addicted to the future

Your definition of Open is different

July 6, 2012

Cisco recently pushed an update to their routers that required users to sign up for a privacy-crushing “cloud service” or forfeit management abilities on the router. This caused all sorts of outrage. Cisco quickly changed their privacy statement and is trying to appease concerns as detailed on their blog.

But the simple fact is that your definition of “open” is different from Cisco’s (not to mention Google, Microsoft and Apple among countless other vendors). The internet was built on the premise of free communication and exchange of ideas. It is the wild-wild-west it was designed to be. Cisco just wants your network to be “open” and thinks you should be ok with that.

I can see where Cisco is coming from; they saw an opportunity for possible add-on services and vigilant citizens of the internet caught this greedy and reckless shift in policy. I imagine that Cisco is going by the notion that people have “nothing to hide” which is completely irresponsible and a dangerous way of thinking. Living with the 21st century internet, consumers have to be vigilant of what services they consume as well as countless devices that may be mishandling private data without their knowledge. Your privacy is valuable. Hopefully Cisco learned a lesson.

VMware Snapshot reports

April 27, 2012

I’ve come up with this Windows PowerShell script to help identify virtual machines that have snapshots older than 1 day. It generates a CSV file and emails specified recipients. This is particularly handy in large VMware environments where snapshots can cause major havoc on datastore utilization. Enjoy!

# ==============================================================================================
# NAME: vmwaresnapreport.ps1
# AUTHOR: Eric Kiel erickielcollideoscopeorg
# DATE  : 4/27/2012
# COMMENT: This script will connect to a VMware Virtual Center server and report on VMs with snapshots
# that are older than 1 day.
# VERSION: 1.0 - Original Code
# USAGE: .\vmwaresnapreport.ps1
# Variables: 
# $vcenter - vCenter host name
# $vcenterdomain - domain that vCenter resides in;
# $mailserver - SMTP Mail relay
# $email1 - Distribution list or email address to send report to
# $email2 - 2nd distribution list or email address for reporting
# REQUIREMENTS: VMware vSphere PowerCLI
# ==============================================================================================

#Initialize Variables
$vcenterdomain = "VCENTER DOMAIN"
$mailserver = "YOUR SMTP SERVER"

# Enable VMware Snap-in
add-pssnapin VMware.VimAutomation.Core

$date = get-date -format MM-dd-yyyy
connect-viserver $vcenter
Get-VM | Get-Snapshot | Where { $_.Created -lt (Get-Date).AddDays(-1)} | select VM, Name, Description, Created, PowerState, SizeMB | export-csv $date-$vcenter-snapshots.csv -notypeinformation
send-mailmessage -from "$vcenter@$vcenterdomain" -to "$email1", "$email2" -subject "$vcenter Snapshot Report for $date" -attachment "$date-$vcenter-snapshots.csv" -body "Snapshot report for $vcenter generated on $date" -smtpserver $mailserver

Download vmwaresnapreport and rename to .ps1 to run with PowerShell.


April 4, 2012

Just over a year. That is far too long to let this site sit and go to waste. I’m in the process of cooking up some articles so look forward to them as I’ve learned a lot in the past year. I’ve moved all of my projects to so go check them out. I’m also working on an update to the OpenNote theme – look forward to better code handling as well as a darker theme that is easier on the eyes and inspired by Crunchbang. See you soon!

Easy Remote Colonization

March 16, 2011

Now that I’m managing a few linux servers (personal, not work related), I’ve found it handy to have automatic login via ssh-keys. At first it wasn’t so bad copying keys up to the server, but when you have 5 or so, it becomes a bit tedious (especially when I can never remember things). I’ve found a script to automate the process from StackOverflow:

if [ -z "$1" ]; then
	echo " by Brian Enigma "
	echo "Function: copies ssh public keys to remote machines for passwordless login"
	echo "Usage: @"
	exit 1
CONTENT=`cat ~/.ssh/$KEY`
echo "Attaching key to authorized_keys file"
ssh $1 "mkdir -p .ssh && chmod 700 .ssh && touch .ssh/$STORE \
	&& chmod 644 .ssh/$STORE \
	&& echo '$CONTENT' >> .ssh/$STORE \
	&& rm -f $KEY"
echo "Complete!  You should be able to log in without a password now!"

Note that before this works, you must have generated your keys on your local box first:

ssh-keygen -t rsa

Essential Ubuntu Applications

November 10, 2010

General list of apps I use on my Ubuntu desktop:

thunderbird – great email client
banshee – quite possibly the best music/media player out there
vlc – this can play any movie you throw at it
transmission-daemon – great for running transmission when you aren’t logged in to the machine
ushare – unpn/dlna media server – works great with xbox 360
filezilla – personal favorite ftp client
pidgin – empathy sucks
gnome-do – this helped me transfer finger memory from OS X
gparted – I am a storage guy – I format and look at things.
ssh – is there anything ssh can’t do?
ubuntu-restricted-extras – youtube is boring without flash
xchat – for when I’m feeling extra creepy
vpnc – great cisco compatible vpn client
network-manager-vpnc – makes it guiful
ttf-droid – I love the android font
audacity – I cut up mp3s too
terminator – awesome terminal app

E71 Thoughts

August 25, 2010

I’ve had the E71 for a few days now and I find it to be one of the best phones I’ve used. It is interesting to me coming from a G1 and previously an iPhone, but clearly the E71 was designed to be a communication device, not “something to play games on and maybe make phone calls” like the iPhone or G1. Here are some of the “required” apps I have installed: Putty, Trill (Twitter client), Wordmobi (WordPress blog client), Skype, and finally JoikuSpot (wifi-hotspot). I’m still looking for other must have apps and will hopefully find more good stuff to share.

Accessible Notes

August 12, 2010

OpenNote is a modified WordPress theme that is designed to be used for a private “notebook” site. I wanted a place to keep notes and other bits of information handy, but did not want to use any third party services such as Evernote because I wanted to keep it under my control. I had been using my hacked W2+ installation, but I needed functionality to better handle files such as pdf and Word documents. WordPress is extensible and reliable enough that it works nearly everywhere and there is an official WordPress application for nearly every phone so that makes adding content a snap from anywhere. I hope you enjoy the OpenNote theme and you can download it from the OpenNote Project page at Let me know what you think!

I love Ben

August 5, 2010

“Those who desire to give up freedom in order to gain security will not have, nor do they deserve, either one.”

Benjamin Franklin

Squid going for a walk

July 29, 2010

Thoughts On Ubuntu 10.04

May 5, 2010

I’ve had the latest version of Ubuntu installed for a few days now and I believe I can sum it up in one word: polished. This release has been the most stable and least troublesome yet. I’ve noticed that 9.10 my wireless connection would take ~10 seconds to connect, in Lucid it is nearly instantaneous. The boot time is considerably faster which is saying a lot as the boot time was slashed from 9.04 to 9.10. The new “me” menu is a nice addition and the overall look and feel is very nice. I must say, I was a bit confused about why they moved the minimize, maximize and close buttons to the left though, but after a day or so, it becomes second nature to mouse over to the left. Also, since the release, Mark Shuttleworth has detailed some new plans for Window Indicators which I think will be interesting. It is good to see some innovation and I think this can only be a good thing for Ubuntu.

While this is all nice though, some of my favorite apps still do not have proxy support which is very frustrating. I wish I knew why there is no proxy support with these apps that should support a global proxy since the primary reason they exist is to utilize an internet connection. Empathy is a perfect example of this – why would you replace a long-standing application with good plugins and active development like Pidgin with Empathy? I believe that if you are replacing something, it should have the same or more features. What is even more frustrating though is that some of these apps such as Gwibber or Banshee don’t even tell you they can’t connect.

Despite the proxy issues, which are minor and just annoying, this is a great release. Practically everything works as expected and I think this will be a great LTS release.

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