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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 »

Multiplication in BULL

Now, what will follow is the first published note about BigSmoke's Unified Linking Language (BULL), posted here not for you but for me, because my notes are such a terrible mess, covering too many pieces of papers and disjointed files. Read More »