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VPN woes

Yet another random wifi network to connect to - this time in a small cottage in Slovenia. It actually allows access to internet, allows me to setup a VPN, so all seems well. Except for one little thingie: for some reason, it blocks outgoing SMTP traffic.

Well, no problem, there. I want to mail from my laptop, and it delivers to the mail server on my server. No problem there, if I route the traffic through the VPN, right? Wrong. After setting up the VPN it is still not working.

Wireless access point

My wireless access point at home is actually a Realtek 2500 wireless card on my server. I use my server as the place to put access policies and as a broker for all traffic (my public IP address is also on it, instead of on the modem in front of it).

Drupal project

I have added the Drupal module project to this website. This should make it easy to host your own software on Drupal. The Drupal site itself is using it, or at least it claims so. Regrettably, there is only an unstable release, and that is now more than a year old. I got it kind of working with the latest git version - but there is no CVS integration, the attached view that should list available releases does not seem to work and it regularly gives errors.

A small tool

I wanted a simple thing: install some packages to support my wireless card. It seems I need a non-free driver for that, which is kind of disappointing; but that is life.

In some earlier experiment, I had installed the latest Linux kernel from the unstable archive (I am running stable on my laptop). No big deal, that: I have done it before on earlier Debian releases. There is always a small risk (both in terms of stability and of non-declared dependencies) but one can always decide to go back to the old kernel if there are problems.

Getting USB to boot

Most things just seem to work on my new Lenovo Thinkpad E145 laptop - but, as always, some things just do not work out of the box. Problems with WIFI are almost expected, but not being able to boot from USB is plain weird.

Replacing a disk

About a year ago, I replaced the hard disk in my laptop by a solid state disk. As expected, the difference was remarkable: even though the laptop still had the same relatively slow processor, it felt a lot snappier. Starting up and shutting down only took ten, fifteen seconds, instead of more than a minute, for example. A very nice upgrade.

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by Dr. Radut