Samba server and Win8 connection

Messin’ around with the linux box again.

I wanted to try my hand in setting up a file server (SAMBA) at home and since I have a few old XP boxes around and people keep donating them to me, so I figure why not work them till they die.

This one particular machine is an old laptop that a friend dropped and broke the screen. Two packages to install, Remote Desktop Protocol (X11VNC or TIGHTVNC) Since the screen would have cost more to fix than replacing with a newer laptop with better specs, it got donated to my collection. I will be setting up remote desktop so I don’t even have to plug in the monitor to this screenless laptop.

What to do with an old machine.

What to do with an old machine. Turn it into a file server.

Specs on this laptop is not great, but storage is sweet:

500meg ram, 100gb hd  and 80gb hd, AMD turon64, 1.5mhz

Loaded Lubuntu 14.04 also had Peppermint OS 4 (but not for this tutorial), 64bit(Ubuntu variant), chose this because it is lightweight, if you have even smaller specs, i recommend Lubuntu.

Back to Samba, not loaded in this distro, so I had to get the files.

sudo apt-get install samba

After setting up Samba, I found my self on the Win8 trying to look for my server on the same network and Workgroup, but stupid windows needed more help. I had to add some more code in the smb.conf file in my lubuntuserver ( what I called the server, original eh?).

sudo leafpad /etc/samba/smb.conf

Add below:

server string = jasperguy server box
workgroup = PREY
netbios name = lubuntuserver
security = user
encrypt password = yes
guest account = nobody
name resolve order = bcast host
include = /etc/samba/smbshared.conf
local master = no
wins support = yes
dns proxy = no

# Browser Control Options:
# set local master to no if you don't want Samba to become a master
# browser on your network. Otherwise the normal election rules apply
local master = no

# Windows Internet Name Serving Support Section:
# WINS Support - Tells the NMBD component of Samba to enable it's WINS Server
wins support = yes

# DNS Proxy - tells Samba whether or not to try to resolve NetBIOS names
# via DNS nslookups. The built-in default for versions 1.9.17 is yes,
# this has been changed in version 1.9.18 to no.
dns proxy = no

Tell the server to route what is shared on the server.

sudo leafpad /etc/samba/smbshared.conf

Add this:

[movies]  <-change to what you want
comment = Linux file server share
path = /media/eddie/D007-B745  <- path to what your shared drive/folder is
browsable = yes
guest ok = yes
read only = yes
available = yes
public = yes
writable = no
valid users = eddie

Create a Samba User

There are two steps to creating a user. First we’ll run the smbpasswd utility to create a samba password for the user.

sudo smbpasswd -a <username>

Next, we’ll add that username to the smbusers file.

sudo leafpad /etc/samba/smbusers

Add in the following line, substituting the username with the one you want to give access to. The format is <ubuntuusername> = “<samba username>”.  You can use a different samba user name to map to an ubuntu account, but that’s not really necessary right now.

<username> = “<username>”

Did a quick restart on samba after adding the lines and bobs your uncle,

sudo service smbd restart

it shows up on my Win8. Now it works sharing files with different platform.

samba - x11vnc

Both x11vnc and Samba installed and working, file server “SAMBA” on left and RDP “X11VNC” on right side. Windows 8 accessing Lubuntu 14.04 lxde desktop.

Success image.

If you want more details on the Samba server set up. toss me an email and I’ll expand this post.But I think if you follow all the command lines on this post, you should have your own file server up and running asap.


Rooting SGH-T989D Hercules Koodo

Rooting a mobile has it’s ups and downs. With that said, BACKUP before you start.

Download Kies software for your PC, the Mac does not work well and not tested. and since this model is sgh-t989d samsung galaxy s2 hercules, you do not want kies 3, just the normal one.

Download Odin3 software, the version I used is 3.09, I got it here: The button is a little different then the previous versions, but same spot, the second one “AP” or “PDA”. another souce:

Then you download a file that only does the recovery. That one I got here: watch out which link is the correct link for that file, most of those other download links are just ads.

So whether you have Ice Cream 4.0 or Jelly Bean 4.1.2 Android OS, this tutorial should work. If my links are out of date, please send me an email and I’ll correct it. If you are starting with Ice Cream, update it first to Jelly Bean with Kies, the app should pull your carriers firmware and updated with out looking for it all over the Internet.


Once you plug in your phone to the computer, go and upgrade and install. Just follow the guide that comes with Kies. If you already messed up your phone and have a different carrier firmware, skip this step and use the Odin3 to get the correct software. I had to do it because I followed a tutorial that was all T-mobile files. This is where you have to go to this site: You can also get the Odin3 3.09 here also, but it is the firmware from is what you want. Follow those directions and you should be fine.

Lets say you have started fresh, this video is the best I have found:


Download and unzip if you have not done so already, you should find 4 files in the unzipped folder. ICS-files

Connect your phone to your computer as a disk drive and copy the file to your phone in a folder where you can find it later.



This is not for firmware change, just  flashing the “recovery”.

First, plug in a micro-USB cable from your Galaxy S2 to your computer then hold down Volume Up, Volume Down, and the Power button together or volume down, home button, and power button together for about 10 secondsStep

When your phone resets (you will feel a little vibration), let go of the Power button but keep holding down the Volume Up and Volume Down buttons or Home and Volume down button.

When you see the warning sign, hit Volume Up button to enter ODIN Download mode.








The recovery-cmw-hercules.tar is the one you use with Odin3.

Choose “PDA” or “AP” then choose the file “recovery-cmw-hercules.tar” and hit the “Start” button.





Unplug the micro-USB cable then hold down Volume Up, Volume Down, and Power buttons together for about 10 seconds. Let go of the Power button when your phone resets.

Choose “install zip from sdcard”.

Choose either “choose zip from sdcard” or “choose zip from internal sdcard” depending on where you put the file

Find the file

Choose “yes”.  This will root your phone and install SuperSU superuser app.

Reboot and you will find yourself a fully-rooted Koodo Galaxy S2 SGH-T989 with SuperSU app.

Install an app that needs root and get the following screen. and that will tell you that you have rooted the phone.



I will not be held responsible for failure of process or you equipment. Do this at your own risk.

Finding those hidden files Mac

Although this article was originally written for OS X Lion, the command has been tested and proved to work in Snow Leopard, Mountain Lion and Mavericks as well

So here’s my first of what will soon be many OS X terminal commands to do what the third party apps do, without the bloat/overhead.

To enable hidden files/folders in finder windows:

Open Finder

Open the Utilities folder

Open a terminal window

Copy and paste the following line in:

defaults write AppleShowAllFiles YES

Press return

Now hold ‘alt’ on the keyboard and right click on the Finder icon

Click on Relaunch

You should find you will now be able to see any hidden files or folders. One you are done, perform the steps above however, replace the terminal command in step 4 with:

defaults write AppleShowAllFiles NO

If the above is not working for you, you may want to try switching YES/NO to TRUE/FALSE .. Beware that this is case sensitive!

defaults write AppleShowAllFiles TRUE

Mail Mac Signature for Lion

How to Make an HTML Signature in Apple Mail for Lion OS X 10.7


There are plenty of tutorials online to create an HTML signature in Apple Mail with Snow Leopard, but it has changed slightly for Lion. Here is how to do it:

  1. In, go to Preferences > Signatures and create a signature with any random content. Name it something meaningful. You will be swapping this out later.
  2. Write an html page inside of your favorite text editor. The page should not have html, head or body tags, should include only inline css, and should only consist of basic html elements (div, span, img, a, etc…).
  3. Open the file in Safari.
  4. Click “File” > “Save As” and save as a webarchive.
  5. Open the folder

    to show your email signatures in Finder by holding down the Option key and clicking the “Go” menu in Finder.

  6. Locate the webarchive file you created in step 1 using quick look (spacebar). Could be named different on different OS.
  7. Copy the exact name of the webarchive located in step 6, and delete the file.
  8. Replace it with the webarchive you created in step 4, giving it the exact same name that you copied in step 7.
  9. Restart and go to Preferences > Signatures. If you have images in your signature, they will not show here in the preview, but they will show in the real signature if the location is valid.
  10. Open a new compose window and see your new html signature.

WordPress Hacks – Memory issues

Found this online:

After researching online and learning that I am not alone with this issue, I deployed a threefold defense strategy to eliminate future memory conflicts related to the now-infamous cache.php pandemic. First, open the file wp-includes/cache.php and place the following code immediately after the opening <?php tag:

ini_set('memory_limit','32M'); // set memory to prevent fatal errors

After that, create an htaccess file for the wp-includes directory and insert the following directive:

# set memory limit for cache.php
php_value memory_limit 32M

Finally, create a local php.ini file in the same directory (wp-includes) and insert this:

;; set memory limit for cache.php
memory_limit = 32M

And that’s it. Save, upload, test and check for additional errors. If necessary, you may wish to try alternate values for the memory limit. I am not positive, but I think that valid values include 8, 12, 16, 32, 64, 128, ...etc., but the upper limit will vary depending on your server settings. Like I said, it doesn’t always work, but it definitely seems to help reduce the overall volume of memory-related errors in certain environments.

WordPress bugs – jetpack issue

Jetpack register error

Have this error?

Jetpack could not contact register_http_request_failed. This usually means something is incorrectly configured on your web host.
SSL read: error:00000000:lib(0):func(0):reason(0), errno 0

I solved this problem by adding a line of code to the wp-config.php file. Just after the lines below add this line:


The final should look like this:
* @package WordPress
// ** My SQL…

That solved any issues. I can’t promise it won’t cause another, but for now, so far so good.

Deleting WLAN profiles – wifi

Deleting wifi profiles off Windows 8

win8-wifi-profilesGot this off the net ( and it worked for me. My version is Win 8.1

Open a run box window (or press win+R) then type cmd to open Windows 8 CLI.

To see stored wireless profiles, type:

netsh wlan show profiles

This will show a list of saved profiles of your connected WLAN devices. Then you’ll need to write/save/memorize the profile name that you want to change.

To see the stored key (WPA/WEP/etc) of a specific profile:

netsh wlan show profiles name=[profile name] key=clear

You’ll find the key content under security settings.

To delete a stored profile:

netsh wlan delete profile name=[profile name]

This will delete the stored profile of every WLAN interface. If you want to delete the profile of a specific WLAN interface, you need to use the following:

netsh wlan delete profile name=[profile name] interface=[interface name]

To set network priority, Albert Xing contributes this command:

netsh wlan set profileorder name="network_name" interface="interface_name" priority=1

The ability to delete network profiles whenever and wherever you are is especially important if there are any public networks you’ve connected to that are set to automatically reconnect when in range. As we’ve seen before, hackers love to masquerade as public Wi-Fi networks. If you want to automate the deletion of open Wi-Fi networks in Windows 8, Scott Hanselman has created WiFi.exe, a utility (with GUI) to do just that.

Default Interface for Linux Mint 16, Mate

Ever get going on a tweak and messed up your own default files and did not do a back-up?
I do it all the time and have to reset. So I was messing around with the interfaces file and I tried to make it a static IP. But after several configurations, I did not manage to get it working. So I had to reset the file but forgot what was my original setting and it disconnected my network. 😦

This fix was my savior.


sudo nano /etc/network/interfaces

Default for interfaces file

auto eth0
iface lo inet looback

Below here is unfinished, will be setting this up later.

check current config

sudo ifconfig

shut down network and turn on

sudo ifconfig eth0 down
sudo ifconfig eth0 up

IP address of (What you want the IP of your ubuntu machine to be)
default mask of (also called /24 – You typically don’t change this- mine was different and changed )
gateway (This is most likely your home router’s IP address by default)
network (So it knows what network to run on)
broadcast (Where do send its “I don’t know where to go” messages)
dns-nameservers (Will use the DNS server your router uses)