Windows Subsystem for Linux: Installing Arbitrary Distributions

As of the latest version of Windows 10 build 16299.19, also known as the “Fall Creator’s Update”, Linux distributions are now available in the Windows Store, and multiple distributions can be installed and run alongside one another. This is great news, but the old way did offer one feature the latest release makes a bit more fragile: the ability to install a custom distribution of one’s own choosing. I’ve seen various ways of doing this with the Fall Creator’s Update published, the most common of which is to install one of the distributions from the App Store and replace its rootfs directory with one of your own.

Quick Tip: Setting the Color Space Value in Wayland

Some televisions and monitors are limited to the “broadcast RGB” color range. This is a subset of an 8-bit range of levels from 0-255 - in this case, 16-235. You’ll find this referred to as 16:235 in some cases. You can find a lot more on this here: If you’re using Xorg this can be adjusted using the xrandr with something along the lines of: xrandr --output HDMI-0 --set output\_csc tvrgb for Radeon devices.

Using Let's Encrypt! with Kerio Operator

This assumes you internally maintain a certbot host which retrieves certificates, and then you fetch those certs to the frontend / application servers that need them. It is also assumed you have enabled SSH for your Kerio Operator install. WARNING: This will update your kerio database directly. Do not attempt unless you understand the implications and have made a backup. mkdir -pv /var/etc/letsencrypt/live/ EDITOR=vim crontab -e: 0 0 1 * * /usr/bin/scp -o StrictHostKeyChecking=no -r -i /var/etc/letsencrypt/ssl-sync.

Lark: Gentoo in the Windows Subsystem for Linux

Why? Microsoft’s recent introduction of the Subsystem for Linux (awkwardly called ‘Bash on Ubuntu on Windows’) had me intrigued from the day of its announcement. Though it’s a transparent attempt to keep developers from leaving their Windows environments behind in a world now focused on development for UNIX-like platforms, and though I’m not particularly interested in supporting such an agenda per-se, I find the notion of a new NT kernel subsystem capable of handling Linux syscalls exotic, and so I had to subject it to some stress testing.

Privacy Helper for Windows 10

During my evaluation of Windows 10 I’ve cobbled together a script that disables most known anti-privacy features in the new system. It also removes the unnecessarily installed default Modern apps. The script was designed with a professional environment in mind, but applies equally well to home users, and most settings will apply to all editions of Windows, not just Pro/Enterprise It’s alarming but not surprising that we’ve gotten to this point - Windows has always served the agenda of its maker before that of its user.

Standalone - an extension for Mozilla Firefox

Found this little gem today, thought I’d mention it on my corner of the web. Creates site specific apps, like Prism used to do - for Chrome users, this is the equivalent of “Create Application Shortcuts” which I find indispensable personally. The strange thing is, it’s been around since 2013. How did I miss it for that long? I’ve been looking everywhere for something like this.

Thoughts on Docker

I like the concept of Docker and containerization in general, but I have some pretty fundamental concerns: Thought experiments: How many deployed docker images were torn down and redeployed upon the revelation of heartbleed? Of shellshock? In practice, not in theory. How many Docker images are regularly destroyed and redeployed for the purpose of updating their userlands? Again, in reality, even with the most agile orchestration. How many Docker images are actually deployed with a minimal attack surface, that being only the executables and libraries they need, rather than entire userlands?

Pew Research Report - Net Threats

“There are too many institutional players interested in restricting, controlling, and directing ‘ordinary’ people’s ability to make, access, and share knowledge and creative works online — intellectual property rights holders, law enforcement and security agencies, religious and cultural censors, political movements and parties, etc. For a long time I’ve felt that the utopianism, libertarianism, and sheer technological skill of both professional and amateur programmers and engineers would remain the strongest counterbalance to these restrictive institutional pressures, but I’m increasingly unsure as the technologists themselves and their skills are being increasingly restricted, marginalized, and even criminalized.

In A Battle For Web Traffic, Bad Bots Are Going After Grandma : All Tech Considered : NPR

If bad bots were left to their own devices, bad taste would dominate the Web. But, even worse, Kaminsky worries that this kind of advertising fraud is undermining the economics of the Web. Though people “tend not to like advertisers, advertisers have paid for a network that allows greater interpersonal communication than any other time in history. Who paid for all this free service? They did,” he says. Kaminsky’s firm works with advertises to fight this problem.

Nearly one-third of Americans aren't ready for the next generation of technology | Science/AAAS

A new survey suggests that the digital divide has been replaced by a gap in digital readiness. It found that nearly 30% of Americans either aren’t digitally literate or don’t trust the Internet. That subgroup tended to be less educated, poorer, and older than the average American. I would content that the greatest level of technical literacy inspires by far the greatest mistrust in the Internet. Held together by little bits of string and the lies marketing departments try to tell everyone, those with more age / experience are wise to think twice about depending on the Internet to manage their personal lives.