• Strongswan IKEv2 split/full tunnel VPN on Alpine Linux VM on Synology Diskstation

    Ever wanted to have an always-on VPN on an iOS device? IKEv2 is the answer; unfortunately it is not properly supported by any appliances commonly laying around the house - so we'll improvise. This post is about setup and configuration of an IKEv2 VPN server based on Strongswan running inside of Alpine Linux instance in the virtual machine hosted on Synology Diskstation. Pitfalls and challenges making split-tunnel work seamlessly. And don'g have your hopes up - I couldn't make split tunnel work seamlessly enough. You might as well jump to OpenVPN article.
  • Failure to negotiate when connecting to Synology L2TP server

    Setting up L2TP VPN server on Synology DiskStation, forwarded ports 500,4500,1701 but the hanshake fails for obscure reason; something along the lines of “fatal payload-malformed notify message, phase 1 should be deleted”. What do to? Check the PSK length. It shall not be longer than 64 characters. UI will accept longer string however doing so will result in failures setting up the tunnel.

  • Canon MF4150: Printing and Scanning with AirPrint and SANE

    I have a fairly old but great laser multifunction Canon MF4150 that never really supported scanning from anything but windows and whose MacOS printing drivers lag behind OS releases by a large margin causing frustration after each new release. Still, it has been over 10 years and it works great and I’m absolutely happy with its performance.

  • Cloud Storage Pricing

    Looking for a CrashPlan alternative: Comparing cost of cloud storage.
  • OpenVPN Split Tunnel on Synology Diskstation

    Exhaustive guide on configuring Synology's built-in OpenVPN server and further configuration of the .ovpn files to setup split-tunnel VPN home, emphasizing one-click client configuration, including MacOS, iOS, and Windows clients.
  • Unattended Duplicacy setup on macOS

    What do you do when your favourite backup provider decides to focus on corporate customers and discontinues home edition of its cloud backup software? You start testing replacements, and soon come with with an alternative that in retrospect happensn to be more robust, flexible and resilient. This post will provide a supplemental information for setting up unattended periodic Duplicacy backup on a MacOS. Main goal is to provide meaningful configuration files to save time re-inventing the wheel.

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