Category: Misc

Micropolis Game – SimCity OpenSource

Throughout the years, Maxis SimCity has evolved from version 1.x for DOS to Windows (2013).  Somewhere along the way, Maxis SimCity lost its way with SimCity (2013), but I won't hold that against them.  The go to version has always been the original SimCity for DOS. With programs like DOSBox, this game is still a capable game.  It has its...Read More »

Fios Network Extender WCB3000N

Over the years, I have tried several options shy of wiring the house from one end to the other with Cat6. A couple of options were discussed here. A different option that had never occurred to me until recently is the use of the Fios Network Extender WCB3000N. It was worth the risk at only $16.19 on Amazon, but will...Read More »

Y2K20 Problem?

eBay will send some sort of notification of an auction that is about to end.  The results are usually something that is about to end within the next several hours or so.  However, for auctions that are ending near the year 2020, this has been the latest result.  8742h 9m 7s remaining.  Wow.  By the way, this auction has already...Read More »

Install Apache Tomcat 9 Complete with Updated Scripts

In this exercise, Tomcat 9 will be installed with OpenJDK 8 using a self-signed certificate using the http2.Http2Protocol protocol.  I've updated and simplified the script since my last attempt at a similar Tomcat 9 installation.  I have also added SELinux context, log rotation, and speed! Enjoy Tomcat Screenshot from an earlier version, but the end result is the same.  Read More »

Apache Tomcat 9 – SSL/TLS Configuration HOW-TO

In this exercise, Tomcat 9 will be installed with OpenJDK 8 using a self-signed certificate in a PKS12 keystore on a clean CentOS 7 Linux server using the Http11NioProtocol protocol.  These are the steps. Enjoy Tomcat Check the Cert You can check the cert by using your browser. http2.Http2Protocol Alternately, you can use the http2.Http2Protocol protocol.  However, there is one prerequisite...Read More »

keytool -list displays “JKS” for a PKCS12 keystore [work-a-round]

A server with Tomcat powered by OpenJDK 8 is using a keystore that is PKCS12 and not JKS. However, the keytool shows that the keystore type is JKS. I have accidentally discovered a work-a-round to this. The JAVA version openjdk version “1.8.0_191” OpenJDK Runtime Environment (build 1.8.0_191-b12) OpenJDK 64-Bit Server VM (build 25.191-b12, mixed mode) The Test Keystore type: jks…

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Are you a robot? Epic Fail!

That age old and yet annoying reCAPTCHA question, “Are you a robot?” is one that must be answered before you, a human, can continue along your merry way.  As one would expect, the reCAPTCHA process evolves.  The other day, I had to navigate through intentionally blurred and obscured images; but today’s image is a new one for me, Select all…

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CheapSSL is NOT so cheap anymore!

I don't remember the specific dates or versions of the applications, but what I can state is that somewhere in recent years, Internet browsers and search engines, specifically Google, Google Chrome, and Firefox started to enforce the use of SSL certificates on websites. Websites will have higher page rankings with an SSL against those who do not. Chrome and Firefox...Read More »

Verizon FIOS Actiontec MI424WR Rev I router supports the 50/50 MB bandwidth

A recent experience with Verizon has prompted me to write this article. This is only part of a larger request for service changes with Verizon.  This seemingly simple request, to upgrade from the ancient, however, extremely effective 25/15 MB plan to a more current 50/50 MB plan.  To do so, I was under the impression from their advertisements, their sales,...Read More »

Manually update the Garmin nuvi 1100

For one reason or another a Garmin nuvi 1100 would not update. It kept rebooting itself repeatedly to where it would not be recognized by the computer long enough to perform the simplest of tasks. I tried the Garmin Express, Garmin WebUpdater, and the GarminMapUpdater for PC. With the Garmin WebUpdater, there was enough time to update the system from...Read More »
Plex Media Server

Plex Web without Port using a Reverse Proxy (CentOS 7)

Using a CentOS 7 box running a Plex Media Server and an Apache reverse proxy on the same box without a domain name and only an IP address and after much trial and error, a working Apache configuration file finally materializes. The goal was to eliminate the need of typing the port number to access the Plex Media Server web...Read More »

Radio Shack EC-4019 Calculator Problem and Solution

The Radio Shack EC-4019 is a great calculator. I have had it since the late 1980s since it was new. It has worked flawlessly up until about 2012, when a new battery was needed. Yup, it took over 20 years to finally have the need to replace the battery. Not to suggest that it is being used on a daily…

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