by V, with apologies to Russel Crowe

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machete, Training Gladius and Lanskey sharpening
puck Gladius machete, Training Gladius and Lanskey sharpening puck[/caption]