Monthly Archives: November 2004

Généalogie

J’ai trouvé cette feuille [168 Ko] dans un tiroir, j’ai recopié les données si ça peut intéresser quelqu’un.

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How to kill a unix process

Were you ever told to kill a Unix process using “kill -9 pid”? Did you know that that was wrong? Here’s a copy of a Usenet posting by Randal L. Schwartz explaining why.
I keep a printed copy of the message posted on the wall.

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GFK’s, what about that nickname?

Every now and then, people are inquiring about my nickname, GFK’s. Here’s the story.

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The history of Solaris

A while ago, Philip Pokorny explained to me what was up with Solaris (SunOS) version numbers. It’s worth keeping as a reference.
In case you were looking for a longer history, check out this excerpt from the Solaris 8 System Administrator Guide.

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À la défense de CHOI

Copie d’une lettre que j’ai envoyé au journal Voir à l’été 2004 à propos de la décision du CRTC de fermer la station CHOI-FM. Elle a été publiée dans la version papier du journal (Vol. 13 no 29 p. 8).

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Software review: djbdns

Last year, I discovered djbdns from an article on rootprompt. I spent some time studying the program and summed my toughts in this article.

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Simple email virus scanning with Sanitizer and ClamAV

This article is the result of hours of trying to figure out how to clean up my email box. I was tired of receiving several spams and virii every day. I managed to set up spamassassin pretty easily, but I had several frustrating problems with automated antivirus email scanning.

Note that this article was written in 2003, so it might not be accurate anymore. By the way, I’m now using qpsmtpd to scan my incoming mail.

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Hand Drills and the Art of House Building

Some people seem to think that security and cryptography are the same thing. They think that adding cryptography to a product will make it secure. I used to think that, but I was wrong. When reading Secret and Lies by Bruce Schneier, I realised that cryptography can be compared to a hand drill, and that security is like building a house. That is, cryptography is a tool for security, just like a drill is a tool for building a house.

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