Dionaea – few remarks on installation

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After spending over a week trying to install it and eventually succeeding to do it 4 times I’d like to share my insights.

My first impression was disappointment over the small amount of info on the topic. However this is a false impression and directly linked to our first mistake: we tried to install dionaea on Fedora. Unless you are highly knowledgeable, patient and have time – don’t try other distro than Ubuntu. We were pressed by time(it’s a part of a project) and we needed it up and working ASAP. Therefore after several days of tweaking various config files and trying to find advice on the net – we finally gave up and installed Ubuntu 10.4.

It wasn’t the end of our troubles though. We used apt and even though it installed dionaea without complains the honeypot still wouldn’t run and we were still getting errors. Few more days passed and eventually we tried to follow step by step instructions on dionaea homepage. It worked without any problems. Like magic.

So if I can give you one piece of advice on installing dionaea – use Ubuntu(or Kubuntu as we did) and follow steps on it’s homepage as it’s the only way to save time and hassle.

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Like Christmas in June

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So me and my better half decided recently we will try out tesco online shopping. We are probably in the minority of the couples where neither of us drives. As you can imagine doing the weekly shopping is complicated and a chore.

We used to live for a while in one of the Eastern European countries. It had a brilliant public transport system and we didn’t feel like we needed to do a driving licence. Once a week we went to do bigger shopping and could get there and back by tram or a bus. No biggie. Then we moved to Ireland and suddenly discovered that when it comes to public transport nothing has changed here. It’s almost non existent outside Dublin. And if you live in a small town and far from the center then you are in trouble.

So we sat down one evening, made a list and ordered our groceries. They arrived the next day – straight to our door. It saved us the hassle of getting to the shopping center and back home, spending 30 minutes in the shop getting our stuff, packing it, carrying to the taxi/bus and then home. In out quest to save money we are hoping this will be a hit. We avoid paying for transport and for random items that always seem to find their way to your basket while you shop. We are not limited by the amount of items we can carry.

A company in Czech Rep. tried to do something similar. They will take your order and do the shopping for you. They would also deliver the goods to you. But not to your home but to your workplace! So in the end you still have to carry them home and there’s no way you can order frozen veg, pizza or ice-cream. Which makes us wonder how they do come up with some good ideas there but in the end they will always mess it up by one small thing.

Seeing all those items in our kitchen made me feel like Christmas and pressies even though we paid for it all. We will definitely try it again.

Mid-morning crowds on Grafton Street in Dublin...

Mid-morning crowds on Grafton Street in Dublin, Ireland. You have shoulder room before the power shoppers arrive. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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If moral reflection…

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If moral reflection consists in seeking a fit between the judgments
we make and the principles we affirm, how can such reflection lead us
to justice, or moral truth? Even if we succeed, over a lifetime, in bring-
ing our moral intuitions and principled commitments into alignment,
what confidence can we have that the result is anything more than a
self-consistent skein of prejudice?

Michael J. Sandel, Justice: What’s the Right Thing to Do?