Setting up a certificate authority

Aug. 29, 2005, 9:03 p.m.

Having had yet another run in with Apache SSL (mod_ssl) and being very disapointed with the service of Thawte, I decided to have a go at setting up a certificate authority.Setting up a CA doesn't really serve any purpose because no one is going to bother to install my cacert into their browser but h ...

An even better file uploader

Aug. 29, 2005, 4:21 a.m.

Rad Upload keeps getting better with each release. But the last release was exactly two months ago. So it's just the right time to come out with version 2.11.What's new in the new version? there is a boring bug fix. What's exciting is the improvement to the file selection dialog. The main thrust of ...

Apache2 SSL

Aug. 26, 2005, 12:38 a.m.

My last run in with Apache SSL wasn't very pleasent. But that was with apache 1.3 where SSL support is not built in. Version 2.0 has built in support thanks to the export restrictions been done away with.So it's time to have a go at installing apache SSL. To build it all you need to do is pass the - ...

Ramblings

Aug. 24, 2005, 10:08 p.m.

So Google is starting an instant messaging service. The really wonderfull news is that it is based on Jabber. Three cheers for open source and four for jabber.While still on google, I finally signed up for a gmail account, primarily because it's needed to use google talk. To my great suprise I found ...

Trust Thawte?

Aug. 22, 2005, 3:49 a.m.

Thawte proudly says everywhere on their site that 'it's a trust thing'. The question is can they be trusted?Recently I signed up with thawte's reseller program. The sign up process was protected by SSL. These guys after all are the people who issue SSL certificates, code signing certificates and all ...

more FC4 woes

Aug. 20, 2005, 8:52 p.m. virtualization

Fedora Core 4 does not install the kernel sources as it should. It' probably time to switch to Debian but in the short term I need to make qemu work but that looks like a lot of hard work.As for compiling a new version of the kernel from scratch, I have done enough of that in the to be thoroughly si ...

Hello Python

Aug. 18, 2005, 9:22 a.m.

The last time I learned a new programming language was in 1999. That was fortran. I was working on a quantum mechanics research project at university and Fortran is the language of choise when complex numbers are involved.Unlike almost every other programming language I have seen, Fortran has a nati ...

Qmail, Vpopmail and Binc

Aug. 15, 2005, 2:55 a.m.

Two and a half years ago, when I first installed qmail, I can't say I did it properly. The reason for that is the over abundance of information on installing qmail. In the end I took a shortcut and followed the shupp's qmail toaster guide, something that definitely should not have been done.This tim ...

Qemu on FC4

Aug. 13, 2005, 3:35 a.m. virtualization

Since upgrading to FC4 kqemu the, accelerator could not be used (since it's not compatible with the new kernel). That effectively means Qemu cannot be used at all because with out the accelerator the emulator is too painfully slow.Unfortunately attempting to recompile again did not work out because ...

Apache 2

Aug. 10, 2005, 10:23 p.m.

Though Apache 2 has been around for a long long time, I have been using apache 1.3 upto now, primarily because PHP can only be used with the Prefork model. But the time has come to move on or get left behind.That does not mean that this is the first time I am installing Apache 2, on the contrary I t ...

FC4: Hey where is my menu

Aug. 9, 2005, 8:19 p.m. virtualization , X11

After overcoming several pitfalls I successfully managed to boot up my Fedora Core 4 installation. Unfortunately it seems the worst is still to come.My first reaction after KDE started up was "Hey what have you done with the menu?". All the menu items have gone missing. As usuall google was of no us ...

Fedora Core 3 to Fedora Core 4

Aug. 8, 2005, 9:56 p.m.

Just completed an upgrade from Fedora Core 3 to Fedora Core 4. The upgrade wasn't uneventfull. Things got off to a bad start when the CD device didn't get off well with the media but that was easily overcome.The first real annoyance occured when the installed refused to recognize my swap space. The ...

Applets and Native methods

Aug. 4, 2005, 8:25 p.m.

Finally created that article on mixing JNI and applets that I have been threatening to write. It's the first update to the site in months and I am sure many people will find the article usefull.As I pointed out earlier, lots of pundits are of the view that you simple cannot mix native methods with ...