cron.weekly issue #146: DNS, tunshell, i2p, umami & more

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Mattias Geniar, August 23, 2020

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Hi everyone! πŸ‘‹

Welcome to cron.weekly issue #146.

A quick heads-up: I’m taking my final summer holiday break next week, so I’ll be back in your inbox on September 6th!

Enjoy your warm cup of β˜•οΈ and happy reading.

News & general πŸ—ž

Chromium’s impact on root DNS traffic

The Chromium browser is responsible for 50% of the DNS traffic on root nameservers, all because of a feature to detect DNS interception. Wild!

Researchers Can Duplicate Keys from the Sounds They Make in Locks

This whole idea is just crazy, using commodity microphones (ie: smartphones) researchers can now 3D-print a key just by the sound it made. 🀯

Debian turns 27!

A week late, but still happy birthday Debian!

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Tools & Projects πŸ› 


Tracee is a lightweight, easy to use container tracing tool. After launching the tool, it will start collecting traces of newly created containers.


Archivy is a self-hosted knowledge repository that allows you to safely preserve useful content that contributes to your knowledge bank.


Tunshell is a simple and secure method to remote shell into ephemeral environments such as deployment pipelines or serverless functions.


I2P is an anonymizing network, offering a simple layer that identity-sensitive applications can use to securely communicate. All data is wrapped with several layers of encryption, and the network is both distributed and dynamic, with no trusted parties.


Umami is a simple, fast, website analytics alternative to Google Analytics.


ytt is a YAML templating tool that works on YAML structure instead of text.


This is the repo of the Nginx configurator built by Digital Ocean. Very powerful with lots of options.

Guides & Tutorials πŸŽ“

Moving from YouTube to PeerTube

This was a good step-by-step guide on moving videos (with subtitles) to a self-hosted PeerTube instance (which does P2P video streaming) using Docker.

Back To The Future: Unix Wildcards Gone Wild (2014)

An oldie but a goodie: in Unix, wildcards can sometimes have some unintended (for the user) consequences. This post gives a clear summary of the dangerous cases and the results.

Set up a Secure and Highly Available etcd Cluster

This guide explores how to configure a three-node etcd cluster that will be used by a highly available, multinode K3s cluster.

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