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I like Debian a lot and find great joy in keeping old computers around as workstations, proxy servers, file servers and the like. The proxy, for example, just got upgraded from a 486 with 20 MB of RAM to a Pentium Pro with amazing 128 MB of RAM. Linux is perfect for these purposes.

Most of my hardware was given away by friends or taken from junk containers. While I think that electronics freeganism is nice and reduces waste, the greatest benefit is that it's very educational.

Also: Electronics hacker since the age of 5. MSc in Electrical Engineering / Communications Techonogy. Hacking analog and power electronics for industrial robots as a job.


Mar
23
comment Debian: An MTA just to solve dependencies, not because I really need one
I am aware of Unix-like systems using e-Mail for system notifications and the like; however, if one is willing to accept the limitations, lsb-invalid-mta seems to be a possible choice. The disclaimers are obvious: The packet has the word "invalid" in its namie, it is described as a "dummy" and a "fake", and it even "always exits with exit status -1 (255) and sends a warning message to stderr, so [...] the user gets note". However, thanks for recommending nullmailer and providing the link to unix.stackexchange.com/questions/1449/…
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Jan
12
comment Finding out if my system is being used as a bot by looking at ifconfig?
"then the differences would be huge..." They were huge - as in: Several GB as opposed to some hundred MB of expected (own) traffic. Glad it's fixed now after I caught up on how iptables works. Also, thanks for filling me in on the details.
Jan
11
revised Finding out if my system is being used as a bot by looking at ifconfig?
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Jul
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revised xfce: Allow shutdown for non-root users
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asked What's a good way to debug issues with X forwarding over ssh where just some applications won't run?
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Feb
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accepted Why do I need to comment out the floppy in /etc/fstab in new-ish Debian versions?
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12
answered Why do I need to comment out the floppy in /etc/fstab in new-ish Debian versions?