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Plans, not resolutions, for 2012

Happy New Year.

If we are to believe this Maya prophecy mankind’s last year has begun. So, here’s to it: We’re all gonna die!!!
Now that that’s out of the way we can get to the matter at hand, my plans for 2012. I say plans, as I am sticking to my New Year’s resolution of 2000 of not making any more New Year’s resolutions. I don’t really like to make up any crazy plans about how I want to change my life for the better and end up not doing what I set out to do.
This year, however, is a little bit different. Maybe because it’s because we’re all gonna die, but I actually think that it’s just that I feel that there’s a lot of loose ends that have to be tied up, and it’s finally time to get going.

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Suspend-to-RAM and Suspend-to-Disk may seem useful when you don’t want to use your computer but you want to speed up start-up. While especially Suspend-to-RAM can get you to a running system quickly, with all the stuff open as you left it when you suspended your computer, there are certain problems with suspension, especially on mobile devices like notebooks and netbooks.

The big problem both types of suspension share is that they can effectively bypass encryption, which should be standard on a mobile device. My notebook has an encrypted root partition, and after a couple of tests I have now also encrypted my swap partition. Yes, until about 1 hour ago I have been working with an unencrypted swap partition, setup 1 (see below), and have now switched to setup 2 (again, see below).

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Roasts, and more…

I like Roasts. Both culinary and comedic. But this article is not supposed to be about my indulgences at the last family BBQ, but about the recent broadcasts of the celebrity roasts on Comedy Central Germany.

The roasts were presented by Desiree Nick, who is known for having a sharp tongue, but in the light of what is being said at these roasts she still seems kinda nice. And her overacting and exaggerated facial contortions don’t really make her presentation more enjoyable. After the previews I actually thought she’d be the right choice for this, but after seeing her in action I am a little disappointed on how this worked out.

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Comedy Withdrawal

It’s been 1.5 months since I moved back to Germany, and 2 months since my last performance at the TakeOut Comedy Club, giving a great opening performance for the very funny Wali Collins.
Since then I haven’t been on stage, but I feel that soon it’s time to get back into performing.

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Gearing up for my last show.

Tomorrow, on Saturday, July 23rd, I will be having my last regular show at the TakeOut Comedy Club Hong Kong. It’s not my last show, that will be opening the 8PM show for Wali Collins on July 30th, but it’s the last regular show with some of the other guys from the club. The last show where people do not come to see a pro from the US, but us locally bred comics. Or maybe even me. Yes, that actually happened once. Or at least there is one instance I know of. And it certainly is something special. My farewell show.

There being only 1 days left before this show I think it is time to think about the past, the present and, of course, the future.

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Virtual once more: VPN

Remote access to servers should be secure. I guess we all agree on that.
Still there sometimes is no way around potentially insecure services like Remote Desktop or VNC. Or maybe you have servers that are not publicly accessible, because they are hidden behind a second firewall.

In order to both secure potentially insecure services and allow access to otherwise inaccessible servers you can use a Virtual Private Network, or VPN.

First of all I want to say that I think there are too many different implementations of VPNs out there. Windows seems to favor PPTP as it’s way to connect to VPNs. Aside from that there is L2TP, IPSec, OpenVPN and, if you want to count it as VPN, tunneling through SSH. And possibly a few more nobody really cares about.
Thus, when being given the opportunity to use such an encrypted connection the first question has to be what kind of VPN it actually is, because there is no one-size-fits-all configuration.
With IPSec being part of IPv6, and not just glued on top as in IPv4, there is hope, albeit little, that maybe, and just maybe, IPSec may establish itself as “the one VPN solution”.

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Working as a Network Administrator I, sadly, also have to deal with Windows servers. While this is bad enough in itself this article is not written as a way to rant about my general dislike of Windows, or even the lack of security often attributed to the Windows operating system.

This article, as the title states, tries to explain why I think that using Windows as a web server is an outrageously stupid idea.

Websites nowadays are not only tools where individuals and organizations present themselves, they are not pure advertising anymore, but often enough part of the product. But even when they are purely informational, no matter of what kind this information may be, they play a valuable part in corporate strategy. For this reason a website has to be available 25 hours a day, 8 days a week.

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Also no IPv6 on T-Online

It’s been a while since I received their reply, but let’s just pretend I’ve been really busy…

And the answer to my question if T-Online supports IPv6, just like with Netvigator, is “No”.

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So this past weekend we held our 2nd Annual TakeOut Comedy Charity Comedython for the Hong Kong Dog Rescue. 12 hours of comedy to help saving a bunch of cute, little puppies from the frying pan.

Despite the, quite honestly totally useless, typhoon warning 1 it was a nice day, if hotter than hell during a forest fire can be counted as nice.
Due to the infernal heat and my inability to find the right exit of the MTR station the walk from Causeway Bay station to Champs Bar wasn’t quite as pleasurable as it could have been. Upon my arrival, panting, sweating and generally in disagreement with the Hong Kong climate, I was approached by Pete Grella over the possibility to do a set, a few hours before I was scheduled to perform. Because I love going on stage and doing my thing I agreed to that in a heartbeat. And at a rate of 450 beats per minute that was pretty quick.

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Having received another reply from Netvigator TechSupport here the follow up on my previous post.

Although their network quite obviously supports IPv6, as they operate the site http://ipv6.netvigator.com, they do not offer IPv6 to customers.
That is, I have to say, quite sad, as this shows that Netvigator apparently is not able to move along as technology develops.

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