How to Upgrade DD-WRT

So you want to upgrade your DD-WRT instance on your router. You want it to work without issues and be sure there are no hiccups along the way. Then I recommend that you connect to the router via SSH and execute the following commands for the best experience. cd /tmp wget write r9000-webupgrade.bin linux … Read more

Convert IONOS MySQL 5.5 Database to MySQL 5.7

Using the instructions provided by IONOS to upgrade your MySQL database from 5.5 to 5.7 did not work for me. Unfortunately, once I got to the step to import the old database into the new, I got a 1044 – Access Denied error. IONOS recommends deleting all statements that begin with CREATE or USE in … Read more

Basic Linux Screen Usage

Have you ever faced the situation where you perform a long-running task on a remote machine and suddenly your connection drops, the SSH session is terminated and your work is lost. Well, it has happened to all of us at some point, hasn’t it? Luckily, there is a utility called screen that allows us to … Read more

FreeNAS 11.1-U6 CIFS Problems

If like me you upgraded FreeNAS to 11.1-U6, then you’ve likely run into issues due to SMB1 being disabled. See below link for the particulars: FreeNAS 11.1-U6 Release Notes Changes in SMB for 11.1U5 to 11.1U6? Mounting cifs: “Operation not supported”

LEDE Project on WRT3200ACM

After pulling my hair out trying to get an OpenVPN server working on stock Linksys firmware I finally made the plunge and installed the latest LEDE firmware on this router and couldn’t be happier. I also considered DD-WRT but that project seems to have stagnated (no update for WRT3200ACM firmware for over a year). Stay … Read more

Stop the Windows 10 Upgrade with Never10

Tired of being nagged by Microsoft to upgrade to Windows 10? Stop the insanity with the nice little utility Never 10 from the good folks at Gibson Research Corporation. According to the site: Never10 does NOT prevent the installation of Windows updates, including the infamous Get Windows 10 (GWX) update KB3035583.  Never10 simply employs Microsoft’s documented … Read more

Enable Auto Login in CrunchBang++

Now that a suitable replacement for CrunchBang has come along, you can use my previous guide here for optimizing the lightweight CrunchBang++ Linux operating system as a guest virtual machine. One difference you will find is how to enable auto-login now that the core Debian base has changed in Jessie. The easy method of using … Read more

Approaches to Computing

There are three approaches to computing: Commercial-ubiquitous approach: This is Microsoft’s approach. Try to support (or to get manufacturers to support) as much hardware as possible.  Be the default solution. Things generally look good (I can’t fault Microsoft over their years for most of their UI decisions), stability may not always be terribly good though, and that’s … Read more