Benjamin Long: Husband, Father, SysAdmin, Amateur Programmer, Tinkerer
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Multiple Default Routes in Ubuntu 16.04 (and other Debian based systems)

September 27th, 2017 | Posted by benjamin.long in Systems Administration - (Comments Off on Multiple Default Routes in Ubuntu 16.04 (and other Debian based systems))

The Situation:

Your workstation/server has both a network connection to the local network with internet access, and a public IP address (or a second, different LAN/WAN/DMZ) on a separate interface. You’d like to run some services, perhaps the Apache web server, and serve them via the public IP address you have directly on your NIC, but still use the LAN connection for everything else. Or maybe you just want to be able to ssh directly to your workstation from home, without forwarding a port on the main firewall. Whatever you want to serve on the public IP address, this is how you can do it.

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Configuring OpenLDAP Multi Master Replication on Ubuntu 16.04

April 21st, 2017 | Posted by benjamin.long in Systems Administration - (Comments Off on Configuring OpenLDAP Multi Master Replication on Ubuntu 16.04)

After banging my head on my desk for a couple of days trying to figure out how to get two OpenLDAP servers to mirror each other, I decided to create this post to detail how I got it working.
None of the tutorials I found had it quite right. Let’s get right into it.

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The Beauty of Knowledge

April 12th, 2012 | Posted by benjamin.long in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on The Beauty of Knowledge)

On a few occasions I’ve heard an argument that goes something like this:

People like you need to know how everything works, and all it does is take the beauty out of everything! Can’t you just enjoy the beauty of [insert natural event or object here] without digging into how it works and ruining it?

The premise of the argument is that knowing too much about something somehow lessens your appreciation of it. Let me show you by some examples how little water that argument holds. (more…)

Why Ask Why (Part 4)

March 3rd, 2012 | Posted by benjamin.long in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Why Ask Why (Part 4))

“Fear is the mind-killer.” — Dune by Frank Herbert
Every malevolent leader knows how good fear is for keeping their subjects in line. All one must do is generate a phobia in someone that keeps them from seeing past the fear. If we are paralyzed by fear, we have lost our free will to do what we want. A good phobia is the ultimate tool to keep people from thinking and asking questions.

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Why Ask Why (Part 3)

January 10th, 2012 | Posted by benjamin.long in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Why Ask Why (Part 3))
Everyone on the bandwagon

See Part 1 & Part 2.

There are a few names for it. Getting on the bandwagon. Herd mentality. Groupthink. They all mean the same thing. As social beings, we enjoy the acceptance of our peers. This desire for acceptance is an incredibly strong motivation to conform even when we don’t naturally agree with a position. This can be manipulated in a couple ways. (more…)

Why Ask Why (Part 2)

January 3rd, 2012 | Posted by benjamin.long in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Why Ask Why (Part 2))

 

Picture of Scales

Weigh emotions carefully

Part one concluded by talking about how our emotions sway our decision making processes. The point being that when we stop asking questions and challenging our understanding of the world we are then easy pray to people who use those emotions, the only thing left to guide us, against our own interests. What kind of emotions are most easily used against us? There are several. (more…)

Why Ask Why (Part 1)

January 2nd, 2012 | Posted by benjamin.long in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Why Ask Why (Part 1))
Icelandic manuscript of the geocentric world view

The geocentric world view

Geocentricism, the belief that the earth is stationary and everything we see in the sky circles it, is a common sense conclusion when faced with the evidence gained though common & casual experience. (more…)