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Posted by PaulePanter on Wed 6 Aug 2008 at 09:38
Dear lazy web,

1. I wonder, if it is a good idea to enter the IP-address in for example /etc/apt/sources.conf or in the URL field of my browser when I want to visit my bank site.

2. Normally the SSL-certificates of my bank ( are valid and so no pop up appears when I access their site through SSL. Do the certificates still protect me in the way, that there is going to be a warning, that the certificate is not valid, when I was redirected to a different (malicious) site ( Or does this just work, if bank.malicious does not have a certificate which was signed by a trust agency (e. g. verigsign (?))?

Thanks for your comments and sorry for the question, but I did not understand this issue at whole.



Posted by PaulePanter on Fri 11 Apr 2008 at 14:01
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Dear readers,

as written in [1] I bought a new mainboard, processor and memory. My old computer is an Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 CPU 2.40GHz, so i386/686. Since I have a software RAID1 and do not want to exchange, i. e., buy new, hard drives and keep my files (especially /home).

I am wondering: What is the best way to transition the system to the new mainboard (amd64)? I did not find anything useful with right away.

I was thinking about doing the following.

1. Get the amd64 Debian installer.
2. Boot it in rescue mode and manuelly mount the encrypted partition with the LVM volumes.
3. Choose in the partition tool to format /, /boot and /usr (is that needed/enough?)
4. Install the base system and the boot loader.
5. Reboot.
6. Change the repository in /etc/apt/sources.list.

But if anyone has some suggestions or experience, it would be great to share it, so I can save myself a little trouble.

Thanks in advance,




Posted by PaulePanter on Tue 8 Apr 2008 at 13:26
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Hi everybody,

having not decided on a blogging service yet, I remembered that provides a weblog. Sorry, that some of the references are in German.

Finally I started to look for the parts for my new desktop machine. You can take a look at the evolution for my choice of the mainboard here [1]. The most important requirement is the probably soon implemented coreboot [2] support from Rudolf Marek.

So my choice is the Asus M2V-MX SE [3], which I ordered today at freeXpress [6] for 39,00 EUR plus 7,90 EUR shipping.

The only downsides so far are

- no firewire port,
- just 10/100 Mbps LAN Supports,
- just a VGA-port (no DVI) (wrong, edit: it has a VGA- and DVI-port --> so screw this item).

The machine will be sometimes used for video editing, so I decided to go with 4 GB of RAM. Because of the vast amount of RAM there are, I could not find a favorite. But reading the positive comments of buyers at K&M Elektronik [5], I went with the

4096MB A-DATA PC2-800 CL5 KIT (2 * 2 GB)

for 51,98 EUR.

For the processor my choice was originally the AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual-Core 3800 + with 35 Watt TDP [10], [11], but according to [7] and [8] AMD stopped producing them, so they are not available.

Then I found in one shop the AMD Athlon64 X2 4050e [9], but the ASUS page does not list it as a supported processor. Therefore I went with the predecessor

AMD Athlon64 X2 BE-2350 EE Brisbane (ADH2350DDBOX)

for 61.76 EUR also at K&M Elektronik [12]. Strangely this one costs more then the AMD Athlon64 X2 4050e.

I had to pay 5,99 EUR for shipping.

Now I will wait for the parts to arrive and I hope, that everything will work out nicely.





Posted by PaulePanter on Sun 11 Mar 2007 at 15:59
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I hope, although this site is for Debian administration, you also answer such questions.

### Short Version ###

I would like to have _minimum_ power consumption, access to my data and e-mails from around the world while doing mostly office work (surfing, writing e-mails) and _sometimes_ multimedia work (recording TV-shows, editing movie footage).

Any ideas how to set this up? Multiple devices and renting servers are allowed, money is disregarded.

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