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MySQL dummy placeholder RPM package for MariaDB

On CentOS 7 MariaDB has (quite rightfully IMHO) replaced MySQL in the repositories however this has caused me a few problems. Since MySQL was so widely used there are other things that have MySQL as a requirement/dependency. Mainly my problem was some puppet modules that wanted the mysql-server package installed before they would proceed with… Read more »

Minecraft mcrcon and iconv for dodgy characters

I was using the mcrcon utility to retrieve performance statistics from a Minecraft server for use in Nagios: /opt/minecraft/mcrcon -c -H -P 25575 -p “topsecret” list However the output included dodgy unrecognised � characters (see screenshot). To remove these characters from the output I converted with iconv to UTF-8 and was then able to… Read more »

CoolerMaster Hyper 212 Evo


I ordered a CoolerMaster Hyper 212 Evo from Amazon for £26.50 to keep my machine a little cooler than the stock heat sink. The two heat sinks are shown below. The CoolerMaster is much bigger and could be a struggle to get in to most cases but I am very happy with the results. It… Read more »


TLS SMTP connection

To prepare to test a TLS connection to an SMTP server we first need to Base64 encode the Login credentials: perl -MMIME::Base64 -e ‘print encode_base64(“\000LoginID\000password”)’ The result of this is: AExvZ2luSUQAcGFzc3dvcmQ= I tried using the base64 linux command but did not get the same result or a result that would work: echo -n “\000LoginID\000password” |… Read more »

Twiki Installation and Setup Overview

Twiki Installation

I am not necessarily a fan of this software as I find it a bit less than intuitive to use but I set it up on one of our CentOS servers for someone else and thought I would jot a few notes about the process. Install dependencies: yum –disablerepo=rpmforge –enablerepo=epel install httpd gdal-perl perl-CGI perl-CGI-Session… Read more »

Google Takeout

Google Take away

My Google Drive (Google Docs) was a mess with outdated documents and a poor folder structure so I decided to start afresh by deleting everything and building a tidier folder structure. Deleting everything presents a little problem and in steps Google Takeout – part of the Google Data Liberation Front. Google actually make it easy… Read more »

Building RPMs for Squid, SquidGuard

Squid Get a few dependencies to get the ball rolling: yum -y groupinstall “Development Tools” yum -y install rpm-build openjade linuxdoc-tools openldap-devel pam-devel openssl-devel httpd rpm-devel expat-devel db4-devel libpcap-devel Browse and find the latest Source RPM for your architecture, then install the sprm e.g. wget rpm -ivh squid*.src.rpm This does not actually install… Read more »

Ashtree Show Jumps Newry Ireland

Ashtree construct and supply quality affordable show jumps for beginner to advanced levels. Our speciality is mobile easy-to-move cross-country fences built on a one-fits-all removable axle system. We supply jumps at complete height range with delivery nationwide. If you’re after something out of the ordinary talk to us about your requirements for a custom-build.

Send Faxes From Linux

PamFax offer a service for sending documents and scans to fax numbers worldwide. Paymeny by PayPal which is handy. Linux installers in Deb, Rpm and tarball.