Enable OpenVPN Management Interface on ClearOS

The OpenVPN config file structure on ClearOS is non-standard (For example there is no server.conf), so I was unsure where to put the directive. However, as it turns out enabling the Management console is as simple as adding the following to /etc/openvpn/clients.conf:

management localhost 7505

Fix Ubuntu Kismet Child Source Error

This weekend I was having problems with my wireless connection dropping ping packets and being generally unreliable. I decided to switch the channel that it was running on, but first I had to check to see which channel had the least amount of traffic on it.

XBMCbuntu Ubuntu 10.04 Howto

For the past couple of years I have been experimenting with a variety of different Media Center distributions for my media PC. I’ve played with Boxee, Moovidia, MythTV, XBMC and LinuxMCE. Since I’m from Canada, Boxee wouldn’t work to its full extent, I don’t have a tuner card, so most of MythTV’s power was lost on me and LinuxMCE seemed like it was dieing at the time. After struggling with the performance (or lack there of) of Moovidia on my old hardware, I eventually settled on XBMC.

Shellinabox Gentoo Init Script

I’ve been playing around with ShellInABox and I think it is quite neat. From the website:

Shell In A Box implements a web server that can export arbitrary command line tools to a web based terminal emulator. This emulator is accessible to any JavaScript and CSS enabled web browser and does not require any additional browser plugins.

Fakemail for Developers

The other day when I was setting up email notifications for a Zend Framework application, I stumbled across Fakemail.

From the developers website:

fakemail is a fake mail server that captures emails as files for acceptance testing. This avoids the excessive configuration of setting up a real mail server and trying to extract mail queue content.

Gentoo init Script

I have several servers which run an assortment of http, svn, ssh, and ftp services. One of the largest annoyances are automated breaking scripts pounding my services. Recently, I have been looking into a handy python script written by Reto Glauser, which monitors syslog-ng logs looking for possible break-in attempts. The script uses iptables to block future traffic from suspicious IP’s for a specified amount of time.