Being cautious about Heartbleed

If you haven’t heard, Heartbleed, aka CVE-2014-0160, is a vulnerability in OpenSSL – a cryptographic library which is used to secure a bunch of internet services via SSL/TLS. When you see the green https at the left hand side of your browser’s address bar, there’s a good chance that OpenSSL is behind the scenes, silently encrypting […]

Lync 2013 April Client Update

Microsoft have just announced the latest cumulative update for Lync server 2013 update for the Lync 2013 client. Edit: Turns out this is actually a client patch, which wasn’t telegraphed too well when the patch was first announced, hence the confusion. Regardless, it’s an impressive list of fixes which you should consider testing in your […]

Passwordless Logins with OpenSSH

I don’t know about you guys, but typing my password in whenever I want to get to one of my home servers is… well, it’s damn annoying. Thankfully there’s a way to export your private keys so when you log in to a computer you trust, you can have this act as your authentication mechanism […]

The simplest and lightest shuffling music player for Linux

First, install MPG123, a super simple command-line media player: aptitude install mpg123 Then fire the following (or save it as a script): find /path/to/your/mp3/files/ -name ‘*.mp3’ | mpg123 -Z -@ – Find will pull a list of mp3 files in the specified folder, randomize them, and push them in to mpg123. Control-C will skip tracks […]

Lync 2013 Dialin Page Formatting

By default, the Lync 2013 dialin page, e.g. https://dialin.contoso.com, looks pretty awful. Text is rendered in default web types, and the table of available numbers is almost unreadable as all the columns are pushed together. I’ve seen other posts on repairing this issue by hacking the inline CSS to include some spacing for tables and horizontal […]

Mapping network folders to Windows Libraries

Say you’ve got a network share with all your music on it. Adding it to a Windows 8 library so you can access it from Windows Music seems like it’ll be simple, right? Well, not quite. Mapping the network drive and attempting to add it gives you this error: This network location can’t be included […]

HP Touchpad: WebOS 3.0.5 removes all patches

If you’re anything like me, the recent update to WebOS 3.0.5 was something exciting, as it proves our beloved platform isn’t going the way of the grave just yet. But if your experience is like mine, you updated and found that your touch ripple was back, your smoothness patches were gone, and everything was back to […]

HP Touchpad: Muffle System Logging IPKG Error

After the recent 3.0.4 update to HP’s Touchpad, the Muffle System Logging patch was being broken, and was unable to be updated or removed. I found it irritating because I had to manually update all the other patches one by one instead of using the ‘update all’ button. Here’s how I fixed it: 1. Fire […]

Problems downloading iOS?

I’m not sure if it’s the fact that I’m using iTunes on Windows or if it’s because I’m with a shitty ISP, but every time I try to download iPhone software I get an error saying that the network connection was reset and the update bombs out. Instead, I had to directly download the software […]

Airvideo on Ubuntu the even easier way

For those of you who don’t know what Airvideo is, it’s a little piece of software which runs on a server in your home and allows you to watch videos on your iPod Touch, iPhone or iPad both in your home via WiFi and when you’re out and about on a 3G network. It transcodes video […]