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ELK Stack

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Needless Explanation I have been a long time Splunk user, and I think it is great. Still, I have had my eyes on other log aggregation and analytic tools for a while. Price is usually the pain point with Splunk, ask anyone, I also run FreeBSD, which was recently dropped as a supported server OS. There is still a universal forwarder for FreeBSD, and I am still pleased with that. ELK Stack is a term I hear(read) a lot these days, ELK standing for: ElasticSearch (underlying database) Logstash (collect and transform inputs, then output) Kibana (Node web front-end) Greylog is another similar tool but I wont dive into that in this post. Read More...

pdfcrack

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It took over a week of pdfcrack running on my desktop, and it finally found the 6 character password that was set on a PDF Before we changed from Kaiser to Blue Shield, I had Owen’s medical record produced for us. It was not cheap either, and it came with a password set on the PDF. Well, I had saved the PDF to my google drive, but, I apparently did not unset the password. Read More...

fedora and broadcom nics

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I think I have come to terms with the fact that Dell servers ship with exceptionally poor onboard devices. The cheaper broadcom ethernet controller have had a less than stellar track record, across both BSD and Linux systems here. Before I Google it yet again, this is the boot option required to install Fedora 20 onto a Dell server with a broadcom controller: modprobe.blacklist=cnic,bnx2i This will not load a kernel module during install, which crashes the Anaconda installer. Read More...

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