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How Many Java Versions is Enough for Mavericks, Apple?

A lot of software outright fails to work on Apple OS X Mavericks. It’s a disaster. Almost nothing works right. Not only is the entire OS noticeably slower, by several orders of magnitude over the previous Lion (10.7.5) was running until a few days ago on my 11″ MacBook Air, but there are dozens and […]

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Syndicated 2013-10-27 15:11:19 from random neuron misfires

SOLVED: Remove annoying duplicate users in your WordPress blog

This happens quite a bit, and I’m surprised the default WordPress install doesn’t have this fixed, but here’s a fix for cleaning up the duplicate users that will end up in your _users table in WordPress. In my multi-site installation, that table is called ‘wpmu_users’. If you didn’t change the defaults for your site, it’s […]

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Syndicated 2013-10-11 01:14:57 from random neuron misfires

SOLVED: Transparent icons on XFCE desktop

Another quick and dirty XFCE desktop hack, this one to add transparent icon backgrounds to your desktop icons. If you’re tired of looking at ugly icon label backgrounds, and really want transparent backgrounds, the fix is simple! Here’s the code: style "xfdesktop-icon-view" { ## opacity of text background (0 - 255, 0 = transparent) XfdesktopIconView::label-alpha […]

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  1. HOWTO: Fix the broken “Open Terminal Here” menu icon in XFCE If you’re using XFCE, specifically version 4, you’ve probably seen...
  2. SOLVED: Missing Microsoft Office 2007 Shortcut Icons About 2 weeks ago, I noticed that my Windows application...
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Syndicated 2013-09-23 22:02:17 from random neuron misfires

HOWTO: Fix the broken “Open Terminal Here” menu icon in XFCE

If you’re using XFCE, specifically version 4, you’ve probably seen this issue come up a few times. It looks like this: The fix is pretty simple and straightforward. Here’s how: Go up to your “Applications Menu” and choose “File Manager”. This will launch your configured, default file manager (most-likely Thunar, unless you’ve changed something). Choose […]

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Syndicated 2013-09-23 21:37:31 from random neuron misfires

HOWTO: Create a Warrant Canary, or NSL Dead Man’s Switch

Thanks Slashdot for carrying your users over to my blog this morning! The rsync team has been doing this for quite awhile, and I had an idea. Why not share this more broadly? So I created a quick little script to generate my own “warrant canary”. Instructions follow below. Note: Based on the direct emails […]

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Syndicated 2013-09-09 12:52:01 from random neuron misfires

HOWTO: Disable Usernames from Login Managers for Linux and Windows

With all the news flying around about security, the less we give a potential malicious attacker, the better. To that end, here’s how to disable the list of usernames or the last logged-in user on your machine(s) for Windows and Linux (gdm) when you boot them up and get to the login screen. Disable Usernames […]

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Syndicated 2013-09-08 00:35:08 from random neuron misfires

HOWTO: Properly install native VMware Tools in pfSense 2.0.3 (FreeBSD 8.1)

If you’re anything like me, you take security seriously. With all the recent news about the NSA and Prism and over-reach of surveillance, you’ll take this very seriously. I run several layers of nested firewalls, VPNs and other layers of security at my office. One of the things I run in a virtualized environment (VMware […]

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Syndicated 2013-08-24 22:49:04 from random neuron misfires

SOLVED: VMware Tools create_proc_entry Error with vmballoon_procfs_init on Linux Kernel 3.11.0

Another quick VMware Tools patch and fix if you’re using Linux Kernel 3.11.0 (and probably later, until this gets integrated into mainline). This time, if you’re seeing the following error: Using 2.6.x kernel build system. make: Entering directory `/tmp/modconfig-CZk9AS/vmmemctl-only' /usr/bin/make -C /lib/modules/3.11.0-999-generic/build/include/.. SUBDIRS=$PWD SRCROOT=$PWD/. \ MODULEBUILDDIR= modules make[1]: Entering directory `/usr/src/linux-headers-3.11.0-999-generic' CC [M] /tmp/modconfig-CZk9AS/vmmemctl-only/backdoorGcc64.o CC […]

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Syndicated 2013-08-23 19:11:22 from random neuron misfires

Using fdupes to Solve the Data Duplication Problem: I’ve got some dupes!

Well, 11.6 hours later after scanning the NAS with fdupes, I noticed that I’ve got some dupes across my system backups. # time ./fdupes -R -Sm "/nas/Backups/System Backups/" 2153352 duplicate files (in 717685 sets), occupying 102224.5 megabytes real 698m15.606s user 38m20.758s sys 92m17.217s That’s 2.1 million duplicate files occupying about 100GB of storage capacity in […]

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Syndicated 2013-08-23 16:05:16 from random neuron misfires

SOLVED: VMware Tools __devexit_p Error on Linux Kernel 3.8 and Earlier

If you run a current version of VMware Workstation, VMware Server, ESXi or VMware Fusion with a recent Linux kernel as a guest, you’ve most-likely run into this already. Using 2.6.x kernel build system. make: Entering directory `/tmp/modconfig-N9AMbf/vmci-only' /usr/bin/make -C /lib/modules/3.8.0-19-generic/build/include/.. SUBDIRS=$PWD SRCROOT=$PWD/. \ MODULEBUILDDIR= modules make[1]: Entering directory `/usr/src/linux-headers-3.8.0-19-generic' CC [M] /tmp/modconfig-N9AMbf/vmci-only/linux/vmciKernelIf.o CC [M] […]

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Syndicated 2013-08-22 22:14:00 from random neuron misfires

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