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Keeping an unsupported Mint/Ubuntu installation ‘up-to-date’

When a Linux Mint release goes out of support, together with the Ubuntu release on which it is based, the Ubuntu packages become unavailable. This can be annoying for old fossils like me who stubbornly contue to use a release that has gone out of support, as I'm doing with Mint 14 (Nadia), based on Ubuntu 12.10, (Quantal Quetzal). (“Yeah, yeah; I'll upgrade soon; I promise.”) Luckily, the out-of-support packages remain available in a different location. Read More »

Fixed annoying pagination issue

In July 2013, I noticed that somehow the settings of the wp-page-numbers plugin for this blog had reset, which sucked donkey balls. I had fixed it then, but a while ago, the problem again raised its ugly head, so I had to fix it again. Weird. Read More »

G.B.D. Calamari Joomla and phpBB upgrade

As the chairman of G.B.D. Calamari, a Dutch student diving association, it falls to me to upgrade an aging Joomla configuration that is a relict of the last time that the board was chaired by somebody with web-development expertise (Joris van Alphen). This happened to be during a time when Joomla 1.5.20 was cutting-edge. It no longer is, so, although the website still looks nifty enough for this day and age (in my ageing eyes, at least), a software upgrade is long overdue. Read More »

Decreasing shutdown time of MySQL with large transaction log file

If you need/have a large transaction log file, a shut down can take a while. This post lists how you can force a flush before you do so, decreasing shut down time. Read More »

Excellent article about LC resonance resulting from turn-on transients

This article gives a good explation of LC resonances caused by turn-on transients. Read More »

Better nagios SMS and E-mail messages

Just for my references. I made changes to it before, but I now added the comments to them (for custom notifications and acknowledgements): Read More »

Teamviewer replacements

ChunkVNC consists of three parts, InstantSupport, Repeater and Viewer. Read More »

Iptables: limiting amount of connections per IP

Short version of this. To allow SSH TCP connections, but only 10 new per 60 seconds: Read More »

Dumping MySQL users and grants

MySQL stores its users and grants in a very annoying, non-clonable format. I found this post, describing how you can extra them. Read More »

Openswan random failures

I have an annoying problem with my Openswan VPN server. When I connect from a Windows XP machine, from that point on, I can only connect with that machine (or perhaps other Windows XP machines as well). On the other hand, when I connect with a Windows 7 machine first, connecting from Windows XP is no longer possible. Read More »