Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Python patterns and antipatterns

Discovered a nice online python book about patterns and antipatterns here https://docs.quantifiedcode.com/python-anti-patterns/

Monday, April 15, 2019

Parsing and validating YAML

For anyone who is looking for ways to validate YAML files, there are multiple modules out there for python, ruby and perl.

If using pip then you can install yamllint program:
 pip install yamllint

and then do 
yamllint blah.yml

in Ruby you could do:
ruby -ryaml -e "p YAML.load(STDIN.read)"< data.yaml


Friday, March 15, 2019

Έλεγχος ποιότητας ιστοσελίδας

Σε περίπτωση που έχετε μια ιστοσελίδα για την οποία θέλετε να μάθετε αν είναι στημένη σωστά ή αν έχει διάφορα προβλήματα, υπάρχουν αρκετά εργαλεία, κάποια δωρεάν και κάποια όχι, τα οποία θα την αναλύσουν και θα σας παρουσιάσουν την ανάλυση τους σχετικά με την απόδοση και τα προβλήματα της. Μπορούν να προσομοιώσουν διαφορετικές πλατφόρμες.

Ένα απο αυτά είναι το https://yellowlab.tools/

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Speed test site

A quite nice speed test that I used to finetune my SQM-QOS. Its all HTML5 without the need for any flash plugins https://www.dslreports.com/speedtest 

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Resurrecting a bricked router

A couple of days ago, I tried to install dd-wrt to a top link router I purchased. I have another router of the same model which works perfectly with dd-wrt so I was surprised when the new one was bricked by the installation.

Apart from throwing it away the only alternative would be to try using the router serial port and tftp to upload new firmware.

In order to do that we need to solder the serial pins on the router board, have a serial to ttl device that will allow us to open the serial port from a computer.

I did not have a usb-ttl device so I tried to use an arduino clone I had. All of these devices that have a USB port have an internal usb-ttl that we can highjack to open a serial port. After that all we need is a tftp server to serve the new image.

The commands can be found on the internet. I tried various images the only one that worked was open wrt which was installed without problem. Not the router is working perfectly.

Here are some similar instructions for a Xiaomi router, one of the most affordable systems out there that can be loaded with OpenWrt https://dzone.com/articles/hacking-into-xiaomi-mi-router-3g-and-openwrt-firmw

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Opensource platform for building blockchain applicateins

I stumbled on this project https://www.multichain.com/
There are quite a few blog posts, in the website about the platform and some interesting presentations:

https://www.multichain.com/blog/2017/04/video-difference-blockchain-database/

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Systemd not so known options

We use systemd all the time to restart services and query for their status, but it can do a lot more than just that.

It can be used to analyse the boot time of the system (systemd-analyze), to display realtime information of the processes in a top like manner (systemd-cgtop), display the status of the whole system in a tree like manner (sudo systemctl status) and many more.

Of course none of these is new, you can do this in a number of different ways, but it seems systemd is replicating a number of other tools.