Friday, April 28, 2017

Replace/Supplant/Overwrite Hamachi with ZeroTier-One


Wait there just one moment -- you mean to tell me I never posted about replacing Hamachi for something in “orders of magnitude” better?!!? How absurd of me.

Purge that crippled software with ZeroTier-One immediately! ZeroTier is cross-platform and even works on my obsolete Synology 410j. Forget Hamachi FOREVER!

Free Versions of Hamachi ZeroTier-One
Nodes per network 5 100
Bandwidth Low High
Dropped Connection Often Rare †
IP Assignment Auto-assigned Auto-assigned or Static
IPv4 Subnets 25.*.*.* 10.147.17.* 10.147.18.* 10.147.19.* 10.147.20.* 10.144.*.* 10.241.*.* 10.242.*.* 10.243.*.* 10.244.*.* 172.22.*.* 172.23.*.* 172.24.*.* 172.25.*.* 172.26.*.* 172.27.*.* 172.28.*.* 172.29.*.* 172.30.*.* 192.168.191.* 192.168.192.* 192.168.193.* 192.168.194.* 192.168.195.* 192.168.196.*
IPv6 yes RFC4193 (/128) & 6PLANE (/80)
Traffic Filtering Client Firewall Custom traffic and protocol (“Flow”) rules with v1.2.x
SourceCode Closed Source Open Source and freedom loving
Free Support Forums; but often goes unanswered Support button on website, Knowledge-Base, and Forums; Super responsive

† The only time my connection dropped, was when ZeroTier versioned from 1.1.4 to 1.2.x and a couple of my clients had to be re-authorized & re-IP’d via WebUI. Doing so put them back online without touching the clients. Now that’s cool.

I'm syncing files over my ZeroTier VPN now.  You could consider replacing DropBox and BTSync with SyncThing. See my previous post for a quick and dirty install.

Other cross-platform Hamachi alternatives that I have not tried (because ZeroTier-One just works!) :
- SoftEther VPN
- tinc vpn
- FreeLAN
- NeoRouter Free (as opposed to the Mesh and Pro versions)

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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

ghetto bash-prompt git-status

There are tons of awesome and beautiful bash-prompt and zsh-prompt git-status scripts out there.

You can find stuff like this for zsh and bash:

But this is NOT that.

I’m not a heavy developer, i just wanted something quick and easy. Enter my “ghetto bash-prompt git-status”

This will NOT change your existing prompt, it simply executes as the last instruction before your prompt is displayed.

If you want something better, look into:


VMWare PowerCLI 6.5.1 now easily installed via PowerShellGet


VMWare PowerCLI 6.5.1 now easily installed via PowerShellGet!

PS> Find-Module "VMWare.*" | Install-Module -AllowClobber -Verbose

That’s it! …However, You may also need to update occasionally:

PS> Find-Module "VMWare.*" | Update-Module -Verbose

Your scripts may begin with Import-Module VMware.VimAutomation.Core

Separately, you may update all your powershell help files with Update-Help

See the vmware blog for more info, including installing under an administrator account for an "AllUsers" install: i.e. [...] -Scope AllUsers


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Tuesday, April 25, 2017



Previously working, but now
Address already in use: AH00072: make_sock: could not bind to address

Probable Cause:
Any two or more .conf files have Listen 443 or <VirtualHost _default_:443> in them.

Tentative Solution:
Edit your /etc/httpd/httpd.conf or other /etc/httpd/conf.d/*.conf files making sure you don’t have two files requesting port 443. It seems recent Apache versions are more strict and will fail to run, whereas older versions did not complain. Technically, I just the renamed /etc/httpd/conf.d/ssl.conf to /etc/httpd/conf.d/ssl.conf.OFF so that my actual /etc/httpd/conf.d/live_ssl.conf file was used.

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Thursday, April 20, 2017

a stop job is running for ifup | NetworkManager


a stop job is running for ifup
a stop job is running for NetworkManager

Debian Jessie and jessie-backports systemd versions 2.15 and 2.30 respectively have a small bug that stalls shutdown.

Tentative Solution: (i.e. unofficial; your mileage may vary)
edit /etc/systemd/system/, replacing

ExecStop=/sbin/ifdown -a --read-environment


ExecStop=/sbin/ifdown -a --read-environment --force --ignore-errors

and also





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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

font icons displaying as squares in conky


FontAwesome and other font-based icons showing as squares in conky.

conky <= v1.9 : override_utf8_locale yes
conky >=v1.10.x : override_utf8_locale = true,
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