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Update on Markdown and BoxCryptor on iOS

A short while ago, I talked about how to add client-side encryption to Dropbox using EncFS. In that post, I suggested using BoxCryptor to access your encrypted files. A short time later, though, I uncovered a potential issue with (what I thought to be) BoxCryptor. I have an update on that issue.

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Why a CLI for Dropbox on Mac OS X

I was thinking about a command-line interface (CLI) for Dropbox, and how I personally would take advantage of such a feature. So, after failing to find any indication that the Mac OS X Dropbox client contained a CLI, tonight on Twitter I made this comment:

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Technology Short Take #27

Welcome to Technology Short Take #27! This is my usual collection of links, thoughts, rants, and ideas about data center-related technologies. Here’s hoping you find something useful!

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Posts From the Past, December 2012

Every now and then, it’s kind of fun to look back at the content that I’ve generated in my 7 years of blogging here (soon to be 8 years). With that in mind, here are some “posts from the past” for early December.

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Problem with Markdown Files in BoxCryptor on iOS

About a week ago, I published an article showing you how to use EncFS and BoxCryptor to provide client-side encryption of Dropbox data. After working with this configuration for a while, I’ve run across a problem (at least, a problem for me—it might not be a problem for you). The problem lies on the iPad end of things.

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Why I Might Leave OS X

I’ve been a Mac OS X user for a long time; I switched from Windows to OS X in 2003 when the OS X flavor of the day was 10.2 “Jaguar.” Since that time, I’ve upgraded hardware (moving from a Titanium PowerBook G4 to a Core 2 Duo MacBook Pro circa 2006, then to a 2009-era 15” Core 2 Duo-based MacBookPro, and finally to a 13” MacBook Pro with a Core i7) and I’ve upgraded OS X releases (from Jaguar to Panther to Tiger to Leopard and finally to Snow Leopard). Both the hardware as well as the software have served me well.

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Presentation from Portland VMUG

At the request of a few individuals, I’m posting my presentation from the Portland VMUG here. It’s my first presentation on OpenStack, and hopefully I didn’t mangle things too badly. Feel free to provide any corrections, clarifications, or other feedback in the comments below (courteously, of course).

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Connecting OVS Bridges with Patch Ports

Spurred to action by a brief mention at the bottom of a blog post, I began digging into the use of patch ports to connect multiple Open vSwitch (OVS) bridges. In this post, I’ll show you how to connect two separate OVS bridges using a patch port, and then we’ll explore some possible use cases for this functionality.

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Presentation from UK VMUG

Earlier this month (November 2012), I had the honor of presenting the closing keynote at the 2nd annual UK National VMUG user conference. I was thrilled to be able to support the worldwide VMUG community, and a number of attendees asked if I would make my presentation available. So, in addition to providing a copy of the deck to the VMUG leaders, I’m also publishing it here via SpeakerDeck.

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Using Puppet for Account Management

It’s been over four months since my last post on open source Puppet, when I posted some updated multi-OS Puppet configurations. I’m back from a long Puppet hiatus with some information on using Puppet for managing user accounts.

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