Welcome, one, and all to 2019. Kicking, screaming, and otherwise- we’re all here.

Well, I wanted to bring you something from the archives of “Wait, that happened?”

Here’s an Atari ST demo song by Mad Max. It was so good that I encoded it to MP3 20 some years ago so I could save it to play on my CD MP3 player. Yeah, those were a thing.

Here it is. Enjoy!

Sorry, if you don’t have Flash (yeah, oldschool all the way in this post), here is a direct link.

We’ve entered an interesting time on the internet.

I’ve always been a proponent of free speech- whether I agree with you, or not. I’ve never tried to do more than ridicule people who have a differing opinion.

We’ve entered another era.

People are no longer content making fun of, teasing, or otherwise. They’re now deplatforming them. What does that mean?

Well, after ridicule, then they went on to contacting the internet providers to try to get them kicked off.

A few years later- employers, to attempt to get them fired.

Skip a few years forward- and now they’re trying to remove them completely from the internet. They’re getting them removed from Facebook (see my earlier post about this). They’re removing them from YouTube. They’re getting their funding removed from crowdfunding sites. They’re removing their abilities to say whatever stupid things they should have the right to say, no matter how much it might be disagreed with.

I don’t care how slow you are. I don’t care how much I disagree with you. I don’t even care how much of a jerk you might be- The internet is still yours. This is wrong.

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.

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