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My name is Tobias and I've always messed or had something going on with computers. I use the majority of my time with computers; mostly invested in programming and trying out new ideas. This site functions as a personal hideout and as a place where I present some of my projects.

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A broken laptop: Sony VAIO Pro
23/8/2014 Filed in: News

Long time no see.

I've been the happy owner of a Sony VAIO Pro for about one and a half year. Great peice of hardware with great support on Linux. Two weeks ago the LCD backlight ceased to function. The LCD panel itself is working, but the backlight is gone. Mind you I have been taking very good care of the laptop. Off to service at Sony. Not a great experience. It turns out that if you have Linux installed on your Sony laptop their service/repair center (at least in Denmark) are not able to service your hardware. WHAT? I know, it sounds ridiculous. That is how it went. It seems like a cheap way of avoiding covering a warrant and quite frankly I think it is illigal according to danish law. What if the motherboard or the ssd inside the laptop broke? Solution: install Windows on the laptop without a properly functioning screen. What a nightmare... not only because of EFI and the shitty implementation. Luckily I had a Windows 7 license I could use... the original OEM license was gone. My fault really. The laptop has now been sent off to a repair... and hopefully it will get repaired. I decided to install Windows and not waste my time with the bureaucratic "tech support" offered by Sony. Their support staff seemed like nice people, but I still think this is a ridiculousway of handling your customers. I can't be the only one with Linux on my Sony VAIO.

 I think it is unacceptable to not warrant a repair because you don't have Windows installed on a laptop. It really seems like a easy way of avoiding a warranty, and I'm sure it is. I paid for the hardware, not the software. Take note Sony.


I received my laptop today. Back from repair. The LCD backlight works again. Included with my laptop was a paper describing what had been replaced and a nice little microfiber cloth as a 'gift'. All in all I am fairly satisfied with the service I received from Sony. The repair took about a week (including shipping). Thank you Sony!

Tales of a patched sshd
17/10/2012 Filed in: Programming

Some months back I applied this little patch and recompiled openssh. This patch records incoming login attempts on my ssh server in a convinient logfile; both the username and password. I thought this would be a great way to compile a nice little dictionary with username and passwords for bruteforce attacks. Just for fun of course. I didn't really think I would collect that many attempts. Today... months later I checked this very logfile. This is what I saw;

[root@hyrule ~]# wc -l /var/log/sshd_logged                                                                                                                                                   
138032 /var/log/sshd_logged

  138k of usernames and passwords. That is pretty impressive, if I may say so, considering my relatively low-in-traffic server.

The Venus transit
7/6/2012 Filed in: News

It has been a while since I last made a post. So here I come!

I watched the Venus transit on the 6th of June and what a great sight it was. I viewed the transition through my Celestron C8-SCT. The pictures aren't the best--mainly because of the atmospheric disturbances at the time and my own tiredness. The transit was from around 4 in the morning to 6.49. So I was up early, and I'm not that kind of type.

Here is one of the shots I got: 

You can also find this one and others in my gallery. Taken through my Celestron C8-SCT with a Canon 1000D camera attached.

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