If you are an Android user, you will probably have found a new app called Google Assistant on your mobile recently. It took them long enough! I read an article that said all Android users would receive the app in the next couple of days when living in the Netherlands. I waited for a while, and then a bit, and in the end I waited well over a week, when I sorta gave up hope. I figured that my version of Android was probably too old or something.
But today I was looking for a specific app and that’s when I found my recently installed Google Assistant. Of course I introduced myself to her first. She knows my name now. Been messing around a lot with it since then, to see where it can go and where it won’t go. Anyways.. it’s fun for the whole family to speak with the Google Assistant. If you’re not sure if you have it on your mobile, you can always install it from here: Google Assistant – Apps on Google Play. For those that don’t know this… you interact with her by using your voice. She understands Dutch perfectly and will answer you in Dutch. I find this very useful when setting my alarm or adding things to my to-do list for example. It’s fun, check it out!
Our emotional state of choice is ecstasy. Our nourishment of choice is Love. Our addiction of choice is technology. Our religion of choice is music. Our currency of choice is knowledge. Our politics of choice is none. Our society of choice is utopian though we know it will never be. You may hate us. You may dismiss us. You may misunderstand us. You may be unaware of our existence. We can only hope you do not care to judge us, because we would never judge you. We are not criminals. We are not disillusioned. We are not drug addicts. We are not naive children. We are one massive, global, tribal village that transcends man-made law, physical geography, and time itself. We are The Massive. One Massive. We were first drawn by the sound. From far away, the thunderous, muffled, echoing beat was comparable to a mother’s heart soothing a child in her womb of concrete, steel, and electrical wiring. We were drawn back into this womb, and there, in the heat, dampness, and darkness of it, we came to accept that we are all equal. Not only to the darkness, and to ourselves, but to the very music slamming into us and passing through our souls: we are all equal. And somewhere around 35Hz we could feel the hand of God at our backs, pushing us forward, pushing us to push ourselves to strengthen our minds, our bodies, and our spirits. Pushing us to turn to the person beside us to join hands and uplift them by sharing the uncontrollable joy we felt from creating this magical bubble that can, for one evening, protect us from the horrors, atrocities, and pollution of the outside world. It is in that very instant, with these initial realizations that each of us was truly born.
We continue to pack our bodies into clubs, or warehouses, or buildings you’ve abandoned and left for naught, and we bring life to them for one night. Strong, throbbing, vibrant life in it’s purest, most intense, most hedonistic form. In these makeshift spaces, we seek to shed ourselves of the burden of uncertainty for a future you have been unable to stabilize and secure for us. We seek to relinquish our inhibitions, and free ourselves from the shackles and restraints you’ve put on us for your own peace of mind. We seek to re-write the programming that you have tried to indoctrinate us with since the moment we were born. Programming that tells us to hate, that tells us to judge, that tells us to stuff ourselves into the nearest and most convenient pigeon hole possible. Programming that even tells us to climb ladders for you, jump through hoops, and run through mazes and on hamster wheels. Programming that tells us to eat from the shiny silver spoon you are trying to feed us with, instead of nourish ourselves with our own capable hands. Programming that tells us to close our minds, instead of open them. Until the sun rises to burn our eyes by revealing the distopian reality of a world you’ve created for us, we dance fiercely with our brothers and sisters in celebration of our life, of our culture, and of the values we believe in: Peace, Love, Freedom, Tolerance, Unity, Harmony, Expression, Responsibility and Respect. Our enemy of choice is ignorance. Our weapon of choice is information. Our crime of choice is breaking and challenging whatever laws you feel you need to put in place to stop us from celebrating our existence. But know that while you may shut down any given party, on any given night, in any given city, in any given country or continent on this beautiful planet, you can never shut down the entire party. You don’t have access to that switch, no matter what you may think. The music will never stop. The heartbeat will never fade. The party will never end.
Have you ever used a hallucinogenic drug in your life? If so, then the following video might put a smile on your face because this “digital LSD” really works. See for yourself. But this experiment is perhaps even more fun for people who have never used any hallucinogenics, but are perhaps a bit curious to find out what the effects are a bit. But no worries, you won’t have to take any drugs. The only thing you need to do is watch the following video, and once you hear the voice say that you can look away then you should watch any direction in the environment you are in. What you see then only lasts a couple of seconds so make sure you look around you. This effect is the result of tricking our eyesight by the technology that is used in the video. Click on the image to have the video full-screen in a popup. If that doesn’t work for you use this link.
In my previous post I explained how to setup an OpenVPN server on Raspbian (April 2018 release) on any model Raspberry Pi. Here’s how to setup the client certificates that you can import in your OpenVPN client app on your desktop or mobile. All these commands are to be entered in the console as root user.
You should now have a zipped file called client.tar.xz in the directory /etc/openvpn/client. This is the file you need to download or copy using a flash USB drive or whatever means, and import it on the device that has the OpenVPN app and from where you want to connect to your OpenVPN server.
This weekend I heard a friend say that he wants to turn his Raspberry Pi into a VPN server. Since I still had an old Raspberry Pi laying around I decided to install the latest version of Raspbian on it (April 2018 release) and also install OpenVPN on it, record how I did this, and show my friend how he can easily do the same on his Raspberry Pi. I listed all the commands I use in the video on this page here below.
I’ve been using the public Google DNS servers 18.104.22.168 and 22.214.171.124 for several years now. It was once said that using these DNS servers would result in a noticeable speed increase when compared with the DNS servers that your internet provider makes you use. I started using the Google servers and the addresses immediately got stuck in my head, so I haven’t stopped using them since. Until today that is…
I’ve always really liked the easy-to-remember, and simply awesome addresses 126.96.36.199 and 188.8.131.52. I was happy with the response times and I never had any issues or complaints either. So why change? I’d better have a damn good reason for making this choice! Well, obviously I do!
Yesterday somebody told me that he switched to 184.108.40.206 as primary DNS server and 220.127.116.11 as secondary. He also mentioned that the response times are fast af! That info immediately drew my attention. So I decided to further investigate this as soon as I would get home. Turns out that these servers are indeed fast and have good testing results. I also learned that the good people at CloudFlare are behind it (Wiki). I’m pretty sure that remembering these new server addresses will not be a problem either.
I’m looking for speed when it comes to DNS servers. I want to use the fastest DNS servers in existence. The more speed, the better. Naturally I also want them to be reliable, safe, and respecting my privacy. It turns out that 18.104.22.168 & 22.214.171.124 are all these things and more. So I will be saying my goodbye’s to 126.96.36.199 & 188.8.131.52. And at the same time I will be welcoming 184.108.40.206 & 220.127.116.11 with open arms. Would you like to learn more? Or do you need a step-by-step guide on how to change what DNS servers you use? Just visit the website.
I have Ubuntu16.04 servers running and I want to run database engines like MariaDB on it. Normally I would just type sudo apt install mariadb-server and the database system would be up and running in under two minutes. Ubuntu16.04 will install version 10.0 by default, but I want to install a different version. At the very least 10.1. Why 10.1 you might ask? Well because 10.1 was the first release that had Galera included by default in the package. Galera is a gift from the gods for all system administrators, developers, backup operators and other people who work with databases a lot. With three nodes, the minimum, it will offer you fast and reliable database synchronization and redundancy. Galera is a solid foundation for an easy to build load balancing environment. But first of we will install the MariaDB 10.1 instance on a clean Ubuntu16.04 server. If you want to be absolutely certain that the instructions below will work flawlessly for you, I would advise to use a clean fresh installed server also. Please remember that upgrading (or downgrading) from a different release version is NOT a good idea. When I was learning this the hard way I did a lot of reading on the subject and I can safely say that you should not follow these instructions on a system that runs, or used to run a MariaDB or MySQL instance. Even if you have removed it first apt remove you are still at risk of running into problems. When I was having problems with this I tried many things that included killing the process: kill -9 $(pgrep mysql) and then purging the removed packages apt purge and also apt autoremove and I even had to delete some left-over files manually. Don’t even try to install it on a system that ran a higher version > 10.1 because that will be guaranteed imminent failure. You’ve been warned! Let’s get started and install some required software and updates.
Without me knowing beforehand I apparently just watched the series finale episode of The Middle. I started to suspect that something was off when I noticed that it was a 2-in-1, in other words a 40-minute episode. Somewhere during the second half it became pretty clear that this was going to be a wrap. My initial response to this was: NOOOO! Here’s a short interview with the cast after the recording of the final episode.
The Middle was not my all-time favorite sitcom, but I did enjoy it very much. If I would have to make a list with my favorite sitcoms that I am currently watching it would make it to a top-10 list. I’ve always been a very loyal fan and so I just realized that I’m really going to miss the Heck family. So farewell Mike, Frankie, Axl, Sue and Brick. Thanks for all the entertainment over the years. I’m gonna miss you guys! There’s a short video made by Patricia Heaton, the actress who plays Frankie, where she talks and cries about the final recording and the wrap on her Instagram.