One of the things that was on my whiteboard for some time was to set up a VPN for home use. Sure, I can do some remote SSH port forwarding, use ssh as a proxy or perhaps even use some Linux Tunneling Techniques but they’re not quite the same as a full blown VPN. You can use the VPN for access to remote services, to secure communications on untrusted networks or use it for mobile devices. Whatever your use its easy to set a VPN up with pptpd that can be used with your mobile and remote devices. (Read on …)
After not writing for a little while (I call it writers block, you can call it lazy) I decided to do what any Linux Geek would do. I searched two different distributions software repositories for excuses. Fedora and Debian had quite different but interesting outputs.
QLandkarte GT is the ultimate outdoor aficionado’s tool for GPS maps in GeoTiff format as well as Garmin’s img vector map format. Additional it is the PC side frontend to QLandkarte M, a moving map application for mobile devices. And it fills the gap Garmin leaves in refusing to support Linux. QLandkarte GT is the proof that writing portable applications for Unix, Windows and OSX is feasible with a minimum of overhead. No excuses!
Debian on the other hand came up with two results one more entertaining than the other, but both useful. The first being a package called devscripts that are
scripts to make the life of a Debian Package maintainer easier
The second package is what I can describe as an awesome find for excuses “fortunes-bofh-excuses”. If you like BOFH or fortunes and have a twisted sense of humour I’m sure you’ll love this package.
If you get a chance and run a different distribution, I’d love to see the packages that come up for it. I was really trying to find something that would help me get a little more organized, or add a little more confusion to my workday. Mission Successful, feel free to flame.