Deleted your rndc.key file? No worries here’s how to recover/rebuild it

Apr 22nd, 2012 | By

Well had a brain fart today and my rndc.key file went out the window.. Not too fun as it shut down my entire DNS and a ton of domains..  So I had ot scramble to figure out how to get it back adn so i did.. Actually what I deleted was my rndc.key file but
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Installing Audacity 2 in Debian Squeeze

Apr 20th, 2012 | By

Well this was a bit of a nightmare and only really figured it out due to some luck Soooo, you’ve no doubt been trying a bunch of things and have ended in frustration. Let me tell you that from my experience you are going to have to install from source.. No clean neat little packages,
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Weather App for AWN not working: Network Error

Apr 19th, 2012 | By

So the weather applet for AWN is definitely one of the most useful of the applets.  But I haven’t used it in forever because it stopped working and would no longer connect, kept telling me that there were connectivity issues.  It’s clearly not being maintained anymore as the fix was fairly simple and cuold have
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The best way to remotel monitor a server or a network of servers from a Windows machine

Apr 17th, 2012 | By

Well I ran into a fairly rare dilemma a couple months ago and just remember to blog about it now.  My situation is one where I have a windows server in a basement somewhere that is performing a bunch of automated tasks using windows only software.  The tasks are really not that intensive and aren’t taxing
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Fullscreen video in VLC = Black Screen? Crashes mplayer?

Apr 16th, 2012 | By

Alright, this was a 2 two lesson that I should have blogged about the first time I encountered it but didn’t. Here’s what happened: I was settling down into bed and wanted to watch Moon before I fell asleep.  The problem was as soon as I fullscreened the movie it just went black. I could
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How to increase Flash peformance with FF/Iceweasel in Debian

Apr 16th, 2012 | By

So after going from Firefox to Chrome and then realizing that Chrome possessed the ability to melt my entire system and slow it to a crawl like some out of control plague of cpu usage I switched to Opera.  Well opera has some good qualities but Flash is not one of them so I’ve gone
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External hard driving auto mounting as read only in Debian

Apr 16th, 2012 | By

Ok so this happens with NTFS drives sometimes if  you need to run chkdsk on the drive for a corrupt inode, improper unmounts, there’s a whole slew of reasnos.. For example my syslog today shows this: NTFS-fs error (device sdb1): ntfs_read_locked_inode(): Failed with error code -5. Marking corrupt inode 0x7a036 as bad. Run chkdsk. Best
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Show hidden files in cPanels File Manager

Apr 14th, 2012 | By

Alright so if you are in cPanel’s File manager right now you are either 1 of 2 people. A web admin that is forced to work on a client’s server with no ftp or ssh access, in which case I feel for you man and just poured a little bit of my drink out on
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Making rows ‘Sticky’ or always visible in Libreoffice Calc

Apr 13th, 2012 | By

Not sure how to do this in MS Office, but honestly who’s using proprietary office suites anymore, that is sooo 1998.  Well ok, so maybe everyone still is but I’m not and today I ran into the interesting question of how I create a header out of a row so that I could scroll down
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Installing latest version of GIMP in Debian Squeeze using repos and apt-get

Apr 12th, 2012 | By

Alright so last night I did a ton of upgrades and when I went to open GIMP this morning I found that it wasn’t there.  Awesome, the upgrades apparently removed it due to some unmet dependencies.  Not to be unexpected as my Debian is a veritable mixture of stable debian, backports, one or two SID installs
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