FreeTDS is a bag of razorblades use, Microsoft ODBC Driver for Linux instead

According to @mst FreeTDS is a bag of razorblades. That’s right folks, don’t use it. The new way to go is Microsoft ODBC Driver for SQL Server on Linux. Unfortunately its a nightmare to install on debian. Luckily some very smart people wrote a lovely little howto: Install and Configure the MS ODBC Driver on […]

Howto quickly find your Beaglebone Black’s IP address

Whenever I connect my Beaglebone Black (BBB) to a network, I have to work out it’s IP address so I can ssh into it. This can be tricky. Some of your options are: connect to the serial terminal, or connect over the usb network interface which gives the BBB the address 192.168.7.2, log in and […]

Printing from Windows to a samba shared CUPS-PDF printer sometimes fails

I had this problem where prints to our CUPS-PDF printer sometimes failed to be processed on the server. The job would disappear as though it has been printed but nothing else would happen. Printing from the same application to a Windows based PDF printer, and then printing the resulting PDF via Adobe Acrobat to the […]

automysqlbackup ERRORS REPORTED: MySQL Backup error Log Warning: Skipping the data of table mysql.event. Specify the –events option explicitly.

I was receiving email error messages from cron like this from my autbackupmysql on a regular basis: ERRORS REPORTED: MySQL Backup error Log for somehost.com.dxa – 2014-05-01_06h26m — Warning: Skipping the data of table mysql.event. Specify the –events option explicitly. It turns out that mysqldump now warns you if the events table is not being […]

Tips on installing FreeSWITCH and FusionPBX in debian

I’ve been testing out FreeSWITCH and FusionPBX. I found it non trivial to install in debian. Here are my tips for installing. Don’t bother with the install script. I found it to be broken. And when it breaks during install, it leaves you in a state that’s very hard to understand and fix. In the […]

How to make a bootable usb stick in Windows 7 of a debian iso

Every so often I need to make a bootable USB stick in Windows 7 (64 bit) of a debian installer iso. For some reason my googling usually does not reveal a simple solution for this. I asked on #debian on the OFTC network and got various suggestions. The first suggestions were to use win32 compiled […]

Error: GDBus.Error:org.freedesktop.DBus.Error.Spawn.ExecFailed: Failed to execute program /usr/lib/dbus-1.0/dbus-daemon-launch-helper: Success

I recently migrated my linux box from bare metal hardware to a VMware virtual machine. At the same time, I upgraded from Debian squeeze to Debian Wheezy (testing). After the dust had settled, one nagging problem keep recurring. Every time I did an aptitude update or aptitude install, after everything successfully ran, I would get […]

Import historical data from Apache logs into AWStats

One of my clients had a problem where the last 6 months of data was not in Google Analytics. Upon investigating it turned out that for some reason the WordPress Google Analytics plugin was not active. I could not determine why it was not active when I am sure I set it up in the […]