I manage many services for others on the internet, as well as my own.

Most people are happy with fairly basic security, but I prefer to tiedown my own servers- I only like to leave the ports open that I have to, and now that I’m back on a static network, I can start to block things more effectively (no, you don’t need to portscan me; I’ve still got ssh enabled globally, but it’s without-passwords, sorry).

Today I ran into an issue which I created by myself which caused an issue with my IPv6 nameservers. I probably would have found this sooner, but since I didn’t have access to debug on the hypervisor, I just assumed it was a problem with the host. Oops I broke the cardinal rule!

Long story short, I adapted my IPv4 iptables rules to IPv6 without thinking too much about it. I actually had this evilness in the wild:

ip6tables -A INPUT -p icmpv6 -m icmpv6 --icmpv6-type 8 -j ACCEPT

I swear I thought that I had thought about this. The problem with this is that ipv6-icmp is protocol 51, and I didn’t really think this through. I broke NDP with this, and didn’t notice that it happened immediately, since it took awhile for IPv6 services to completely drop. Silly me.

Thank you, RAMHost, for being more clueful than myself on this stupid I created by politely informing me of my errant ICMP block.

Every so often, you find a cute thing on the internet. One of my favorite unknown reseller non-vendor registrars started supporting .su.

On a whim..

[shawn@latty ~]$ whois aboynamed.su

Well, guess what!?

% By submitting a query to RIPN’s Whois Service
% you agree to abide by the following terms of use:
% http://www.ripn.net/about/servpol.html#3.2 (in Russian)
% http://www.ripn.net/about/en/servpol.html#3.2 (in English).

descr: My daddy left home when I was three
descr: And he didn’t leave much to ma and me
descr: Just this old guitar and an empty bottle of booze
descr: Now I dont blame him cause he run and hid
descr: But the meanest thing that he ever did
descr: Was before he left, he went and named me Sue.
nserver: ns1.dreamhost.com.
nserver: ns2.dreamhost.com.
nserver: ns3.dreamhost.com.
person: Private Person
e-mail: frijole@me.com
registrar: RUCENTER-SU
created: 2013-07-12T23:56:33Z
paid-till: 2019-07-13T00:56:33Z
free-date: 2019-08-15
source: TCI

Last updated on 2018-09-04T02:31:31Z

That briefly took me back to when the internet was still a silly, open place.

“Battle Born” is the state motto of Nevada, and as I slowly work my way away, I found this poor thing- she was certainly put away wet and and has been hurt over the years.

I figured she and my own abused Daily Driver should have a chance to be seen, even if it meant walking all the way from the rear of the Wal-Mart parking lot.

The insidious pun hit several hours later (when I looked at our now-deprecated plates).

I’ve said this many times before, but hopefully this time it’ll stick-

Goodbye, Reno. I may visit you again, but you have become an incredibly depressing place to live.

This is probably the oddest question that I’ve ever been asked. The skinny: A stalker friend got bored and followed one of my archive.org links and found some of “MyMusic” -

Well, a decade and change ago, I used to remix MODfiles to make them enjoyable for my several-hours-stuck-in-traffic job. This generally meant that I’d reuse sequences, and sometimes slow them down to keep from causing extra anxiety and just put me in a good mood.. keep in mind that I often spent nearly 2 hours in traffic each way, nearly every day.

Enter “RedShift“. This wasn’t my song- all I did was slow it down, change patterns, and add a bit of reverb. This is nothing new, and certainly wasn’t at the time- no I didn’t create Vaporwave. I’m just a lazy hack who made songs sound better to himself when trying not to get annoyed at the world.

For those curious, I’ve restored a non-archive.org version from one of my backup images, circa mid-2003 (of a tune from 1996 remixed in May, 2002), completely coincidentally, as I was looking for patches I made to software then for a reference. This is – Juice/phds’ RedShift (download link), remixed to be longer, slower, and with a little bit more ambiance.

The bitter irony is that the S3M of this was still under 1MB. The 128k/s joint-stereo is 12MB, in 2002. Progress, they say.

No, this isn’t Vaporwave. I gotta say, though, for 20+ year old 8 bit samples, it still sounds pretty good on headphones. Thanks, Juice!

This post was primarily aimed towards the current “World Revolves Around Me” YouTube vlogger style of media- it wasn’t intended to be taken seriously.