The Mystical Magical Secure Shell, Part 1

by Marcel Gagné Once upon a time, when the Earth was green, plain text communications was the norm. We used TELNET to connect to systems where we needed to get work done. From a security perspective, plain-text communications is frought with dangers. Anyone running a network sniffer program, of which there are many, can snoop on every packet sailing across your network. If you are logging in using TELNET, that person can see your user name and password plain as day. One way around this dilemma is to use the secure shell. OpenSSH is an open-source implementation of the secure …

Weapon? You call that a weapon?!

According to the fine people at Zellers, I own a fearsome weapon. No, not that! It’s a Swiss Army knife. Now stop laughing and work with me a moment as I recount my tale of this deadly piece of Swiss engineering. I remember getting my first jack knife when I was 7 or 8 years old. It was a very cool thing to have, with a thousand and one uses, most of them having to do with turning large pieces of wood into smaller pieces of wood. As the years passed, I graduated to a Swiss Army knife. With its collection of screwdrivers, …

Removing the dreaded ‘Read More’ Link

When creating stories in Drupal, or posts of any kind, you run across an annoying little default. It’s the dreaded Read more link. The link is obviously a good idea, though people do complain about where the link appears. Where it becomes dreaded is with short posts, like this one. You can control where the link appears by putting in a break in your story (a <!–break–> does the job nicely). However, regardless of where you put the story break, if your post is a short one, you get a Read more link even if the break is the last …

Linux, Thunderbird, and the BlackBerry; A Love Story (Cooking with Linux)

  Thinking about keeping our various devices in sync with our Linux systems can be the source of nightmares for many. After all, asking for an open source solution that can keep millions of smart phones, cell phones, email clients, contact databases, and calendars on the same planet, never mind the same page, seems akin to asking for the moon. To which Chez Marcel would like to ask, "Would you like a nice rich Merlot with that moon?"   Excuse me, François, but what are you doing? Are you sending text messages while you should be getting ready for the …