Hacks, Hardware

How to set up a TP-LINK router on Apple/Mac

TP-LINK routers are best sellers on Amazon, and I like my new one a LOT. I had a 5-year old Vizio router that did yeoman’s service, but had started to drop connections and in general behave like an amnesiac hash addict. I liked the reviews, which said that TP-LINK routers were dead easy to set up. It was not. I…

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Hacks, Mac

Completely remove CrashPlan from your Mac

Have you tried to delete CrashPlan from your Applications folder and gotten the message that the “CrashPlan app is locked” in a popup? Here’s the solution: Shut down the CrashPlan app in the system tray. You may need to elevate permissions or use ‘sudo’ to perform some of these commands. Open a Terminal window. You can find Terminal under Utilities…

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Hacks, Linux

Defaults changed for OpenSSH config in Kubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr

I rebuilt a box this morning, and when I installed openssh-server, I found a different option set as default in the config file–one that I believe is less secure. Where previously, the default Authentications section looked like this: # Authentication: LoginGraceTime 120 PermitRootLogin yes StrictModes yes The default now looks like this: # Authentication: LoginGraceTime 120 PermitRootLogin without-password StrictModes yes…

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Hacks, Linux

How to play Amazon Instant Videos on Ubuntu/Kubuntu Raring Ringtail 13.04 with Firefox

We’re all aware that there are issues with Flash and playing streaming videos on Linux. You can’t play AIV on Chrome; you’ll get that annoying “If you’re using the Chrome browser with Linux, you must disable PPAPI to continue using Amazon Instant Video. You can also use a different Web browser, like Firefox. Learn more” message. Just use FF for…

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Hacks, Linux, Modding

Set up Kubuntu 12.10 and an HP printer for batch scanning in Xsane

This process needs to be much easier, but until then, here’s a script to get you set up. This is an update of an older post here: http://thetarah.com/2010/10/12/how-to-batch-scan-using-xsane/ to make this more intuitive. Instead of having you follow a long list of instructions, I’ve been testing out scripts to get my common tasks done upon my numerous Kubuntu rebuilds. I…

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Hacks, Linux

Google Chrome Will Not Start In KDE (Kubuntu 12.10)

Have you had this problem in KDE? I’ve clicked a few times on a Google Chrome shortcut, and after 20-30 seconds of a bouncing Chrome icon, it disappears. The Chrome process never shows up in the System Monitor or in running processes, either. / Greetings, Madam. $google-chrome –enable-logging –log-level=0 Fontconfig warning: “/etc/fonts/conf.d/50-user.conf”, line 9: reading configurations from ~/.fonts.conf is deprecated.…

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