• How to Install the Falcon Agent on Ubuntu Linux (full instructions)

    Posted in Everything on Oct 02, 2018

    After wrestling for a while trying to get CrowdStrike's falcon sensor app running properly in Ubuntu, we found that the online documentation is incomplete. A round trip to their support team got us this PDF (Falcon Sensor for Linux Deployment Guide Documentation Support _ Falcon), which gave us the information we needed:

    Install; your version may be different, the package is available on your portal.

    sudo dpkg -i falcon-sensor_4.12.0-5704_amd64.deb

    Then, had to run these three commands because of a dependency issue. Ignored a few notification-type errors.

    sudo apt-get install libnl1
    sudo ap...

  • Why you cannot divide by zero and why you can

    Posted in Developing Software, Mathy Stuff on Oct 01, 2018

    Well this is going to be fun. Long ago, my thought experiments on dividing by zero detected a bug*, and therefore went in the direction of "you can divide by zero" and of course this left me on the outskirts of mathematics years ago. I set up a tent and made a home there, where I am quite happy. A brand new website now says the same thing, with better examples and clear reasoning. Of course, anyone worth their salt in mathematics will reject it (it's the way mathematics handles innovations around the number zero for many centuries now, so such rejection is not to be taken without... a grain of...

  • Atiyah's proof of Riemann has an unexpected confirmation in Furey

    Posted in Mathy Stuff, Postinfinity Tergiversation on Sep 25, 2018

    This is an accurate snapshot of how I explore mathematics, as someone who hated math and had nothing to do with it for the first 35 years of my life. No one credible currently believes Atiyah's proof which I'm endorsing below, but, as this is all over my head, and as I navigate by intuition not rigor, I have fun moments like the following one. I have learned to let such moments happen, trusting future events will sort out whether the truth was discovered, or just another phantom. It turns out that Atiyah and Furey had communicated with each other, so the coincidence in similarity was not rando...

  • King David’s radical insight

    Posted in Everything on Sep 15, 2018

    So I’m reading this book on grace, which is turning out to be one of my favorite books ever, because it so systematically details how grace operates in a way that confirms my own thoughts on the subject for so long. Yet it goes further, and provides lots of evidence to support its position. Here is one insight in the book which never occurred to me before:

    While repenting over his sin with Bathsheba, David said “thou [God] desirest not sacrifice; else I would give it: thou delightest not in burnt offering. The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and contrite heart, O God, tho...

  • An adventure begins

    Posted in Developing Software on Sep 13, 2018

    Enter new UNIX password: Retype new UNIX password: passwd: password updated successfully Changing the user information for clearhat Enter the new value, or press ENTER for the default Full Name []: Clearhat Room Number []: Work Phone []: Home Phone []: (816)xxx-xxxx Other []: @@clearhat.org Is the information correct? [Y/n] y ubuntu@dashboard:/opt/dashboard$ sudo usermod -aG clearhat Usage: usermod [options] LOGIN Options: -c, --comment COMMENT new value of the GECOS field -d, --home HOME_DIR new home directory for the user account -e, --expiredate EXPIRE_DATE set account e...

  • Merging an existing React project with an empty Visual Studio .NET Core backend

    Posted in Developing Software on Sep 10, 2018

    I'm new to React so I was pleased to finally discover that this task is very easy. After going through all the tutorials on how things work, and diligently searching down a decent React project template, I finally had an existing open source React dashboard that I wanted to integrate into an brand-new .NET Core project which I could then modify to my heart's desire. I thought I would need to carefully stitch things together once I had figured out where to put the files, but it turns out to be so simple! All I needed to do was delete the (nearly) empty stubs within the ClientApp folder generate...

  • Installing ASP.NET Core 2.1 on Ubuntu 18.04 Linux with Apache

    Posted in Developing Software on Aug 31, 2018

    An article on github.io gave all the instructions I needed to get the components above working, and it's a great tutorial. However, I needed to tweak a few commands to get them working, so I'm creating this post here and perhaps will save someone else an afternoon's research if they can find this link as well.


    wget -qO- https://packages.microsoft.com/keys/microsoft.asc | gpg --dearmor > microsoft.asc.gpg
    got this error: "gpg: no valid OpenPGP data found."

    so, after a bit of research, did this:

    sudo apt-get install ca-certificates

    then this worked:

    wget -qO- https://packages.microsoft.co...

  • No longer a superfan of Google

    Posted in Everything on Aug 30, 2018

    Right about the time that Google eliminated their "don't be evil" motto a few years ago, I finally began to lose hope in them, after years of unbounded enthusiasm. It was kind of a final straw thing.

    From then til now, my previous superfan enthusiasm with all their amazing technology -- which held firm for so long -- has slowly, incrementally, faded. I still use plenty of their tech and will for years to come -- they do a great job -- but the joy is diminished because.... well, their dark side looms in the background of everything they do now. I could rant in detail about my concerns, but ple...

  • A little anarchy in your pocket

    Posted in Everything on Aug 30, 2018

    I might, could, possibly know someone involved in working on the backend of this MineCraft Pocket Edition server together in their spare time. Or I might not.

    Either way, if you're into Minecraft, and you found yourself here reading this sentence, you may enjoy taking a tour of this Nukkit server.

  • Children are not at the center of their knowledge; quite the opposite

    Posted in Everything, Postinfinity Tergiversation on Aug 20, 2018

    All that you know
    Is hanging on a structure of you
    You at the center
    As if that were the only way
    Calmly, openly, as if
    There were no ugliness therein
    It was not always so;
    Consider for a moment
    And you will see clearly:
    When you were young
    All that you knew
    Was hanging on the structure
    Of someone not you
    For some it was their mother
    For others their father
    And others found the holy other
    In a friend, a teacher, a cousin
    And for many there were many:
    Someones not you
    This is the way we were meant to be
    But we rapidly learned
    The way of this world is inverted,
    With you at the center
    And oth...