Process Automation with IFTTT

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I've used this tool for quite some time but after talking with a number of people, have discovered that most have never heard of it.  It's a web service that automatically does tasks for you based on whatever rules you give it (they call them recipes).  Here are some examples of processes you can automate with ifttt.com. The recipes follow the simple IF...Then methodology. Download Facebook photos that you're tagged in, upload them to a Google Drive. Download gMail attachments, upload them to Dropbox. Search Craigslist for keywords, notify you via email when a new listing is posted. You can check out sample recipes or create your own at http://ifttt.com.
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OpenDNS Alternative, SafeDNS

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I had once been a longtime user of OpenDNS for my home and some small businesses that I worked with. It served as a forward lookup DNS server and as a web filter for those networks. OpenDNS performed quite well. I don't know why but I eventually drifted away from OpenDNS as a web filter and implemented Barracuda Web Filters or spun up Squid/Squidguard on pfSense if the need were to arise. Recently though, with my personal company, CloudFirst Technologies, I needed a reliable and AFFORDABLE web filter for my customers. I stumbled across SafeDNS. It seemed to have the same features as OpenDNS but until I tried it, I didn't know how effective it was. I'm happy to report that it is a great alternative to OpenDNS. It blocks…
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WordPress Simple Theme – Page Date Edit

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I've been trying to get the look and feel of this site to a point where I'm happy again and something that has bothered me for some time now is the date at the top of the pages. This was a weird theme decision in my opinion. For what reason would a "static?" page need to have a date at the top of it? Development and coding are not in my wheelhouse but I've always been to understand php and some other languages well enough that I can typically make small changes. In this case, I was able to remove the date from the top of the Page Template (page.php) file. To do this, remove <?php the_date(); ?) from the page.php template.  Appearance --> Editor --> Page Template (page.php) Click…
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XenCenter Issue after upgrading to Windows 10

Windows, XenServer
After upgrading to Windows 10 on my main work computer, I could no longer connect to 2 XenServer 6.2 hosts and found out that the error was "Could not create SSL/TLS Secure Channel".  After a bit of lazy searching I found a forum post that fixed the problem. Forum Post The actual fix for this is as follows. service xapissl stop mv /etc/xensource/xapi-ssl.pem /etc/xensource/xapi-ssl.pem.bak /opt/xensource/libexec/generate_ssl_cert "/etc/xensource/xapi-ssl.pem" '10.10.6.27' service xapissl start xe-toolstack-restart Replace the 10.10.6.27 with the IP of the server host you are attempting to fix. This should resolve your ability to connect from XenCenter.
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bitcoin CPU mining with Ubuntu 12.04

blog, Linux, Ubuntu
Please do not bother responding with how worthless this is.  This is purely academic.  A few of the guys at my office were curious and I was idle for a little while this weekend and got started with the basics of the basics in bitcon mining. Prerequisites Go setup yourself a bitcoin wallet here --> http://www.trybtc.com  There will be some tutorials, feel free to go through those. You'll end up here --> https://coinbase.com This is where you can keep track of your account.  First let's pop in there and grab the bitcoin address that we will use in a bit.  You can find it under Account Settings --> Bitcoin Addresses.  This is how others can give you money. Create an account here --> https://mining.bitcoin.cz/ This is the only way that CPU mining is…
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