Author: Matt

"Consistency is the last refuge of the unimaginative."

An extremely frustrating Apache error – uploads failing silently at exactly 20 seconds

RequestReadTimeout header=300-360,MinRate=500 body=300-360,MinRate=500 The above block of text took hours to find, and nearly drove me crazy. I’ve been working on getting file uploads to work on an AWS PHP application sitting behind an Application Load Balancer, and we simply could not figure out the issue. At first, we investigated PHP settings like post_max_size, upload_max_filesize, …

Silly .profile tricks for EC2 instances

Assuming you have your AWS CLI configured properly, and have the “jq” package installed, this is an easy way to SSH to your EC2 instances, and can detect/start an EC2 instance if you attempt to SSH to one that is stopped. Place the below in ~/.profile, and then source it with “. ~/.profile” (or close …

Upgrade from Fedora 27 to 28, without removing Steam

From https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=1553646 dnf install nss-pem-1.0.3-9.fc28 –releasever=28 dnf system-upgrade –releasever=28 download

“Fake news”, Marshall McLuhan predicted that too

“World War III is a guerrilla information war with no division between military & civilian participation.” – Marshall McLuhan, 1970

Hello WordPress, my old friend

I’ve come to talk with you again Because a vision softly creeping Left its seeds while I was sleeping And the vision that was planted in my brain Still remains Within the sound of silence Silence being me not posting for a while, but still having thoughts of complex ideas to post… I guess with …

Updating your fancy Outlook signature in OWA, the hard way

As a Linux user at a large organization and stuck with Exchange as the back end e-mail environment, I unfortunately have to use Outlook quite often to communicate and view meeting invites and so on.  For those who have used Outlook Web Access on Linux, you know that Chrome isn’t officially supported for the full experience, …

Fixing a bluetooth headset with a shred of paper towel

I’ve bought quite a bit from Geek lately, which if you’re not familiar, is basically a direct to consumer way for Chinese manufacturers/wholesalers to sell to US buyers.  Honestly I think things like headphones and cell phone cases and so on are vastly overpriced for most brands, but are still made in China much of …

Taskomatic troubleshooting, systems always show available updates – Spacewalk 2.3 / Satellite 5.x

Lately one of my projects at work is to get a patch management solution in place for our RHEL/CentOS Linux systems.  Since Red Hat’s Satellite product doesn’t manage CentOS systems, and because there is no easy method of configuring the pieces that Satellite 6 is based on, we decided to go with Spacewalk.  For longer …

Running Linux commands on many servers at a time

I’ve been busy at work lately… setting up a new patch process to include implementation, migration from our old, counter-intuitive system (apt on Red Hat servers, :|), so lots of registering systems with Spacewalk has been necessary (until we finish a Puppet module that is). During our regularly scheduled patching, we have to do blocks …

Using getmail to retrieve e-mail and dump it to MySQL

Recently I worked on an eLance side project after hours to retrieve e-mails that included CSV files from a GMail account and was pretty happy with the outcome, so I wanted to share it here.  The script prompts for configuration options (continuing if a config file already exists), installs the getmail and ripmime packages if …