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Updates 2020- PART 1

Introduction

I think I’m about due for an update as it is SunSaturn’s 15 year anniversary since it was first created. HAPPY BIRTHDAY SUNSATURN! I personally took a lot of time last 5 years soul searching, but in end I’ve decided SunSaturn is way to go. I think SunSaturn will be now taking a new approach in 2020 offering hosting, VPN service as well as a few new services by the end of 2022. I have a lot of catching up to do! World has changed a lot now, 2020 marks the era of 5G networks, artificial intelligence, smart homes, robots, drones, flying cars(300k for one! Time to get pilots license to fly to my brothers place!), virtual reality, star link internet from Elon Musk, and every country in world will soon be implementing their own digital currencies like Bitcoin! Ok that is a very long list, so lets break down each one shall we and see where people should be focusing on for 2021 and 2022!

Quantum computers and new encryption

In previous article I talked a lot about Shor’s Algorithm being able to break all current encryption. So what has been done about it? Only thing they could of course, increased the bits in encryption keys. Will it help? Not if someone builds a 1 million qubit computer like a company is currently promising by 2022 for US Government. They are coming up with a quantum resistant algorithm now, so in mean time best bet is still to use symmetric encryption. Algorithms like AES512 should be fine, backed up with elliptical curve instead of RSA/DSA routines.

What about email? World has now moved to open source project GNUPG, so if you haven’t already, setup gpg for your email client and submit your public key to internet servers. This will be first step in order to do anything for 2021/2022, so I will write a separate article on this alone how I implement it as it is way to in-depth to setup something like that for first time. But rest assured once it is setup, people will finally take you seriously on the internet if you can sign your own emails.It’s important! Plus as an added bonus, GPG finally supports elliptic curves, so you may actually learn a thing or two about how Bitcoin works in the process!

5G networks and virtual reality

Here we go, what everyone truly wants to know about. All the 5G propaganda during the COVID-19 where people thought it caused it and started burning town 5G towers over it even, completely hilarious. 5G does NOT hurt you in any way or cause COVID lol. The old saying is people fear what they do not understand, rest assured, it was complete nonsense.

Think of 5G like when we went from 3G then to 4G then to LTE. What they are doing is just paying for another spectrum to use so they can offer faster internet in BIG CITIES. Yes, generally it will only be offered in BIG CITIES, because this new spectrum has limited range. Think of how your router at home was once A,B or N then went to AC. We sure get good range on 2.4ghz routers at home, but when we close to the 5ghz connection it is way faster(ie transferring a 8 gig movie to your phone from computer on your home network).

What about people not in big cities? This is where Elon Musk comes in with Star Link. If you have looked up in sky at all in last year you might have seen them. Satellites 500km above the earth that promise to offer high speed internet to rural people. Star Link cannot provide to big cities, because it would flood the bandwidth available. So if your in an urban setting, look for fiber or 5G networks.

The PROS of 5G: virtual reality will become a thing! Google has acquired a new google glass company, perhaps glasses won’t be $1500, how they flopped last time, other companies have them for $1000, but that price tag will eventually come down. Google needs to take a hit on glasses for developers worldwide, because if developers all over the world don’t own a pair, there is no point in offering them to public with nothing built for them, google can’t do this alone, needs worldwide developer support. So google, offer them to developers world wide for $300, then sell to general public for 1k down the road!

Self-driving cars will become a thing, as well as drones flying around cities. These are 2 things that would absolutely need 5G to be effective. Another PRO is cell phone companies may compete for your home internet business, giving you more options for internet in the city. Yes, this means all our phones should be placed in antique shop currently. Yes, even my Google Pixel 4XL belongs there within 2 years as they only making phones with 5G chips now. If you live in rural area, no big rush.

The CONS of 5G: Government control of course. Before the pandemic happened protesters in the UK were already upset with facial recognition and painting their faces. I will say this again and again, stop putting your pictures on FACEBOOK and STOP USING IT! Everyone knows by now NSA has backdoor access to all your pictures on there, they will use them to facial ID you. Has Edward Snowden still not gotten through to everyone? He had to become a fugitive of the USA because he cared enough about you to let you know what was happening and your still not listening to him?

Artificial intelligence is here, if you need to post your picture/data publicly all the time, use SnapChat or Signal. For love of god just put them anywhere where company won’t share your data to be thrown in an AI database! They should be paying you to share your data, your just giving them free data to feed their artificial intelligence programs and not giving you a cent! If you absolutely need to use Facebook, run your pictures through an image manipulation program first to throw off their AI. If they give you money, then maybe consider submitting your unedited pictures. Click like on things you hate, dislike on things you love, screw them right up. Post messages encrypted if you can, and give your friends the keys to unlock your messages, this is how internet was meant to be! If google started sharing your data, we wouldn’t buy android anymore. We shouldn’t even be using our real names on the internet, internet was made for freedom of speech and that is why anonymity was needed in first place, people will fight with their last dying breath to protect that. In the future governments will be crying otherwise, as artificial intelligence programs begin talking with each other, and they have no way to stop it after. Programmers control the internet, not governments, always remember that.

Social Media Internet Draft Proposal

I propose an internet draft for social media, where everyone has 2 copies of their own blockchain they created, one for public keys and storage of media, and the other for private keys to decrypt each message on public chain. I propose every post be encrypted with a new key.I propose a new algorithm where on unix servers we have permissions such as :

-rwxrwxrwx   1 dan  dan    380 Jul 16 04:05 file.conf

That at any time a given owner can allow Owner Group or Others to have access to a given post. Service providers such as FaceBook, Google if forced to remove a post can set the “Other” “rwx”(read,write,execute) flags off and only be able to see the message if owner does in fact set the “Other” bit flags. The “Group” flag can be set to everyone in their circle of friends to be viewed by encrypting post with each of their friends public keys. If “Group” flag was removed from said post, then owner with their secret key could remove friends public keys from post, but also a mechanism to add keys back if “Group” flag was set again.

The idea here, is social media providers may not view posts if only group and owner flags set, as we have seen how destructive internet becomes when that happens and the many privacy breeches of normal users. Governments back-doors into these systems as well as companies profiting putting users data in their artificial intelligence programs. The providers may continue profiting on ads beside each post, but may no longer retain data on/of normal users. I also propose mechanism in place where any photos posted online, users have option of tossing them through a program to mangle the bits in the image enough to take AI facial recognition capabilities away.

The Social Media companies MUST use a decentralized blockchain to pull in data, normal users would be able to feed data into providers decentralized blockchain with users public blockchain with appropriate bits set. This is important otherwise providers could read and steal the said data. Terms of Service must be in place where they do not store the data when the “Other” bit is set. Social media companies could compete to mine blocks with other miners or join a mining pool. I propose mining should be done on IP addresses connected for longest amount of time, mine a block, then they get thrown to bottom of list, so everyone in the world can have a part of the mining process. This ensures if said provider abandons the chain, another one could start up in its place with all data in tact. We would say encrypt next block in chain with next X amount of IP addresses that have been there the longest hosting the chain. I propose the block chain itself be split into A-Z, a-z, 0-9(8 char usernames) for anonymous usernames. This allows miners to only host a part of the data for rewards, as storage may become expensive to hold to big of a blockchain.

As world currently stands, block-chains are worthless unless they contain data that people feel is valuable, allowing investors to invest in them. The exception being Bitcoin itself, the grandfather of digital currency set to be the new Gold if any government digital currencies fail. IF a social media company did a nice interface to a social media block-chain, investors have a digital currency to invest in that is worthwhile. It is then not just a bunch of useless numbers, but actual data that they could download to mine blocks or day trade. It then has a purpose, not just a bunch of numbers and a promise for a company to do well. Prices on crypto currency then would reflect size of blockchain, current price of storage medium, and cost of hardware to pull queries from that storage. This is a long-term solution to this problem in the world.

What will make people switch to government digital currencies in the long-term will be exactly that, more people they have in their country, bigger blockchain(s) will be, making them more valuable to investors. So think USD and China. If someone was actually able to crack an address on the said blockchain, everything from social security numbers to passports could be exposed, thus why it would have so much value in the future. This of course could be protected by governments by forcing end users to do a password change every month by giving them a new one and re-encrypting that block on chain keeping chain brute force proof from its own employees.

What is discerning about governments having centralized block-chains, is let’s say you have a million dollars, they could essentially just break the chain like it never existed. That is why regulations must be in place through central banks. IF they are able to simply reverse transactions on blockchain, the blockchain will have less value to investors on the exchanges, as was the case with Ethereum. Currently central banks are using digital currency, as well as Russia and a few other countries, so it’s just a matter of time before mastercard and visa are on the chain making this a reality. They are already hiring block-chain developers as we speak.

Profit: Social media companies after establishing a block-chain could in fact profit more with this model. Users are not afraid to use their systems, providers are no longer afraid of governments. Providers have more user retention instead of running to every competitor every time their is a security breach. Providers could apply for ICO with cryptocurrency exchanges, have shares in the digital currency, and offer users that cryptocurrency in exchange for another digital currency through current exchange rates at crypto currency providers such as Binance.

This is enough for Part 1, until next time….

Dan.

SSL certificates + yoga quote of the day

SSL certificates where installed Friday, all is working perfectly now.
Like to leave everyone with a wonderful quote:

What if our religion was each other
If our practice was our life
If prayer, our words
What if the temple was the Earth
If forests were our church
If holy water—the rivers, lakes, and ocean
What if meditation was our relationships
If the teacher was life
If wisdom was self-knowledge
If love was the center of our being.” ~ Ganga White

Dan.

SSL certificate

Looks like another 2 years has passed and time to renew SSL certificate for SunSaturn. I expect to have expired SSL certificate replaced within 2 weeks, for now just use something like Firefox where it is easy to add exception to site to access billing and CPANEL easily.

Dan.

New Server

Updates will be performed all week to move to new server. I expect very little downtime, this server move with SSD’s, and lots of disk space will help improve SunSaturn’s offerings. New server is now at datacenter and changeover is commencing.

Some updates are already in progress, and an IP change will be done. Please contact me to be added to facebook if you would like more up to date progress.

List of server improvements:

1) Main SunSaturn will be using FreeBSD 10 with ZFS for improved snapshot backups.
2) CPANEL will have more memory and disk space
3) Server is using INTEL enterprise SSD’s to increase performance.
4) Server is fully capable of full virtualization.
5) Uptime will be improved with server update.
6) Sites will load faster, and we have lots of bandwidth.
7) We will offer CPANEL on SSD’s completely, websites will be very fast
8) Increased memory and SSD’s will make databases 10 times faster.

Dan.

Server Coming Along

All is coming along for new server, I look forward to bringing hardware upgrades to all users. I expect in next month we will have some exceptional speed for all databases, websites and anything else. I am pleased to bring you a worthy upgrade.

Tech mumbo jumbo:

Hardware for server all in play now. Working on virtualizing host over next week or 2, and getting any important configurations done. Things are coming along, looks like I will be moving main SunSaturn.com back to FreeBSD since I only converted it to Linux since last server did not support KVM, and rest, CPANEL etc will stay Linux. So focus will largely be on moving from openvz to KVM, and operating system change for SunSaturn.com itself.

A lot of people may say why not move to VMware. Well for a lot of reasons. First of all, I like control of main host to do any advanced configurations, firewalls, openvpn, NFS or whatever I choose. I do not like control of host taken away from me 🙂 As well, host may serve as a SolusVM host down road if I so choose, so reasons not to give control away. Secondly, KVM virtio drivers have been said to outperform VMware ESXI, since we do not want to loose any I/O speed, the choice seems obvious. In reality I only see good coming from open source companies, take a look at MySQL and Mariadb, I have a feeling we will see same thing with Linux KVM/ovirt and VMware. How VMware was even allowed to submit code into Linux kernel, is beyond me. I think in end, open source will prevail, like it always does, when there is no more money in hypervisor market one day, VMware will just be abandon wear like all companies that have come before them. For now, they seem to be needed in enterprise world for companies with many servers to control, and fill a gap, time will tell for how long 🙂

Dan.

New Server

Time to build a new server!

Seems we have outgrown our current server, and an upgrade is needed. Currently we are having issues with not enough memory, and not enough disk space. Other issues include older cpu chipsets that do not do full hardware virtualization, which is a known problem on the Dell 2850 servers. What I propose is we order a barebones new server and upgrade components inside it to bring us exceptional speed, full hardware virtualization, lots of memory and diskspace, and everyone is happy with how fast their websites load and databases perform.

We use enterprise SSD’s for speed/reliability and load it with tons of memory to ensure we never have a memory shortage again. I thank everyone for their patience on this upgrade, I did comment to many people I would commence on this after the new year, and I have, I am hoping to have this completed by worse case scenario, end of March/14. For anyone interested in technical builds, read on below, for the rest, I look forward to bringing you a great hosting platform for March /14.

Completed:
a) Ordered a barebones Dell 2950 generation 3(will provide full virtualization support on 2 quad cpu chipset(8 cpus total @2.83ghz))
b) Ordered a memory upgrade to bring it up to 32gb(arrived and installed today – system detects full 32gb)

In Progress:
a) Memory checks
b) Order bay trays
c) Order Icy Dock Units
d) Order Sata Power Splitter + SSD cabling for checking onboard sata performance vs raid controller.
d) Order Intel s3500 SSD’s
e) Test SSD’s against perc 6i controller for single disks, raid 0, as well as onboard sata performance in software raid configurations.
f) Configure linux operating system using deadline I/O scheduler, VM’s with NOOP I/O scheduler, virtualize with KVM, convert all openvz hosts over to new KVM virtualization.
g) Ship unit to colocation and do final setups over a week period before conversion.

Dan.
SunSaturn Wishes You A Happy New Year

University students

For students I have taught or any educational institutions, I have opened a special offer. $19.99 for the year which includes a domain of your choosing and free hosting for the year on any of the TLD’s from main site. Ie: .com, .net etc.

This is to show SunSaturn’s strong support for the next generation of talented designers and programmers as a way for you to show case your skills to future employers with examples of work for them, or to develop your skills further on live productions systems you will encounter with all the latest technology installed for your use.

To apply this offer, email support@sunsaturn.com the domain you would like to use for your website or me personally after you have filled out: https://secure.sunsaturn.com/register.php so I have you on file, then I will send you an email back, how to pay the invoice, ie credit card, or paypal and you should be good to go!

Dan.

SunSaturn Washington DC, at presidents inaugeration

Will be at canadian embassy on Inaugeration Day, Jan 21/2013, I look forward to getting good pictures of event, should be an exciting day. Do give me a call if you are in the area! I am going to spend some time here, I plan on returning to canada on February 20th, helping a friend drive their car back for 5 days from February 15th-20th, should be a nice road trip! In past many weeks I have spent some time at Myrtle Beach, and virginia beach having a nice holiday, I am enjoying my vacation, I also celebrated a birthday yesterday, it has been wonderful so far…

Dan.