VirtualBox Debian 8 guest installation

Installing VirtualBox will fail to install the correct dependencies when running VboxLinuxAdditions.run… here is a quick fix. See the debian wiki for additional details. These specific instructions are tailored for Debian 8. apt-get install virtualbox-guest-dkms build-essential linux-headers-$(uname -r) Then you can run sh VBoxLinuxAdditions.run Reboot / Restart services and you’re good to go! Checking installation…

Scam Alert: 123systems.net

I am just letting the community know about 123systems, a subsiduary of ChicagoVPS, operated by a man named Chris Fabozzi. 123systems is a complete joke. See the attached screenshots which show my communications with them — the entire time my VPS has been unavailable, aside from some very short periods. Eventually they decided to just…

Yahoo hacked

A security group called d33d has recently obtained over 400,000+ accounts stored within Yahoo. The breach includes plaintext passwords — they were all unencrypted. To check if you have been affected, you can use a small tool I developed to quickly check if your account is listed. https://rickyhewitt.com/tools/2012/d33d-yahoo-disclosure/ You can read more about the breach…

Fully replacing FTP with SFTP

Recently while setting up a new server, I realized that I really didn’t need to run FTP anymore. I typically use SFTP where possible, and it made sense to go the extra mile and migrate to using SFTP completely, while also allowing other users to access my server and use SFTP, without allowing them a…

Useful Python snippet #1

Found this useful Python snippet in Python Essential Reference by David M.Beazley today. It seems you can write to files in a similar way to how you would with IOStream in C++ by using the ‘>>’ syntax. Example f = open(‘out.txt’, ‘w’) print >>f, ‘Hello, World’ f.close() Unfortunately this only works in Python 2.x, and will…