A slow updating blog I write for no particular reason.

Firefox… The Betrayal!

I had been battling a frustrating problem with my install of firefox on my HP nx7400 (Ubuntu 9.04). I have had Ubuntu on this laptop since 7.04 Beta and have had very few issues post upgrade. The upgrade to 9.04 was as easy as the others and I had no issues post upgrade this time. Shortly after I decided to get my feet wet with WPA pass-phrase cracking. I had installed SQLite-3.0.4 via an .lzm so I could compile aircrack-ng with airolib-ng. Everything worked fine until a recent update on the 24th of July. It seems something had broken my firefox and left me with an annoying problem that would haunt me for the rest of my life.

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Samba security and AD

I finally decided to get my two Linux servers integrated with my Windows domain. It was pretty straight forward if you follow the tutorial found here. I had to add an additional line of code to /etc/pam.d/login to have domain user home folders properly created when logging in via SSH. Edit the login file in /etc/pam.d/ if you recieve the “could not chdir to ‘homefolder'” when you login with a domain account via SSH. Place the line below before any other session entries. Thanks go out to rjerrido over at for helping me out with that one.

session    required skel=/etc/skel/ umask=0022

Once you have everything setup and working fine and you can list domain groups and user accounts with:

> wbinfo -u

> wbinfo -g

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The Battle Against MythTV…

I spent a good portion of this weekend fighting MythTV. I have encountered many obstructions on the back roads of DVR supremacy. I am able to display live TV on my 27″ LCD HDTV but it is significantly smaller that the resolution on my TV. I have altered the MythTV GUI settings to accommodate the resolution of my TV but the image size never really changes. I will be investigating the capture card settings when I get home.

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Construction on the box that shall become GibbTV has begun. It is a HP PC854n Media Center PC that I’m stripping down and throwing in this box to make everything pretty. Then since it came with a cheap no-name brand tuner card that isn’t supported by MythTV (the DVR software that I will be running on this box), I am adding a new Hauppauge PVR-150 MCE Tuner Card. The I thought to myself “Hey! This new DVR box is gonna look pretty snazzy. Why do I want to disturb the overall coolness of it by using it with a shitty 13″ Samsung TV?” So I went ahead and purchased a TV worthy of becoming the forefront of GibbTV, a 27″ LCD HDTV from Olevia.

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