Random Notes

This is a post for random notes, since I never know where to put them, and always have trouble finding them later…

Also, I’m sick of running a personal wiki. So everything worth it’s own blog post or cheatsheet will become one if I find the time. Everything else will end up here.

There is no structure here yet, so it’s more of a “I found out how it works and dumped it here” kinda thing until I have the motivation to clean it up.

[Ctrl]+[F] is your friend!

Topics: (In progress)

  1. Linux Shell

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VNC Viewer – Arrow keys resize windows **Problem:** When i use the terminal inside my VNC session (full screen mode), the up arrow key doesn’t browse the commands history as usual, but it resizes the terminal window..

Gnome appears to be interpreting and as Super- and
Super-. I tested both servers, and from both the vinagre and
xvnc4viewer clients.

As a workaround, you can go to the keyboard control panel and change the
keybindings to remove Super+Up and Super+Down from the Windows section.

Spotify Multimedia Keys in Kubuntu

Using the right-click feature sucks – aspecially when we have multimedia keys on our keyboard.

Run [Ctrl]+[F2] and type “Custom Shortcuts”.

Then right click in the free space on the left side under the folder tree and click “New Group”. Right click on the your new Spotify group and go to “New -> Global Shortcut -> Command / URL” and name that shortcut “Play / Pause”.

In the Command/URL field under the Action tab, you enter the following command:

dbus-send --print-reply --dest=org.mpris.MediaPlayer2.spotify /org/mpris/MediaPlayer2 org.mpris.MediaPlayer2.Player.PlayPause

That’s pretty much it. Now do the same for all your keys. The commands are

dbus-send --print-reply --dest=org.mpris.MediaPlayer2.spotify /org/mpris/MediaPlayer2 org.mpris.MediaPlayer2.Player.Previous
dbus-send --print-reply --dest=org.mpris.MediaPlayer2.spotify /org/mpris/MediaPlayer2 org.mpris.MediaPlayer2.Player.Next
dbus-send --print-reply --dest=org.mpris.MediaPlayer2.spotify /org/mpris/MediaPlayer2 org.mpris.MediaPlayer2.Player.Stop

Last but not least, you need to assign keys to your shortcuts. You can do this under the Trigger tab.

Don’t forget to enable your new shortcuts and the spotify group.

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VMware ESX zlib.dll missing


I thought it would be good to keep this info archived in the group for
further reference on ESXi, see below.

Kudos to Eric for figuring this out.


-------- Original Message --------

This seems to be a common issue with importing OVA files onto ESXi from
a Windows 7 computer VMware console with the following setup:

ESXi v5.0
Windows 7 Pro x64
OVA on local C: drive
vShpere Client installed from VMware-viclient-all-5.0.0-455964.exe

The error in question is simply the VMWare console trying to uncompress
the OVA file using a libray file that is simply not in the correct
directory.  Moving this file to a location that is in the systems PATH
will resolve this issue.

Copy /C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\VMware\USB\*zlib1.dll*/* *
/C:\Windows /(Win 7 Pro).

This resolved the issue for me and the OVA file was easily imported into

Image size

Scale post images to 1400 width and < 256KB JPGs to upload them.
(GIMP Scale 1400, export jpg with 50 quality settings for sony xperia z images)

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Other stuff


Convert Apache cert to IIS

openssl pkcs12 -export -out certificate.pfx -inkey mycert.key  -in mycert.crt -certfile CA.crt