Making your own CA work that works with Google Chrome

Niels Basjes | 03 February 2018

This post is about one single aspect of running your own CA (usually for internal systems): Making it actually work with Google Chrome. The reason I writing this down is because I found all the other sources of information around the world very confusing.

read more

Making sense of the user agent string

Niels Basjes | 30 March 2017

This is a repost of the blog I wrote for the bol.com techlab site: https://techlab.bol.com/making-sense-user-agent-string/

read more

Writing Avro to Parquet

Niels Basjes | 14 December 2015

Today I tried to write records created using Apache Avro to disk using Apache Parquet in Java. Although this seems like a trivial task I ran into a big obstacle which was primarily caused by a lack in my knowledge of how generics in Java work.

read more

Doing PXE installations without control over the DHCP server.

Niels Basjes | 29 April 2012

In many cases there is a desire to do PXE based installations that can be managed by tools like cobbler and puppet. This page describes how this can be accomplished by using a combination of cobbler, dnsmasq and (optionally) puppet.

read more

Installing Fedora Linux via PXE

Niels Basjes | 11 December 2007

Introduction This page describes the steps I use to install Fedora 8 onto my computers at home without the need for burning any CD's/DVD's. The overall final setup is a 100% network based install of Fedora by using PXE in combination with a HTTP installation. I've been using this setup for a very long time (since Fedora Core 3) so I know it works .... for me. ;) This howto was written during the installation of my brand new PC (based on a 64bit Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 CPU) with Fedora 8. So you'll see x86_64 everywhere. I have...

read more