Archive for December, 2006

December 30, 2006

I just used a free online service for creating diagrams a la Visio —  It’s a flash-based app, supports export to image formats as well as SVG.  My first diagram was very easy to do.

There are probably other such online services — want to recommend another?

dnsmasq for local DNS service

December 27, 2006

I need to implement proxy filtering in my home network, to protect my family as my kids start to use the internet more. The first thing I need to make this work is local DNS service within my LAN, since all the other hosts on the network will be blocked from direct access through the router.

Easy solution: dnsmasq on my debian(ubuntu)-based server. Very easy to install:

% sudo apt-get install dnsmasq

This installs and configures the local DNS server, and sets it up to always run on the machine as a system service. A little bit of manual configuration is required as well: /etc/resolv.conf has the real nameserver addresses


And then I also put all the aliases for local machines into /etc/hosts diener doingo dad velum vellum gulliver boys

That way, all of the local network machines can resolve each other via this local DNS, and I don’t have to maintain /etc/hosts on each one.

Once the server (diener) is setup, all the other hosts on the network have to be configured to point to diener for DNS.  Currently everything is configured with static IP & DNS; dnsmasq also supports DHCP, and I need to still investigate using that for some hosts.