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OpenSolaris Mirror

Posted by Bernd Ahlers on Tuesday, December 16, 2008

The bytemine FTP server now contains a mirror of the OpenSolaris ISO images.


Happy downloading!


New phone numbers for bytemine

Posted by Felix Kronlage on Thursday, December 11, 2008

After several months of testing, we’ve now put our VoIP phone system into production!
The new official phone numbers are:

Phone: +49-441-309197-0

Fax: +49-441-309197-99

Of course, each of us has a direct extension as well. The SIP-Connectivity comes from Antilo AG.

The whole system runs on a Soekris 5501-70 with Asterisk handling the SIP parts.
For our desk we have Snom 370 hardphones, the mobile users use ekiga as a softphone. All phones connected to the main asterisk-server run over our VPN.
Incoming calls that can not be handled due to all people being busy are submitted via e-mail to our ticketing system. That way nothing gets lost.

For the fax number we have an extension that hands over the call to IAXmodem which handles the incoming fax together with hylafax+. From there a PDF is submitted into our ticketing system, just like with our voicemail.

Aside the fact that we can talk inbetween our different locations over crypted lines, we now have a very high reachability with minimum effort!

Besides the help we got from Antilo in getting the initial SIP-connectivity running, the guys from Amooma gave us a quick hand, when I got stuck with handing over the incoming fax calls to hylafax. Of course it was a one-line change that got it working, but thanks to the
professional support from Amooma it was quickly solved.

Want to listen to some OpenBSD tunes? Dial: +49-441-30919798!


irc.bytemine.net linked again!

Posted by Felix Kronlage on Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Hooray! Since today irc.bytemine.net is linked to the Subcult IRC network again.

Around couple weeks ago (read this story) the AS the main hub is on, was not announced anymore, thus rendering us unable to reach it.

Since the AS that irc.swissix.ch is on, is still not being announced, us IRC operators have decided to build a new master hub, which is now irc.humppa.ch.

Some trivia along the news: we’re running the Hybrid ircd, and it is about time, I sit down and finish the OpenBSD port of it. One of the nice things with hybrid ircd is, that it is trivial to run the connects to the hub over SSL.

As such, we offer also SSL-based connections to our server. But keep in mind, even using irc with ssl, still allows the admin of the irc-server to peek into memory and read your stuff!

Happy ircing!


Only five days till the local event in Oldenburg

Posted by Felix Kronlage on Monday, November 10, 2008

Where are you going to be the upcoming saturday? Well, we are definitly supporting the local Oldenburg event, 3. Linux Info-Tag Oldenburg. There will be an OpenBSD-related talk by myself, titled: Commercial deployment of OpenBSD.

Of course we will have a bytemine booth as well as an OpenBSD booth. We will have OpenBSD 4.4 CD-Release Sets and all the fan-boy stuff available!

If you feel like hanging out with the byteminers while meeting with other unix/linux people from Oldenburg, join the event!


Schedule for OpenCON 2008 published

Posted by Felix Kronlage on Thursday, November 06, 2008

Finally the schedule for OpenCON 2008 got published. What you can listen to and experience on the last Weekend of November in Venice you can see here.

Like every year quite a few of the OpenBSD developers are giving talks.

OpenCON is a conference solemnly dedicated to OpenBSD. If you have the chance, come to Venice!


OpenBSD 4.4 released!

Posted by Felix Kronlage on Saturday, November 01, 2008

Another half year went by and OpenBSD 4.4 has been released today. Of course this has been already covered by Undeadly as well.

Like every release, it is a big thing to us and Bernd and I are proud to be part of the development team and at the same time want to congratulate Theo and the rest of the OpenBSD team. As with the previous releases there is a theme to this release, you can read more about Trial of the BSD Knights on the lyrics page.

Of course OpenBSD 4.4 is available through our mirror as well. Please remember that buying the CD sets helps the OpenBSD project!

We will have CD sets and T-Shirts at our booth at the 3. Linux-Info Tag Oldenburg for sale as well.

Puffy shot first and see ya for OpenBSD 4.5 in half a year!


Suddenly an AS is not announced anymore (or: how few people kill free services)

Posted by Felix Kronlage on Wednesday, October 22, 2008

So, I come back from a business trip, look at my irc session and am suprised: irc.bytemine.net is not linked with irc.swissix.ch anymore.
In the subcult irc network irc.swissix.ch is the primary hub.

First I thought, that our connection at the site where irc.bytemine.net is hosted, had temporary routing problems and tried to convince our hybrid-ircd to relink with irc.swissix.ch. After receiving many, many timeouts I looked a bit further and noticed that I wasn’t able to reach irc.swissix.ch from any german internet connection. Every packet that hit the first uplink router got dropped.

Today it was confirmed on #swinog that the announcements for the AS irc.swissix.ch is on have been stopped due to a Denial-of-Service attack. Once again it has been proofed that very few people (running DoS) are able to get free services killed. However stopping the AS from being announced is the only real solution to the problem. :(

It is not quite clear yet, when we will be able to relink irc.bytemine.net with the main hub.


KiLux 2008 Countdown

Posted by Bernd Ahlers on Thursday, October 09, 2008

Some miners are currently driving towards Kiel on the A1 autobahn. The Kieler Linux und Open Source Tage exhibition will start tomorrow, featuring a nice bytemine booth. ;) We’re looking forward to meet you there!


Extended Description from Soekris regarding the problems with CF cards

Posted by Felix Kronlage on Friday, September 26, 2008

Recently the errata description for Issue 0006 seems to have been updated. It now lists in much more detail, where the problems come from. Still, it seems rather weird, that all older models, and first generation 5501’s don’t suffer from the problem. We have now contacted our distributor for SiliconSystems CompactFlash cards in order to have a statement by SiliconSystems regarding their CF-standard compliance. Stay tuned.


Upcoming conference: Kieler Linux und Open Source Tage

Posted by Bernd Ahlers on Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Team bytemine will attend the Kieler Linux und Open Source Tage which will happen at the 10th and 11th of October 2008. We will have a booth where we’re going to present some of our products and services. Felix Kronlage will give a talk titled “Commercial deployment of OpenBSD-based products”. At our booth we will also have OpenBSD CDs and T-Shirt merchandise available to help fund the OpenBSD project.

So if you’d like to see the talk or just like to have a chat with some byteminers, we’re looking forward to see you at the conference and our booth.

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