So you’ve locked yourself out of your Sonicwall NSA

Written by on 28th March 2015 in security, sonicwall with 0 Comments

I had a funny experience where I had accidentally locked myself out of a Sonicwall NSA series firewall. I was replacing the login page with a custom one, and I had accidentally clicked OK before pasting the full HTML code. So now the login page was broken!

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Tips on securing and monitoring your vacation home

Written by on 29th January 2015 in security with 0 Comments

So you’ve finally done it, you’ve gone and bought a vacation home! Now your next thoughts are on keeping it secured, since it is so far away and probably vacant most of the time. Be it on the side of a mountain, a tropical island, at the beach, or just in your favorite city, there are some steps you can take to secure it. This is how I secured and monitor my vacation home.

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CT30 Thermostat Zwave trouble

Written by on 29th January 2015 in Uncategorized with 0 Comments

I bought several of these thermostats because they are cheap basic ZWave thermostats. Turns out, there is a very specific bug for some of these (including one that I received)! It makes all other zwave devices in your network go offline, because if floods the network with messages!

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Google Maps is sleazy

Written by on 15th January 2015 in technology with 0 Comments

Earlier today, I was looking for a local ski shop because I wanted to buy some new boots tonight for this weekend. So I opened Google Maps, and it gave me results for several options. So I clicked on the first one and was checking out their website, they had good inventory and I opened the chat window to talk to someone there. I was asking about inventory, at which point I discovered they aren’t even in this state! Google Maps was showing me a place on the map that did not exist. I wasted a good 20 minutes looking around at boots.

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What I learned from owning a Laundromat

Written by on 7th January 2015 in laundromat with 0 Comments

Back in 2009, I bought a laundromat…

I thought it would be pretty easy: clean the place up, respond to voicemails from people that lost money, fix the machines that were broken, and collect the money for a low-stress passive and reliable income source.  So I thought at the time.

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Raspberry Pi to open Garage Door

Written by on 10th November 2014 in raspberry pi with 0 Comments

I came across a neat project that someone did where they wired up their garage door to be opened by their Raspberry Pi.  I thought I would give it a try and I had some issues.  I made this post in case someone else runs into the same problems.

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No more motorcycle

Written by on 9th September 2014 in motorcycle with 0 Comments

Motorcycle Knocked OverMy motorcycle was hit by a car a couple weeks ago. It was hit with such force that it was knocked over onto its side and the steering lock was broken off! I was able to drive it home, however it definitely had some problems. In the end my insurance company ended up writing it off completely, so I took the money and I’ll get a new one later.

On the plus side, Progressive was a pleasure to deal with, I had no trouble getting my claim in and they got me a check.

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Yelp hides bad reviews

Written by on 19th June 2014 in Uncategorized with 2 Comments

I’ve noticed that Yelp has been showing a line at the top of reviews claiming that they don’t delete bad reviews.  They claim that if a business owner pays them for an account they can’t delete negative reviews, and give links to google and other researchers that back up their claim.

From my personal experience, I can say that I know that they do in fact delete/remove bad reviews.  I left a bad review for a Limo company and for a CPA, and now both are gone!  I only noticed it because the CPA called me and politely asked if I would remove my bad review, as he didn’t feel it was justified.  I told him I would think about it and reconsider, and went back to Yelp to see what it was I had posted.  The bad review I left was gone!  I then checked the limo business only to find out that bad review was also gone!

I then logged into the account, and my bad reviews are still there!  Somehow, my reviews aren’t showing up when you visit the page.  Which makes me wonder why I should ever trust them again…

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I’m a lumberjack and I don’t care…

Written by on 23rd September 2013 in Uncategorized with 0 Comments

This past weekend I finally got the view I paid for!  The builder never got around to it, and time and time again I said I would do it, and would do it this weekend if he didn’t, so now I have my view!  Now I can see the ski slopes.

Before and after:

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icinga-web with Win2008 R2 AD/LDAP on CentOS 6.4

Written by on 23rd July 2013 in centos, icinga, technology with 0 Comments

I had a devil of a time getting icinga-web to authenticate to AD.  The howto did not work for me (I am using that example’s settings in the solution below).  I tried everything I could think of, the error I was receiving was:

[fatal] Uncaught AppKitPHPError: PHP Error ldap_search(): Search: Invalid DN syntax (/usr/share/icinga-web/app/modules/AppKit/models/Auth/Provider/LDAPModel.class.php:136) (/usr/share/icinga-web/app/modules/AppKit/lib/logging/AppKitExceptionHandler.class.php:59)

For me, as a workaround I opened up the LDAPModel.class.php file and right above that line in the getLdaprecord() function I added this:

$basedn = "DC=domain,DC=local";

Then I tried to login as that user, and it did create the user!  I gave the user permissions and then logged out.

I then stopped httpd, deleted the cache (rm -rf /var/cache/icinga-web/config/*) and restarted httpd.  In fact during the process I stopped and restarted httpd and cleared the cache many times!

Then I commented out the line I added in LDAPModel.class.php and logged in as the user with AD credentials!  I’m not sure why, but I couldn’t create the user myself, I had to allow icinga-web to create it for me.

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