Set Windows time at boot – the ultimate reference

June 30th, 2016

While preparing some 200 non-domain-registered Windows 7 systems as POS systems, we came across a couple of dead BIOS batteries. Time on these machines would start 1-1-2009 every time and while you could forcibly setup the correct time by pushing a couple of buttons inside of Windows, the question arose if it would be possible to correct time automatically. Well, turns out: it is. Read the rest of this entry »

The author of “Recovering sounds from ortography”

February 19th, 2016

Who is the author of I take it you already know
Of though and bough and cough and dough
Others may stumble, but not you
On hiccough, thorough, slough and trough
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Upside Downternet v2.0

January 3rd, 2016

I’ve always wanted to implement upside-down-ternet, but lacked the resources. But now it’s 2016 and you can make your wifi-stealing-neighbour’s web browser do all the hard work. This means that a simple OpenWRT router will have enough power to flip the internet – all of it, except for the ssl-protected areas. Read the rest of this entry »

Synology Crash Recovery

January 4th, 2015

So, you own a Synology Disk Station and a disk broke. You messed up by trying to replace the wrong disk. You tried to fix it by reinserting the right disk but that didn’t help. Then you messed up even further by trying to change the volume – or something. You can’t even remember exactly just WHAT you did because of the shock, afterwards, when you found out the system just stopped working.
Well, here’s how to proceed. Read the rest of this entry »

Unbrick the Minix Neo X7 Mini – with Linux

April 26th, 2014

Lately I bought a Minix Neo X7 Mini. Next thing you know: I brick the box. Here’s how to unbrick the thing – with Linux. It’s rather easy, too! Read the rest of this entry »

De VVD wil miskoop stimuleren!

March 6th, 2014

Geachte heer Hartog,

Met belangstelling las ik uw artikel “De VVD wil afkoop van erfpacht stimuleren!”

Graag maak ik u attent op het volgende. Read the rest of this entry »

An IPv6 MTU path discovery bug

October 24th, 2013

While installing a new server last week, my (SSH / TCP) connection seemed to suffer from some sort of hanging; randomly. I tried to figure out what was going on and it didn’t take long to find… Read the rest of this entry »

IP addresses for your Hetzner machine

October 23rd, 2013

We lease a couple of machines at and recently, I looked to improve my initial Easy Setup manual, so I could also use the IPv4 “main” address for a virtual machine. This leaves the main server (the “host”) without an IPv4 address. Please read below how to proceed. Read the rest of this entry »

Syslog-ng intrusion detection

August 27th, 2013

There seems to be a problem using the file() destination for /proc files in Linux. When implementing Securing Your Server With Syslog-NG you will run into it. Please read below.
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(Not) rooting RK3066 systems

April 12th, 2013

The update updated, 2014-04-28: unbricking is fairly easy, see

Please note that I received some reports from people that tried to flash their RK3066 stuff – but it would not boot afterwards. And in fact, that’s what I experienced when I tried to flash my Minix Neo X5. Read the rest of this entry »