Ferry Boender

Programmer, DevOpper, Open Source enthusiast.


Category: libre software


My dad had an issue with Firefox failing on certain sites with a “SEC_ERROR_OCSP_FUTURE_RESPONSE” error. He recently replaced a dead battery in his desktop computer. These batteries are used to keep time when the PC is off. These days generally you won’t ever have to replace it, since computers are throwaway devices now. They’ll fail […]

Finding and removing packages installed from non-standard repos in Ubuntu

Update: Oh, look, right in the nick of time: “Valve Steam through 2021-04-10, when a Source engine game is installed, allows remote authenticated users to execute arbitrary code because of a buffer overflow that occurs for a Steam invite after one click” As part of my big spring cleaning, as well as given all the […]

Sla (Simple Little Automator 🥗) v1.1 now supports long rule descriptions

Version 1.1 of the Simple Little Automator adds the ability to have long descriptions for build rules. For example: install () { # Install sla # Install sla to $PREFIX (/usr/local by default). # # You can specify the prefix with an environment variable: # # $ PREFIX=/usr sla install # Set the prefix PREFIX=${PREFIX:-/usr/local} […]

sla: The Simple Little Automator

I’m tired of using Make and its arcane syntax. 90% of the projects I write or deal with don’t require any kind of incremental compilation, but that’s all any build system talks about. That, and how insanely fast it is. The drawback is usually that you need to install several terabytes of dependencies, and then […]

A short security review of Bitwarden

Update 2021-02-25: (Disclaimer: I’m not a cryptographer, and not affiliated or sponsored by Passbolt in any way, shape or form). I’ve reviewed another Open Source personal and team password manager called Passbolt. Without going into a full review, its security looks impressive. Passbolt uses plain, old, trusted GPG with asymmetric public / private key encryption […]

Multi-git-status now shows branches with no upstream

Just a quick update on Multi-git-status. It now also shows branches with no upstream. These are typically branches created locally that haven’t been configured to track a local or remote branch. Any changes in those branches are lost when the repo is removed from your machine. Additionally, multi-git-status now handles branches with slashes in them […]

Restic (backup) deleting old backups is extremely slow

Here’s a very quick note: I’ve been using the Restic backup tool with the SFTP backend for a while now, and so far it was great. Until I tried to prune some old backups. It takes two hours to prune 1 GiB of data from a 15 GiB backup. During that time, you cannot create […]

Lurch: a unixy launcher and auto-typer

I cobbled together a unixy command / application launcher and auto-typer. I’ve dubbed it Lurch. Features: Fuzzy filtering as-you-type. Execute commands. Open new browser tabs. Auto-type into currently focussed window Auto-type TOTP / rfc6238 / two-factor / Google Authenticator codes. Unixy and composable. Reads entries from stdin. You can use and combine these features to […]

multi-git-status can now hide repos that don’t need attention

I’ve added an “-e” argument to my multi-git-status project. It hides repositories that have no unpushed, untracked or uncommitted changes. Without “-e”: And with the “-e” argument:

Ansible-cmdb v1.26: Generate a host overview of Ansible facts.

I’ve just released ansible-cmdb v1.26. Ansible-cmdb takes the output of Ansible’s fact gathering and converts it into a static HTML overview page containing system configuration information. It supports multiple templates (fancy html, txt, markdown, json and sql) and extending information gathered by Ansible with custom data. This release includes the following features and improvements: Custom and host local facts […]

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