Reverse web proxy (with certs)

Here is a great tutorial for setting up a reverse proxy for webservers. (Kudos to Tyler and the Ajenti project.)


  • As of 2018-07-10, Ajenti didn’t work on Ubuntu 18.04, a dependency was broken.
  • I setup the cert for, then complained it was using site1’s cert, until I ran certbot and gave site2 it’s own cert. Then everything was working.
Advertisements DNS based ad-blocking is a fun little project. I set it up as a VM and set my DHCP server to use it as the DNS server and whammo! insta-adblocking.


  • Easy to install and setup. (Walk through the wizard to install, then update your DHCP server to use pi-hole as your DNS server.)
  • Fast and small. (Well, it was designed to run on a Raspberry Pi.)
  • Nice GUI and reports.
  • Effective.
  • Fun little weekend project.


  • There is nothing bad, but I wish it would run under Alpine Linux. The Ubuntu server I spun up is terribly large.

RESULTS: doesn’t block everything that uBlock does, but it does catch an extra 3% more ads than without uBlock (according to the sites I visit), and it will help all the tablets and phones on your network that don’t have uBlock.


Brave on ElementaryOS

I wanted to install Brave on a test ElementaryOS install and I’d rather use apt instead of the .deb file that’s on Brave’s main site. Brave does have a repo available but it won’t work with ElementaryOS out of the box. Here are the instructions.

The trick is here: “You will want to make sure the bottom line of /etc/apt/sources.list lists a new repository and doesn not contain the word lsb_release.”

When you run the two provided commands:

curl | sudo apt-key add -
echo "deb [arch=amd64] `lsb_release -sc` main" | sudo tee -a /etc/apt/sources.list

…’loki’ is inserted into the new source in /etc/apt/sources.list. Replace it with ‘xenial’.

Brave installed just fine with apt after that.