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Robots and Brownies

I'm currently doing the new Digital Maker badge with my Cubs and last night I found myself at my friend's Brownie pack doing some of the activities I did (or will be doing) with my Cubs. With only an hour I had to reduce what I was planning but most importantly the girls had fun (rule 0 of Guiding)!

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VPS Setup Guide

Introduction

This is intended to be a very basic guide to getting a VPS up and going, it's aimed at the hobbiest who has enough linux knowledge to want to use a VPS but isn't quite sure how to go about getting it up and going. It assumes you'll be using an Ubuntu VPS from bitfolk, if this isn't the case then some of the things in this guide may be slightly off.

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Using SSH agent for sudo authentication on Ubuntu

Thanks to a post at http://www.drhevans.com/blog/posts/195-using-ssh-agent-for-sudo-authentication/ I got a starting point, however a few things didn't quite work out (I had to install checkinstall as a prerequisite and edit the client machine user's ssh config) so here's the adjusted instructions (updated Feb 2015).

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Logwatch a Custom Log File

So I own a VPS (if you can ever really own a VPS) which does a number of things for me. It's backed up by the hosting company, something which requires root access. Now I always worry when giving someone root access, no matter how much I trust them, so the back ups are performed through a simple script which only allows certain commands to be ran, as well as logging all attempts.

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