Accessing your console without a password

Lets face it: passwords are a usability nightmare, decent passwords are hard to remember and often hard to enter. Most system administrators hate passwords, and in Unix systems administration they’ve mostly been replaced by ssh keys, as those provide better usability and security. Unfortunately ssh keys don’t work ...

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Using pyinotify with eventlet

For Logshipper I needed to monitor directories for modifications. On Linux, this can be achieved using INotify. In typical python fashion, there already is a package which provides inotify in python, aptly named pyinotify. While the package works reasonably well, its code isn’t in great shape, lacking tests, public ...

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Setting terminal title to ssh hostname

For my daily work, I frequently need to log into servers using SSH. Typically I’m using a jumphost with tmux, so I can have multiple windows and easily reconnect during or after my commute. One of my annoyances was that I was having problems seeing which servers I’m ...

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Provisioning handheld GPSs with Ansible

Garmin etrex series

A friend of mine rents out hand held GPS units for out door activities. It started out as a small scale business, with just a few units per order. However, business is going well, and not only the number of orders grew, also the number of units per order grew ...

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