I needed to write an iso image to a USB key, and the typical way is with just dd(8), but I wanted a progress bar. A quick google later, and I get:
pv -tpreb isoname | sudo dd of=/dev/sdd bs=1024
Which will write the iso image to the USB stick sdd, and give me a progress bar, tell me how fast it is writing, and give me an eta when finished. Perfect.
Since there was a security part, I started with OpenBSD. One of the things I noticed quickly while doing my research is that while there is a lot of documentation, they do not really seem to care about making it easy for new folks to join the project, nor are the trying to support new-fangled hardware, like bootable USB drives. This strikes me odd, as FreeBSD has instructions (see 2.3.5).
Since I want to use pf, I am going to stay with OpenBSD for now.
So, I use rxvt as my daily interface to my computers. I also use mutt for my email reading pleasure. Sometimes, I get URLs in email and I want to read them in a browser. If I was using a GUI based mail reader, I would just click the URL to open it. Well, there is an easy way to set up rxvt to do that!
URxvt.perl-ext-common: default,matcher URxvt.url-launcher: /usr/bin/firefox URxvt.matcher.button: 1
And either do a xrdb --merge ~/.Xdefaults or log out/log in. And start a new rxvt, and you are good to go.
Today is All Saints Day, so it seems natural to let duckland.org start new again.
As is popular in Hollywood, I have decided to reboot this web site after 6 1/2 years. I have not decided about the old content.
I am planning on using this as a technical notebook. Shrug I hope to make it worth while.