Sunday, February 19, 2012

Pfsense upgraded to 2.0-RELEASE

I finally had time to upgrade my home firewall (running on a WRAP) to 2.0.  The current release is 2.0.1, but I didn't want to run a FreeBDS liveCD to alter the image, so I used the premodified images available at http://zhaw.ch/~maym.  Up to now, everything is running smoothly.  I just installed 2.0 on another CF card, then booted from it.  I had to configure the interfaces manually (using serial port), then I could log on to the default IP address, then restore my backup config.  Then it rebooted and everything was fine except that the DNS forwarder service didn't start automatically, I had to start it manually.  I'll eventually reboot to see if that was just this time.  Thanks to the pfSense team!

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Saturday, February 04, 2012

No Support Linux News

Up to now, the No Support Linux hosting seems to be all well.  I just got a newsletter from them, stating some facts:


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Performance and uptime have been outstanding at No Support Linux Hosting.  The average uptime since we launched No Support Linux Hosting has been 99.99%.  That is not bad at all for a $1/month web hosting service.  We have definitely managed to outperform many of the more expensive web hosting solutions.
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Wednesday, February 01, 2012

Folder comparison tool

I was looking for a folder comparison tool for Windows this morning and I found FreeFileSync.  Open-source, free, and quite instinctive and easy to use.  You select 2 folders, click "Compare" and it shows the the difference and the suggested action:

  • Add this file on this side to the other side
  • Replace this file on this side, overwriting the other side
 By default, it compares by date/time, but it can also compare by file content (hopefully doing a md5 on the file...).  It is a lot slower, but can be useful in some contexts.

It quickly gives you a good idea of what has changed on one side or the other.