Planning a trip to Tanzania for 4-6 weeks over the near year period. Any advice? Must see places? Dar Es Salaam a good base?

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Busy weekend. Installed ownCloud. First forays into ipv6. Installed CrashPlan to backup ownCloud. Freedom don't come free!

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Back in Berlin last night with a new tyre after a puncture 600km away on a Sunday. :-( Luckily happened next door to a garage! :-)

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One Asus Zenfone 2 ZE551ML ordered from delivered to Germany for only €2.25. Now all I have to do is wait… :-)

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Mpow Swift Bluetooth headset just arrived. Connected to the iMac instantly, sound quality is phenomenal, maybe better than the Sennheisers!

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Thinking of getting an Asus Zenfone 2 ZE551ML, probably 32GB model. Any feedback on it? Any advice? Anyone have an Asus android?

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iMac memory upgrade

The memory upgrade from Crucial arrived this morning. After an initial false start and three beeps, we are up and running. Apparently memory has to be paired between slots 1 and 3, and slots 2 and 4. After that hiccup, we’re on fire! Here’s the obligatory before and after shots…

iMac memory beforeiMac memory afterI noticed on the screenshot, that apple actually publish instructions on how to upgrade, fantastic! Now I have ~14GB free, with all my browsers open. Fabulous.

Authenticate sudo with SSH agent

There’s a wonderful package called pam-ssh-agent-auth which allows sudo authentication via the SSH agent. This means no more typing passwords for sudo. Instead, just connect with ssh -A to forward your agent, and then use sudo without a password.

Installation is fairly simple, there are lots of walkthroughs around. First, grab this ppa, then add your SSH pub key to /etc/security/authorized_keys, sudo visudo and add Defaults    env_keep += "SSH_AUTH_SOCK", then edit /etc/pam.d/sudo and add auth sufficient file=/etc/security/authorized_keys after the other auth lines.

I deployed it all with puppet, but I think that’s everything.

MOT pass, no advisories, and an oil change all in less than two hours. Trip successful, now I can get on with some London networking… :-)

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5 of us left Brussels, 5 stopped at the border check, 5 missed the 14h boat, 4 now on the 16h boat. London two hours later than planned…

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OlinData are awesome

I received an unsolicited email from Walter Heck and his team at OlinData. Before I’d even read it, I had another email apologising for the mistake. Then I actually got a second mistaken email, but at this point, I’m so grateful for the apology and the responsible attitude, I don’t much care. To make matters even better, Walter posted on their blog explaining the mistake.

I decided in contrast to previous rants, it was time for a praising post. Thanks Walter for your responsible email behaviour, I salute you sir.

Bought a retina iMac last night. This morning the MacBook Pro crashed when I plugged in the external screen. Good timing! :-)

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My first ever cold pressed coffee. Not bad, not bad at all. Feedback round the office was also positive.

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Better 2FA on PayPal

I recently setup Two Factor Authentication on PayPal. It’s super annoying. Whenever I want to login I need to receive an SMS (which takes a few seconds at least to arrive) and type the code into the site. I need to get that SMS on my UK sim, which means I need to always have that SIM live and on me to login.

Well, not true. It’s not actually very safe as you can bypass 2FA with two security questions. Oh well…

Turns out, it’s possible to use an app instead. It’s not obvious that it’s possible for free, but it is. Install the Symantec VIP app (free) and then set it up. Simple. Just enabled, tested, and it works nicely. Definitely easier than waiting for an SMS.


Been in Edinburgh since Thursday. Now at the airport and ready to fly. Back in Berlin in time for a late lunch… :-)

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