So .. one site secured

I have for 15 years been a victim of One.com .. the danish shit company that seems to think they are doing hostings for internet services. They do price themselves as good but believe me, you are better off not doing business with them. In ranking they do have the top three..

1 . Worst support  2. No servicelevel 3. Rude staff

Need to get one more web out of their grip … this one took over two weeks .. My 20 minutes work included

Le Moulin de Merault

Arrived at the Mill yesterday, lovely place even in late winter. After a quite relaxed journey through Belgium and France with a lot of stops for eating and stretching .. since we didnt really have any clues about stopping places or campings we just stretched on .. at one time we turned off the main street to serch for a place but the GPS location was behind two large roadworks with a lot of restrictions, we just couldnt get to it. and it had started snowing again.

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first resting day .. Le Moulin de Merault

Sue was as always the perfect host .. we backed in just outside her hedge on a farmer road. The morning after everything was covered in that crap we though had been left behind….. the polar mould. Awful stuff .. not good for anything !!

 

First leg

In belgium now… our journey so far have been quite safe but fun. First stopover was a service outside Malmoe .. quite late and just resting the dog and jumped in bed. Next day filling LPG in Malmoe and heading for the bridge.

Leaving Sweden  bridge to Denmark

The weather still quite calm but warnings that the snow and wind will hit us during the afternoon.  Passing denmark with slightly increasing winds and the motorhome did some worrying moves when the gusts hit it. The stora baelt bridge was passed during the evening and luckily not even visible in the darkness .. Pam are not a bridge fan .. 

 Bridge with the crosswinds ahead
Bridge with the crosswinds ahead

Early next morning we found the quite short but well arched bridge close to Germany border, at this time we turned 90 degrees from the westbound heading and where doing the southbound down towards Hamburg. The feeling at 2 am going over that bridge under alert signals in 10 mph with 70 knot wind hitting us from the side was scary. Having about half a turn on the steering wheel just to keep it straight .. leaning 10 to 20 degrees. I was quite suprised that the bridge wasnt closed but then again .. it must be one of the most important roads into germany. During the morning hours we stopped at a service in Germany and just fell asleep touching the pillow. After brunch we started the mind numbing  trip in the straight roads through germany , holland and belgium snowing on and off . We had a fun moment in Holland though , stopped for a short sleep at a service.. but couldnt find a parking so we just stopped in a bus stop. Wakening up after 3 hours or so by a bunch of people evacuating a bus behind us. Started to drive in my underwear .. Pam still laughing reading this 🙂

 

 

Packing and defrosting

Starting to prepare the MoHo for our adventure in Europe.. Removing snow , preparing LPG system , packing , cleaning , removing snow again and so on … The date was set for half a year ago and at that time the guess was “at least snow free”.

Snow falling .. time to load up and go south

But we only need a snow free run down to Denmark … so we are checking forecast every hour now. the subzero temps are no problem for the heating system but it might be prudent to stay between the ditches. MOT on tuesday and packing last stuff in the evening .. with some luck the forecasted temp of 6 degrees on wednesday will be a fact.

 

The greenhouse

Another week gone .. finally friday. Done most of the work on my lovely greenhouse and its ready to be filled with flowers and veggies. Some of my friends that passed earlier this week said to me “why bother if you are planning to move to another country”.

There is a good answer to that … and i think everyone need to apply this thought .. live like tomorrow never happens.. if i started to think about the future for every investment or change i wouldn’t find the courage to live a full life ..

How to avoid temptations

Today is sunday … sunny and fairly warm . My intentions are to rake all leaves of the upper yard .. so i started to get in the shed to get my wheelbarrow. No problem there .. it was parked where i left it last year

However .. when trying to get to the upper part of my garden i was abruptly stopped by the parked motorbike standing there under its cover . no problem i thought .. just get the key and move it …

Now the problem started to pile up .. bike wont start .. tools out and carburetor cleaning commencing .. Just finished that off when my boss comes driving on he´s new bike (showoff)  after some man-talk and chatting the tools go back in the shed and the bike is started.. But its better to test it a bit just to make sure it really is fixed.

Time is now 6 pm and the food is on the stove … Just came back from a lovely trip around the woodlands south of Stockholm .. coffee break in the sun … driving and listening to the birds.. its true what the say “the shrink never need to visit a biker”

But raking the garden … nope … never happened 🙂

 

Spring arrived .. finally

In Sweden there is some rules about spring … the day when last 7 days been averaging more then 0 degrees celsius …

But in my neck of the woods we still have several degrees below zero during night .. So i suppose its not safe to plant stuff in the greenhouse …

Anyway .. i did .. Lots of stuff on the move out there .. 2 kinds of tomatoes and some salads .. Peas .. and even stuff just giving color and fragrance to my garden. I’m not the most patient gardener alive.

 

Security issues

I had a call this morning from an earlier client. They lost the password to one of the routers .. Thought I might remember what I did about 8 years ago .. Funny though .. I didn’t . But that reminded me of that special customer and the situation I found starting to untangle the security issues they had .

they wanted to have their firewalls checked and the strength of server security enhanced … All their information company wide was stored on one server .. Redundant disks .. Yes . What baffled me was that they relied on password security for meeting protocols , financial reports , mail and so on … One hack away from publicity . I had to have several meetings with the top brass before getting them to understand the steps in company data security.

1. Classify the info. 2. Make rules for every classification. 3. Only put data that “can” be lost on a networked server. 4. Make sure you also have a protection against employees on all local and networked servers….. 

I think I got it right in the end … And I left a list of passwords to the controller for storing in the safe .. Someone did loose it …never mind .. The info for cracking routers is on the net .. I gave the it guys a link to one .  

The International day for female humans

Today i heard a very interesting thing . In honor of the significant day someone in Uppsala (a small town just north of Stockholm) decided to change a title ..

In Sweden someone working in office, gov or council is called a “civil service man” .. no matter what sex you are the title ends with “man” .. yes its an old custom from way back… still surviving.

The brilliant thing is,  that it will now be called a “civil service person” … I suppose it took some thinking and meetings to take this brave and very intelligent decision.

Just a thought ? … Could it have been more important to decide equal salary for equal jobwhatever sex ?

The box

Bought a new toy .. and since i´m a seasoned network tech i read on the outside of the box ..  ROUTER .. yes indeed .. thats what i needed… I´m starting to get my upstairs work office done and want to get the big server up and chatting to the rest of toys downstairs. Started to assemble the cables and got the config page up … the guys developing at D-Link obviously must have a bad day … No possibility to add routing tables .. no possibility at all … just a button to set it up as either an AP or a Router … it should fix the routing by itself the manual proudly shouted ..

Yes it was on sale .. yes it was the cheapest stuff in the store .. 

But in my defense .. it said ROUTER on the box.. I´m now the proud owner of a plastic thingy barely able to route packages from one interface to another .. i suppose it works as AP .. but i already had one of those …

My thinking is that marketing have more saying in the box design than the developers.. and thats wrong !!