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New Acer Iconiatab Acquired

Picked up an android Iconiatab over the weekend. Now to load up the latest draft of Modern Perl. Installed an SSH client, and tweetdeck, both of which seem to work nicely. Still getting used to the touch-based on-screen keyboard, but that will take some time (typing this post using the tablet right now,so forgive the lack of attention to detail).

I came across a very cool keyboard alternative called 8pen, which I’ll be looking into shortly. The primary reason I bought the tablet was for reading books, and was originally planning to get the Kobk Vox, but after playing with it in person, it didn’t impress me that much.

Trac and Reverse Proxies Using Apache 2

So today I was working on setting up a trac instance behind a reverse proxy, and found that it could be done quite easily under Apache 2. Apache 2 allows you to set up your reverse proxy in a variety of different ways.

The main thing to note here is that you should never try to ProxyPass/ProxyReverse from port 443 to Port 443. Instead, pass from port 443 to 80 in the back-end.  Allow the proxy to handle the SSL authentication for the browser.

If you require a secure connection from the back-end web server to the front-end proxy server, then utilize a VPN, or an SSH tunnel to pass the data; but don’t waste your time trying to make the web server behind your proxy handle the SSL authentication with the browser.  The amount of time you’ll spend trying to figure it out, you would have saved to go do something else more fun, like set up a Cacti instance to monitor bandwidth consumption within your home network :)

Stop The Meter On Your Internet Use

Bell Canada and other big telecom companies can now freely impose usage-based billing on independent Internet Service Providers (indie ISPs) and YOU.

This means we’re looking at a future where ISPs will charge per byte, the way they do with smart phones. If we allow this to happen Canadians will have no choice but to pay more for less Internet. Big Telecom companies are obviously trying to gouge consumers, control the Internet market, and ensure that consumers continue to subscribe to their television services.

This will crush innovative services, Canada’s digital competitiveness, and your wallet.

We need to stand up for the Internet.

Sign the Stop The Meter petition!


Nationwide Blackberry Outage – 22/23 December 2009

Well, my Blackberry is officially offline because of a nationwide blackberry outage currently taking place. I use my Blackberry to receive messages from monitoring systems at VMware, so I’m severely pissed. I haven’t received any e-mails for several hours! The only way I knew that something was wrong, is that I have a sanity e-mail sent to myself every 2 hours. When I don’t see that e-mail, something evil is happening.

For a brief moment, I thought I was going to have to call and yell at Rogers, but they’re not at fault this time.

Real time updates on the situation via Twitter is nice, but a working Blackberry would be nicer.