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Journal, ISO date 2018-05-17


A nice little video trying to myth-bust on immigration.

I could quite easily "accidentally" spend days looking at web and ads analytics!

An interesting article for anyone looking into crowd funding across Europe.


Something weird going on with an IPsec VPN I use for a consultancy customer today - it keeps getting stuck after printing something like:

installing DNS server via resolvconf

Looking into syslog revealed some extra information:

kernel: [61196.406808] audit: type=1400 audit(1526568320.239:85): apparmor="DENIED" operation="open" profile="/usr/lib/ipsec/charon" name="/proc/28646/fd/" pid=28646 comm="charon" requested_mask="r" denied_mask="r" fsuid=0 ouid=0

So I went on an AppArmor configuration crash course. But after much messing about it seems to be an intermittent issue and occassionally does start the VPN, despite the AppArmor errors! The only similar error I could find suggested an AppArmor change that didn't seem to make any difference (to the random success/failure!). After realising this I even tried disabling the AppArmor profile but that didn't seem to change the behaviour either.

As it did eventually succeed, at least I got the work done that I needed today.

Plan, Time and Marketing

My plan for today was actually PaTMa marketing, including an email, blog post and finishing a print leaflet. Unfortunately of those three objectives I only managed the first, which took about an hour. :-(

The rest of my time vanished with a couple of hours spent on consultancy clients, another couple on assorted email processing and writing, a little bit of accounts and lots of "playing" with marketing related analytics. I did just about manage to squeeze in about 30 minutes of useful work on my PaTMa printed leaflet too, although it still needs a lot more work.

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