How I learned to stop worrying and love the powderkeg. #FreeBSD

FreeBSD has grown up a lot in this release cycle.  The most useful tool from the 10.0/11.0 world in a long time, poudriere (powder keg in French) has made my ports usage almost trivial now. More or less, poudriere is a tool that allows you to build ports packages compatible with the new PKGNG format […]

The Short List #7: wpa_passphrase on #FreeBSD. Because plaintext passwords are dumb.

If you have configured wireless networks on your FreeBSD laptop/pc. You can use wpa_passphrase to make the password entries more obscure with the use of wpa_passphrase. For example, given the following network entry in wpa_supplicant.conf: network={ ssid=”BRUNO” scan_ssid=1 priority=5 key_mgmt=WPA-PSK psk=”Super Secret Plain Text Password” } wpa_passphrase can give you a psk entry that is […]

AllMost There — Intel AMT on my ThinkPad T520

Spent some time this week screwing around with the “serial” port on my laptop.  Serial consoles are one of those things that you seem to always need when doing o/s development.  Its the only reliable way to get debugging information and on PC architectures, its really the best way to find and resolve serious problems […]