Resolving shared WordPress Email issue

I like using a database to directly drive my virtual webhosting – this means that each account on the system has a UID and GID, but no username associated with it (ie in /etc/passwd or getent passwd) Because of this, when users try and send an email in WordPress (eg to reset their password), WordPress…

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Secret of Oneplus 3

The OnePlus 3 has had some interesting reviews and press coverage, and its very much a mixed bag, but, nowhere online have I read about its killer feature – FANTASTIC (Almost unbelievable) RECEPTION. I am blessed to live on a lifestyle block (ie semi rural), which gets marginal coverage from 2 Degrees Mobile – my…

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Hangsun S80 Lamp

I purchased one of these lamps in 2016.  Below details my findings and some help to others (maybe). The product is not good at all – indeed if returning it were a practical option I would – but because I live down-under, shipping costs make this prohibitive – so I’ve tried to make the best…

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Samsung 840 EVO Geometry

I recently had a need to upgrade a 500 gig (raided) hard drive to an SSD.   I noted that the standard geometry for a 500 gig hard drive presents as 500.1 gigs, while the data sheet for the Samsung 840 EVO MZ-7TE500BW SSD claims to be fractionally smaller on the detailed spec sheets I found.…

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Swap and Encfs mounting on Startup in Ubuntu

I use Ubuntu 14.04 on my laptop and I have a somewhat unique setup, whereby I use DRBD and encfs to mirror and secure my data as I understand that when SSD drives fail they tend to do so catastrophically and without warning.   I thus have a rather complex boot process. I spent the morning…

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BD-F6500 region free upgrade – Firmware 1010 / 1017 note

In case anyone has the same issue – A few months ago I purchased a SamsungBD-F6500 from Noel Leemings (A whiteware retailer in New Zealand).   A few days ago, we purchased some DVDs which were “region 2” and would not play on our NZ/AU – region 4 player(s). I attempted to region unlock the DVD…

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Adding Perfect Forward Secrecy to OpenVPN

Perfect Forward Secrecy is a methodology applied to encryption to frustrate the decoding of traffic captured and stored prior to the discovery of the secret key by an adverse party.  This is done by generating a new random key every time data is transmitted. Enabling this in OpenVPN is quite easy, but does not appear…

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Fail2Ban and Brute-Force Password attacks on WordPress

I maintain a server hosting a fair number of WordPress blogs and I get inundated with brute-force password attempts.    In order to minimize the likelyhood of success of an attack, I have taken to limiting the number of login attempts I’ve customised some Fail2Ban rules to provide “overriding” lockout of accounts. The code certainly has…

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Review of the Domain DM-DV703USB 2 DIN video/mp3/cd car stereo

My Toyota VITZ 2004 came with a “Japanese Only” Stereo, which included a reverse camera. To get the reverse camera working, in addition to some wiring tweaks (See my post on “Original Toyota Reverse Light Camera on 2004 Vitz/Echo with an aftermarket stereo“). As I can’t call myself an audiophile, and I can be tight-fisted…

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