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June 17th, 2009

GPG Keys Replaced

After the new flaw found in the SHA-1 algorithm, I revoked my old 1024-bit DSA keys 3CF79EB5A445A8F1 (personal stuff) and 6C6EECCDDA5B38DD (GLM stuff).

My new key is EFFAB77E092DD1E2 and you can download it from keyservers such as hkp:// or hkp:// This new key has been signed with my old keys, to help you decide if you could trust it.

June 15th, 2009

Cracked last week

My VPS provider was cracked last week by an attacker who removed everything on the host machines (yes, the frightening “rm -rf /”!), so my sites (including had been down until yesterday night.

The attack was performed on Sunday, but I had to wait until Friday to get a new server (fortunately I don’t host anything sensitive here). Then I spent two more days setting up the new server from scratch (not that it was too complex, but I didn’t have much time to do it). That’s why it took so much time for the sites to be back.

I believe that everything on the repoze.what website and the documentation for my Repoze plugins has been restored. But if you find anything broken (e.g., if an URL changed), please let me know.

September 13th, 2008

Server load: DreamHost vs WebFaction

I got tired of the slowness of DreamHost servers and its consequences, such as sites being down or extremely slow from time to time. So I decided to migrate progressively over the next weeks to WebFaction because:

  1. The costs are the same.
  2. They don’t overload their servers.
  3. They have an excellent reputation in the TurboGears community.

So here I offer a comparison on the server load in my DreamHost shared host vs my WebFaction shared host.
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June 22nd, 2008

Do NOT use IMAP support in Kmail! It will eat your emails

I was not aware that I was losing emails because of Kmail since I switched from POP3 to IMAP in all my email accounts ~1 week ago, until I saw how Kmail deleted all of my unread messages after a crash.

I suspected that I was loosing emails and that was the conclusive proof. I thought it was caused by an issue announced on my provider’s blog some days ago, which was fixed.

What are the consequences? It worries me that I don’t know them all. Among the few consequences I’m aware of, the worst one is that three of our servers were down today for almost 2 hours because I didn’t receive the monthly receipt nor its reminders; fortunately, our highest traffic websites (like and translations) are hosted in other servers.

May 14th, 2008

How to install setlock on Debian?

That’s the only question Google and IRC don’t answer – but after this post Google will.

About two hours wasted to find out the freaking stupid solution:

aptitude install daemontools-installer

And hit ENTER for every question.

March 5th, 2008

Dreamhost sucks bad

If you love frequent downtimes, you will love this crap.

I’m looking forward to having my plan expired to move to another host.


November 4th, 2007

I have a personal blog for personal stuff

I have created a personal blog for me to talk about things other than Information Technology, mostly my thoughts on many issues.

This blog keeps being aimed at members of the Free Software community, but I’ll also start discussing on truly technical stuff aimed at technicians. I’ll use the new one to make myself heard on the things I love and those I hate around me, as well as to talk about some of my experiences that are worth blogging.

The address of the new blog is

October 9th, 2007

I’m back!

I arrived at Madrid yesterday, so I’ve started to catch up with everything; I didn’t do so yesterday because I was very exhausted after traveling from Valencia to Maiquetia, then from Venezuela to Spain.

October 3rd, 2007

Hey, Olivier has a website!

My good friend Olivier has released his personal homepage, which is hosted at So you can know learn more about Olivier, his thoughts, where he’s been to and his beliefs… Also, as expected from a good designer, the website looks rather nice!

August 5th, 2007

A new name for my blog

It’s no longer “Gustavo’s Technological Blog”, as technology is a very wide field, so big that I will only be able to blog about one of its subsets: Information Technology.

So, the new name of this blog is “Gustavo’s IT Blog”.

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