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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OpenBSD laptop with Full Disk Encryption

Running OpenBSD on the laptop makes is safe by default. But encrypting the storage of the OpenBSD laptop makes it even safer. This is how my ThinkPad X230i gets encrypted and won’t boot without the proper USB thumb drive plugged in.

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A better way to run Telegraf on OpenBSD

Following Telegraf official README.md, I could compile and run Telegraf on OpenBSD. Due to my lack of knowledge on Go, this turned to be a quite instable method. Some Telegraf release would compile, some not. Anyway, thanks to Landry@, it is now possible to use Telegraf from OpenBSD ports.

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Looking at NetBSD from an OpenBSD user perspective

I use to use NetBSD quite a lot. From 2.0 to 6.99. But for some reasons, I stopped using it about 2012, in favor of OpenBSD. Reading on the new 8 release, I wanted to see if all the things I didn’t like on NetBSD were gone. Here is a personal Pros / Cons list. No Troll, hopefully. Just trying to be objective.

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