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Handling server configurations

1. IntroDuring my work as a programmer I often encountered that configuration and infrastructure files only lived on the servers they belog to. If they had a copy in git, the states would always divert over time. One reason for this diverting is that you actively have to put the changed files in git, after you finished your work. It’s simply a thing you can forget. What do I mean by " Continue reading

Switching to Hugo

If you see this post, my wordpress blog is gone. My Blog now uses Hugo. I really like formats like Markdown and AsciiDoc. These formats are expressive and you can edit them with every editor you want and don’t need expensive licenses, like for Word or similar. Another advantage is that you define what should happen by writing and not by clicking a button and hoping the programm does what you intended to do. Continue reading

Ubuntu: automatic password for second encrypted disk

I just encountered the problem that I have to type two passwords at startup, for two encrypted disks. My first disk is encrypted through the Ubuntu installer. After some searching I found the perfect solution for that task. In German its called "Schlüsselableitung", in English derived keys. But perfect solutions often have a big issue why they don’t work, like here. I’m using Ubuntu 16.04 which uses ´systemd´, and that has problems with derived keys. So I found the second most perfect solution for me, using a key-file. Some people argue that this is a security issue, but the derived key is also obtainable with root rights, just like a key-file. And by the way, your private keys of your certificates are also stored on that disks and nearly nobody complains about that.

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Qt Signals & Slots: How they work

The one thing that confuses the most people in the beginning is the Signal & Slot mechanism of Qt. But it’s actually not that difficult to understand. In general Signals & Slots are used to loosely connect classes. Illustrated by the keyword emit, Signals are used to broadcast a message to all connected Slots. If no Slots are connected, the message "is lost in the wild". So a connection between Signals & Slots is like a TCP/IP connection with a few exceptions, but this metaphor will help you to get the principle. A Signal is an outgoing port and a Slot is an input only port and a Signal can be connected to multiple Slots.

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