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I2P with the Tor browser bundle

Based on the The Tin Hat Turotial on how to use the Tor browser with I2P, I tried to import the FoxyProxy configuration file to my FoxyProxy. Unfortunately the format FoxyProxy uses to export and import settings seems to has changed so that the import failed. Because of that I set up the needed proxies and filters manually and exported my ruleset. Everybody who wants to use the Tor browser for both Tor and I2P can download my exported config and import it or set up the rules manually based on the config file.

Yaesu FT-2DE

I want to share my experiences with the Yaesu FT-2DE with you, especially because there are not many reviews on this device at the given time. As a disclaimer: this is my first high price ham radio device! Therefore I am unable to compare it to other high price sellers and cannot rate the device compared to others in the points of build quality and stuff like that. Also I do not own a DMR or D-Star device and can only reflect my gained experiences with C4FM.

I bought the device second hand from a OM I was referred to. He was unable to use C4FM frequently because there is no repeater in his living area. To be honest in and around Berlin the density of repeaters capable of C4FM is not the best as you can see on the repeater map by DB0WHR. Fortunately I can reach DB0BLO from my QTH.

Lets get going:
First impression

Quick Info: VMware Workstation network not working

Lately I moved my VMware Workstation to another machine and since then neither the vmnet NICs nor any of the VMware network services was working.
With vmware-network –status the status of the virtual NICs and netservices can be checked. I got
Bridge networking on vmnet0 is not running
DHCP service on vmnet1 is not running
Hostonly virtual adapter on vmnet1 is disabled
DHCP service on vmnet8 is not running
NAT service on vmnet8 is not running
Hostonly virtual adapter on vmnet8 is disabled
Some/All of the configured services are not running

as respons. I tried to fix that by  vmware-network –start but got Failed to start some/all services back so I started investigating. The answer to that was a missing kernel mod calles vmnet. A quick modprobe vmnet and again a restart of the service fixed the issue.

Quick Info: Pushbullet end-to-end encryption not working on Firefox

About a week ago I started using Pushbullet on my phone again. We all know that WhatsApp web sucks balls but I’m far to lazy to get the phone out of my pocket everytime someone sends me a WhatsApp message. Pushbullet then sends the messages to my always running Firefox where I can read and respond to them. The integrated end-to-end encryption feature in Pushbullet caught my attention so I set up an encryption password on my phone and in my browser but the Firefox AddOn wasn’t able to encrypt any of the forwarded messages. Instead it always showed me a prompt asking for the encryption password.
The cause of that issue was the Fanboy Social Blocking List in AdBlock Plus which blocked the Pushbullet AddOn page on which you set up the encryption password. After disabling ABP for the AddOn Page everything was working perfectly.

Quick Info: No access to Veracrypt encrypted volume after mounting as non-root

I recently switched over to Debian on my desktop computer (thx @Hypfer for convincing me to do this). One of the first issues I ran into was the fact that after I mounted my encrypted external harddrive it was only readable for the root user. The cause of this is that I start Veracrypt via gksudo because otherwise I was not able to mount my drives since my main user is not in the sudoers list.
The solution to that is to create an exception for the user that you want to mount the volume with:%[group of your user] ALL=(root) NOPASSWD:/path/to/veracrypt
After that all users in this group are able to mount volumes with Veracrypt and access the content.

Quick Info: Debian stuck at boot due to IPv6

Lately I bought a couple HDDs to finish my home made NAS running OpenMediaVault Debian. I personally think that IPv6 should be supported by any means, so I activated it right after finishing the installation process and everything was working fine. I shut down the system during the night hours because there was no reason to leave it on because I had not yet copied any data onto the NAS.
Next day the system got stuck at bootup! At first I thought something messed up the resolv.conf because the bootup process was throwing a couple errors that indicated something like that but in the end it was the NIC waiting for an IPv6 lease from the DHCP server runnig on my fritzbox (don’t judge me, if I could this thing would take a visit to the trash can asap). The DHCP was somehow misconfigured so that Debian was waiting endlessly for an address.
I fixed it by enabling IA_PD and IA_NA in the fritzbox GUI and voilà Debian finished booting right away.

SoYouStart and IPv6

Some month ago I switched from Kimsufi to SoYouStart and for the first time I used my /64 IPv4 subnet. On my server only the loopback interface was configured but I heard that in some cases deployed servers had at least one IPv6 address set up. The aim of my configuration is to have two IPv6 addresses correctly set up on my Debian Wheezy server. The OVH wiki has an article which wraps the most important information up:

  • your kernel must support IPv6
  • the gateway is outside your used subnet
  • you have to set up a route to your gateway

The gateway address is composed of your subnet and fice FF nibbles.
If our subnet is 2001:41D0:1:46e::/64 then the gateway is 2001:41D0:1:4FF:FF:FF:FF:FF because we leave the first three nibbles an fill up the empty ones with FF.

Lets do the configuration:
Enable eth0’s inet6 protocol at boot and set the static IP 2001:41D0:1:46e::1 with subnet /64:

iface eth0 inet6 static
address 2001:41D0:1:46e::1
netmask 64

Automatically create a route to the OVH gateway and set it as default route on interface startup and delete it on interface shutdown:

up ip -6 route add 2001:41D0:1:4FF:FF:FF:FF:FF dev eth0
up ip -6 route add default via 2001:41D0:1:4FF:FF:FF:FF:FF dev eth0
down ip -6 route del 2001:41D0:1:4FF:FF:FF:FF:FF dev eth0
down ip -6 route del default via 2001:41D0:1:4FF:FF:FF:FF:FF dev eth0



No seriously. Reboot. Not a service networking restart or a start and stop via init.d, a good and healty reboot. For that reason alone to verify that the auto-config is working on bootup and your server does not stay offline after a unplanned restart due to a crash just because the config is not working.
Reboot is not an option? That leaves you with executing the commands yourself.

After doing so you should be able to use ping6 ipv6.google.com to connect to Google via 2001:41D0:1:46e::1.

Thanks to henk at freenode’s #debian-de!