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Java dumbness of the day

My friend seva is an admin of some unix boxes (including linux) at a firm that does some stockish stuff. Appearently, some of their applications are based on java. He was running into a weird situation where the box was in EDT (where it lived) and but java kept thinking it was CDT (where the box was originally.) Well, it was reporting “America/Chicago” technically.
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openssl as a debugging client

Today’s “useful tool of the day” comes to us thanks to the openssl command line tool from openssl. It was probably well known to all, but I just found out about it today.

From the openssl man page:

       s_client  This implements a generic SSL/TLS client which can establish
                 a transparent connection to a remote server speaking SSL/TLS.
                 It's intended for testing purposes only and provides only
                 rudimentary interface functionality but internally uses
                 mostly all functionality of the OpenSSL ssl library.

Here’s an example:
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