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 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

Migrating Dexis 10

Migrating Dexis 10 turned out to be pretty easy if you remember to stop the SQL server on both the new and old computers.

This was a migration from Windows 7 desktop to a Windows 8.1 image on VMWare ESXi.

The first step we did was to upgrade Dentrix from G5 to G6 on the old computer.  This went without a hitch.  In fact it was quicker to update to G6 than it was to go to 5.1.  I got the whole office upgraded rather quickly.

The next day I called Dentrix and setup a time with them to migrate the machine.  This took a few hours but we didn’t have any issues here either except one.  The clients were still looking at the old server.  A registry edit took care of that.  Basically the directions that they provide are spot on about copying over the files, stopping the old SQL database and then restoring the database.  Only difference was they didn’t have me reinstall G6 on the old computer when we were through. I just stopped the Dentrix  Server services on the old computer so it could still be used as a client.

For Dexis I tried to just copy the stuff over and then point the clients to the new locations. I thought that worked but the next work day I noticed that the server was still pointing to the old machine.  I stopped the SQL service on the old machine and new one.  Copied the data file over and then restarted the service on the new machine.  The clients picked up the new server beautifully.  On the old computer I disabled the service so it wouldn’t show up again.

I loathed Dentrix before but they have come a very long ways.  Once Dexis gives the green light I will move the whole office over to Windows 10.

Mapping NFS Drive on Windows 2008R2

I have had some trouble mapping an NFS Drive on Windows 2008R2.  It appears my issues relate to simple syntax.  I was using Amazon Workspaces and that runs on Windows 2008R2 Datacenter.  My NFS drive is running on on EC2 in Ubuntu on the same VPC.  I chose NFS over Samba hoping that it will make file transfers a bit quicker.

The command I used to map was \\localip\shared-folder E:

Where E: is the drive letter.  This is how it would look: mount \\\shared Z:

The other stumbling block I had was not seeing the drive in Windows Explorer.  By not seeing the drive in there I had a program that also couldn’t see the drive.  The answer to this situation was to run the mount command with a regular command prompt and not an elevated command prompt.

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