Memory Utilization High in Linux VM

Utilities such as htop, top, and the command free -mh all report a high usage of memory.  The thing is nothing was running.  It turns out to be explainable. Using the following commands, it was determined that VMware virtual server has enabled the vmw_balloon. VMware Tools Balloon Defined The VMware Tools balloon driver is among the utilities installed in the...Read More »

Google Chrome Font Rendering Looks Terrible and How To Fix It

I was beginning to think it was my computer. I had Cleartype enabled and went through the process again to ensure that the settings were correct or not corrupt. I then thought it was the monitors or one of them. Then I realized that the fonts look fine in everything but Google Chrome. Here is a snippet from one page,...Read More »

Install LXC on Ubuntu

Linux Containers ("LXC") is an operating-system-level virtualization method for running multiple isolated Linux systems on a control host using a single Linux kernel. LXC is the well known set of tools, templates, library and language bindings. It's pretty low level, very flexible and covers just about every containment feature supported by the upstream kernel. LXC is production ready with LXC...Read More »

VMware Workstation loses bridged network

VMware Workstation loses bridged network and it does not want to come back following the usual methodologies.  I restarted the VMware Workstation services, used the Network Manager, and reboot the computer all to no avail.  In the end, it was something that wasn't a problem before. On a Windows 10 workstation running VMware Workstation 12 for many months without issue,...Read More »

Add comments to ZIP files with zipnote

Never having given it much thought before, I wanted to know of a way to add a comment to my zip files in Linux.  I used to do this sort of thing many years back with pkzip in the DOS days.  There turns out to be nice little utility, called zipnote. To check for comments in a zipfile.  The command...Read More »

Apply an SSL to MySQL

There is a MySQL 5.6.x install that works wonderfully.  However, a cert was purchased and applied to everything else, so why not apply to the MySQL install too. I ran into a pitfall or two while attempting this, so I am going to write this up in the effort to avoid those pitfalls. The Key file Determine the version of...Read More »

Firefox has blocked parts of this page that are not secure

Firefox has blocked parts of this page that are not secure started to appear recently.  I tried cleaning up any insecure links, such as http, and yet this message continues to plague.  Tried several WordPress plugins to no avail.  It turns out to be something less sinister. The Firefox version was version 57.  After an upgrade to version 59.  All...Read More »

Upgrade PCRE from 7.8 to 8.x on CentOS 6

A WordPress plugin required PCRE 8.x for it to work. The following instructions were taken from the source cited below and worked flawlessly. The step below determined the version of PCRE and whether there was PHP support for it. To install the newer version of PCRE create a link to the repository. Yum update Check the version Restart Apache Downgrade...Read More »