Paolo Gabrielli\’s Blog

Just another near empty’s weblog. But this is from Paolo ‘pkirk’ Gabrielli.

Iron Man 2 /etc/motd

Posted by paolo on 7 May, 2010

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USB TEMPer v. 2.0 driver

Posted by paolo on 30 March, 2010

It’s a bit difficult to find it. So… here it is, from

USB TEMPer Thermometer Temperature Recorder PC Laptop Driver

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Debian Lenny, Lighttpd, PHP5 (php5-apc) and MySQL spikes

Posted by paolo on 27 November, 2009

On a clean server I installed Lenny, I used aptitude to install Lighttpd (1.4.19 a bit old, I know), Mysql, php5-cgi (with php5-apc).

Nothing unusual, nothing strange, no handmade modifications. I think that was pretty standard, but I found (thanks Munin) that MySQL was having big utilization spikes (and so was the server’s load) while admins of a WordPress installation where POSTing things, doing Uploads, etc.

Then I found someone on the Lighttpd forum having a similar issue with FreeBSD. So I tried to change the “” conf from “linux-sendfile” to “writev” and the issue disappeared.

I hope this can help someone else.

Posted in Lighttpd, networking | 2 Comments »

Monit SimpServer and startup script CentOS/RH

Posted by paolo on 9 October, 2009

# Simpserver: (MSN/IM Encryption server)
# ————————

check process simpserver with pidfile /var/run/
start program = “/etc/init.d/simpserver start”
stop program = “/etc/init.d/simpserver stop”
if 5 restarts within 5 cycles then timeout

# Startup script for simpserver
# description: simpserver is a socks proxy to encrypt IM/MSN/ICQ conversation
# processname: simpserver

# Source function library.
. /etc/rc.d/init.d/functions


# See how we were called.
case “$1” in
echo -n “Starting Simpserver: ”
sudo -u simpuser nohup $SIMPSERVER &
pidof simpserver > $PIDFILE
touch /var/lock/subsys/simpserver
echo -n “Shutting down simpserver: ”
killproc simpserver
rm -f $PIDFILE
rm -f /var/lock/subsys/simpserver
status simpserver
$0 stop
$0 start
echo “Usage: $0 {start|stop|restart|status}”
exit 1

exit 0

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Munin hosted version

Posted by paolo on 25 June, 2009

Anyone? It’s a really cool software, why doesn’t I can’t find an hosted version? I promise that I’m willing to pay! Little money, but for real.

Thanks for your patience

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[Wii] Manuale Italiano – Italian Manual

Posted by paolo on 9 July, 2008

Avendo speso diversi minuti a cercarlo… eccolo!

Having spent several minutes finding this… here it is!


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DNS query GetHostByName double check (Happy Xmas)

Posted by paolo on 25 December, 2007

Happy Xmas to all!

I was showering some minutes ago. And I was thinking about the fact that “Security is an illusion”. Then I thinked about the fact that the first entry in my resolv.conf is an OpenDNS IP and the second is the one of my ISP. So, if someone malicious get into OpenDNS’ servers or my ISP’s ones, they can get a lot of informations. That’s no doubt about it: getting into a DNS server is a big shot.
So, then, I thinked about an ipotetical gethostbyname() that does n queries to the n DNS servers specified in the /etc/resolv.conf and tell me if there are differences.
Of course if I query about “”, I may get tons of different results, but if I query about small ISP’s services (or banks’) I’ll be glad knowing if two DNS servers give me two differents IPs.
Maybe I’m talking about “already in the wild” solutions? Or maybe this is the regular functioning of the OpenBSD’s gethostbyname? (Don’t think so).
I’m gonna check if I can do something on a Linux system first, or on a Bind installation, because maybe this work can be done via Bind, making it checking others DNS’ replies.

Ok, sorry for that bullshit, today is Xmas here in Italy, so… happy Xmas again!

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Lost, Heroes and Prison Break

Posted by paolo on 7 August, 2007

Wow! Prison Break rocks! After watching Lost (1, 2 & 3) and Heroes (1), while I’m finishing with PB, I can now say that Prison Break is the most beautiful. It really rocks. The story is perfect: not too much complicated, the actors are perfect in their role so the characters that are well represented, it’s full of turn of events… It’s a “Wow!” when you watch it. Even if, I’ve to admit it, it’s with the second series of episodes that the story got me so hard, in the part when they are out of prison.

In the next week I’m going to watch the last four episodes and then I’ll be free from TV Series till October/November.

Posted in Heores, Lost, Prison Break, Tv Shows | 2 Comments »

Another little idea for Google

Posted by paolo on 28 June, 2007

Heya Big G,
how are you?  I’m fine, thanks!
I’ve an idea that can join two of your products and I’ve had it while surfing the web. Since I don’t use only your Google Reader to keep me updated but I’m also used to surf the web, and you own both Google Analytics and Google Reader… why don’t you mark on my Reader an article as “read” if I already read it given that you already know that I’ve read it (thanks to Analytics)?

Sincerely your,

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Saturday, Metro Olografix Hackin Party

Posted by paolo on 17 May, 2007

At the beautiful Palazzo Sirena, Saturday and Sunday will take place the Metro Olografix Hacking Party. After looking at the abstracts I think I’ll go on Saturday, after the lunch and I’ll come back home before dinner if I don’t meet someone I know or I know someone I meet :)

May the TomTom be with me! Just kiddin: it’s only 90Km south and the road is plain simple.

See you there!

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