Netgear PR2000 Trek Travel Router

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Netgear just released a new firmware V1.0.0.12_1.0.1 for PR2000 Trek Travel Router.

This is a little nifty device that offers low cost router, access point, bridging and range extended features in one device. You can buy this device for less than $50 on-line and you will not find another device that offers the same feature set in the same price ballpark. It’s aimed for users that travel a lot and allows you to share one Internet connection for multiple devices – your smartphone, tablet or a laptop. Many hotels now charge you for multiple devices that you want to connect … Read the rest of this entry »


The best way to transfer you money around the world – Transferwise.com

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Do you work abroad and you need your money transferred back to your home country? Do you still have some bills or loans that you need to pay in your native country? Transferwise.com should be your first choice for international money transfers. I have been using this company for transferring my funds from my UK and USA accounts and the service has been marvelous. I have probably saved well over 150 EUR using Transferwise (please note that they offer very good exchange rates for USD-EUR, EUR-USD, GBP-EUR, EUR-GBP, GBP-USD, USD-GBP, probably ALWAYS beating your … Read the rest of this entry »


Playing DVD movies on Ubuntu 14.04

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I installed ASUS DVD drive and had to figure out how to play encrypted DVDs that were scrambled with Content Scramble System (CSS).

First, I installed VLC player and tried to play video file(s) without success. The following error message was displayed:

libdvdnav: Using dvdnav version 4.2.1
libdvdread: Attempting to use device /dev/sr0 mounted on /media/XX/CATLOW for CSS authentication
libdvdnav: Can't read name block. Probably not a DVD-ROM device.
libdvdnav: Unable to find map file '/home/XX/.dvdnav/.map'
libdvdnav: DVD disk reports itself with Region mask 0x00f00000. Regions: 1 2 3 4
libdvdnav: Suspected RCE Region Protection!!!

Did some googling around and … Read the rest of this entry »


MySQL Cluster 7.3 GA released with foreign key support

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MySQL 7.3 Cluster has been finally released as a general availability (GA) release. From now on foreign keys are fully supported in MySQL Cluster as well as new NoSQL JavaScript with node.js, Foreign Keys, and Auto-Tuned Clustering features. You can download it freely from mysql.com

Brief info from mysql.com:

MySQL Cluster is a write-scalable, real-time, ACID-compliant transactional database, designed to deliver 99.999% availability. With a distributed, multi-master architecture and no single point of failure, MySQL Cluster scales horizontally on commodity hardware with auto-sharding (partitioning) to serve read and write intensive workloads, accessed via SQL and NoSQL interfaces.

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Enable telnet utility or telnet server on Windows 2012 Standard or Datacenter Server

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To install Telnet client on a Windows Server 2012, first open the PowerShell.

To install a Telnet client run the following command:

install-windowsfeature “telnet-client”

To install a Telnet server run the following command:

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Display count of all TCP connections on a Linux server or workstation

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Display all  TCP connections on a Linux based server (execute the command below from ROOT user):

netstat -an|awk ‘/tcp/ {print $6}’|sort|uniq -c

Should output something like:

     45 ESTABLISHED
      7 LISTEN
      2 TIME_WAIT

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Percona 1C4CBDCDCD2EFD2A key importing

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Getting error with downloading and installing Percona Public GPG key on Debian or Ubuntu?

W: GPG error: http://repo.percona.com squeeze Release: The following signatures couldn’t be verified because the public key is not available: NO_PUBKEY 1C4CBDCDCD2EFD2A
Run the following command:

gpg –keyserver pgp.mit.edu –recv-keys 1C4CBDCDCD2EFD2A

it will output:

gpg: directory `/root/.gnupg’ created
gpg: new configuration file `/root/.gnupg/gpg.conf’ created
gpg: WARNING: options in `/root/.gnupg/gpg.conf’ are not yet active during this run
gpg: keyring `/root/.gnupg/secring.gpg’ created
gpg: keyring `/root/.gnupg/pubring.gpg’ created
gpg: requesting key CD2EFD2A from hkp server pgp.mit.edu
gpg: /root/.gnupg/trustdb.gpg: trustdb created
gpg: key CD2EFD2A: public key “Percona MySQL Development Team <mysql-dev@percona.com>” imported

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Change the default editor in Debian Linux

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You can change default editor in Debian Linux with the following command:

 update-alternatives –config editor

This will bring up the following screen asking you to select the editor (number on the Selection field):

There are 9 choices for the alternative editor (providing /usr/bin/editor).

Selection    Path                Priority   Status
————————————————————
* 0            /usr/bin/joe         70        auto mode
  1            /bin/nano            40        manual mode
  2            /usr/bin/jmacs       50        manual mode
  3            /usr/bin/joe         70        manual mode
  4            /usr/bin/jpico       50        manual mode
  5            /usr/bin/jstar       50        manual mode
  6            /usr/bin/mcedit      25        manual mode
  7            /usr/bin/rjoe        25        manual mode
  8            /usr/bin/vim.basic   30        manual mode
  9            /usr/bin/vim.tiny    10        manual mode

Press

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Change locale settings on Windows 2012 Datacenter or Windows 2008 Standard Server

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Windows 2012 Server Datacenter or Standard edition has very  nice and clean interface and for folks who are more used to an old-style configuration like Windows 2008 Server offers, it’s quite hard to find out how to change locale settings. Actually, it’s quite easy – login as Administrator and run the Power shell. Then in the Power shell command line type:

intl.cpl <enter>

and there you go. Easy, right?… Read the rest of this entry »


Safe and secure Linux disc shredding

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Today, when cloud servers are so popular always remember to wipe out your server data when you are deleting your VPS node or returning a dedicated server.

If you are running Debian it’s easy to install a secure-delete utility with the following utilities:

srm – securely delete an existing file
smem – securely delete traces of a file from ram
sfill – wipe all the space marked as empty on your hard drive
sswap – wipe all the data from you swap space.

To install secure-delete tools, run the following command with ROOT privileges:

apt-get install secure-delete

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