Logstash – Awesome tool



Logstash is a tool for receiving, processing and outputting logs. All kinds of logs.

System logs, webserver logs, error logs, application logs and just about anything

you can throw at it. Sounds great, eh?

Using Elasticsearch as a backend datastore, and kibana as a frontend reporting tool,

Logstash acts as the workhorse, creating a powerful pipeline for storing, querying and

analyzing your logs. With an arsenal of built-in inputs, filters, codecs and outputs, you

can harness some powerful functionality with a small amount of effort.

Internet Explorer 11 BREAKS Google, Outlook Web Access • The Register

Internet Explorer 11 BREAKS Google, Outlook Web Access

The Windows 8.1 train wreck rollout continues apace

via Internet Explorer 11 BREAKS Google, Outlook Web Access • The Register.


So fed up of having to roll back Internet Exploder updates because Microsoft have broken compatibility again.

IE 11 kills our in house applications & sonic wall vpn. Best of all its installed automatically. Enterprise side can be blocked through WSUS. The best solution here is to move away from IE altogether.

Pushing all our suppliers to develop browser agnostic applications.

One day we may even be able to move away from Windows altogether.

Microsoft – Listen to your customers or loose them forever.


Raspberry Pi | Wiring | Pins | From https://projects.drogon.net/raspberry-pi/wiringpi/pins/

Just for my reference https://projects.drogon.net/raspberry-pi/wiringpi/pins/

The following tables give the mapping of the Raspberry Pi GPIO Pins to the GPIO connector in relation to the pin numbers and the physical location on the connector. This is a representation of the GPIO connector as viewed looking at the board from above, with the USB power at the top and the GPIO to the top-right of the board.

If using the connector pin numbering, then note that Pin 1 on the connector is the 3.3v supply. Pin 2 is the 5V supply, and pin 26 is marked SPI CE1 below.

P1: The Main GPIO connector:

wiringPiPin BCMGPIO Name Header Name BCMGPIO wiringPiPin
3.3v 1 | 2 5v
8 R1:0/R2:2 SDA0 3 | 4 5v
9 R1:1/R2:3 SCL0 5 | 6 0v
7 4 GPIO7 7 | 8 TxD 14 15
0v 9 | 10 RxD 15 16
0 17 GPIO0 11 | 12 GPIO1 18 1
2 R1:21/R2:27 GPIO2 13 | 14 0v
3 22 GPIO3 15 | 16 GPIO4 23 4
3.3v 17 | 18 GPIO5 24 5
12 10 MOSI 19 | 20 0v
13 9 MISO 21 | 22 GPIO6 25 6
14 11 SCLK 23 | 24 CE0 8 10
0v 25 | 26 CE1 7 11
wiringPiPin BCMGPIO Name Header Name BCMGPIO wiringPiPin
  • Board Revisions: Please note the differences between board revisions 1 and 2 (R1 and R2 above)

P5: The auxilliary GPIO connector present on Rev. 2 boards only:

wiringPi Pin BCM GPIO Name Header Name BCM GPIO wiringPi Pin
5v 1 | 2 3.3v
17 28 GPIO8 3 | 4 GPIO9 29 18
19 30 GPIO10 5 | 6 GPIO11 31 20
0v 7 | 8 0v
wiringPiPin BCMGPIO Name Header Name BCMGPIO wiringPiPin

NASA’s Next Frontier: Growing Plants On The Moon

A small team at NASA’s Ames Research Center has set out to “boldly grow where no man has grown before” – and they’re doing it with the help of thousands of children, a robot, and a few specially customized GoPro cameras.

In 2015, NASA will attempt to make history by growing plants on the Moon.  If they are successful, it will be the first time humans have ever brought life to another planetary body.  Along the way, they will make groundbreaking contributions to our understanding of biology, agriculture, and life on other worlds.  And though they may fail, the way they are going about their mission presents a fascinating case study of an innovative model for public-private collaboration that may very well change space entrepreneurship.

via NASA’s Next Frontier: Growing Plants On The Moon.

Qatar whips covers off giant footballing vagina • The Register

Qatar has unexpectedly delighted international pundits by unveiling the design for its 2022 World Cup Al Wakrah stadium, whose roof is designed to represent “the sails of the Arabian pearl fishing boat the Dhow”, but actually bearing more than a passing resemblance to a woman’s nether regions.

Al wakrah stadium – such beauty

Zaha Hadid Architects and international “provider of professional technical and management support services” AECOM whipped the covers off the stadium a few days back, and the eyebrow-raising kicked off almost immediately.

Callie Beusman, down at Jezebel, declared: “Any discerning human will be quick to recognize that the building looks exactly like an enormous vagina.”

via Qatar whips covers off giant footballing vagina • The Register.

Android 4.4 arrives with new security features – but do they really matter? – Securelist

Last week, Google has released the 4.4 (KitKat) version of their omni-popular Android OS. Between the improvements, some have noticed several security-related changes. So, how much more secure is Android 4.4?

When talking about Android 4.4 (KitKat) major security improvements, they can be divided into 2 categories:

1. Digital certificates

Android 4.4 will warn the user if a Certificate Authority (CA) is added to the device, making it easy to identify Man-in-the-Middle attacks inside local networks. At the same time, Google Certificate Pinning will make it harder for sophisticated attackers to intercept network traffic to and from Google services, by making sure only whitelisted SSL certificates can connect to certain Google domains.

2. OS hardening

SELinux is now running in enforcing mode, instead of permissive mode. This helps enforce permissions and thwart privilege escalation attacks, such as exploits that want to gain root access. Android 4.4 comes compiled with FORTIFY_SOURCE set at level 2, making buffer overflow exploits harder to implement.

via Android 4.4 arrives with new security features – but do they really matter? – Securelist.

Rob Mcneill – IBMi/Win/Linux/OSX IT Specialist – Nortwest England