Get your RSS feeds as email

When it comes too keeping informed about the (IT) world, I tried using Twitter ; and found it to be too noisy. I tried using newsboat ; but it’s not nice when you only have a phone. I tried using Feedly and Scoop.it ; but it often seems slow and redundant ; when not off-topic. Then I tried IFTTT to get my RSS feeds items send by email. And it worked really nice for a month a two. Then suddenly… it stopped working. No error message in the console, no error email, nothing… Strain As A Service…

Then I discovered rss2email. And guess what… it’s available on OpenBSD. So I went for it. Simple and straightforward: configure the RSS feeds and receive the items in your mailbox.

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Running OpenBSD 6.5 on Kimsufi KS-10

The french company OVH provides Kimsufi dedicated servers. The KS-10 ships with Intel® Core™ i5-2300 and 16GB DDR3 of RAM. The main drawback is that there is no KVM-IP or HTML console. This means you can’t run FDE configuration. AFAIK. But in case you don’t care, there’s a way to install the “unsupported” OpenBSD release on those machines.

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OpenBSD automatic upgrade

OpenBSD 6.5 advertises for an installer improvement: rdsetroot(8) (a build-time tool) is now available for general use. Used in combination with autoinstall.8, it is now really easy to do automatic upgrades of your OpenBSD instances.

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Storing unbound(8) logs into InfluxDB

I’m using unbound(8) on OpenBSD to block Ads. In the logs, I can see which domains were queried and blocked ; but I like to have a more graphical overview of whats happening over weeks. So I stole a few ideas from the Pi-Hole Web Interface, routed the logs to InfluxDB via syslog-ng and rendered statistics using Grafana.

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Blocking Ads using unbound(8) on OpenBSD

The Internet is full of Ads and Trackers. Some of them are useful to monetize free content. Some are used in a non-ethical manner. Savvy users will configure Ad-Blocker on their Web browser. Others won’t. Most Appliance and IoT modules won’t allow third-party blocking addons.

Here’s how to add an extra layer of privacy using OpenBSD and its unbound(8) DNS resolver.

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