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Small changes to my arm salt install setup were needed on Debian Buster. more

A while ago I published a snippet to generate an OTP auth token from the command line, but I recently got a new phone and had to re-add all my secret keys to a different authenticator app. As I keep all the secret keys backed up I made another script … more

My i3 desktop Inspired by a comment on reddit I am sharing my screen locking configuration in this post, I use i3, xautolock and a custom lock script. more

I recently added OTP authentication using pam_google_authenticator.so to most of my machines. It's non-trivial to set up, especially if you have system users with limited capabilities that need to be able to log in non-interactively, but all in all it feels good to have a little more security. When logging … more

I have a vero 4k armhf box I wanted to do some programming on, and as I use salt to configure all my work machines I tried to install a salt minion. The problem is that the machine comes with a preinstall Debian stretch which only has an outdated salt … more

Recently I started working on a Django project, loaded the prod database into it, and ran the tests. Then the data was gone. I know some people intentionally want to run tests on the "main database", and there is a very simple way to achieve this. Simply inherit from a … more

Battleship engine room This post describes a deployment and maintenance method for Django projects that was designed with scalability in mind. The goal is to push new releases into production at any moment with minimal or no downtime. Upgrades can be performed with unprivileged access to the production server, and rollbacks are possible. I use Gunicorn, Fabric and Supervisord in the examples. more

Access/ownership of new pages in typo3


Typo3 has a very powerful workspace feature. You can use it to give different groups different access rights to a sitetree. This is useful when you have many users, groups and workspaces. One problem that can appear when you don't configure everything properly is that new pages, created by an … more

Samsung ML-1610 on Debian GNU/Linux


I bought this printer a long time ago and it was connected to my Mac until that box died. I tried to install it once but never tried again after I didn't get it to work in less than five minutes. Well, this time I did invest like ten minutes … more

Password protecting the wp-admin directory


Several places recommend to block the WordPress admin area with a password. While this certainly is a good idea, implementing it properly is non-trivial. One of the problems is that the WordPress Ajax handler script is located in the admin directory. So password-protecting the admin area will break all Ajax … more

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