Sysadmins are the heros who bring back our cat-pictures from the heights of the filesystem-tree. So let's honour our firefighters of the internet.
Many people are scared because Microsoft bought GitHub. I wonder why people are so shocked now. Github is just another cloud-thingy and cloud means: "it's just the computer of someone else". If "someone else" will shutdown or wipe his computer, then we better have backups. Having this in our minds I would say that it's time to make (auto)backups. I wrote this little ruby-script that clones all public repositories of a user into a directory.
I proudly pronounce the first (pre-)release of cryptorecord. Cryptorecords is a ruby gem that provides an API and scripts for creating crypto-related dns-records(e.g. DANE). Currently it supports TLSA, OPENPGPKEYS and SSHFP but I plan to support other records in future. The API doesn't create any keys or certificates. It just takes existing keyfiles to create the DNS-records.
TLS via SMTP is opportunistic which makes connections vulnerable to man-in-the-middle-attacks. In order to prevent mitm-attacks, DANE could be used. The sender-server will first check the domain-records if dnssec is in use(and valid) and if a TLSA-record is published(and valid). If a TLSA-record is valid and matches with the certificate of the recipient-server the connection could be encrypted and the encryption is verified.
Every time I replace an old hard disk by a newer or bigger one I think that I'll wipe it later. Now I have a big amount of hard disks to wipe. Since wiping takes ages, I don't want to use my personal computer for that. I would prefer a small device with low energy consumption just for wiping. That's why I am going to build a "Nukestation". Basically it's just a Raspberry Pi with nwipe on it and a udev-rule for automatically wipe attached hard disks. But some extras would be nice...