Showing posts from June, 2009

Microsoft to release free AntiVirus software

More reports are emerging that Microsoft is soon to be releasing antivirus software which will be available for free download. In comparison to it's previous attempt at security software OneCare, it will be free for all Microsoft Windows users, however lacking further features like Parental Controls and other popular utilities found in current security suites like Norton and Trend Micro. Morro will be title of the new software which is claimed to help compat common security threats such as virus, spyware, rootkits and trojens. Also, Microsoft is claim that this software will protect it's users from being infected with fake antivirus tools like the common AntiVirus Pro range. Once Morro is ready for release, OneCare will be discontinued. Microsoft hasn't release a specific dates for release but it is expected to be available later this year. More information here:

Review: Rivet - XBOX 360 Media Streaming From Mac

For a while now I have been using Connect360 software on my Mac to connect my XBOX 360 to my iTunes library. This is excellent software and works very well. However, in my scenario, I do not put my videos and movies in my iTunes and have them stored in separate directories while having no intentions of importing them into iTunes. So began a hunt for some new software, and was successful. Cyncial Peak's Rivet is very much the same technology as Nullriver Software's Connect360 , however I found it better as it allows you to manually define directories where you videos are stored allowing them to be streamed to your XBOX 360. Supporting all the popular codecs (DivX etc.) it works well over Wireless and Wired networks. Security features including the ability to restrict and allow certain IPs and netmasks. Trials are available where the only restriction are the amount of music and video files able to be viewed per session. However, at the price of US$18, it's well worth ju

Restoring entire SQL Database from file

One night I had to restore my entire SQL database server from a SQL file, but it took me a while to find how to restore this file without restoring specific databases. Below are the commands for Linux. If you have shell (command-line) access, use MySQL to import the files directly. You can do this by issuing the "source" command: $su - Password: # mysql -u -p source Once you have entered the password to your MySQL username, the restoration process will soon begin.

VSFTPD: Transfer Done (but failed to open directory)

If you like the following article and it has helped you out, please leave a comment and let other readers know of you success and thank you for reading my blog. In most cases, the supplied sample configuration file for VSFTPD located in /etc/vsftpd will work for most simple setups. However, you might find that after connecting to your FTP server using you favourite FTP client, you find you recieve the following error in you client log: Error: Transfer Done (but failed to open directory) The main reason that the client can't read or "open" the directory is permission issues on the folder denying the client access. When running a Red Hat based ( Red Hat , Fedora etc.) server, SELinux is installed and live be default. SELinux controls a second set of folder/file access permissions on top of the standard linux folder permissions system. And because in most cases SELinux is not setup properly, users and administrators are unaware that SELinux is working on this layer


This is just a basic outline of the usage and function of the linux command-line command of CHKCONFIG. This command-line tool and be use in five different modes: Adding new services Removing services Reporting on current services Turning services on and off Reporting on service status One of the more useful ways to use this command is to report on a specific service. Basics For example: Note: these commands are best run as either root or using sudo. #chkconfig --list httpd This command will list init run levels that this service is set to run in. This is the output from that command (example only). [root@server ~]# chkconfig --list httpd httpd 0:off 1:off 2:on 3:on 4:on 5:on 6:off To delete a service from all init run levels, use the following: #chkconfig --del *Where , insert the name of the service you wish to delete. To add a new service: #chkconfig --add Advanced For a more detailed approach when adding services, you can specify which run levels the ne

No Network in Fedora 9/10: Removing NetworkManager

In Fedora 9/10 & later, it is found that software called NetworkManager which is setup to help with Network configurations especially in the graphical interface (GNOME/KDE etc.). However this utility hinders network operations of those on a command line level. Symptoms include: (Remember, command-line environment.) 1) Unable to enable network card (e.g. eth0). 2) Network card won't enable on startup/boot. 3) Command ' ifconfig ' does not show any network interfaces other than Local Loopback. Resolution The only resolution I have found to get you system online without a GUI interface is the following 1) Remove/Uninstall NetworkManager Easiest way to do this is these commands as root: rpm -e NetworkManager yum remove NetworkManager apt-get remove NetworkManager (This may work for Ubuntu) 2) Verify your network configuration using the Fedora Network Configuration Tool. As root, type the following: system-config-network Follow the prompts and this should have your net

Quick Reference: Linux Init Runlevels

This is simply a quick reference to the Linux Init Runlevels. 0: Halt ( Shutdown the system ) 1: Single user mode 2: Multi-user mode, not network access 3: Full Multi-user mode 4: Unused 5: Full Multi-user Mode plus graphical user interface 6: Reboot (Shutdown and restart the system)