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  • ImageMagick Convert PDF Not Authorized


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  • Windows 7, 8, 10, Windows Server 2008, 2012, 2016, 2019 How To AC97 Audio Drivers and Other Unsigned Drivers


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  • Cisco Unified Communications Manager / CUCM IP Telephony Definitions


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  • Linux Mint 18.2 Create Config File To Start Application Upon Login


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  • How Does Cisco CUCM (Cisco Unified Communication Manager) Work?


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  • zenity popup messages, windows, dialogs, error messages calendars and more howto on Gnome Linux including Ubuntu, Linux Mint, Centos and more


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  • PHP Displaying Blank Page on Apache


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  • ImageMagick How To Convert Specific PDF Pages or a Range


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  • VirtualBox Nested Virtual Machine Containers with KVM Not Working no SVM or VMX module in the guest


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  • Howto install ioncube loader to PHP by Zend


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  • Linux Mint Black Screen after boot no graphics solution


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  • Linux Mint Ubuntu Debian How To Disable Webcam Automatically Onboot To Prevent Spying and Privacy Violations


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    So I have a domain "testdomain.com". Inside test domain.com's root is the following .htaccess: Options +FollowSymLinks -Indexes ErrorDocument 403 /launch/index.html Order Deny,Allow Deny From All Allow From 192.168.1.2 When you visit anything other than root things work fine. Eg. if you visit http://testdomain.com/somedirfile.html It will show the right error in /launch/........
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  • kdenlive - No LADSPA plugins were found! Check your LADSPA_PATH environment variable. [producer_xml] failed to load transition "qtblend"


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  • kdenlive titles/text renders as white screen when using .sh script


    When using the .sh script the rendering doesn't work after an upgrade of related packages to kdenlive. kdenlive (kdenlive:amd64 (4:17.04.1+git201705191233~ubuntu16.04.1)) with affine or composite transitions was fine but is now broken during the time of transition it is just a white screen. The previous version was fine: kdenlive:amd64 (4:17.04.1+git201705191233~ubuntu16.04.1 But now I can't find it or install it:........
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    This is a VIA made VL805 USB 3.0 Chipset with 4-ports and MOLEX powered. First of all this unit was cheap at about only 9 USD with fast shipping. My biggest concern was if this was a quality unit and would it really give you full USB 3.0 speeds (some people reported with similar cards that for some weird r........
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    This sounds silly but if you don't know you don't know and the cable name is "RP-SMA" and allows you to extend your wifi antenna as long as the cable goes.........
  • Linux SAMBA does not work with symlinks


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    Uh oh [17925926.174277] block drbd0: Handshake successful: Agreed network protocol version 96 [17925926.174325] block drbd0: conn( WFConnection -> WFReportParams ) [17925926.174342] block drbd0: Starting asender thread (from drbd0_receiver [1682]) [17925926.174432] block drbd0: data-integrity-alg: [17925926.174581] block drbd0: drbd_sync_handshake: [17925926.174586] block drbd0: self 2AAE66AF9252D6DB:2815BF........
  • ioncube loader install howto on PHP/Centos


    Disclaimer, before starting this I do not like ioncube, it is great to protect your source code, but a big pain to setup this extension since it has to be done manually. Further, fi you do a PHPupdate ioncube may no longer work, causing important sites or services to not work (I wish authors would take another approach). 1.) Download from here:https://www.ioncube.com/loaders.php 2.) Extract the contents and co........
  • ADATA SU800 256GB 3D NAND Flash SSD Test & Review


    I keep reading these drives are slower, but they are cheap and still SSDand work very fast for my needs. As you can see the sequential read is 481-491MB/s, if I put them in MDADM RAID10 mode (normal RAID1) they should give me well over 900MB/s and with redundancy and being very cheap for what they offer. [1232206.315622] scsi 8:0:1:0: Direct-Access ATA ADATA SU800&........
  • How to clear all iptables rules for all tables and chains


    iptables -F iptables -t nat -F iptables -t mangle -F This is as simple as it gets.........
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    Everytime I've seen this error "/dev/drbd0: State change failed: (-2) Need access to UpToDate data" it is because DRBD has no disk: cat /proc/drbd version: 8.3.13 (api:88/proto:86-96) GIT-hash: 83ca112086600faacab2f157bc5a9324f7bd7f77 build by root@sighted, 2012-10-09 12:47:51 0: cs:Connected ro:Secondary/Secondary ds:Diskless/Inconsistent A r----- ns:0 nr:0 dw:0 dr:0 al........
  • cPanel how to change main IP to fix licensing issue


    Your cPanel may not work if you enter your non-main IP when setting it up. The way to fix it is to go back to the setup screen by removing the following file: rm /etc/.whostgrft........
  • Linux Mint 17 How to Enable File Sharing Option in File Manager


    I still cannot understand how this would not be enabled by default and I struggled to find the reason why with manually installing samba etc.. wondering why the option for sharing was not in the menu. On Linux Mint "MATE" the package is called "caja-share" and on Cinnamon it is called "nemo-share" so edit the below command as necessary: *Also note that the "samba" package is necessary as it is not inst........
  • Apache Vhost HowTo Serve Same Content using a different domain and IP


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  • convert imagemagick pdf to jpg is too small when converting solution


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  • Virtualbox errors on Ubuntu/Debian/Mint


    The solution was to reinstall the vbox dkms package and do a manual modprobe of the modules it makes. I never sorted out the unable to start due to the USB issue, I did have the guest additions installed but the only way to boot was to change the pointing device from USB to PS2 and then to disable the USB controller (if your pointing device is set as USB, disabling USB will not work because it will re-enable by default when it sees your pointing device is USB, this is w........
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    It's always bothered me how Wordpress basically forces the user to provide their hosting credentials to install themes and plugins. How do know for sure the data is not being saved, intercepted and being provided backdoor access to the NSA or other agencies or even just being misused by others with access? Here's how to close the security hole above and if you're already given Wordpress your credentials make sure you change everything associated it with it. Eg. change your........
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    wget --accept "*.pdf" -r http://somewebsite/page........
  • Sipura / Linksys PAP/VOIP/SIP Adapter Issue Can't receiving incoming phone calls and you're behind a NAT router (99% of people)? solution


    Sipura / Linksys PAP/VOIP/SIP Adapter Issue Can't receiving incoming phone calls and you're behind a NAT router (99% of people)? 1. Login to the adapter. 2. Click on "Advanced" (location varies but usually somewhere on top) 2. Click on "SIP" 3. Scroll down to "NAT" (usually at the bottom). You'll find 2 columns with 4 rows of drop-down boxes (they'........
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  • convert PDF to JPG howto in Linux


    Use imagemagick: convert -density 200 file.pdf file.jpg Increase the "density" value to get a higher resolution/larger file an decrease it to go smaller. This is really the quickest and simplest way.........
  • Asterisk how to reload extensions from the CLI


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  • Virtualbox Failed to open a session for the virtual machine XP. Failed to launch Remote Desktop Extension server (Unknown Status 0x80004005). Failed to load VMMR0.r0 (VERR_SUPLIB_OWNER_NOT_ROOT).


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    I thought only a faster CPUand SSDwould help but I already have a Quad-Core CPU and it wasn't being maxed out. The actual tests were performed on an AMD-V enabled 128MB dual core VMWare container though. There is a flag that can be passed to make in order to start multiple threads, by specifying 4 threads I was able to reduce the whole kernel compilation time from scratch by about 50%! (65minutes vs 31minutes!). *Yes I did do a make clean before each co........
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    My mother needed a new laptop and I recommended her the same one I would have bought myself or my wife, that means the cheapest possible laptop with the most features for the money. This HP shines at this price point and one thing that made me stay away from buying more and recommending HP/Compaq was the poor battery life. Not anymore, this model has an industry leading up to 4 hours of battery life. Key Factors for Choosing It: HDMI Out........
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    I found the cause of this issue was from all the diskspace being used but clearing it was not enough. Iguess the tables became inconsistent when space ran out and myisamchk is what fixed the rest. service mysqld restart ERROR! MySQL manager or server PID file could not be found! ....................................................................................... ERROR! Manager of pid-file quit without updating file. se........
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    Install the "Editors" and "Net" groups that will give you rsync, ssh, ssh-keygen and cron. The trickiest thing that I keep forgetting about each time is you have to run "cron-config" which adds the cron service to Windows, and without doing that obviously no cron jobs will be run thus making automatic backups impossible. Warning about rsync/cygwin and using the -a archive switch. It's a good thing I caught this because it doesn't work ri........
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