Dec 122013

I have been using this script for a long time (maybe 13 years) with only very slight changes.  It was probably one of the first cool ideas I had for a way to track laptops issued to employees that might possibly be stolen.  Granted, today, we use full disk encryption and other cool things that almost makes this script obsolete….but in the event something does get stolen, we can always track it.

The script only requires a crontab entry and a way to send mail (I use ssmtp btw).

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May 302013

There are times when I need to do things and I don’t trust using public access, hotspots, etc. So basically what I did was set up a vpn on my home network and I can then connect to it from anywhere. This has the advantage of encrypting my communications while in a public place. One of the problems was that my ISP will randomly change the ip address. Granted there are numerous services that will do dynamic dns….but that just has the potential to attract unwanted traffic. So, what I did was basically wrote a small 1 line script that dumps my ip once a day to my dropbox account (encrypted).  Either the script can be run (via crontab) or you can simply add the entire line to crontab:

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