Category Archives: Software

Static Devices on Remote Side of a SonicWALL Site-to-Site VPN? Remember to Renegotiate!

tl;dr If you are having trouble with devices that have static IPs on the remote side of your Sonicwall Site-to-Site VPN, go to VPN and click Renegotiate under the Currently Active VPN Tunnels. We’ve got another warehouse with a site-to-site VPN setup using SonicWALL devices. It works decently enough for what we need. While most […]

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Extend Toner Life on Your Brother HL-2270DW By Enabling Toner Continue Mode

I’ve got a number of Brother HL-2270DW laser printers around the office, and they’re wonderful. I even have one at home. Wireless-capable with built in duplexing, and on sale the unit is under $100. What’s not to like? Toner is fairly inexpensive too, but I like to squeeze as much of the life out of […]

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The Journey From MyFax to MetroFax

(edited 2012/09/20 to add some important caveats) I’ve already established that MyFax is slowly going down the tubes. The following chronicles my experience switching to a new service. After some research, I settled on MetroFax as my new internet faxing provider. They’re based just a few hours away from me in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, […]

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Gmvault: gmail backup (Ubuntu install and setup)

(edit 8/20/2012: Originally written for v1.5, this has been tested and works fine as of Gmvault v1.7-beta, so just change things accordingly and install away! I’ve updated the links below.) I’ve been using getmail for over a year to backup my Gmail account. As far as I know, it’s been working, but it just grabs email […]

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Upgrading to NConf 1.3.0 on Ubuntu 11.10 Oneiric Ocelot

Congrats to the NConf crew for reaching the 1.3.0 milestone! Two years in the making, but I’m excited to see the project continuing to move forward. It’s been over a year since I originally installed and configured Nagios and NConf 1.2.6 on my Lucid Lynx server. In the meantime, I’ve upgraded the hardware and moved […]

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vBulletin 4.1.7 Mobile Style Giving You Grief?

I upgraded a forum to vBulletin 4.1.7 last night. Pretty straightforward stuff, only the mobile style that they half-introduced back in 4.1.2 or somewhere along the lines has been a little glitchy.  4.1.6  reintroduced the mobile style, but I blinked and 4.1.7 was released. I ended up deleting the mobile style and reimporting it from […]

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MyFax Support, You Suck

tl;dr MyFax Support sucks. Getting ‘Mydll_NT: Error in function: dAddPortMonitor, Error code: 126.’ installing the Print-to-Fax Assistant? Run msiexec /i myfaxassistantsetup.msi /q and install in silent mode. Dear j2 Global Communications/Protus/MyFax: Please remind your company to care about their software and the people that use it. In particular, you need to provide support for the […]

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Quick and Dirty (Free)DOS Bootable USB Drive Under Linux

I found myself needing to flash a BIOS today, which required a DOS or Windows 98 bootable floppy disk.  Forget that.  Let’s use a USB drive instead! Googling around returned methods that seemed way too involved for what I was trying to do.  Here’s the three commands I ended up using: wget http://www.fdos.org/bootdisks/autogen/FDOEM.144.gz gunzip FDOEM.144.gz […]

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Linux ‘rename’ utility on OS X

(edit 12/11/2012 to add homebrew alternative) So you you want the powerful Perl-based rename utility that comes with many Linux and *BSD distributions, but sadly not on Apple’s mighty OS X? Well so did I. (Go away you fanboys of all types. I hear not your rants about which operating system is for the win) […]

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The SoX of Silence

SoX is, by their own definition, the Swiss Army knife of audio manipulation. And no doubt it’s full of fun with slicing and dicing and playback and recording and filtering and effects capabilities. But SoX is a command line tool, which means obscure syntax and parameters in order to get things done. I’ve been trying […]

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