Google Chrome – Your Preferences cannot be read

Logged into my Linux computer today and got this error as I tried to start Chrome. Tried the basics and it did not work, searched Google and saw many others having this same issue so I decided to document the process of fixing this issue here. I’ll start with the basic stuff first then will get into the more detailed steps.
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How to get the Abbadon and Nova Mortis post Dawning

Both these weapons were introduced as part of The Dawning event but are still available to collect. These are basically the Void and Solar versions of the Thunderlord.

Originally you had to level up your book to get Xur’s Tag to unlock Xur’s gift at the tower and get the Tattered schematic which you then had to turn into Ikora Rey to unlock the Exotic Quest “Songs from the Void” for the Nova Mortis. Once you completing the Nova Mortis quest, go speak to Commander Zavala to unlock the quest for the Abbadon.

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WordPress XML-RPC Ping List

 

WordPress uses this list to Update Services whenever you update your blog with new posts or pages by sending an XML-RPC ping and then those Update Services process the ping and update their proprietary indices with your update.

Typically, we’d have to wait for search engine bots to crawl our site to get the new updates but using this ping list you send updates out to services for them to propagate search engines for you. Continue reading WordPress XML-RPC Ping List

Netgear Router Security Update

Netgear noted that several of their routers have a command injection Vulnerability issue where an attacker can use a phishing method to gain control of your router.

Tip:
To find the model/version number, check the bottom or back panel of your NETGEAR device.

From the vulnerability Notes Database:

R6200, R6250, R6400, R6700, R6900, R7000, R7100LG, R7300, R7900, R8000, D6220, and D6400 contain an unauthenticated command injection vulnerability that may be executed directly or via cross-domain requests. Known affected firmware versions include Netgear R7000 version 1.0.7.2_1.1.93, R6400 version 1.0.1.12_1.0.11, and R8000 version 1.0.3.4_1.1.2. Earlier versions may also be affected. The command injection vulnerability has been assigned CVE-2016-6277.

By convincing a user to visit a specially crafted web site, a remote, unauthenticated attacker may execute arbitrary commands with root privileges on affected routers. An unauthenticated, LAN-based attacker may do the same by issuing a direct request, e.g. by visiting: http:///cgi-bin/;COMMAND

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Activate Ubuntu login sound

I miss some things from the old Ubuntu releases and one of those things is the login sound. I found it still included but not active, here is how to re-activate it if you want to have some nostalgia…

  • Cling on the Ubuntu Launcher
  • Search for and launch Startup Applications
  • Click Add
  • Add the following lines:
    • Name: Login Sound
    • Command: paplay /usr/share/sounds/ubuntu/stereo/desktop-login.ogg
    • Comment: Play Login Sound
  • Click Save
  • Restart your computer

If you just want to hear it without having it load every time you login check, here ya go.

ttf-mscorefonts-installer fails to install/upgrade

In the article on What to do after installing Ubuntu 16.04 we went over installing some things to the default Ubuntu install and it seems one of the processes needs the ttf-mscorefonts-installer package. Well, it seems that something is broken in that process and this article will cover how to fix it and get your system back to full throttle…

What’s the error?

Here is what I’ve seen, sometimes it happens with different fonts as well.

ttf-mscorefonts-installer: downloading http://downloads.sourceforge.net/corefonts/andale32.exe
 Get:1 http://downloads.sourceforge.net/corefonts/andale32.exe [198 kB]
 Fetched 198 kB in 12s (15.8 kB/s)
 ttf-mscorefonts-installer: downloading http://downloads.sourceforge.net/corefonts/arial32.exe
 Get:1 http://downloads.sourceforge.net/corefonts/arial32.exe
 Fetched 552 B in 11s (47 B/s)

E: Failed to fetch http://downloads.sourceforge.net/corefonts/arial32.exe Hash Sum mismatch

E: Download Failed
 Setting up ttf-mscorefonts-installer (3.4+nmu1ubuntu2) ...

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Students do what Social Giants drag ass on

While Facebook, Google, Yahoo and other Social Media Giants debate on whether blocking fake news on their services will be bad enough for their bottom line (because they make revenue for clicks on their sites and traffic flow) instead of focusing on the greater good for their users and society on a whole, a group of college Students have stepped up on done their job for them. Continue reading Students do what Social Giants drag ass on

How to perform a Master Reset on your Samsung Galaxy Note5

Before we continue please remember that:

A master reset restores the original factory settings and may delete your personal data on the internal storage, it does not delete data stored on the SIM card.

  • Back up data on the internal memory.
  • Turn off the device.
  • Press and hold the Volume Up key and the Home key, then press and hold the Power key.
  • When the Samsung Galaxy Note5 logo screen displays, release only the Power key
  • When the Android logo displays, release the Volume Up and the Home key (‘Installing system update’ will show for about 30 – 60 seconds before showing the Android system recovery menu options).
  • Press the Volume down key several times key to highlight wipe data / factory reset.
  • Press Power button to select.
  • Press the Volume down key until Yes -- delete all user data is highlighted.
  • Press Power button to select and start the master reset.
  • When the master reset is complete, Reboot system now is highlighted.
  • Press the Power key to restart the device.

Monitoring an Outlook Web Access site with Nagios

This is actually a really old post that I had done on another site and wanted to share it here in case it would help anyone. We have the code on GitHub should you want to fork it or collaborate to keep it updated to more recent versions of Nagios and Exchange.

I was tasked at work to devise a way to make our Exchange OWA site be monitored by our Nagios-3 servers. After several days and some hours of research, hoping that someone had already done it in hopes of making my life easier; I ended up with one script that basically combined php and curl. Being new to scripting it was most confusing and I ended up taking on the task to introduce myself to it.

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Install Viber on Linux

What is viber?

Viber for Desktop lets you send free messages as well as make free calls to other Viber users, on any device and network, in any country! Initially released as a phone app, you can now use it on your Windows and Mac desktops with a Linux version currently in development for 64-bit systems.

For the Viber site:

Viber is a mobile application that allows you to make phone calls and send text messages to all other Viber users for free! Viber is available over WiFi or 3G. Our sound quality is much better than a regular call. Once you and your friends install Viber, you can use it to talk and message as much as you want. Talk, message, and talk and message some more – for free!* You can also call any number that doesn’t have Viber at low rates using ViberOut.

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