Watching beIN SPORTS Direct Spain from anywhere in the world

It’s 2017 and it is almost impossible for a regular human being to watch Champions League without being subscribed to cable or internet TV and pay exorbitant fees for hundreds of bundled channels you don’t really need or want.

beIN SPORTS Direct is 9.99€ a month in Spain which is a reasonable price. The problem is that it is geoblocked to Spain only. Here is a guide on how to overcome this.

  1. Register account

    Go to https://tiendas.beinconnect.es/contratar/promo/bein and insert your email and password. This will open up the following form:

    Nombre: your name
    Apellidos: surname
    Tipo documento: NIF
    NIF number: NIF is some kind of tax ID in Spain. It consists of 8 digits plus CRC character on the end. beIN sports has a validator on this number so it must be correct. Go to http://www.cespedes.org/dni2nif/ and insert random 8 digits, then copy the digits and the CRC.
    Teléfono móvil: This has to be a valid Spanish phone number. it starts with a 6 or 7 followed by 8 digits. You can put whatever valid number you like, there is no SMS confirmation or anything like that.
    Código postal: valid Spanish postal code. Pick whatever: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_postal_codes_in_Spain

    Finish up by giving your credit card info.

  2. VPN

    You should now have an account but if you try to play any of the streams they will be black unless you already have a Spanish IP. All you need to do now is find a decently priced VPN that allows you to freely switch locations and has servers in Spain. For a quick test you can do it via TunneloVPN Chrome xtension https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/tunnello-vpn-unblock-ultr/hoapmlpnmpaehilehggglehfdlnoegck which offers 1GB for free upon registration. In the extension choose Spain from the drop-down, turn it on and refresh your beIN SPORTS Direct page. Video should now start playing. You can verify that you have Spanish IP by going to any of the “what is my ip” websites.

And that’s it, you can now watch beIN SPORTS Direct for 9.99€ a month from any country. You’ll probably have to add 5€ to that monthly bill for a VPN but such is life. This is the cheapest way for a cord cutter to watch Champions League and La Liga online, at least known to me.

The only bad news is no HD streams which sucks.. but we’ll get to this in a few years hopefully.

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Oh FileZilla…

I have encountered a weird problem when connecting to our FreeBSD server with FileZilla over SFTP. Either with password or key authentication I would get:

Error:    Server sent disconnect message
Error:    type 2 (protocol error):
Error:    “Too many authentication failures”

So let’s turn on debugging shall we?

 

Trace:    Pageant is running. Requesting keys.
Trace:    Pageant has 15 SSH-2 keys
Trace:    Successfully loaded 1 key pair from file
Trace:    Trying Pageant key #0
Trace:    Server refused our key
Trace:    Trying Pageant key #1
Trace:    Server refused our key
Trace:    Trying Pageant key #2
Trace:    Server refused our key
Trace:    Trying Pageant key #3
Trace:    Server refused our key
Trace:    Trying Pageant key #4
Trace:    Server refused our key
Trace:    Trying Pageant key #5
Trace:    Received disconnect message (protocol error)
Trace:    Disconnection message text: Too many authentication failures

So basically, I give Filezilla a specific keyfile but it tries all my keys anyway. Now let’s see what the bright minds on FileZilla issue tracker have to say about this bug.

https://trac.filezilla-project.org/ticket/7739 gives us a workaround:

which works nicely. A working workaround is a blessing if you really need to use someting that is essentially broken. The bug is marked as a duplicate of https://trac.filezilla-project.org/ticket/5480

This bug contains a brilliant comment by an apparent FileZilla developer:

This is by design, FileZilla uses the system’s SSH agent.

Just reconfigure the server to allow for more keys.

What the actual? The bug will apparently be solved via https://trac.filezilla-project.org/ticket/8232

which is marked as “fixed” and the comment 19 months ago says it will be in the “next version”. The latest version is 3.24.0 released on January 1st 2017 which is exactly what I have and guess what? Not fixed, after 7 years.

 

So at this point I’ll just safely assume that FileZilla might as well be the worst SFTP client in existence and just use something else. But guess what? There is more. The exact same problem exists in Gnome Files if you try to open an sftp:// location. The obvious reason is that Gnome Files does not ask you anything about keys or athenticaton type but just cycles through SSH keys to try and find the correct one. Why did nobody think about offering me a popup dialog to pick the correct key? Probably because Gnome likes to dumb down things, I can’t really find any other reason.

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pgadmin4 on Fedora 25

You can now access the web interface at http://localhost:5050.

Unfortunately the standalone app does not currently work due to a bug in pgadmin4 package.

Fortunately the pgadmin4 standalone app is just a web wrapper so you are not missing much.

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Keycloak OAuth endpoints for Postman/HTTP Clients

When testing REST services secured by Keycloak you need to retrieve access tokens via Postman or similar REST client. If you want to implement your own client that has to authenticate with a token you also need to know the Keycloak OpenID endpoints in order to retrieve the access token, refresh it or to end the session (logout).

Retreiving the tokens for a public client using username and password

Public client is typically used for web applications and other client side apps.

Method: POST
URL: https://keycloak.example.com/auth/realms/myrealm/protocol/openid-connect/token
Body type: x-www-form-urlencoded
Form fields:
client_id <my-client-name>
grant_type password
username <username>
password <password>

Retreiving the tokens for a confidential client using client secret

Confidential client is typically used for secure apps on the back-end.

Method: POST
URL: https://keycloak.example.com/auth/realms/myrealm/protocol/openid-connect/token
Body type: x-www-form-urlencoded
Form fields:
client_id <my-confidential-client-name>
grant_type client_credentials
client_secret <my-client-secret>

Retreive an access token with a refresh token

The first two methods will yield you an access token which you use in the Authorization HTTP header and a refresh token which you save for later. Refresh tokens have much longer expire time as access tokens. The idea is that when the access token expires you use the refresh token to get a new access token. This request also gives you a new refresh token so you can keep the session alive until maximum refresh token expire time is reached. Refresh token expire time equals the session expire time.

Method: POST
URL: https://keycloak.example.com/auth/realms/myrealm/protocol/openid-connect/token
Body type: x-www-form-urlencoded
Form fields:
client_id <my-client-name>
grant_type refresh_token
refresh_token <my-refresh-token>

Logout the session

To logout and invalidate the session, call a /logout endpoint with your refresh token. The validity of the refresh token is essentially the validity of your entire session.

Method: POST
URL: https://keycloak.example.com/auth/realms/myrealm/protocol/openid-connect/logout
Body type: x-www-form-urlencoded
Form fields:
client_id <my-client-name>
refresh_token <my-refresh-token>
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Fedora 25 on Lenoyo Y50

Everything except WiFi worked out of the box. To get the WiFi working:

Taken from here.

In your BIOS make sure you disable Secure Boot. Not UEFI, not Legacy mode, specifically the switch that disables secure boot and nothing else. After these steps, WiFi works. To enter BIOS on Y50, tap F2 after Lenovo splash screen.

 

Edit 7.2.2017: WiFi performance is unfortunately ABYSMAL. Will update this post if I find any solutions. Connection is super slow and constantly dropping.

Luckily, USB tethering from Android works like a charm so it’s not a deal breaker for now.

Edit 2: looks like blacklisting bcma driver makes things much much better:

 

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Expose your dev machine to the public via reverse SSH tunnel

Scenario: you are creating a REST service which needs to be exposed to the public even in early stage of development due to an upstream provider which sends back feedback data from a webhook API.

You are also behind a NAT so you’d have to port forward yourself out but you can’t do that for whatever reason. Or maybe you are behind a firewall and 7 proxies.

All you need is an external server with a public IP. Then, on your machine:

ssh -R 0.0.0.0:8080:localhost:8080 server_user@public_server_ip

In the above example, I used port 8080 which my REST service uses when I develop. On your public server, make sure you have

GatewayPorts yes

in /etc/ssh/sshd_config. If it is missing, add it.

And that’s it.. your local REST service is now publicly accessible via public_server_ip:8080.

a-m-a-z-i-n-g

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OJDBC7 in a Docker container? Prepare for trouble

Scenario: A JDK8 Docker container using OJDBC7 to connect to the database. Sounds simple enough, what could go wrong?

Simptoms: Connecting to the database randomly takes several minutes, fails with a weird SqlRecoverableException: no more data to read from socket or just works fine as if there is no problem.

The same Docker image also works fine on some machine but fails consistently on other.

The reason is this. Docker is not good at /dev/random. Probably even more so if you run it in a VM, since it’s double isolated from actual entropy sources (my non scientific observation). For whatever reason, OJDBC defaults to /dev/random and this causes a block when connecting to the database due to high probability of /dev/random depletion.

Simple solution is to just mount /dev/urandom to /dev/random inside the Docker, in docker run command:

So.. if you ever want to use OJDBC inside Docker, remember this flag. It will save lives or at least spare you hours of useless debugging.

 

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JPQL: getting whole entities on a distinct column

If you want distinct entities in JPQL you would normally write something like this:

But this will do a DISTINCT on the whole Entity. This will also fail on Oracle DB if your Entity contains a CLOB. What if you really want to do a DISTINCT on a field, for example:

Unfortunately, this only returns an array of ID fields. If you want to retrieve the full entities and do a DISTINCT on a field the final query looks like:

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Fedora 24 XFCE pains and gains

I recently installed Fedora 24 XFCE on my brand new Entroware Apollo, a Linux friendly laptop. Here is a list of problems I encountered during my first week of use. While most of these problems had a solution with a bit of googling, non-tech savvy person would have severe problems solving them.

PAINS

  1. System completely hangs when I connect a second monitor. Unresolved.
  2. Could not see any WiFi networks because the interface was not managed. Had to make it managed in NetworkManager.conf manually.
  3. At some point, XFCE panel would not show up anymore and I got an error message on startup asking me to start the panel. Solved it by deleting .config folder. What the hell?
  4. No login prompt when laptop comes out of suspend, even though I have both option in power management and session settings turned on. Unresolved.
  5. Adding programs to favorites in Whiskers menu sometimes does not persist across reboots. I think esepcially when I did a hard reset due to issue #1.
  6. My Nexus 4 would not automount in Thunar over USB. After an hour of Googling and installing random packages I got it to work, I think?

GAINS

  1. Numix theme on XFCE is extremely nice, I love it. There is just one small bug so far in Volume widget, the selection color hides the slider completely.
  2. My FreeNAS was automatically detected by Thunar while the old Gnome-files setup would not show it and even refuse to mount it sometimes manually. A nice surprise.
  3. I like how you can fully customize XFCE panels. The only thing I actually couldn’t do is completely hide the panel (there is like a 3px grey bar when the panel is hidden). Other than that it’s super nice.
  4. Fedy is super nice. Props to it’s maintainers, it all just works.

 

So basically, everything kinda works now but it was a bumpy road to achieve this. Hopefully I get some feedback on issue #1 in Fedora bug tracker because it’s really severe.

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