Mar 8, 20195 minutesQuantum
If you tried setting up an IPv6-capable VPN on a VPS provider that gave you an IP range to play with, perhaps a /64 or larger, you would want to assign some of the IPv6 addresses you have to your clients. In this post, we suppose that you have the range
This should be a simple process: enable the
1(or whatever the equivalent is on your system), use DHCPv6 or SLAAC to assign the addresses to the clients, and then your client should have working IPv6.
Unfortunately, this is not so simple. Most VPS providers are not actually routing the entire subnet
2001:db8::/64to you. Rather, they just connect a number of VPSes onto the same virtual Ethernet network and rely on the Neighbour Discovery Protocol (NDP) to find the router.
Dec 3, 20182 minutesQuantum
I have always wanted to make this website load fast everywhere in the world, despite the server being in Montréal, Canada, without investing heavily. It shouldn’t be hard: after all, it is just a bunch of static files, generated with Jekyll.
Cloudflare brings a free CDN. You can set a page rule to aggressively cache your website on their CDN edge nodes, allowing your site to load as if it is hosted locally, even if you are half a world away.
There is just a little problem: how do you efficiently purge the cache when you update your site? It is quite easy to purge the entire cache on Cloudflare, but that is rather inefficient: most of your assets probably did not change, and now they will all have to be fetched again.
Today I decided to tackle this problem by creating
purge-static, a tool designed to purge your CDN cache. It can purge your Cloudflare cache for you. You can get started by running
pip install purge-static.
Mar 17, 20181 minuteQuantum
I personally prefer the nginx.org packages for nginx over the ones that comes with Debian. They are usually newer and have a more sane amount of dependencies. I also prefer the
conf.dsystem over the
The main challenge in installing these packages on Debian is the trouble you have to go through to get the PGP keys and
sources.listset up. nginx.org does not present a good setup script. This has become a repetitive and annoying experience, so I present a series of commands to set it up quickly.
curl https://nginx.org/keys/nginx_signing.key | sudo apt-key add - (codename="$(dpkg --status tzdata | grep Provides | cut -f2 -d'-')"; echo; for deb in deb deb-src; do echo $deb http://nginx.org/packages/debian/ "$codename" nginx; done) | sudo tee -a /etc/apt/sources.list sudo apt update && sudo apt install nginx
curl https://nginx.org/keys/nginx_signing.key | sudo apt-key add - (codename="$(dpkg --status tzdata | grep Provides | cut -f2 -d'-')"; echo; for deb in deb deb-src; do echo $deb http://nginx.org/packages/mainline/debian/ "$codename" nginx; done) | sudo tee -a /etc/apt/sources.list sudo apt update && sudo apt install nginx
Oct 27, 20172 minutesQuantum
Most users are probably using Raspbian on their Raspberry Pi 3. However, Raspbian is designed for all Raspberry Pi devices, back to the original Raspberry Pi, which is ARMv6 with an FPU. This does not take advantage of the 64-bit support on the ARMv8 CPU on the Raspberry Pi 3.
Debian has offered ARM64 support for a while, and being the base distribution for Raspbian, is quite similar. Conveniently, there is a pre-built Debian image for Raspberry Pi 3. You can download it and copy it to a SD card, and it should work out of the box.
On Linux, the simple
ddcommand showed on the Debian Wiki works. On other platforms, notably Windows, Etcher is reputed to work well and has an easy interface.
The one flaw with this image is that the WiFi does not work.
Update: The 20180108 image now works with WiFi out of the box. The following instructions are no longer necessary.