Useful blackberry apps

WordPress for Blackberry

Bit obvious. I’m posting from it. So far, excellent remote capacities and a lot easier to use than the onboard web browser.


Simple app, but it works well.


Best app for moving your files around. I have no idea why Blackberries don’t come with something similar installed. Install it and choose the free version.

Mobipocket Reader

Handy ebook reader. Had to move the files to its happy location, but aside from that, no complaints.

The Weather Channel

Very straightforward weather app.

BBSSH – Blackberry Secure Shell

Still in development, but works for me. Handy for working on servers remotely.

Opera Mini

Much better than the default browser.

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My brother, the combat medic

You know, new medics are kinda creepy. They have this glazed look in their eye, praying for some unhealthy activities, ready to spring into action to put their knowledge to the test. You ask them to look over a compact medical kit, you’ll get back a list that’d fill a Sikorsky UH-60M over capacity.

Or the glories of using Celox gauze over the powdered version, as you could get it in your eyes.

Eh. I’m just hoping he snags me some spare/worn/whatever equipment. I’m kinda thinking of doing a comparison chart of tourniquets.

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Server hardening notes

httpd.conf – Tune for lower memory utilization
httpd.conf – Add TraceEnable off
httpd.conf – SSLProtocol -ALL +SSLv3 +TLSv1
httpd.conf – SSLCipherSuite ALL:!aNULL:!ADH:!eNULL:!SSLv2:!LOW:!EXP:RC4+RSA:+HIGH:+MEDIUM

PHP.ini – expose_php off

/var/qmail/control/servercert.pem – add key
/var/qmail/control/tlsserverciphers – add ALL:!ADH:!LOW:!SSLv2:!EXP:+HIGH:+MEDIUM
/etc/courier-imap/pop3d-ssl – TLS_CIPHER_LIST=”ALL:!SSLv2:!ADH:!NULL:!EXPORT:!DES:!LOW:@STRENGTH”
/etc/courier-imap/imapd-ssl – TLS_CIPHER_LIST=”ALL:!SSLv2:!ADH:!NULL:!EXPORT:!DES:!LOW:@STRENGTH”

General notes – Zip phpMyAdmin and keep in offline status until needed
SSH – check config to force higher cipher usage

yum -y remove sendmail openssl

yum -y install autoconf automake automake17 bzip2 bzip2-devel bzip2-libs compat-gcc-34 compat-gcc-34-c++ compat-glibc compat-glibc-headers compat-libf2c compat-libgcc compat-libstdc++-296 compat-libsdc++-33 curl curl-devel expect expect-devel gcc gcc-c++ gdbm gdbm-devel gmp gmp-devel groff httpd httpd-devel httpd-manual krb5-auth-dialog krb5-devel krb5-libs krb5-workstation libgcc libidn libidn-devel libtool libtool-ltdl libtool-ltdl-devel mysql mysql-bench mysql-devel mysql-server mrtg ntp openssh openssh-clients openssh-askpass openssh-server openssl openssl-devel pcre pcre-devel perl-libwww-perl perl-Archive-Tar perl-Digest-HMAC perl-Digest-SHA1 perl-HTML-Parser perl-Net-DNS php php-ldap php-mysql php-pear php-gd php-xml redhat-rpm-config rpm rpm-build rpm-devel rpm-libs rpm-python sed setup setuptool stunnel system-config-date wget which zlib zlib-devel ncurses-devel zip groff

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Have the first batch of wine going, a Riesling. Going with a kit wine first, which I procured from Mr Steve’s. Figure I’ll do 2 to 4 kits, then switch over to doing my own from scratch once I have the hang of everything.

It’s a surprisingly geeky hobby. There’s a lot of good chemistry and biology involved. Sterile equipment is extremely important. Once I stop going with the kits, there’ll be some good math and whatnot involved.

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