This is part three of a three part series covering Dnsmasq’s uses regarding:

  1. Local Development DNS
  2. Local Area Network (LAN) DNS
  3. Virtual Private Network (VPN) routing

IT savvy business often use a Virtual Private Network (VPN) connection to allow employees to connect to the (normally internal) work network while they’re traveling or working from home.  Many VPNs (once connected) act at the default gateway for your computer.  This is effectively like unplugging your computer from your local network  and plugging it in at your workplace.  This is probably for security reasons, and it’s certainly a simple configuration for most, as your computer is truly now on a remote network as if you were at your desk at work.  But for some, this is becomes a restriction, and we’ll examine some cases and a workaround.

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This is part two of a three part series covering Dnsmasq’s uses regarding:

  1. Local Development DNS
  2. Local Area Network (LAN) DNS
  3. Virtual Private Network (VPN) routing

In my previous post I covered using Dnsmasq locally to bring some organization to local web development.  Now I’d like to cover Dnsmasq’s use on a Local Area Network (LAN), you don’t need to be a developer to appreciate Dnsmasq as we kick it up a notch and spread the love across the network.

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The Domain Name System (DNS) is arguably the best (and most used) service that the internet has spawned.  Why leave all the fun Top Level Domain (TLD) stuff to ICANN & your registrar?  You can have your own TLD using Dnsmasq.

This is part one of a three part series covering Dnsmasq’s uses regarding:

  1. Local Development DNS
  2. Local Area Network (LAN) DNS
  3. Virtual Private Network (VPN) routing

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I had a client who contracted a Chinese firm to do some development for them. When they came to me, they cited the language barrier as one of the reasons they were having a hard time getting their ideas into production. SUPPLIES! Translation: Surprise (but not a surprise to me). So the first order of business was moving their code repository stateside.
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Jessi got me a Kindle Touch for my birthday and of course I have been geeking out, looking for free/cheap content to put on it, so I can put it through the paces. I thought I’d share a couple freebies.

According the GNU Free Documentation License and Creative Commons Attribution licenses for the GNU Emacs Manual and Version Control with Subversion (respectively), I’m within my right to reformat – in this case from HTML to mobipocket e-book format – and redistribute these works free of charge:

GNU Emacs manual – Richard M. Stallman

Version Control with Subversion – Ben Collins-Sussman,_Brian W. Fitzpatrick

If Emacs or SVN seem too old school or “so last year” for you (again, respectively), I recommend getting the very professionally done – and also free – Pro Git book.

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