New Server!

So I went and ordered myself a new server. My old one was a VPS from Linode with 1 core, 1 GB of RAM and a 24 GB disk. The new one is a dedicated server from online.net with 8 cores, 8 GB of RAM and 1 TB of hard disk space. At the same time it is only slightly more expensive so I jumped at the opportunity. How reliable it actually is will only be shown with time, but I like living on the bleeding edge. So I thought I would write a blog post about all the stuff I run into when setting up the new server. Note: This post is meant for reference only, not as a guide. Be sure look for recommendations from people wiser than myself regarding any security settings.

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Facebook Auto-Sharing Spam Pages

Whatever you think of Internet scammers, they sure are inventive. They keep figuring out new ways to scam people for clicks, money, or whatever it is they want. Today I noticed a new type of auto-sharing spam page that was unwittingly shared by a Facebook friend of mine. It takes form as a regular looking clickbait page that lures you in with its title, but when you go to the page, it fools the user into sharing it on their own page.

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Theremin Videos

For some reason, while browsing the Interwebs, I stumbled upon Carolina Eyck, a German theremin player. The theremin is a fascinating electronic instrument played by moving hands in front of the instrument, without touching it. It has a very unique space-y kind of sound. Even though I am not musical in any way, after seeing a few videos, I suddenly had a great urge to get myself one and learn to play it. To save everyone’s ears, I won’t be doing that, but will just settle for listing some fun videos.

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Mebe Updated with RSS Feeds

Last night, when I was supposed to go to bed early, I instead decided “I’ll just quickly code that one thing”. Way too many hours later it was ready: Mebe now has RSS feed support. There are two types of feeds, one for all posts in general and another for tag feeds.

This means you can now follow this blog with your RSS reader too. Just subscribe to /feed. Or, if you want to follow a certain tag, subscribe to /tag/tagname/feed.

PS.: RFC 822 dates are stupid. Just look at this abomination I came up with.

PuTTY Kex Error, or: "Hm, kex protocol error: type 30 seq 1 [preauth]"

I host IRC shells (user accounts with SSH access for IRC usage) for several of my friends. Some of them that run inferior OSes use PuTTY to connect. Last week, I got word that one of them was unable to connect to my server, getting no error on their end (just seemed to never connect).

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TOHKBD Review

If there’s one thing I miss from the old pre-touchscreen phones we used to have, it’s physical keyboards. Physical QWERTY keyboards, to be exact. From the Nokia 6800 series, to the Communicators, the E70 and all the way to the N900, I’ve always loved their typing speed and power, especially with regards to terminal usage where special characters are essential. Sadly, after Nokia’s betrayal and the subsequent flop with the N950, the market wasn’t looking that good. There were mostly a couple of Android phones, but I’ve never been a fan of the OS.

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TOHKBD

My wife just sent me an email that the TOHKBD I have been waiting for has finally arrived! I believe this accurately displays my feelings right now.

I will be posting pictures of the unboxing and some sort of review of using it later this week (no promises, but I’ll try).

AAAAAA! 😊

The Future is Now: IPv6 Dual Stack with Sailfish


Update 2015-06-08: With the latest update, 1.1.6.27 Aaslakkajärvi, there’s no longer need to do this from the command line. You can now find the same setting in the Settings app, System → Mobile network → long press your mobile connection and select Edit → select “Dual” in the “Protocol” dropdown. It seems you still need to reboot the mobile network connection after doing this, so I suggest you disable and re-enable it just to be sure.


IPv6 has surely been a long time coming. First RFC’d in 1996, it has been 19 years and it’s still not widely available. In Finland none of the three major ISPs offer IPv6 for regular broadband services. We are way past the end of IPv4 address space, but so far no one has seemed to care.

Times are changing, though, at least in Finland. The Finnish Communications Regulatory Authority — FICORA — has dedicated the 9th of June this year as the National IPv6 launch day. Any ISP participating must enable IPv6 permanently for all or selected contract types. All the big ISPs are on board, so the future is looking good. So far DNA has opened the game by enabling IPv6 on all of their mobile data packages. And not just some lame transition technology, they have native dual stack IPv4 and IPv6 on the same network, giving a /64 prefix to each client. Elisa have also started IPv6 trials on selected mobile contracts. No word yet from Sonera. Hopefully this will eventually push them to add IPv6 for non-wireless broadband too.

As I have a DNA mobile contract, I obviously had to enable IPv6 straight away. My phone runs Sailfish OS, which got dual stack support in the latest update (1.1.4.29 Äijänpäivänjärvi). There’s no UI for it yet, so it has to be enabled through a D-Bus message. The command for enabling dual stack is the following:

/bin/dbus-send --system --print-reply --dest=org.ofono /ril_0/context1 org.ofono.ConnectionContext.SetProperty string:"Protocol" variant:string:"dual"

It can be executed without devel-su. Note that the mobile network must be down when executing the command. So it’s easiest to turn airplane mode on while running it. The setting persists through reboots.

Suddenly, IPv6!

Based FingerTerm.
As you can see, my public IPv4 address is different from the internal one (it's NAT'd), but IPv6 allows for direct connectivity.

This is a good start, really looking forward to an IPv6 enabled Internet. Thanks, FICORA! 😊

PS.: If you tried the above and want to go back to single stack IPv4, you need to change the command so that the last part says variant:string:"ip".

The Smallest Dog Park

Spotted by my wife at Ideapark Lempäälä.

It's so lush and beautiful!

In case you’re wondering, “koiraparkki” is Finnish for “dog parking”.

Mebe and the Remote Shell

What better way to spend a slow weekend than by writing another blog engine? Plenty, actually, but that’s what I did anyway. The result of this work: Mebe! This blog is now powered by a wonderful mix of Elixir and Phoenix. It has all the features that Laine had, with the addition of an actually working Disqus comment system. It’s also search engine indexable, which I thought I didn’t care about, until I didn’t have it anymore. Not that I’m aiming for tons of visitors, but writing about some tech problem I have fixed is kind of pointless if no one can find the post by googling for it.

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