A New Solution, To Independent Web-masters Wanting SSL Certificates

One of the subjects which I have written about, was that it was difficult for small-time Web-masters to obtain SSL certificates, responsible for giving httpS:// URLs, and for allowing secure connections to the server. And this seemed to be true entirely for reasons of profit, ironically even though the Internet today is focused strongly on wanting to provide security and privacy, via httpS:// specifically.

In my own, past efforts to obtain such a certificate, which is based on Public Key Cryptography, I turned to the Certificate Authority named ‘‘. But one drawback in using their free services, is the fact that their acceptance is not bundled with most browsers, and the official reason for that is, apparent audit failures in the past.

This meant that whatever httpS:// URLs I did have, would only display error messages in the browsers of other people, unless steps were taken to install their manually. And this can wreck the entire purpose of having a Web-site.

Well there is a new game in town, which I have started to subscribe to, named ““. The premise of this provider is, that they can carry out all the authentication steps via automated robots and clients, yet satisfy all the requirements – and Oh Yes, They Are Free.

Since I have started using , you may notice that all the URLs which I had offered as http:// in the past, now also have an httpS:// version. You can try to access the following link via SSL below:

Mini-Showcase

I must warn you though, that if instead, you would like to open this blog using SSL, you will get an icon warning you that certain objects in this part of my site are non-secure. This message appears because I have many URLs, including images, embedded into my blog as the older http:// variety, and know of no fast way to convert all of those into httpS:// URLs. Hence, by its nature my blog will continue to display this mixed content, partially SSL and partially not, and for that reason I see no benefit to you, of accessing it via SSL.

Also please note that at the time I am writing this, there is no site. This may change in the future, but for now remains absent.

In This Preceding Posting, I wrote about a bizarre error, according to which the domain name did not resolve properly to my real IP address. As far as I can tell by now, this error was of limited scope. But even as such, it seems like such an unlikely error, that I feel I may be missing some obscure explanation of what happened. However, to the suggestion that the whole resolution of what the command


host dirkmittler.homeip.net

produced, was merely a trick which my sleep-deprived mind was playing on me, does not wash, and the reason is the fact that this error actually prevented the authentication bots associated with from authenticating my site, simply because the server of this root CA, acting as a client, was unable to connect to my server, under the IP-address which was given.

Yet, I do wonder whether somehow, having installed the authentication robots / clients on my machine, might have made this error local, entirely to my machine, temporary as the error was…

And so the question can crop up, as to what, exactly, the purpose of is supposed to be for my server. And the answer is, that I wanted from the beginning to be able to embed my Mini-Showcase into my Facebook Page, which I and most other people access via httpS://, and into which I can therefore only embed that refer to httpS:// URLs of my own. And, which average Facebook members are supposed to be configured, to open easily.

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WordPress Update Today, Downtime

Today I received an update to the WordPress blogging engine itself, from my Linux Package Manager. This will have caused some disturbance to anybody trying to fetch my site between 11h35 and 11h55 this morning.

Also, this was a major update, so that I also needed to clear my cache. This means that until people have downloaded pages several times, the responses of my server may be a bit slow.

I apologize for any inconvenience.

Dirk

 

Why I Am Happy, that my Computers Are Working Again

The recent power failures left me in quite a state of distress, not knowing what the fate of my computers would be.

The computer acting as my Web server, ‘Phoenix’ is a Linux computer, running a “Debian” version of Linux, and a flavor of that, which is “Kanotix / Spitfire” . After the second power interruption this morning, ‘Phoenix’ was actually easier to restart fully, than my Windows 7 machine ‘Mithral’ was. This was somewhat reassuring, since ‘Mithral’ has stronger hardware, and since If the software on ‘Mithral’ was ever permanently messed up, I could in fact try to resurrect it by installing Linux on it. It seems that Linux was after all more stable than Windows.

But what happened to ‘Phoenix’ was also better than a scenario would have been, which I had running through my head between 7h30 this morning and 12h00, the time at which I got ‘Phoenix’ running again.

I had had the scenario in my head, that ‘Phoenix’ could have started to perform an ‘unattended upgrade’, at the moment the power went off, a coincidence which I would have been unaware of.

Luckily, this was not what happened.

But had this happened, my own version of what would have gone wrong differs slightly from the official version, according to which the package manager would simply have gotten jammed in some locked state.

There happen to be other power-users, who complain on the Kanotix user forum, that they had been running a lengthy upgrade while their power was strangely cut. Those people ask for Expert support in unjamming their package manager, which more detached people on the forum give advice on how to do.

According to me, they had such a hard time unjamming their package manager, because this is not all that was wrong with their computers. According to me, those users suffered from two problems at once: A jammed package manager, plus A corrupted file system.

I had a vision of having to approach the Kanotix user forum with the familiar line, ‘An upgrade was running, when the plug was pulled.’ But luckily, no upgrade was running at that time…

…And, there is a specific reason why No Unattended Upgrades Were Running. After I rebooted ‘Phoenix’ successfully, I performed the upgrades manually, which were to have run, just to confirm that my package manager still works 100% .

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Dirk