The Dallemagnes → Computers

Sad about firefox

So for years I’ve used Firefox as my browser of choice. However with them moving to a more chrome like interface what this means is that a lot of the plugins I used to customize firefox will no longer work. I could switch to a browser like pale moon, but that last I used it, it wasn’t what I wanted either. Plus I hear it has some security issues. So I guess for now I’ll start using chrome again. Once Vivaldi get bookmark and setting sync I may consider switching to it.

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LFG

Trying to find a tank and/or healer when your DPS is a pain in the ass. That said I do love playing….

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Installing Private internet access with OpenVPN on Ubuntu Server

I wanted to use a VPN on my ubuntu server, after googling I gathered a bunch of information from various sources. The following is a step by step guide of what I did. Hopefully it will will work for someone else as well.
install openvpn 
  1. sudo apt-get install openvpn
Download The Private Internet Access OpenVPN configuration files
  1. wget https://www.privateinternetaccess.com/openvpn/openvpn.zip
Unzip the files
  1. unzip openvpn.zip -d ~/openvpn
Move the files to the openvpn directory
  1. sudo mkdir /etc/openvpn/pia
  2. sudo mv ~/openvpn/* /etc/openvpn/pia/
Create a credentials file 
  1. sudo nano /etc/openvpn/auth.txt
on the first line enter your username
on the second line enter your password
Save the file and change permissions on it
  1. sudo chmod 400 /etc/openvpn/auth.txt
Copy the following 2 files to the openvpn directory
  1. sudo cp /etc/openvpn/pia/ca.rsa.2048.crt /etc/openvpn/ca.rsa.2048.crt
  2. sudo cp /etc/openvpn/pia/crl.rsa.2048.pem /etc/openvpn/crl.rsa.2048.pem
To have the vpn connect automatically on system startup copy the opvn file you wish to use to the openvpn directory changing it to a .config file.
  1. sudo sudo cp /etc/openvpn/pia/UK\ London /etc/openvpn/UKLondon.conf
Edit the config file 
  1. sudo nano /etc/openvpn/UKLondon.conf
Find the line that says
auth-user-pass
and change it to
auth-user-pass auth.txt
Test the connection by running the vpn
  1. cd /etc/openvpn
  2. sudo openvpn --config /etc/openvpn/UKLondon.conf
If all runs well reboot the system and check your ip address with the following command.
  1. wget http://ipecho.net/plain -O - -q ; echo
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Getting Started with Cord Cutting

The following is help list to get anyone started with cutting their cable T.V. cord.

Streaming T.V. Boxes:

A Streaming media box is a little box you connect to your t.v. which connects to the internet either wirelessly or with an ethernet cable to stream internet media to your television.

Time Warner Cable & The Motorola SBG6580 What a Pain!

Ok so after months of not being able to figure out why I couldn’t enable port forwarding on my TP-Link TL-WR1043ND router and not being able to remotely access my playon & plex media servers, I was able to get finally get it working.

I discovered that the cause of all my woes was the Motorola SBG6580 modem That Time Warner cable gave me. What I discovered was that it was working like a firewall & keeping my real router for doing what I wanted it to do. Thankfully that”s all fixed now.

After much googling I discovered that what I needed to do was get the modem into bridge mode. Basically the modem has 2 MAC Addresses, 1 for the actual modem (WAN MAC) and 1 for the internal router (LAN MAC).  Time Warner Cable provisions the MAC address (LAN MAC) of the internal router to have access on their network and any other MAC Address such as that of your PC or router, will simply not work.

When you enable bridging mode and turn the device into a cable modem, you’re then passing along your computers and/or routers MAC Address, which is not provisioned in their system. They will refuse to provision a new MAC address over the phone and your modem wont go online. To fix this and have your modem go online, follow these steps:

  1. Unplug the coaxial cable from the Motorola modem
  2. Hold down the  reset button on the back panel with a pen for 30 seconds, this will reset all settings to factory defaults. The modem will be auto-configured again once you plug the coaxial cable back in.
  3. When modem is back on hook your computer’s ethernet cable into the modem.
  4. Once you have a connection, open your browser and go to the address http://192.168.0.1 and login with the user name “admin” and password “motorola”
  5. Your going to make a few changes to the configuration:
    1. Wireless -> Primary Network -> Disabled
    2. Basic -> Setup -> NAPT Mode -> Disabled
    3. Basic -> DHCP -> No
    4. Advanced -> Options -> Rg Passthrough -> Enable
    5. Copy and save the LAN Mac Address from the Basic > Configuration Section
    6. Then go to Advanced -> Options -> Passthrough Mac Addresses -> and Add the LAN MAC Address that you copied & saved.
  6. Save all the settings and then plug the coaxial cable back into the Modem & power cycle it.
  7. Unplug your computer’s ethernet cable from the modem and plug it back into your router.
  8. You should now be able to forward ports correctly on your own router.

So now I have a working router and can actually utilize my playon and plex media servers from locations besides my local lan.

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How to install 3rd party user scripts & extensions in google chrome

Chrome recently implemented a change removing the ability to install scripts & extensions from 3rd party websites. You can easily work around this to install the ice quick stream script and other user scripts & extensions from 3rd party locations by doing the following.

  • Find the google chrome icon on your desktop
  • Right click on the icon and then select properties
  • In the dialog that opens you’ll see a box labeled target
  • The target box contains something similar to the following line

    C:UsersusernameAppDataLocalGoogleChromeApplicationchrome.exe

  • at the end of the line add a space then paste the following:

    –enable-easy-off-store-extension-install

  • your end result should look like this:

    C:UsersusernameAppDataLocalGoogleChromeApplicationchrome.exe –enable-easy-off-store-extension-install

  • Click apply and then click OK
  • close chrome completely by clicking the wrench and clicking exit and then relaunch it using the shortcut you just modified. You should now be able to install user scripts & extensions from any website once again.

I hope this helps.

p.s. this also works on linux launchers.

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My New computer is all finished!

So I fnally managed to get my new computer all built and put together. The only problem I have is my front audio ports don’t seem to work. I know I have them plugged in correctly, but after searching google it appears this seems to be a common issue with this case. Luckily I have a razer lycosa keyboard so I just use the audio ports on it instead. Seems to work fine. Here is a picture of my new rig.


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Building a New Gaming PC

So with Guild Wars 2 coming out and my current computer being about 4 years old and not really on the high end The hubby & I decided it was time for me to have a new one.

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Adding G+ to your KDE Desktop

Adding Google+ to your desktop is simple for KDE users. Simply download and install the PhoneWebView Plasmoid and use the following url as your default url https://m.google.com/app/plus/?force=1 There you have it..a beautiful mobile view of G+ right on your KDE Desktop!

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Humble Bundle

Today I purchased the humble bundle and I’m very glad I did. The humble bundle is a collections of cross platform(meanin they support windows, mac, and linux) collection of games. You decided what you want to pay then you can even decide how what you paid gets diveyed out, such as how much to developers and how much to charity. They are pretty neat games as well. If you get a chance I suggest checking out the bundle.

 

http://www.humblebundle.com/

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