Category Archives: Rants

McItaly: gone there, eaten that

I’m not a fan of McDonalds. I don’t really like Ronald, CJ and all the family, but when Ipazia pointed me to new McItaly burger and Guardian’s controversial article on Italian government being involved in the agreement between McDonalds and Italian food companies, I decided to forget stereotypes for a day and try the product. […]

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LUKS mermaids of remote unlock

Recently, I’ve browsed several how-to’s regarding the possibility of unlocking a LUKS root volume remotely using an SSH connection. For reference, the first of its kind is the one for Debian, published at Some of these how-to’s were posted to forums and mailing-lists and received many thankful comments from sysadmins wondering how to make […]

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The Microsoft hotfix tale

A few people on Earth still have a Windows 2000 machine laying around in their lab, mostly schools with severe budget cuts. Some time ago, one of these retro labs had a problem with roaming profiles: apparently Windows 2000 desktop machines refused to sync their profile on logoff. A collegue of mine asked my help […]

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Yo momma uses Ubuntu

Recently I replaced my mother’s PC, and I thought I could switch her to Linux. She was previously using Windows XP with several Open Source applications (Open Office, Firefox, Thunderbird, etc), so I decided to install Ubuntu 9.10, since it seems that it’s most devoted to non-expert users (she’s over-sixty and not inclined to change […]

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What evil lurks in OCFS2

In the beginning, Linux was a free general purpose OS and it was not clear how Linux companies would generate profits out of it. In 1999 RedHat company went public and started to develop a real business plan. After a few years, in 2003, one of its main competitors, SuSE Linux, was acquired by Novell. […]

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Faceflood, what the heck?

At times I wonder why people don’t quit with compulsive web socials and hang out for a beer.

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