SSH – disable StrictHostChecking and writing key to known_hosts

I often do a lot of work with temporary Vagrant, Docker, VMs, and I don’t really want those host keys clogging up my ~/.ssh/known_hosts file. So I just add the following alias to my shell “rc” file. In my case, I use zsh so it’s ~/.zshrc :

alias ssh-nocheck="ssh -o 'StrictHostKeyChecking no' -o 'UserKnownHostsFile /dev/null'"

Viola!  Now all I need to is to use something akin to:

ssh-nocheck -p 2222 root@

Python Third Party Module Exceptions / Errors

So after a couple days of searching, I still couldn’t find a way to catch a particular exception from the Apache libcloud module. Chalk it up to my inexperience with Python, but why couldn’t I find anything on the Interwebs in regards to 3rd party module exceptions? Searches were coming up with nuttin’ useful. Continue reading “Python Third Party Module Exceptions / Errors”

My Letter to the FCC

Dear Mr. Pai,

While I hold no illusions that you will change your mind, I urge you to at least think about what the Internet means to people, not just corporations. The Internet is no longer a technical experiment or a mere commercial venture to sell goods and content. It is part of the fabric of our society, much in the same way highways, roads and utilities are important to our society and economy. Whether for good or bad, it is becoming more difficult to function in society without touching the Internet in some way. Continue reading “My Letter to the FCC”