Convert qcow2 to LVM

For some reason, I had setup a new virtual machine using qcow2, and it was slow, so slow. I had LVMs for all the others. I went out to see if it was possible to convert the qcow2 image to an LVM partition, and it turns out it was easy, but I did have to mix and match a few tips I found here and t

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Re-Allowing 'root' access to PhpMyAdmin

It seems that in the newer verion of MySQL (or MariaDB) that the user 'root' may no longer connect to the database server via PhpMyAdmin (and other such tools). After searching the Interwebs and finding a few backwards and complicated solutions I found a better way, a simple way, very simple. In

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Bindfs - Mount files as another user

Today I wanted to mount a directory that belongs to Bob in Alice's home directory while giving Alice full permissions. This is how I found out about Bindfs. I'll get straight to what I was trying to do with the hope that this will help someone out there.

Let's say we want to mount the d

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Spam Comments

Comment spam is the art of crafting spammy comments and getting them posted on websites and blogs (and on blogs that are websites). The goal varies from just getting clicks to a malicious page to trying to augment page rank for some stupid website. Some comments don't even have any links to anyth

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Save My VMs

So what about saving a whole VM and then you know, forget about it ?

Virtual Machines are the coolest thing in the.. data centre (after the actual cooling system). To add to it's refreshingness, a script that will can backup your virtual machines. For this script to work they n

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Random File Creator

Ever need to create a specific amount of files with random content and of random sizes between a specific range ? And all these files randomly placed in a specific maximum number of directories ? Today I needed to do this to replicate a specific scenario and test various things...(blah blah bla

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UPDATE: A new version of Mailboy is in the works, it's even getting it's own micro-site at It's not completely ready yet, I'm working on that with the little time I have these days. I'll update this notice when Ma

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Remotely Encrypt a Debian Server

These notes may help you in the case where you need to install a server without ever having access to the console. In this case the OS is also pre-installed, either by an automated system or by the server provider.

The plan is to get a base server OS installed on a small partition, for

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There are many tutorials about OpenVPN, the most I've found where either too detailed to get something running real quick or way to short to actually understand what's going on. I like finding docs that get the crap running real quick and then going back over it with more detailed articles and su

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Debian Lenny on Aspire One

This page is complementary to the Debian Wiki page dedicated to this machine.. so here are some things that are not (yet) on that page and are maybe a tiny bit off topic (kde related) etc.. I might add some of it, if i don't, whoever maintains t

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basic commands

I originally wrote this tutorial when i first started using linux, at the my debuts I suffered and so I decided to help myself and others by writing a little howto for the first (or almost first) steps with GNU/Linux. I started by writing some notes about how to get around the filesystem, copy fi

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kubuntu on acer aspire one

the acer aspire one is one of those new tiny laptops with an SSD disk drive, i got the one with linpus linux which of course is useless for someone who does "things" with his/her computer.. . so i decided to install linux.. :] instead of putting debian stable as i usually do i decided to go cr

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Letsencrypt - Manual mode

In this quick howto, we'll see how to use Letencrypt in manual mode on Debian Jessie (with a mix of Stretch/testing). The idea is to generate the needed files and then copy them over to the web server (Apache in this case).

In this scenario there are 2 different machines

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Some old logos I've done for others and/or myself

Logo for the Shtooka project. Shtooka's goal is to create collection of recorded words in as many languages as possible. The collection is under the Creative Commons license and too

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PulseAudio: Sound over the network

Update 1:
I added the package dbus-x11 which needs to be manually installed for this to work on a system that has no X server.

Update 2:
I added a tunnel setup that I got from a helpful person on pulseaudio's IRC channel.

It may have t

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Using SSHFS to mount distant filesystems

Sometimes you want ("need") to mount a distant filesystem but you don't want ("have the time") to install NFS or something like that just for this particular need. .. and then you also realize that NFS (in a simple config) is not crypted and
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Migrate emails with Imapcopy

I remember a while back migrating someone's email from one ISP to another using Thunderbird ! Well, duh, I just found a tool that seems to be a bit underrated, Imapcopy. There are many tools out there, but this one seemed simple yet efficient. However, for some odd reason it wasn't clear to me at

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Bash Email Admin Script

A script designed to administer an Email server using tutorial.

I wrote this little script as a replacement for a python script who's purpose is/was to administer an email server (add/remove/modify domains/accounts/aliases

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Trickle is a program that can shape bandwidth of TCP traffic. I find it quite useful when I want to upload large files without eating up all the bandwidth, at least that is the most useful usage for me.

I have tried using trickled with tricked.conf but i find it somewhat useless, it's s

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Encrypt a Hard Drive - Lazy Guide

This is a lazy guide (mostly for me to refer to) on how to encrypt a hard drive on Debian GNU/Linux. What this lazy guide does not cover is how to make your machine bootable, so if you want to encrypt your whole system (very good practice), you should probably do it via your OS installer.

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install debian via usb

this little howto shows how to get a usb stick to act like an install cd for debian.. .


  • the image file: boot.img.gz (hd-media)
  • the iso image: iso debian-xxx-netinst.iso
  • a usb stick

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SSL Without Built In Browser Certificates

Verifying websites using signed SSL certificates has always been something I have considered as weird, the goal of encryption is just to encrypt, the goal of verifying the identity of a website is something else. It is not the case for most browsers, when you visit a website that uses a self si

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XMPP with ejabberd

When I wanted to first install a jabber/xmpp server I started looking around and spent most of my time trying to figure out which server to install and that kind of discouraged me, as well I could not find any plug and play tutorial to get started, so I hope this compilation helps someone. This i

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subarctic lifestyle of a spotted mind

from my trip to the way up north churchill northern studies centre, the trip, the centre and aurora borealis compiled photos into a photo/video montage.

the photos are here

the log is over

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About this website

This website is produced by myself. This means that all photos, texts, server administration, coding, drawings and other stuffs have been created and/or written and/or done by myself (unless specifically mentioned).

Softwares and Technologies

The content management system (P

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lost in transition

my first photo/video montage is about a transition between vancouver b.c. and paris france..'s all done with still photos as you can see... . another important thing to me was doing this project exclusively with open source software.. .

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amavis per user settings

Modifying ISP Style Email to have Amavis per user settings

This article is intended for those who have already installed Workaround ISP-style Email Server, however you can probably adapt this to your installat

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replacing a hard drive

The idea is to totally replace a hard drive with a new one, this means copying all the data from each partition of the old hard drive to a new one. why? :


photos gathered from "bittersweet", my first photo expo... . .