Google Reader to be discontinued starting July 1 2013

From Google’s Blog:

We launched Google Reader in 2005 in an effort to make it easy for people to discover and keep tabs on their favorite websites. While the product has a loyal following, over the years usage has declined. So, on July 1, 2013, we will retire Google Reader. Users and developers interested in RSS alternatives can export their data, including their subscriptions, with Google Takeout over the course of the next four months.


While I have used Google Reader in the past, I really have not been using it regularly more recently. That said, I will probably miss the clean Google interface of Google Reader.

One of the best features of Google Reader was to get old blog posts simply by entering in the website URL since Google had already cached old entries, making it super easy to read old articles from any given blog.


Cat Karat Packet Builder

Just came across this Networking Tool. Look forward to trying it soon.

Cat Karat Packet Builder is a is a handy, easy to use IP4, IP6, IP4/IP6 tunnels, PPoE, TCP, UDP, ICMPv4, ICMPv6, VRRP, IGMP, ARP, DHCP , OAM, VLAN (Q in Q), MPLS, Spanning tree BPDU and LLDP packet generation tool that allows to build custom packets for firewall or target testing and has integrated scripting ability for automated testing .
This Packet Builder enables the user to specify the entire contents of the packet from the GUI. In addition to building packets. Packet Builder also supports saving packets to packet files and sending packets to network. It can be used at all kinds of network areas like traffic generator, packet generator or protocol simulator.
This project also provides a packet capture tool. It is designed for use by anyone who wants to inject packets into a network and/or observe packets exiting a network.Usually packet operation by following protocol stack is limited to command line interface. With this tool, all user have to do is clicking the screen, which almost everybody can do.

Migrating email from Gmail to Office365 using imapsync

To migrate email from Gmail to Office365, start by logging into Gmail, and hiding all the labels that are not to be migrated and enable IMAP access.

Create the Office365 account and obtain the IMAP server address, mine was,

Install imapsync using either: apt-get install imapsync   or yum install imapsync

Fill in the details below with the appropriate usernames and passwords and execute the command below:

imapsync --buffersize 8192000 --nosyncacls --subscribe \
--syncinternaldates --host1 --user1 \ --password1 GMAILPass --ssl1 \
--port1 993 --host2 --user2 \
OFFICE365User --password2 OFFICE365Pass --ssl2 \
--port2 993 --noauthmd5 --useheader 'Message-ID' \

Here is what browsing to a domain by modifying the hosts file looks like when using DNSSEC

While performing some testing / transferring of a site from one server to another I added an entry in the hosts file to bypass DNS. The plugin was intelligent enough to detect the anomaly and provided a red DNSSEC symbol.

The DNSSEC browser plugin for Firefox was provided by:

CZ.NIC Labs  and is available at

Quest to DNSSEC enable this domain / website

Presently this Domain is registered with NameCheap (A registrar that does not have any support for DNSSEC or DS records).

I have initiated a transfer to Godaddy who does provide DNSSEC support via DS records using custom name servers as well through their name servers if you go the Premium route.

The transfer status page says it should take between 5-7 days for the transfer to complete.

The new nameservers are up and ready to go once the transfer is complete.

I will be moving from Hurricane Electric DNS Servers to custom DNS servers running on Virtual Private Servers.

Update: The Domain is now with Godaddy and DNSSEC is enabled.


Notice the ad flag in the dig header:

; <<>> DiG 9.9.1-P3 <<>> +noadditional +noauthority
;; global options: +cmd
;; Got answer:
;; ->>HEADER<<- opcode: QUERY, status: NOERROR, id: 19088
;; flags: qr rd ra ad; QUERY: 1, ANSWER: 1, AUTHORITY: 3, ADDITIONAL: 6

; EDNS: version: 0, flags:; udp: 4096
;                  IN      A

;; ANSWER SECTION:           3341    IN      A

;; Query time: 8 msec
;; WHEN: Wed Oct 10 21:39:30 2012
;; MSG SIZE  rcvd: 223

Also renewed till 2017:

Registered through:, LLC (
Created on: 24-Nov-05
Expires on: 24-Nov-17
Last Updated on: 10-Oct-12