No, not the time between blog posts, but my elbow.
At the back end of January, some clown walking down the bike lane kicked my bike out from under me, and before I knew it, I was sticking a “three points of contact, full superhero landing”, only my three points of contact were my head (hurrah for helmets), my hip, and the initial point of impact, my elbow. One badly smashed humerus later, and I won the prize of four and a half hours of reconstructive surgery, some screws, and some metal plates. No large bearded man telling me “You’re a cyborg, Harry” though. See below the break for magic internal photos (X-rays, Mat. They’re called X-rays).Continue Reading →
Obviously I need to find a much shorter, neater network cable, but I am very pleased with this option for taking my openspot mobile. It’s a mifi device with a network port, but also a USB port to function as a power bank. My plans ultimately have a box running from a larger USB battery pack, but it’s nice to know I can operate super lightweight if I want to.
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Having spent some time this morning getting annoyed by Amazon’s SES returning “535 Authentication Credentials Invalid” for what I knew were valid credentials when trying to send email via the SES SMTP interface, I am typing this up here to make sure that I remember it for the future.
Requirements for sending emails:
Create the user in the SES console, not the IAM console, even though the SES user will show in the IAM console once created. Because obviously.
Base64 encode the access key and secret key, but don’t just do
echo myvoiceismyaccesskey | base64
because that is too obvious 😉 Better make it
echo -n myvoiceismyaccesskey | base64 -w 0
Fuck yeah option flags 😉
I’ve had at least one person ask me about my chilli recipe, so here goes. It is largely a choose-your-own style adventure, but I’ll try to give the basics, and will be giving away my little secrets. For reference, I usually cook this in “a git big pot”, or, to put it another way, a “deep casserole” pan, which is either four or six litres. I’m not sure, and I can’t be bothered to go downstairs right now to check. (That, right there, is the sort of dedication to blogging which leads to sometimes two whole posts per year). Continue Reading →
We’ve recently been making some security minded changes at work, one of which is ssh-ing though a bastion host/jumpbox, and me, being one of those linuxy types, had some hassles with my ssh working. I was getting errors where both sides of the connection claimed that other one had closed the connection, and some mumbles about pre-auth.
After a lot of time wasted googling, and trying things like limiting the ciphers used, dropping to a 2048 bit key instead of a 4096 one, trying keys without passphrases, I managed to stumble on the ten characters which fixed my connection, and allowed me to ssh with a snippet in ~/.ssh/config via a bastion host
Yup, I forgot the number one rule of computering, which is stop trying to find the most elaborate, complex solution, and start with the easy steps.
It might be annoying, but this is why computer people ask if you’ve restarted/reloaded things 😉
Well, technically I was a small part of a club which won a thing, but in the last year I’ve been doing something which I wanted to do twenty years ago, but for whatever reasons didn’t, and I’ve been getting into amateur radio, starting with my foundation license in April 2014, and moving up to the intermediate license in April 2015. And no, I’m not planning to wait until April 2016 to get my full license, although now I look at it, there is something nice about the progression being every April.
Anyway, at the 2015 RSGB AGM, the London Hackspace Radio Club ( callsign M0HSL ) were awarded the RSGB’s Club of the Year 2014 (Large Club Section) award, which was nice, and thanks to the RSGB and their CC-BY-NC-ND licensing of the photographs taken at the award ceremony, you lucky lucky people get to see this here picture of the representatives of the LHS Radio Club being presented with the award, kindly sponsored by Waters and Stanton.
Before I start, don’t bother with any of that “ew, sex, icky” nonsense. We’re all grown ups here, and we can acknowledge that people do sex stuff. The vast majority of them even enjoy it.
First they came for the pornographers, and despite what Pastor Martin Niemöller said, I *am* going to speak out.
You might have heard about the Audiovisual Media Services Regulations 2014 (AVMS Regs 2014) which came into force on December 1st. In a nutshell, a faceless quango has decided that various acts which consenting adults are perfectly within their rights to perform are now illegal to depict on film in the UK. It’s obviously not that simple, but follow the links after the jump to read some posts from people what does words very gooder than what I does 😉