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Month: July 2014 (Page 1 of 2)

HOME LAB BUILD: PART 13 – RASPBERRY PI HARDENING

securepiIn the previous installment of the home lab build guide, I covered the initial setup of the Raspberry Pi and the configuration of a few useful network services, spefically, DNSmasq, NTP, OpenVPN and Wake-On-LAN. In this article I'm going to cover some ways of securing the Raspberry Pi and it's services in preparation for making the features accessible from the public Internet.

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HOME LAB BUILD: PART 12 – RASPBERRY PI

07119My girlfriend, who has a very sweet tooth got quite upset about this. I kept mentioning this raspberry pie I'd ordered and she was getting kind of excited about the prospect of it being delivered. She couldn't quite fathom why I'd ordered a pie from eBay instead of just getting one from the supermarket, but chose not to question me about it. When I told her it had finally arrived, her face lit up. That is until I dangled the small circuit board in front of her. She just gave me a look that was equal parts confusion and disappointment.

Before I go any further with the lab build I decided to configure the Raspberry Pi I bought. Initially the device was meant to provide a way of issuing Wake-On-LAN commands to my ESXi hosts remotely, but after tinkering with the Pi for a bit and doing a spot of Googling it seemed it had the potential to perform a number of other functions for me too.

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VIRGIN MEDIA ISSUES: THE IMPORTANCE OF TRANSPARENCY

New-Virgin-Media-LogoUPDATED: When Virgin Media's products work, they generally work very well and overall I am impressed with the services I buy from them. That said, when things go wrong they are amongst the most infuriating companies to deal with as a consumer. The most frustrating part is, they could address these issues without a great deal of effort simply by being more open and transparent in their dealings and actively communicating with their customer base.

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