The Blog of Tom Webster

Chronic Ranter, Reviewer, and Developer. I speak only for myself, opinions are my own.

Server-Bits BONUS: Encrypted LVM Explained

  2009-12-22 22:49:00 PST

Here is a brief walkthrough of how Encrypted LVM works on boot.

  1. The /boot partition is mounted.
  2. The /boot partition attempts to mount the physical volume for encryption (crypto-disk).
  3. The system asks the user for their password.
  4. Upon entering a successful password, the Logical Volume Manager takes over and mounts the / (root) and swap partitions.
  5. The system continues the boot process.
  6. When the system is shut down, the filesystems are all unmounted.
  7. The root and swap partitions cannot be mounted/decrypted without the proper password, keeping your data secure.

About Server-Bits:

If you've ever wanted to get started building a server, right in your own backyard, kitchen, closet, mother's closet, mother's basement, then this is the read for you. Aimed at the not-so-technical-but-willing-to-learn, this will give you everything you need to build... that monster-server you've dreamed of. My goal: To give you a working, rocking server, for free, that you can use daily.

Server-Bits #1: Setting Up Ubuntu

  2009-12-21 22:04:00 PST

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originally uploaded by samurailink3.

First up: Setting up Ubuntu with Encryption or: How I learned to stop

worrying and love the AES cipher.

Before you begin there are a few things this guide will assume:

1. You have a computer capable of running Ubuntu Linux 9.10.
2. You have a router with the ability to port forward.
3. Your internet connection is of Broadband capacity or better.
4. You don't want to spend any money, or you want to spend as little as possible.

First thing you will need to do is download and burn an Ubuntu 9.10 Alternate Install Disk. [Why the Alternate install disk? I, personally, like to encrypt my server hard drives. This is completely optional, and the 'normal' install disk is faster/easier to install, but this guide will walk through the alternate install disk for encryption purposes.]

Go ahead and step through the ["Server-Bits

1"](http://www.flickr.com/photos/samurailink3/4203725161/) photo set on

Flickr to run through the tutorial.

About Server-Bits:

If you've ever wanted to get started building a server, right in your own backyard, kitchen, closet, mother's closet, mother's basement, then this is the read for you. Aimed at the not-so-technical-but-willing-to-learn, this will give you everything you need to build... that monster-server you've dreamed of. My goal: To give you a working, rocking server, for free, that you can use daily.

Current Work

  2009-12-18 21:07:00 PST

I'm writing up a new section called "Server Bits". They will be easy-to-understand how-to guides on building a server. Stay tuned...

Tutorials?

  2009-07-13 04:20:00 PDT

Looking for new content to write about. I've got an amount of time in my day that I'd like to spend ranting, raving, and explaining about various projects I've got on my plate. Only one problem: I have no idea where to begin. That's why I need you to tell me. What do you want to read about? It could be anything from, "I want to build a media server" to "How to synchronize various folders/disks/filesystems easily" to "I want to make a DOOM server". Anything that's doable and you think I could be pretty apt at explaining. Remember, Linux is a plus, but anything that works across multiple operating systems is great too. I could even cover programs or general "I want to do this..." computer questions. Leave a comment! Go! Its up to you now.
I'm just letting you know... we're counting on you.

When is Good?

  2009-04-22 22:19:00 PDT

Have you ever wanted an easy way to set up a time to meet somewhere, do a project, plan a big dinner, or just about anything else that involves a group of people with busy schedules? If your group is part of the digital age, plan your next dinner party/act of terrorism with When is Good. A very simple site, but it does the best job of getting you an answer with the least amount of hassle, you don't even have to register!

First: Choose some dates and times that work for you by clicking them.

Next: Write down your super secret code (remember, you don't have to register!).

Then you'll receive some links to throw around. Need to change the event? No problem! Just be warned though... any already submitted responses will be deleted. Send the invites off and wait for everyone to chime in!

When you get responses, When is Good will bring up a helpful little chart of who can and can't make it.

If your invitees leave comments, you'll be able to see those as well with a mouseover.

Click on a day, and a synopsis of who can and can't make it will pop up. Leaving you the amazing task of who you should leave behind.

And that concludes the screenshot tour of "When is Good" . A simple little web app that comes in handy just often enough to be of use.

http://www.whenisgood.net/

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