DiggyDB – Amazon Route53 as a blazingly fast and reliable database

Building further upon a “wild story” by Corey Quinn, Nicholas Martin describes how to (ab)use DNS TXT records by storing data in them, as if it were a database: When you think about it, DNS configuration is actually a very rudimentary NoSQL database. You can view and modify it at any time quite easily through …

Manage your DNS from GitHub with DNSControl

In this post Sven Luijten uses DNSControl from within GitHub Actions to manage DNS: What if you could edit a JavaScript file with your desired DNS configuration, submit a pull request on GitHub, see a preview of the changes you are about to make, and when you merge it, have those changes be applied completely …

DNS over HTTPS (DoH), a cartoon intro

I like the cartoons that have been appearing for some time now over at Mozilla Hacks, in which they explain technical things in layman’s terms. The latest article again is a good one: first it explains regular DNS (pictured above), and then continues on to DNS over HTTPS. A cartoon intro to DNS over HTTPS …

How and why the leap second affected Cloudflare DNS

At midnight UTC on New Year’s Day, deep inside Cloudflare’s custom RRDNS software, a number went negative when it should always have been, at worst, zero. A little later this negative value caused RRDNS to panic. This panic was caught using the recover feature of the Go language. The net effect was that some DNS …

Zero-config development with Apache’s VirtualDocumentRoot and xip.io

# Use name-based virtual hosting. NameVirtualHost *:80 UseCanonicalName Off # ~/Sites/ vhost configuration – sends foo.bar.dev to ~/Sites/bar/foo <VirtualHost *:80> VirtualDocumentRoot /Users/dave/Sites/%2/%1 <Directory "/Users/dave/Sites"> Options Indexes FollowSymLinks MultiViews AllowOverride All Order allow,deny Allow from all </Directory> </VirtualHost> What that VirtualDocumentRoot does is map the above company and project to the %2 and %1 variables, respectively. …

xip.io – Wildcard DNS for any IP address.

xip.io is a magic domain name that provides wildcard DNS for any IP address. Say your LAN IP address is 10.0.0.1. Using xip.io: 10.0.0.1.xip.io resolves to 10.0.0.1 www.10.0.0.1.xip.io resolves to 10.0.0.1 mysite.10.0.0.1.xip.io resolves to 10.0.0.1 foo.bar.10.0.0.1.xip.io resolves to 10.0.0.1 …and so on. You can use these domains to access virtual hosts on your development web …