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Fixing hanging and slow Windows Update on Windows 7

Windows 7 update service is slow to begin with, but trying it on a computer that has been off for a while is damn near impossible. This is a known issue, apparently. Read More »

My Front suspension

On my Multi Cycle bike, I have a SR Suntour CR9, serial number TF00478709, Series: CR, Year: 2015, Name: CR 9V-D-P-LO 700C TS 300/0, from 2015. Read More »

Using ‘Require expr’ in Apache: Cannot parse expression in require line: syntax error, unexpected $end

We found that if you do what the Apache documentation says and put quotes around the expr: Require user victron Require expr "%{REQUEST_URI} =~ m#^/.well-known/acme-challenge/.*#" Read More »

More recent posts on YTEC blog

As Bigsmoke indicated, we had some issues with google not finding content. For the same reason, I would like to share my insight into some stuff I write about: Read More »

Recent posts on the YTEC blog

Ytec, where I work since July 31 2015, is an IT company specializing in customer-specific custom software ("klantspecifieke maatwerk software"). Somewhere in late 2015, YTEC deployed a fancy new website based on React, which, to my surprise, is actually indexed somewhat decently by Google. Still, I want to be able to find my own posts on the YTEC blog when I filter by “site:blog.bigsmoke.us”, which is why I'm listing my posts there here: Read More »

Sending mail from a NATed host with Postfix

When sending mail from a host behind NAT, you will run into trouble when the "From" says "root@host.localdomain", because receiving servers will refuse that domain. Read More »

Download dmcrypt (cryptsetup) encryption key from remote server and auto mount

NOTE: I need to update this with a more secure setup using the authorized_keys stanza command=. That way, one can't accidentally get a shell. Read More »

Preventing degraded array on every boot

I had a server that booted with a degraded array every time, because there was a USB drive attached to it, that messed up the auto detection. I solved it by putting this in mdadm.conf: Read More »

Master PDF Editor for Linux

While trying to find out the quickest, cleanest way to install PDFedit program in Linux Mint, I stumbled upon Master PDF Editor for Linux, which is basically the same thing, but more advanced and closed source, but free for personal use. Read More »

Metabolism & Nutrition: learning objectives

Lectures Energy metabolism “Explain the Harris-Benedict principle.” Read More »