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Crowdsec Dashboard

Crowdsec Dashboard

The Crowdsec dashboard is great. The instructions provided are simple enough that it took only minutes to setup and start viewing the data. That was a few days and on my home desktop machine. Now I'm in a different country on my laptop and find that I didn't save the the 64 character password generated during the setup process anywhere :-( As the dashboard is powered by Metabase I did a quick search and found this page that details how...

Crowdsec

Crowdsec

Earlier this year I decided to start using the IPv6 connection that my hosting provider has been providing for the last few years. It had been something I'd been meaning to do for a while and for some reason it felt like the right time to look at it. As it turned out, it was as simple as adding a few lines to various configuration files and all was well. I wasn't sure how quickly I would see any IPv6...

Protobuf

Protobuf

I've been trying to talk to a network device that uses Googles Protocol Buffers for it's data exchange. Fair enough and thankfully someone had already done the work and created the needed protocol file. Of course, it was created a while back and protobuf has moved onto proto3! Enter proto3!After copying the original proto file across to my project, I edited it to adapt to the newer proto3 specification and pressed on with actually using it. syntax="proto3"; package...

Remote VS Code on FreeBSD

Remote VS Code on FreeBSD

I've been using VSCode as my primary code editor for a long time, but recently I've been doing more and more working on code that will run on remote machines. The whole edit, rsync, edit cycle ws getting a little boring so I finally looked at using the remote extensions. I added the Remote-SSH extension, added the first host (a RaspberryPi)  I needed and suddenly I was editing the code directly on that machine. Simples! Why didn't I do this...

Simple ZFS Usage

For years all I heard from various people I know was “ZFS“. It was the answer to almost every question and given how few OS’s supported it always appeared to be the promised land over the rainbow. That was then, but in recent years the availability of ZFS has grown quickly and I can now fully appreciate what they were saying was true. I’ve used ZFS on Ubuntu and now am using it on FreeBSD without too many...