Tech Fixes

Adventures in soldering – Fixed my Xbox 360 wireless adaptor

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Over the weekend I started playing some PC games and decided that it was better to use a game pad.

It was at that point I discovered that my trusty PC wireless adaptor for my Xbox 360 gamepad(s) had stopped working, as in dead. I tried to revive it in every way I could, but I gave up and figured it was a case of fix or buy new. Read the rest of this entry »

Creating a Windows NAT in Amazon Web Services (AWS)

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As I’ve probably stated before, I use Amazon Web Services on a daily basis in my work, and recently I’ve been considering moving my own private hosting to them (For this very blog, for example).

The problem I have with Amazon Web Services, is that it seems to me that they should stick a big ‘BETA’ sticker on the front of it. I say this because although AWS has a lot of genius and good ideas, as well as being very affordable, it is somewhat buggy. There are also a lot of unexplained and odd things that happen when you do more advanced things within its infrastructure.

For examples of these glitches, have a look at the AWS Support Forums. Read the rest of this entry »

Convert Putty .ppk Private Key To A Normal SSH .ssh Key You Can Use On An Apple Mac

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This is from another article which I found very useful yesterday.
The original article is found here.

Also, how to connect to a server using SSH on a Mac

I spent ages trying to figure this out so that I could SSH onto my production hosting server from my iBook. Now that I know what was wrong, I can’t believe how long it took me to solve, because the answer is so simple – but unfortunately I never found anything in Google that helped me, it was only pure luck and dogged perseverance that helped me figure this one out.

I found I

already knew that I could open an SSH connection on my Mac using Terminal, and I could SSH onto my production server from my XP pc using Putty with no problems.

So when I copied my .ppk Putty key from my PC to my Mac I expected to be able to type:

ssh -2 username@ –i yourkey.ppk

from within Terminal and get straight onto my server with no questions asked.

But oh no! it’s not quite as easy as that – well these things never are, are they?

Let start with the very basics, you can find the Terminal program on your Macintosh in Applications -> Utilities.

Open it and you have something resembling a Windows DOS prompt.

Now if you already have a .ppk file from your PC that you want to convert to use on your Mac you need to visit the Putty Website and download puttygen.exe (on your PC) now open it, and using the File menu, load your .ppk that you already use, and type in your pass phrase.

Now go to the Conversions menu and export the key as an OpenSSH key – hey presto – you now have a key file that will work on your Mac! Such a simple solution, yet that took me so long to figure out …

Anyway, now you just need to copy your new .ssh keyfile over to your home (~) directory on your Mac and set the permissions to 700 (chmod 700 yourkey.ssh).

Once you’ve done all that you can use the ssh command.

 ssh -2 username@ –i yourkey.ssh 

and you should be able to SSH onto your box as you would from your PC – amazing!

Know what your Winsxs folder does!

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Something I often come up against dealing with server systems is low space alerts.

Now it is important to remember at this point that a low space alert on a server is A LOT more serious than a low space alert on your typical Windows XP/7 desktop. Read the rest of this entry »

VMware vSphere client 4.0 crashing when downloading files

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To be honest, I’ve been using VMware vSphere for some time and I’ve not encountered this issue before. Apparently this also happens when trying to upload, but I did not encounter this.

Very annoying, because it closes the vSphere client as well as the DataStore Browser… grrr.

Solution? Start the vSphere client as Administrator.

Similar to an issue raised in their KB here and here