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Choosing a map for your adventures

Choosing a map for an adventure is easy right? The standard map for hiking for many years has been the Ordnance Survey 1:50000 set of waterproof laminated maps which retail for about €25. More recently, though the company has apparently been inexistance for over 30 years, EastWest mapping have produced €9.99 maps of specific areas of interest at a scale of 1:25000 and are water resistant. I am aware that the OS issue some 1:25000 maps but I don’t have one to compare with so here’s my thoughts on what map you should get out of the two I have.

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Passing REMOTE_USER through mod_WSGI

I need to change the way we authenticate a django application.

Currently we authenticate by an apache module which sets the REMOTE_USER header and passes it to the python app in the environment of mod_wsgi.

The new approach will be to use an app gateway. The gateway works like a reverse proxy and intercept requests to the application. The app gateway authenticates the user and if succesful forwards the request to our application with the REMOTE_USER header set.

The problem with this approach is that mod_wsgi will drop that header.

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Cheap radio audio interface

This turned into a surprisingly tricky project… I have a signalink as my main audio interface box to my radios. It’s basically a USB sound card that connects to the data port of my radios and lets me use digital modes. It also has a couple of knobs to control levels. It’s great, I love it, but as it costs about €130 I wasn’t going to bu another one just for the convenience of not having to move cables around when I want to use it on a different radio.

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Northern Lights Quests

Yep still at this after 25 years…

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