OpenBSD PF and OpenDNS

At home, I needed a way to prevent anything but OpenDNS from being used for DNS, and needed a rule that would do it in OpenBSD PF. Install and Configure First off, to setup an OpenDNS client on OpenBSD, install the ddclient package via pkg_add ddclient

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AWS Data Migration Service

I was just doing some testing of the AWS Data Migration Service (DMS), and it isn’t obvious when setting up endpoints that the public IP address of the replication instance is the one that traffic will always come from/to.

AWS IP Range Automation

AWS provides a list of their IP ranges for you to use when configuring whitelists, firewalls, and other things. The list is available in JSON from: https://ip-ranges.amazonaws.com/ip-ranges.json To get it automated into your pipelines, or scripts, you can use curl and jq in this manner:

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Summertime

My daughter has played this song a few times for me called, “Doin' Time” by Lana Del Rey. I had to explain to her that there is a better version, and that this was just a cover of Sublime’s hit track below:

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Dredg

The greatest band you’ve never heard of —Dredg My little bros introduced me to this band, Dredg about 15 years ago. They are such a great original rock band, and hard to define their genre.

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The Avalanches

This is a quick one for today. Sugar Hill Gang Avalanches came up as a recommendation I believe as I was listening to Sugar Hill Gang’s “Rapper’s Delight.” I never realized that this song was pure disco with someone rapping over the top of it.

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Oysterhead

What happens when you mix some great musicians from Primus, The Police, and Phish? Is it “P-cubed?” Or “P-To-The-Three?” As much fun as those play on words would be, the correct answer is Oysterhead.

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Amplifier, Incubus, and Infectious Grooves

Today, I discovered a new band that is surprisingly good. It’s sort of like a cross between Rush, Black Sabbath, and David Bowie. The band is called Amplifier, and they have been around since ‘99, so it surprises me that I haven’t heard of them before.

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Steel Pulse and Lone Ranger

Today, I am dropping two recommendations, because I missed last Friday. Reggae In my experience, most people who listen to reggae only really listen to a handful of bands—Bob Marley & The Wailers, and maybe one or two others.

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Weezer

Recently, I have been collaborating with a few folks at work by sending them some music recommendations on Friday’s. One of them recommended that I go bigger, so here is a start:

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The Hu

( ••) I always thought that throat singing was bizarrely cool. Related, here is something that came up on my feed: It is “Mongolian Metal” including throat singing… Even better, they call themselves “The Hu”

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Coin, Billy Corgan, Throat Singing, and The Dead South

New music Friday is back! (I prefer live music over studio music) Coin: https://youtu.be/WgLaIIefJ3w (2017) https://youtu.be/Pyglc-6svDQ (2018) Billy Corgan [from Smashing Pumpkins) (2017) https://youtu.be/oaSN_bHjyIw Kongar-ol Ondar -Tuvan Throat Singing- (2007)

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Netlify Alert Insecure mixed content detected

I kept getting these annoying alerts from Netlify on each deploy of my website due to mixing http content with my site that is on https. The logs on the netlify side looked like the following, but with many more:

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Physwall (Science Fiction Short Story)

EL PRESIDENTE! The new, barely-elected president was celebrating her victory. She felt she was born to win this, and nothing could take this from her. All her staff were cheering and applauding.

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Defining Business Value in IT Operations and Information Security

Summary By implementing best practices for IT Operations and Information Security, businesses can increase profit by reducing costs and increasing revenue through 3 things: Reducing Risk Increasing Customer Satisfaction Increasing Employee Productivity Details To some, it is difficult to define the business value that IT Operations and Information Security can provide.

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Data Lifecycle Management

Preface I created this proposal for potential employers while I was searching for a job using the briefcase technique. Since Data Lifecycle management is a big challenge for many organizations, I was able to tailor it to specific companies.

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New Mutt and Outlook365 eBook!

This $4.99 (USD) eBook describes a basic IMAP connection Ubuntu setup from mutt to control your Office 365 or Outlook mail. This should also work with Mac and other Linux flavors.

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Unattended OpenBSD Upgrades using Ansible

Is this ideal? No…What could ever go wrong with an unattended upgrade? Run this at your own risk! What drove me to do this? Security and also the recent speculative execution vulnerabilities.

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Automating OS X and Microsoft Remote Desktop

This is to help automate MS RDP in Sierra (should work in other versions) Make a function in you shell for remote desktop client, in my case .zshrc {% highlight bash %} rd() { for i in “[email protected]” do echo “$i” command open “rdp://full%20address=s:$i:3389&audiomode=i:0&disable%20themes=i:1&smart%20sizing:i:1”

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OpenBSD Xenocara Missing Resolution

This is just like I had to do in Linux, except the directory already existed. Create directory and add a file called 10-monitor.conf # mkdir -p /etc/X11/xorg.conf.d Get missing resolution by running:

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Compiling cloud foundry cf client on OpenBSD

You need go version 1.7x, so it may be in stable…I went with 6.0 -current pkg_add go cd $HOME mkdir -p godev/src cd godev/src git clone https://github.com/cloudfoundry/cli.git cd cli go get .

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Powershell grep

Just need this little Powershell snippet for later: get-childitem . -rec -include *.log | select-string -pattern "ERROR" -casesensitive

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Linux KDE Connect vs macOS Sierra Continuity

KDE Connect Overview Disclaimer: I don’t own a mac, so I can’t offer personal experience, just what I’ve garnered from their site, and other folks experiences. After seeing someone demo universal clipboard on iOS/Mac, It tried finding the Linux equivalent, and came up with KDEconnect.

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Using avconv to Convert Videos for Low Bandwidth (3G)

In working further on a video project, I had to re-encode (reencode?) them to a lower bitrate for slower connections. So far, this seems to work: avconv -i in.mp4 -c:a copy -c:v libx264 -crf 28 -preset veryfast out.

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Trim/Convert mp4v2 files using ffmpeg

I had to trim some videos to a 30 second clip, and needed to do it in a way that kept the codec. Using straight ffmpeg, I couldn’t figure out how to get an mp4v2 output from an mp4v2 input.

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Weechat, Slack and Dunst

I run weechat to integrate chat communications and protocols. I recently found the notify.py script that was invaluable for dunst notifications. I followed this tutorial: https://robots.thoughtbot.com/weechat-for-slacks-irc-gateway Then I enabled the notify.

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Download Brightcove Videos

I like to listen to video conferences and podcasts at higher than normal speeds. Brightcove video doesn’t allow you to speed it up, so I was wondering if I could download it and play it with mplayer, or mpv.

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Cloud Foundry Set JVM Args

In case you need to set arguments for cloud foundry application on startup: cf set-env appname-uat JAVA_OPTS '-Djavax.net.debug=ssl,handshake' Or, to set permgen size: cf set-env app-name JBP_CONFIG_OPEN_JDK_JRE '{memory_calculator: { memory_sizes: { permgen: 512m }}}'

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Tmux in 30 seconds

I wanted to do some quick video tutorials on using tmux. Let me know what you think in the comments below: Installing Tmux Linux: sudo apt-get install tmux OSX:

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Linux i3 Window Manager and Chromium Kerberos Flags

The normal method of editing the chromium.desktop file didn’t work in i3 setting the flags in chromium. I also tried some .profile settings too, which didn’t work. Or rather, they’d work from the console, but not from dmenu.

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Grossest Halloween Ever

pdf version One specific Halloween party I remember from my youth was when we were at church with all the young’uns gathered round. I’m sure I was looking forward to having a good time, hanging with my friends, and pounding as much sugar down my gullet as humanly possible.

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Mount Luks Encrypted LVM Volume in Linux

In order to mount an luks encrypted drive in Linux (Debian Jessie) cryptsetup luksOpen /dev/sda5 cryptName Where “cryptname” is some random made-up name for the device. If this is successful, you should see /dev/mapper/cryptname

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Using curl and wget with Headers to Troubleshoot a Rest Endpoint

Had some fun today trying to reproduce an application error request to a rest endpoint with cli tools. ##wget wget -v --header "Accept: application/json" --header "Accept-encoding: gzip" https://www.endpoint.com ##curl curl -v -H "Accept:application/json" -H "Accept-encoding:gzip" -H https://www.

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Compiling Mutt With Slang

I needed to compile the mutt e-mail client with slang so my colors would work correctly. This is how it’s done: wget -O /tmp/mutt-1.5.24.tar.gz ftp://ftp.mutt.org/pub/mutt/mutt-1.5.24.tar.gz cd /tmp && tar xzvf mutt-1.

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qemu & physical disk

Just messing around with quemu, and needed to install a VM easily onto a physical disk. The magic command was this: sudo qemu-system-x86_64 -m 2048 -drive file=/dev/sdb,format=raw -cdrom /tmp/ubuntu-15.04-desktop-amd64.iso -boot d -net nic,model=virtio -net user

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Art

I re-created my art page. I also added these images to my blog cover image. http://www.benfrancom.com/art/ Here is “a little taste of the glory…see what it tastes like:”

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Over a Year With a Standing Desk

Short version: Move regularly Standing Desk I’ve been using a standing desk now for about a year and a half now. It seems to be rising in popularity at work, and the past few weeks several people have come over to look at my setup, and get some advice on what I do, and how I do it.

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Mutt Offline Outlook365 With mbsync

Nitty Gritty I’ve been using the mutt e-mail client for about two years now. I love mutt. I’m a die hard Linux/BSD guy, and am in the console a lot. I love mutt’s simplicity"1 & power.

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Screencasting Key-Press Software: key-mon

I’m thinking of doing some future screencasts/tutorials on tmux, and found this software called key-mon. The best options I found so far, are: nohup key-mon --nomouse --backgroundless -t modern --scale=2 1.

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tnsping & sqlplus On Ubuntu 13.10

I need oracle tools to diagnose and troubleshoot. This is the easiest, and least intrusive method I’ve found: Download and extract the "u01" folder from the Oracle XE RPM installation to /.

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Switched site!

I switched my site over to OpenShift for hosting, and changed my theme as well. I’ll try to update soon!

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Moved Book Over to GitHub

Since my “Space Captain Rowan” book is open source made with the open source software, Inkscape, I decided to move it over to github. This actually makes it easier for me so I can work on it from my laptop remotely, or my desktop at home.

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TMUX, mutt, and Vim Colors

Just some notes on setting up mutt in tmux and using vim for the default editor. I wanted to get a clear background in mutt without the background text highlighted.

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Visual Studio 2012 rptproj Error

“visual studio 2012 rptproj The application which this project type is based on was not found” If you get this error in SSRS, try installing “Microsoft SQL Server Data Tools - Business Intelligence for Visual Studio 2012”:

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Storyboarding half way done!

I’m now half way done with storyboarding my book, or should I say, graphic novel. I don’t know if most authors/illustrators do this the same way, but It’s working great for my workflow.

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More Concept Art

Alien/Mask Concept Art I’ve uploaded some new images to myconcept art page! Enjoy!

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Space Captain Rowan: My Open Book Project

From my page here: http://www.benfrancom.com/space-captain-rowan/ I was a graphic designer in a previous life, and still love to get the creative juices flowing. After reading many a bedtime story to my kids, I realized how morbidly lame most of them were.

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Thank you tcpdump.

Used TCP dump (again) to fix an issue today. Thanks to all the developers of this fine tool!

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Xfce, Thunar and GPG

I needed a way to encrypt files with GPG via the file manager (Thunar) right-click-context-menu in XFCE. I came across this post that almost had it: http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=578093 In Thunar, Go to Edit->Configure Custom Actions

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24 Hours of Uninterrupted Autonomy

I thought this was an amazing and motivating video. They tip their hat to Apache, Linux, and Wikipedia. http://youtu.be/u6XAPnuFjJc​ Wouldn’t it be great if everyone were able to have this?

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Mythbuntu, XBMC, HDMI

Had a bit of issue re-routing all sound through HDMI. Here is the fix: create or edit /etc/asound.conf, and here is the only line in my file: defaults.pcm.device 3 Run the following command, and note which device your HDMI output is: ~$ aplay -l **** List of PLAYBACK Hardware Devices **** card 0: NVidia [HDA NVidia], device 0: ALC662 rev1 Analog [ALC662 rev1 Analog] Subdevices: 1/1 Subdevice #0: subdevice #0 card 0: NVidia [HDA NVidia], device 1: ALC662 rev1 Digital [ALC662 rev1 Digital] Subdevices: 1/1 Subdevice #0: subdevice #0 card 0: NVidia [HDA NVidia], device 3: NVIDIA HDMI [NVIDIA HDMI] Subdevices: 1/1 Subdevice #0: subdevice #0 In xbmc preferences->system->audio ouput device & passthrough device.

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Google Chrome OS

I’m trying to build Chrome OS on Ubuntu since I can’t sleep, but git doesn’t like my proxy authentication wrapper.

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Reconfiguring Home LAN

I took off this past week to extend the holiday, and spend time with the family. Unfortunately, I came down with a cold at the beginning of the week which later turned into a sinus infection.

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Reconfigured #Squid #proxy. C...

Reconfigured #Squid #proxy. Came to the conclusion that #Netflix on #Wii doesn’t like proxies. Bypassed it just for Wii IP using #PF rule.

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"The [ #COICA ] bill is an unc...

“The [ #COICA ] bill is an unconstitutional restriction on freedom of speech and a threat to innovation.” https://www.eff.org/n/11887

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Used a friends #Droid today. T...

Used a friends #Droid today. The on screen keyboard was far better/more accurate than my experience with the #iPhone or blackberry #Storm

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Slides From Inkscape Presentation

My presentation on an intro to Inkscape last week went rather well. Thanks to all those who attended the Phoenix Linux User Group west side meeting and made it a success.

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Tired of Viruses & Malware? Wa...

Tired of Viruses & Malware? Want a better & open computing environment? Newest version of #Ubuntu #Linux is here: http://www.ubuntu.com

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Updating #FreeBSD Hadn't notic...

Updating #FreeBSD Hadn’t noticed before since I usually call fastest_cvsup from another command. Result: “Speed Daemons” lol #CVSup #BSD

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ZCM Windows XP Power Scheme Distribution

(This is a cool solution I posted to the Novell website) Problem: Some of our machine images didn’t have the proper power scheme configured before they were rolled out. In some cases it’s easier to re-image the machine, but in other cases like this one, it was better to find a solution where we could push power settings out to all our workstations to confirm they are setup properly.

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Is it overly nerdy of me to us...

Is it overly nerdy of me to use #RequestTracker (RT) at home for personal use? I just finished setting it up w/ #Postfix and #GMAIL #SMTP.

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Just recovered a deleted photo…

Just recovered a deleted photo off my #SD card using #PhotoRec It’s a great tool for recovering files and photos. http://is.gd/eaV8R

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Linux and Soekris Presentation Follow Up

My presentation this past week on Soekris and Linux went pretty well. There were 9 of us there, and we stepped through an Ubuntu server installation. We had pizza, and Hans gave out some free Linux/FLOSS related goodies.

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btrfs

One of the many great things about Linux is choice. You can choose from a vast array of file system types to keep your data on. You can even slice and dice and use different file systems on different partitions.

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Disaster Recovery

This week proved interesting. We had a remote server system upgrade fail & system board fail. We quickly had the affected users up and running remotely against their backup data until the issues were fixed.

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Oracle, Sun, & MySQL

From Eben Moglen: I believe that Oracle sees clearly the nature of its business interests. It knows that MySQL is much, much more valuable to it alive than dead. In fact, Oracle has almost as much reason to improve MySQL as it has to improve its flagship product.

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Hardware Negotiations

I was able to successfully negotiate 60% off MSRP for a large, multi-copier contract for my company. These copiers are Sharp MFP’s, and can do scanning, faxing, copying, and printing.

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Sharp MFP & VNC

[/caption] Our company purchased several Sharp MFP’s, and I need to do some live/remote training. Luckily the model we have comes with VNC access to the console. In order to get to these settings, you login to the web interface, go to:

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Web Site Governance

[/caption] At work the past few days I have been involved with developing a better web site strategy, a bigger nationwide presence, better process integration, and of course…SEO.

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Change Management

Doing some further research on change management. http://whitepapers.techrepublic.com.com/abstract.aspx?kw=ITIL+change+management&docid=170039&tag=tr-left http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Change_Management_%28ITSM%29

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Netflix on the Wii

[/caption] We got our Wii disk for Netflix yesterday, and so far It’s been great. It was easy to setup, except I had to upgrade the Nintendo firmware twice to get it to install.

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Redhat FY 2010 Results

Impressive results during this recession for Linux vendor Redhat: http://www.redhat.com/about/news/prarchive/2010/Q4FY10.html

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REMUS: Transparent high availability for Xen

I read about an interesting tool that is being integrated into Xen that offers high availability. It is developed by The University of British Columbia. Our approach encapsulates protected software in a virtual machine, asynchronously propagates changed state to a backup host at frequencies as high as forty times a second, and uses speculative execution to concurrently run the active VM slightly ahead of the replicated system state.

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Google buys photo editing service

Today, Google announced it acquired an online photo editing service, “Picnik.” http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5itqNF0iEGfikVlQuI55rpcytWd1gD9E63SKO0

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Princeton scientist makes a leap in quantum computing

Princeton scientist makes a leap in quantum computing I always find it interesting to follow new advancements in technology. Quantum computing is one such technology that will hopefully come to full fruition in my lifetime.

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iPad and the Tablet World

Apple released their iPad which I hope takes off, and in turn helps the whole tablet market. I can see people using these at home, in their local hangout, or on the road.

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Google Chrome on Ubuntu 9.10 Linux

As Chrome was just released for Linux, I just got it installed on my workstation. Screenshot: <img style=“display:block; margin:0px auto 10px; text-align:center;cursor:pointer; cursor:hand;width: 400px; height: 211px;” src=“http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_kYEysMxY62I/Sx-vahoBOMI/AAAAAAAAEBQ/3IUZ-eCvWwM/s400/Screenshot-Slashdot+Linux+Story+%7C+D-Link%27s+New+Boxee+Box+Runs+Linux,+Eyes+Netflix+-+Google+Chrome.png" border=“0” alt=““id=“BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5413238147360307394” />

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OpenBSD 4.6 host on KVM in Ubuntu 9.10 64 bit AMD

<img style=“display:block; margin:0px auto 10px; text-align:center;cursor:pointer; cursor:hand;width: 320px; height: 181px;” src=“http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_kYEysMxY62I/SvOvwAZO1cI/AAAAAAAAD0E/3uhRJBi5BD4/s320/Screenshot-1.png" border=“0” alt=““id=“BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5400853617421768130” /> I just got finished installing OpenBSD as a KVM guest on my Ubuntu server. I had to install OpenBSD via FTP since the CD kept stalling.

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Informative Quote on Using Open Source

“A lot of people have laughed at me. They say that they buy their software only from very large companies and that these companies will be around forever. For these customers, I explain that I have

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FreeNAS

I was doing some research on some open source Network Attached Storage (NAS) utilities earlier this morning, and came across FreeNAS. It is based on FreeBSD, and has multiple protocols it can use for NAS like: FTP, iSCSI, CIFS, NFS, etc.

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Data/Communication Cabling Rates in AZ.

Just an informative post for anyone looking for rates on premise data/com cabling in the Phoenix area. I just spoke to a highly trusted source, and in the valley, the rates are around $180 for a dual drop of voice and data.

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GroupWise 7 SLED 11

I had to add this onto the startup script for GroupWise to function better on SLED: /opt/novell/groupwise/client/bin/groupwise.sh -jvm=-Dawt.toolkit=sun.awt.motif.MToolkit

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Linux, Bash Find Files Modified Between Date Range

I just found this handy reference site here: http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/aix/library/au-productivitytips.html Here was my script that finds the files modified between given dates, and then will tar the ouptut to an archive.

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OES Linux NSS Snapshot Automation Command Line SLES 10

<img style=“display:block; margin:0px auto 10px; text-align:center;cursor:pointer; cursor:hand;width: 100px; height: 100px;” src=“http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_kYEysMxY62I/ScwLSYKM39I/AAAAAAAADFY/YmyvnYDDHcY/s200/avatar2.jpg" border=“0” alt=““id=“BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5317637670368501714” /> In the traditional NetWare kernel, we were used to running automated snapshots to utilize as a business continuity feature.

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Linux Project Management Utilities

I’ve been keeping my eyes peeled for project management tools for Linux, and this one caught my eye: It is GPL, and I must say looks very slick. They have a demo you can use to check out the features here.

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SLES 10 SP2 FreeNX Installation Tutorial

<img style=“display:block; margin:0px auto 10px; text-align:center;cursor:pointer; cursor:hand;width: 100px; height: 100px;” src=“http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_kYEysMxY62I/ScwLSYKM39I/AAAAAAAADFY/YmyvnYDDHcY/s200/avatar2.jpg" border=“0” alt=““id=“BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5317637670368501714” /> I wanted to use FreeNX on SLES in order to run in init3 mode. I found a way to do this via this link here:

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TinyURL

http://www.tinyurl.com is great at making long URL’s (web addresses) small and easy. Check this one out: http://tinyurl.com/Benjamin-Francom

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iPrint Canon ImageRunner 2022i

<img style=“display:block; margin:0px auto 10px; text-align:center;cursor:pointer; cursor:hand;width: 64px; height: 64px;” src=“http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_kYEysMxY62I/SZs--PCHBQI/AAAAAAAAC6g/_939kx1mwdk/s200/iprint_64.gif" border=“0” alt=““id=“BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5303902225067083010” /> *See my Novell forum entry here. We have recently purchased an Imagerunner 2022i (IR2022i). We use OES 2 Linux, with iPrint, and I couldn’t get it working at first.

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SLES 10 SP 1 OES 2 LUM Enable User Broken

<img style=“display:block; margin:0px auto 10px; text-align:center;cursor:pointer; cursor:hand;width: 120px; height: 116px;” src=“http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_kYEysMxY62I/SZTGxaXeyvI/AAAAAAAAC6A/8TCEYBDVnvo/s200/suse-logo.jpg" border=“0” alt=““id=“BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5302081213515614962” /> We were having issues with LUM, and finally fixed it with the right context, and server addresses in nam.

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CACLS

User rights ACL’s on windows xp cacls “C:windowstemp*.*” /e /g EVERYONE:F cacls c:windowstemp /e /g everyone:f

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Join Multiple mpg Files

cat file01.mpg file02.mpg file03.mpg > alltogether.mpg Other notes: mpegdemux -d -s 0xe0 source.mpg dst.m1v mpegdemux -d -s 0xc0-0xdf -b audio_##.mpa source.mpg mplex -f 8 -o result.mpg dst.m1v audio_c0.mpa Also can use Project-X to demux

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FLV to MPG Script

#!/bin/bash ffmpeg -i “$1” -ab 128000 -ar 44100 -b 200000 -s 320x240 -ac 2 “$1”.mpg

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SLES 10 x86_64 Subversion

At work I needed to install subversion for the programming department. The problem I ran into was that SLES 10 does not include subversion in their repositories. They have older versions (1.

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HP Care Pack Registration and Firefox=BROKEN

I’ve tried to register a hardware care pack with HP, and it doesn’t work in Firefox. This is the error: error ‘80004005’ /csn/csnfw/system/sys_shell_functions.asp, line 1497 When in IE, it works just fine.

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Openswan debug "no connection named tunnelipsec"

Notes on openswan troubleshooting and various sundry rotary girders: /usr/sbin/ipsec auto –add “connection name” #before using –up /usr/sbin/ipsec auto –up tunnelipsec > config setup> interfaces=“ipsec0=eth0"You shouldn’t specify interfaces with the 2.

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Openswan & Cisco ASA 5505

I successfully connected a Cisco ASA 5505 and Openswan using IPSec VPN recently at work. I’ll have to post the configuration files when I have time.

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wsname.exe

Nice tool to change computer names in M$ Windoze.

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PDRVGen.exe

This little utility creates printer definition files from your installed printers. Works sweet to replace the regular drivers for NDPS since they sometimes do not work.

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XEN SLES 10 SP 2 Networking

I’m testing out XEN, and am trying to figure out the best way for networking. Above is what I am attempting.

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openSUSE resolution not filling screen

Found the fix here. The available solution is in the openSUSE 10.3 Release Notes: Older Intel Graphics Chips Older Intel graphics chips are supported by two drivers (“i810” and

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Ubuntu Hardy Heron Review

Updated to Ubuntu Hardy Heron last night, and it went nice and smooth. Everything came up afterwards, and the only differences I’ve noticed are: Speed: It seems slightly faster

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Ubuntu Minimall Installation (mini.iso)

I didn’t realize that Ubuntu had mini.iso’s like debian until I had a laptop that required a net boot. https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Installation/MinimalCD

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Cygwin RSYNC ssh hang in "pull" mode

I’m trying to workaround cygwin hanging when using rsync over ssh in a “pull” mode. I used to have it set up to where each box would “push” to a central server.

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Squid NCSA Auth JVM Java Applet Problem

After setting up ncsa_auth in squid (FreeBSD 6.3), Java applets wouldn’t run. I found this link that solved it. You can solve this by creating an acl like this:

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Yet Another Java HylaFax Client (YajHFC)

I was having troubles setting up WHFC, and JHylaFax didn’t have all of the cover page variables I needed, so I took to looking around for a new HylaFax client and found YajHFC.

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Why OpenOffice.org Makes Sense (with references)

Dear [Boss],I’ve answered your questions further on down, but let me preface these questions with an explanation on why a move away from closed formats makes sense….. If we continue using Microsoft formats, we will be forced to convert to Office 2007.

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NetWare 6.5 User Rights Listing

I had a hard time finding something that would list what a user has access to in eDirectory. I then found out about trustee.nlm. It is already part of the NetWare system.

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Computer Associates Brightstor Arcserve 11.5 Linux

I couldn’t find anywhere on the web that showed how to reset the CAROOT password for this version of ArcServe. After speaking with customer service, just run: /opt/CA/BrightStorARCserve/bin/cauth_setup It will prompt you to change the password.

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Tweaking Hylafax 4.3.0 on OpenSUSE 10.2

I’ve just put a Hylafax server in production, and now am in process of fixing little issues. Some things that have cropped up are: Resizing legal faxes to letter

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CUPS Error, "w2 invalid pers"

I was setting up an HP LJ4Plus as a printer for Hylafax in OpenSUSE 10.2, and received the error: w2 invalid pers All it needed was a driver change in CUPS.

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Hylafax Custom Coverpage

I had a dicken’s of a time trying to come up with a good way to customize the Hylafax coverpage for our company. I was able to get partially there from modifying some postscript.

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How My Desktop Has Changed Over Time

I’ll preface this by saying that I made some of the icons you see on the pic and stuff (the Nacho one, and the one just above him). This is my home PC running Ubuntu Linux 6.

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Tar to archive over ssh

[[Modified]] Does anyone know how to tar and gzip an archive over ssh so it ends up compressed on the remote host? For example, boot from Knoppix to rescue some files off a disk?

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Ubuntu Edgy Eft

Jan 20 2007…Just wanted to update this. The days I was trying to do this, the Ubuntu servers must’ve been overloaded. I tried it again, and got everything up and running.

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Mapping Drives in Cygwin

Map drive cygwin: I had a dilemma whilst executing cron jobs on a box that needed some NetWare drives mapped. (This ought to work for Windows mapped drives also). The trick is to use the good ol' windows “net use” command.

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Novell Linux OES SP2 Part Deux

The trick is to install the Novell services (i.e. NSS) during install time, rather than after. This worked, and we’ve got RSYNC working on traditional OES NetWare 6.5 syncing to an NSS volume on OES Linux SP2.

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4412D+ Template Update

Since this was at one point the most accessed entry on my blog, I’ve updated it with more templates. See here: http://hachijuhachi0.blogspot.com/2006/06/4412d-template.html

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Novell OES Linux SP2

I did a minimal install of this NOS, and things went great. When I went to add some Novell services it choked hard. Not only did it have me rotate CD’s like 3 billion times, it choked trying to install some basic NetWare files needed.

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SSH Problem

I kept getting this error when trying to port forward on an ssh connection to a remote server:“channel 2: open failed: connect failed: Connection timed out” It turned out the user gave me the wrong IP address to forward to.

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RAD Mobile

I found some old stuff from my senior project. Notice the Autobots logo? It is so sweet. The project consisted of sending IP strings over a cell phone to a server to control household appliances.

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Vi

You know you’ve been using vi too long when you start pressing “esc” to try and save your work in Notepad.

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Test This is a test from my linux boxen using “Blog Entry Poster” June 30th 11:18

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Huh?

There was a device someone read the name to me. It was supposed to be “Ethernet Broadband Router.” They said, “Ethanol Baudband Rooter." I found it funny. -Later!

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Google Personalized Home Page

I was using my.yahoo for a while, and I didn’t like it a whole lot. I tested the Google personalized home page, and it works even better. Late!

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4412D+ Template

10/25/06 Here is a template for all for the Avaya 4412D+ handsets. Blank One: BLANK.PDF BLANK.SVG ORIGINAL.PDF ORIGINAL.SVG The SVG’s should be editable if you download and use the free opensourceinkscape vector program.

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Xgl Compiz

I finally got it up and running on me laptop. It was dang easy with OpenSuse 10.1.

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Ubuntu Dapper Drake

Just upgraded to the newer version of Ubuntu. It was released today. So far, so good!

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Xine

I was having troubles playing DVD’s in Xine. It kept dropping frames. I finally found a fix: Enable dma mode on the CD/DVD drive. Do this by: sudo hdparm -d1 /dev/hdc #(or whichever your drive is)

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PFS First Choice Running on XP

I came across a question on Computing.net. I tried to answer, but it wouldn’t let me. It said the post was too old and wouldn’t get a response (and therefore not read/found).

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Hylafax on Suse 10.0 Fax to E-mail

I finally got the e-mail to fax gateway working. Faxes come in from the world, then transferred into a pdf attachment and finally are e-mailed to the user of our choice.

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Suse 10 Testing out the new version of OpenSuSE. It is pretty good thus far. I chose the Gnome desktop since I don’t normally run it. I usually use KDE.

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Pet Peeve

Don’t you hate it when you go to a website and it reads, “click here to see a larger image,” and you click it and the image is the same size?

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Hylafax

hyla# faxaddmodem ttyf2 Sorry, I been testing Hylafax at work. It is a fax-server. It has the abilities for lots of junk. We are using it for being an e-mail/fax, fax/e-mail gateway.

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Lame Law Submitters DCSA

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Digital_Content_Security_Act Please write your congress rep and tell them “Heck No” on passing the DCSA Please also see EFF for more details too. You can e-mail your rep directly. Whatever happened to the Constitiution?

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The Disney and Pixar Merger

I cannot believe this happened. I know it was talked about for the past several weeks, but sheesh! I cannot stand Disney. And ya’ll know how I feel about Pixar/Apple/Jobs.

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Back into 3D

I’ve started testing (again) Blender, the Open Source 3d animation software. It is pretty sweet. I’ve tested it out before, but coming from 3d studio max, and being off the “scene” for a while, it feels like starting over.

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MythTV Setup

Well, After working on my Fedora Core 4 upgrade for several days, I’ve finally got a working system again. I had a problem with the tv listings. Needed to use http://labs.

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Fedora Core 4

Updated my Linux box last night, and am psyched to test it out…Prolly need to tweak it to get my MythTV back up and running. Also considering buying another hard drive for it because 80 GB just aint enough.

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Blender 3D :: Project Orange

I have been testing out Blender, the Open Source 3D Animation/Design software. The cool thing is that a bunch of guys are going to do an Open Movie using this and other Open Source software.

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MythTV

Did I tell you how cool MythTV is? It does so much stuff, it is amazing. Not only does it “Tivo”, but you can play games, listen to music, watch DVD’s, get weather, view images, etc.

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Linux and MythTV Rebuilt

I broke my MythTV (Tivo thingy/dingy) a while back and finally put it back together last night. I even hooked up a client. I can watch TV on one box, and watch recordings on another.

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Linux and MythTV sound FINALLY!

I finally got sound working under MyhtTV and my PVR-250. It has been quite the process. But I have learned some, so it was worth it. Now I need to configure the wireless remote to worky.

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Drum Machine for Linux

As an avid advocate/user of Linux (an operating system for those of you who no habla geek), I feel it my duty to share the goods

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Great Article, Great Quote!

I was reading a nice article that is pro BSD. See here. I found one of the funniest quotes in there: “Due to the nature of the business and financial constraints (one of my mentors once said that the top two OSI layers are politics and money) we often had to use a band-aid approach.

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Induce Act

Can’t let this act pass. It is very bad. read here We want to innovate.

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Links

If you haven’t got the links already,…. Minibosses (Nintend0 Songs) Freezepop (Electronic Songs)

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HP Web JetAdmin 7.6

Just wanted this to be available for people who didn’t want to register on HP’s site for the WebJetAdmin software ftp://ftp.hp.com/pub/softlib/software3/COL3194/ja-10750-3/wja76-2778-xp-en.exe

My Productivity Tools

Health is #1 For me, if I’m not healthy, I’m not productive. This means doing what I can to eat, exercise and sleep well. Time management For time management, and remembering breaks, I use the following:

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Sunglasses for Big Heads

For me, it never fails. I go to purchase some sunglasses, put them on for a few seconds, and they look and feel good, so I go ahead and buy them.

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∆ Alt-J and Fleetwood Mac

Alt-J Alt-J, also pronounced “∆”, is a fun, unique band from the UK. The singer sounds like a sleepy Kermit the Frog. Definitely not everyone’s cup o' tea, but you don’t come here to listen to what everyone else does.