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Comment: Condy's words still fuel conspiracy theories (Score 1) 313

by kbahey (#46731071) Attached to: Double Take: Condoleezza Rice As Dropbox's Newest Board Member

Back in 2008 when Israel attacked Israel because of foolish Hezbollah misadventures, Condoleezza famously said:

What we're seeing here is, in a sense, the growingâ"the birth pangs of a new Middle East, and whatever we do, we have to be certain that we're pushing forward to the new Middle East, not going back to the old Middle East.

Here is the source.

To this day, the words "New Middle East" is believed by a vast majority over there as a USA conspiracy against Arabs/Muslims. When the 2011 revolution broke out, the first explanation by many was : "It is the USA conspiring against Mubarak, Egypt, Arabs, ...etc."

Now both sides of the political divide in Egypt (pro-Military, pro-Muslim-Brotherhood) point to the other party as an accomplice or agent for that conspiracy.

It is so powerful and pervasive .. no thanks to that ideologue of a Condy ...

Comment: Re:If you have Linode, then it is free ... (Score 1) 239

by kbahey (#46689085) Attached to: Ends Free Dynamic DNS

You did not understand what I said ...

First, I was giving an example of how to get free Dynamic DNS if you already host with Linode. No extra service needed.

Second, the script I described and included the source code for, runs on OpenWRT. Since OpenWRT is a router it does not need to run a remote script (PHP or otherwise) to know what its external IP address is.

Finally, the PHP script was if you do not have OpenWRT, and want to have the equivalent functionality with Linode from a Linux machine that is not the router, inside your network. In this case, you need to get the external IP by running a script on your Linode VPS, then updating Linode's DNS using curl command.

Clearer now?

Comment: If you have Linode, then it is free ... (Score 1) 239

by kbahey (#46685775) Attached to: Ends Free Dynamic DNS

If you have a Linode VPS, then you do have free Dynamic DNS. All you need is a script to update the relevant subdomain.

Here is a script that does it for an OpenWRT router.

Using Linode Dynamic DNS with OpenWRT

If you don't use OpenWRT, you can still use any Linux box behind the subdomain, but you need to setup a small "what is my IP" script outside your subdomain. For example, simple script like so will do the trick:

print $_SERVER['REMOTE_ADDR'] . "\n";

Now, you need to change the OpenWRT script above to contact the server that has the PHP script, and get the public IP address of the subdomain.

Comment: No, never too late ... (Score 1) 306

by kbahey (#46515777) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Can an Old Programmer Learn New Tricks?

No, it is never too late for someone who is willing to learn ...

My career spans some 30 years, and I did reinvent my skills every now and then.

I changed careers to computers in the mid 1980s, from pharmacy, of all things. Started with playing around with a Sinclair ZX Spectrum. A year later, I got a job doing programming in COBOL on mainframes, along with PCs. A couple of years after, it was finally UNIX, where I realized this is the system for me. Some years after, it was Linux. Several years after that, it was LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL, and PHP).

Now I do consulting on open source exclusively, as a small business owner.

Just have to learn new things every now and then, and do actual projects with them.

Comment: Nutcases everywhere ... so what? (Score 1) 878

by kbahey (#46507897) Attached to: Russian State TV Anchor: Russia Could Turn US To "Radioactive Ash"

There are nutcases everywhere ... so what ...

Here in Canada we have them too. For example, this is a Canadian member of parliament who said military action may be needed against Russia.

But when you know Anders' views, you will not be surprised. He is a Conservative MP, who voted against granting Mandela honorary citizenship, calling him a communist and terrorist.

Here are the rest of his extreme views.

So, one news anchor spewing nonsense is not surprising.

What matters is not letting these type of pro-escalation voices drown out a more level headed reasonable approach ...

The person who's taking you to lunch has no intention of paying.