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Import an OVF into VMWare Fusion

First, install the OVF Tool. Then, run the tool. The syntax looks like this:

If you see errors about virtual hardware not being supported, you can add the –lax parameter to the command line.

When fail2ban just won’t match… check the time and time zone.

I was trying to set up a fail2ban jail for wordpress inside a FreeBSD jail, but I just couldn’t get the rules to match.  The fail2ban instance was running on the host machine, checking a log inside the jail.  Turns out the time zone in the jail was incorrect, and fail2ban was not matching log …

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Apple Internet Recovery and Transparent Proxies

If you are running a transparent HTTP proxy on your network, you may have trouble with running Internet Recovery and Apple Hardware Test on Macs that support it.  You’ll see a “-4403D” or “-4403F” error.  For some reason, Apple’s servers return a 403 when they see the “via” header that many proxy servers send.  Here’s …

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Make Eclipse Less Ugly in Linux Mint 13 with MATE

  Eclipse Juno looks terrible in Linux Mint 13 with the MATE desktop environment. Here’s an example of part of the screen: Everything is big and bulky, the tool bar’s style doesn’t really match the theme’s style. Here are the steps I’ve taken so far to correct this: Create a file called gtkrc, I’ve created …

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Squid: Bypass redirector for specific URL

Often times, in your Squid proxy, you may have a redirector configured – such as SquidGuard:

I ran into a problem tonight with my Roku box where SquidGuard was seeing Roku’s NetFlix access as a security threat.  So, to make Squid bypass the redirector, add an ACL and a redirector-access rule:

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Squid Proxy: Make Outgoing Headers Anonymous

By default, Squid sends HTTP headers on every request that can give away information about your internal network. Here’s an example of these headers:

That’s three pieces of information you may not want to give away: The host name of your proxy server, the version of Squid it’s running, and the IP address of …

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