Dariusz on Software Quality & Performance


Wavemon – monitor your WIFI connection quality

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The old truth that everyone who spends days on business trips: hotels generally suck at local Internet delivery service. The least important service in hotel is pretty crucial if you depend on it to finish some work after business hours.

However, if you are on Linux/Ubuntu machine there's a nice tool that will allow you to evaluate WIFI signal quality. It's name is: wavemon. It's a console tool that shows current (and previous) signal strength.


Having real-time measurement you can decide what area of the hotel have the best signal strength.


"Keep It Simple, Stupid" by UK goverment

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I was searching for current UK VAT rates as my client operates on this marked and found the following official page that was a delight for my eyes:


Compare that with all that bloat you expect from your government and you know why some countries are much better for business than others.


Computers's helping hand

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Self-signed SSL certificate HOWTO

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logo_sslSSL is used for (1) encrypting HTTP traffic and for (2) authentication server against browser's database of trusted certificates. Generating SSL certificate properly is important if you want your customer to use https properly. It costs few bugs per year, but your customers won't have any warnings in browser before SSL session (purpose number 2).

However, for internal applications, self-signed certificate may be a sufficient solution (purpose 1 only). You will find below a minimal commands to generate local SSL certificate (accept default values when asked for data on stdin):

mkdir -p /etc/lighttpd/ssl/local
cd /etc/lighttpd/ssl/local
openssl genrsa -passout pass:1234 -des3 -out server.key 1024
openssl req -passin pass:1234 -new -key server.key -out server.csr
cp server.key server.key.org
openssl rsa -passin pass:1234 -in server.key.org -out server.key
openssl x509 -req -in server.csr -signkey server.key -out server.crt
cat server.key server.crt > server.pem

Then lighttpd installation:

$SERVER["socket"] == "<YOUR_IP_ADDRESS>:443" {
ssl.engine = "enable"
ssl.pemfile = "/etc/lighttpd/ssl/local/server.pem"
ssl.ca-file = "/etc/lighttpd/ssl/local/server.crt"

Then you have to accept server certificate in your browser and voila!


OVH VPS Classic Review

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I'm a very happy Linode.com (an US VPS supplier) customer and my expectations regarding service quality are pretty high. VPS is a virtualization technique that allows to share the same hardware among few operating systems with dedicated IP and root access. Having migration to another server in mind I've decided to give a try our European VPS providers.

One of the biggest hosting providers is OVH. I hope those French guys do better hosting services than cars :-)

Minimum VPS offer is reachable for 5 EUR + VAT / month. It gives you only 512MB of RAM:



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