VPN using OpenVPN

To ease firewall complexities, and allow quite interesting network setups (combining resources from several physical locations seamlessly, for example), I’ve used OpenVPN as my VPN technology. PPTP is the easiest (smallest amount of configuration), however is no where near as feature rich and secure as OpenVPN.

Whilst OpenVPN offers both routed and bridged setup, I’ve been using the routing because;

  1. it has a simpler configuration, and
  2. allows a clear separation of networks (i.e. by default, one subnet cannot access the other)

Through the use of iptables, and the OpenVPN push configurations, it’s been quite simple to share the resources over the subnets.

The resources I used were;

First weekend in Cardiff

After a nervous travel to Cardiff by car, I have stayed for the first time in Cardiff, with Yanna, in her flat by the bay.

Some mishaps have occurred (including having to drive back to the shop to buy the main part of our meals, breaking a part of Yannas furniture when loading it into the car, spilling my rice and korma onto the floor, and walking into an ajar door! – all in one day -.-), but it has been a nice weekend.

We are about to have Yannas special spaghetti, and Yanna is asking me what I want to watch…

“no idea” 😛

Nexus 4 – Price drop

I’ve been oggling over the Nexus 4 since it came out. I’ve seen quite a few of my friends choosing it for the features it offers at the price it charged. At the time, I couldn’t justify the cost of getting the smartphone, especially when I considered how often (or little in this case) that I used my phone.

However, Google are going to release a new version of the phone and so have heavily discounted the current version by a third (shop) and so I took a dive and bought it.

I’m receiving the phone sometime later in September. I’ll write some thoughts I’ve had about the phone then.