Category: Tips and Tricks

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 »

Synology Diskstation DS1812+ Suddenly Dies and Resolution

I had a negative experience that turned out to have a positive ending. Sharing this experience may hopefully help someone else. A Synology Diskstation DS1812+ NAS has served well for several years, until one day it was found turned off. I pressed the power button in an attempt to turn it back on as there was no prior indication of...Read More »

Convert an OVA/OVF VirtualBox to ESXi

This guide won't go into the actual export of a VirtualBox OVA with the intended use for a VMware ESXi 5.5 environment.  It won't even use the conventional tools that some sites suggest; however, this method worked for me. After repeated failure attempts to import a VirtualBox OVA, I used 7-zip to extract the contents (ignoring any error or warning...Read More »

Cannot Set Password Never Expires on Windows Server 2012

A stand-alone Microsoft Windows Server 2012 with logon as local Administrator keeps presenting itself with a popup message that the password is expired in 1 day and that you must change your password.  There were a couple of solutions that exist. One seemed more elegant and quicker than the other. The first solution to use the local security policy. Go…

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Install Emby Server on NetGear ReadyNAS Pro

While playing with Plex and Emby on different virtual machines, I thought it would be a fun exercise to install Emby on a NetGear ReadyNAS Pro. Emby is a media server designed to organize, play, and stream audio and video to a variety of devices. The problem was the ReadyNAS Pro firmware was 4.x.x and Emby server supports 6.8.0 or greater. ...Read More »

ReadyNAS Pro Upgrade Firmware from 4 to 6 (unsupported)

The NetGear ReadyNAS Pro can be a fantastic addition to any environment. Aside from a flaky power supply which wasn't too difficult to replace, (Another story for another time.), this box has been relatively descent. Well the power supply issue was big and annoying. The other annoying aspect to this NAS is it's dated firmware which displays this awful web page...Read More »