Category Archive: Personal

I am a IT pro, NOT a plumber.

I get it … :-)


But that fantastisch plumber that fixed it for me, can get a website, hosted by me, for little money.


Thanks, Herr Heizungsdoktor Brinker from Schüttorf!

Can you grow palms in NW Germany?

Well, 2013:






So, yes you can!

This is a Trachycarpus Fortunei, it can withstand frost up to -17C. If you want to grow this Palm in my area it is best to only trim really dead, totally brown leaves, nothing more.

Straat vernoemd naar BZN?

Of Zangeres zonder Naam?

Geen idee, beide waardeloos …

Today’s number is: 47!

But don’t get too obsessed about it :-)

(I hate my birthdays)

Note to self.



Busy busy busy …

With what?

Well, France.

And Spain.

And work.

And some difficult projects I might report on later.

Ttyl, but there is one more thing:
EKA is a man that keeps his word. Thanks Erik, for the food last week :-)

Gimme some more Pi!

Ok, here it is, my brand new Raspberry Pi 2 Model B.

A 900MHz quad-core ARM Cortex-A7 CPU
Like the (Pi 1) Model B+, it also has:

4 USB ports
40 GPIO pins
Full HDMI port
Ethernet port
Combined 3.5mm audio jack and composite video
Camera interface (CSI)
Display interface (DSI)
Micro SD card slot
VideoCore IV 3D graphics core

When I start my project I’ll report. Probably I will test my download station on this one, and check out it’s performance. After that I will try some backup functions with plane rsync, or lftpd, and Bacula DR.


Five Reasons the MI6 Story is a Lie

by craig on June 14, 2015

The Sunday Times has a story claiming that Snowden’s revelations have caused danger to MI6 and disrupted their operations. Here are five reasons it is a lie.

1) The alleged Downing Street source is quoted directly in italics. Yet the schoolboy mistake is made of confusing officers and agents. MI6 is staffed by officers. Their informants are agents. In real life, James Bond would not be a secret agent. He would be an MI6 officer. Those whose knowledge comes from fiction frequently confuse the two. Nobody really working with the intelligence services would do so, as the Sunday Times source does. The story is a lie.

2) The argument that MI6 officers are at danger of being killed by the Russians or Chinese is a nonsense. No MI6 officer has been killed by the Russians or Chinese for 50 years. The worst that could happen is they would be sent home. Agents’ – generally local people, as opposed to MI6 officers – identities would not be revealed in the Snowden documents. Rule No.1 in both the CIA and MI6 is that agents’ identities are never, ever written down, neither their names nor a description that would allow them to be identified. I once got very, very severely carpeted for adding an agents’ name to my copy of an intelligence report in handwriting, suggesting he was a useless gossip and MI6 should not be wasting their money on bribing him. And that was in post communist Poland, not a high risk situation.

3) MI6 officers work under diplomatic cover 99% of the time. Their alias is as members of the British Embassy, or other diplomatic status mission. A portion are declared to the host country. The truth is that Embassies of different powers very quickly identify who are the spies in other missions. MI6 have huge dossiers on the members of the Russian security services – I have seen and handled them. The Russians have the same. In past mass expulsions, the British government has expelled 20 or 30 spies from the Russian Embassy in London. The Russians retaliated by expelling the same number of British diplomats from Moscow, all of whom were not spies! As a third of our “diplomats” in Russia are spies, this was not coincidence. This was deliberate to send the message that they knew precisely who the spies were, and they did not fear them.

4) This anti Snowden non-story – even the Sunday Times admits there is no evidence anybody has been harmed – is timed precisely to coincide with the government’s new Snooper’s Charter act, enabling the security services to access all our internet activity. Remember that GCHQ already has an archive of 800,000 perfectly innocent British people engaged in sex chats online.

5) The paper publishing the story is owned by Rupert Murdoch. It is sourced to the people who brought you the dossier on Iraqi Weapons of Mass Destruction, every single “fact” in which proved to be a fabrication. Why would you believe the liars now?

There you have five reasons the story is a lie.

HOWTO: Easy install Raspberry Pi download station.

NOTE: Downloading TV shows and Movies might be illegal, as it is in Germany!!! I used this setup only to see if it works. For free and legal stuff go to

I created a simple script to create a full functioning download station with the Raspberry Pi model B.
I decommissioned my Pi after a long service as media player in my living room because I bought a CuBox-i4Pro which has more power. However, what to do with the Pi? Save power! As it uses only 3 Watts it’s the perfect alternative for my 90-150 Watt PC when it comes to downloading stuff :-)

Here are the simple steps to install Debian Wheezy, Couchpotato, Sickrage and Sabnzbdplus.

1) Download the image to run on your Pi from here:
2) Create your SD card following these instructions:
3) Login to your Pi using SSH (from Linux CLI: ssh pi@ip-address ie pi@ , password raspberry)
4) You have to change your password (A MUST, don’t be lazy and just DO THAT please!) and timezone and expand the file system (in that order): type sudo -i
Make the changes, exit and wait until the Pi has rebooted, then login again (with your NEW password)
5) Get my installer: wget
6) mv install
7) chmod +x
8) ./
9) If you get the following warning:

WARNING: The following essential packages will be removed.
This should NOT be done unless you know exactly what you are doing!

You get to answer this question:

You are about to do something potentially harmful.
To continue type in the phrase 'Yes, do as I say!'

Type: Yes, do as I say!

10) Sit back and relax until the Pi has rebooted again. Give the Pi 5-10 minutes after reboot to get all services up and running. It isn’t a super fast computer …
11) You can now start to config using a web browser:
Couchpotato: http://ip-address:5050
Sickrage: http://ip-address:8081
Sabnzbdplus: http://ip-address:8080

As always: have fun!
(Some credits go to http://

My apologies for “hacking” Hetzner

Abuse Message [AbuseID:1B1D41:25]: NetscanOutLevel: Netscan detected from [Network-Normal]

Dear Mr Herman Harperink,

We have received information that there was an attack from your server.

Please take all necessary measures to avoid this in the future and to solve the problem. Furthermore, we request that you send us a short statement. This statement should contain information about how this could happen and what you intend to do about it. In the event that the following steps are not completed successfully, your server can be blocked at any time after the 2015-05-29 17:46:19 +0200.

Netscan detected.


Dear mr/ms,

I am sorry about this.

There is nothing wrong with my server. I issued a “nmap -Pn” command to find a Cisco router on my internal network. However, I did this in the wrong ssh session window, thus on the wrong server. That server happened to be

Thanks for notifying me, I am sorry if I caused any trouble. It will hopefully never happen again.

Herman Harperink
A very satisfied Hetzner customer.