Upgraded owncloud to 9.0.3

I upgraded my owncloud server to 9.0.3 last night only to run into similar issues as in the past.

The first issue I ran into is I couldn’t log into owncloud.  It gave me a white screen with a generic message on it to check the log files.  It never said which log files or where they were located.  Turned out they meant owncloud log file and it is located in the owncloud directory and not the usual log location for linux.

After reviewing the logs the problem was simple to fix.  I just needed to edit an apache file.  Once that was done everything was good to go until I ran into massive memory issues bringing my server to a screeching halt.  This issue wasn’t necessarily an owncloud 9.0.3 issue.  What happens is when you add Amazon S3 as an external location it does a crazy amount of “puts”.  Yesterday I went from 29,000 to over 790,000 in less than 24 hrs.  I thought this bug was suppose to be fixed.  I will have to check github again.  All these hits were killing the server.  Removing the S3 locations fixed the issue but not after several reboots and waiting several minutes just to get into owncloud.

I know that the owncloud project recently forked but I will have to see some major improvements to switch.  Owncloud is a great replacement to dropbox and they have come along way.  Right now they are focusing on apps.  I wish they would focus on shoring up a few other things first.

Zepto Ransomware is a Variant of Locky

Locky Ransomware

Zepto Ransomware appears to be a new variant of Locky.  Had a client hit with it last night and it was very hard to find any information about this.  There appears to be a thread here and there but that is it.  Can’t detect the thing easily.  At first I ran malwarebytes and came up with nothing.  I found a google search hit that said to use spyhunter 4.  Right now that is the only program I have found to detect it.

When you go to the TOR sight it lists it says it costs 2 bitcoin for the ransom.  That is over $1200 as of 6/29.  That’s crazy.

I am going to try a few different programs to see it can detect.  Don’t want to purchase spyhunter right now.

  • Malwarebytes has not detected it
  • ADw cleaner has not detected it
  • Spyhunter 4 HAS detected it
  • ESET Online Scanner has not detected it
  • Kaspersky Internet Security has not detected zepto

Download Updates to Dexis

To download updates to Dexis software you simply have to go to their download site.  Unfortunately, it is very difficult to find that site as the URL isn’t necessarily intuitive nor is it easy to find in a google search.

The URL is http://www.dexray.com/downloads/ for dexis downloads.

This brings you to a login screen.  Just enter whatever you want to let you through.

Sprint Airave uses Tiger VPN

sprint airave

I just found out that my Sprint Airave 2.5 is using Tiger VPN.  I had a line item in my router for an unknown device using Tiger VPN.  It took me awhile but I did eventually figure out the device was my Sprint Airave.  I figured it out using simple troubleshooting.

My knowns were the local IP.  The name of the program, the destination IP and the MAC address.  Based on the destination IP lookup (sprint) and matching up the MAC address I finally determined what the mysterious device was.

I also think Amazon’s consumer grade cloud app is using it also but I will leave that mystery to another day.

Ghost Blog Upgrade Issues


Ghost Blog

I have ghost blog upgrade issues every single time I upgrade.  I can’t say that I am repeating the same mistakes over and over because I am not.  I can generalize and say when ghost blog was released my problems leaned toward permission issues.  I have those straighten out now but I still seem to continue to have issues.

Today I was upgrading from Ghost 0.7.0 to Ghost 0.7.8.  My issues was a version NPM that was extremely old, I missed copying over some json files and I had to run npm-install –production multiple times.

It’s back up and I understand they are not even at 1.0 yet but I wish the upgrade process could be smoother.  I am extremely comfortable with Linux and use it on a daily basis but for some reason I can’t ever get it work on the first try.

I also see that they removed the forums.  I’m all for change and making things easier but I can’t use google to find my answer.  I will have to read up on why they decided to make the change.

What is the Default Canon Pin for Canon Printers?

What is the default Canon pin for canon printers?  I’ve had to look this up more than once therefore I need to make a note of it.  Very simply the ID and PIN (password) are both “7654321”.  While I am glad that part is easy I still am not a fan of Canon.  This time it’s their quirky address book.  First, there is no test button.  Why would such an expensive printer not have a test button for scanning?!  That is nuts.  Second, and even more importantly, it requires a path and location?  In other words say the directory you are scanning too is //mycomputernamebob/scans.

In the first field you enter //mycomputernamebob/ and then when you continue on you’ll come to a place where it asks for the path or location.  In there you just put scans.  Isn’t that weird?


How to install Guest Additions in Ubuntu 14.04 Server for VirtualBox


This is a very short blurb on how to install guest additions in ubuntu 14.04 server for Virtualbox.  This is very simple to do yet I never remember.  I also use Virtualbox a lot but that doesn’t seem to help me remember.  Very simply, if you are using Ubuntu server this is the command to enter in terminal:

sudo apt-get install virtualbox-guest-dkms 

Print Screen Stopped Working in Windows 10 with Dropbox

Print Screen Button

My print screen stopped working in Windows 10 with Dropbox.  It has been going on about 2 months.  From what I found online the culprit was Microsoft.  Once again, Microsoft can’t do something right.  It appears that the problem lies with OneDrive and it’s screen sharing capabilities.

Turning OneDrive’s on and then off and then doing the same in Dropbox preferences fixed my problem.

The first time I tried to fix this I only clicked the Dropbox preference off and then on again.  This time I did the same to OneDrive and now I can go back to screenshot sharing with Dropbox.


Blacklisting IP Addresses in my Sophos XG Firewall

I have begun to start blacklisting IP addresses in my Sophos XG Firewall.  I needed a more powerful firewall than what I was currently using due to a few services I have been running.  So far I’ve had the new router live for just a few weeks.  The firmware is still new and certainly isn’t bug free.  The biggest issues are lots of false positives and the ability to stream media on non computer devices.  The latter is fixed by creating a policy to white list the devices.  I did this by listing their MAC addresses.  I am also having a few http and https issues with sites not always working on the first attempt.  This includes my own sites and even my bank.  Not sure if it is the router or not.

As far as blacklisting IP Addresses using policies I have deemed four IP addresses so far to be excessive.


Each IP address listed above attacked a different part of my network.  Some tried brute-force attacks while others just used scripts.  I’ve now setup a report that I will review each morning to make sure the really bad ones are taken care of.

One other way to do this is to setup fail2ban but that only works with linux based systems.  I have that setup on two systems but prior to the new router I couldn’t drop the packets before they hit my network.  Sometimes I would get thousands of hits from the same IP and that was just worrisome and scary to think that they may actually get through.

To View the Flash Technology content in this PDF file, please install the required version of Flash Player

“To View the Flash Technology content in this PDF file, please install the required version of Flash Player” was the latest message I had to decipher.  Luckily I found my answer on Adobe’s forums.  Problem is that the “correct answer” is not the correct answer.  I found it near the middle of the thread where someone mentioned the standalone installer.

When you get the message about viewing flash technology there is a link there that takes you to Adobe’s website where you can download Flash. The problem is with the Adobe website detecting the version of flash installed and then telling you that you already have the latest version.  To use flash inside a PDF you can’t use the version that is installed for the browser such as Internet Explorer.

After installing the standalone version everything worked smoothly.

Adobe Flash