Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Older version of 32 bit Firefox

Location of older firefox (version 53) which runs with the Foscam Cameras.


One can open adobe flash type extensions, of which the foscam web assistant is one.

Wish they'd publish a pure javascript support replacement.

Monday, November 13, 2017

suppress updates on Firefox

On Firefox 54, updates are loaded to


Erasing any directory there will stop it from updating.


about:preferences -> advanced -> updates should be set "never check for updates" as well

This may be necessary for various updates, which are being added to Firefox which are screwing things up.  Not sure if and when it will stabilize, so freezing updates become necessary.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

save and restore of putty session definitions from machine to machine

Putty sessions are saved in the registry entries for the Putty application.   That entry for the user must be backed up and restored to transfer the session information between machines.

This incantation will back up the registry entries for a user to a file.

regedit /e "%userprofile%\desktop\putty-registry.reg" HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Simontatham

The "manufacturer is "Simontatham" and is the same on all machines.

This saves the session entries in a Desktop file putty-registry.reg

File names on machine on restore (Merge):
In each Session entry there will be a location for any sessions which have a key file set for SSH preshared key.  It is not a good idea to save and transfer the preshared keys between machines, unless they are ones you have generated, and know what you are doing.

"PublicKeyFile" will be the path to the preshared key, and will need to point at the location for the preshared private key file on the new machine.  This should be done before merging and restoring onto the machine.

Restore (Merge):
This incantation will allow one to restore them on another machine.

The saved file will need to be located on a drive with a drive letter.  Otherwise the restore will not work.  Copying the putty-registry.reg file back to the new machine Desktop would be a good way to ensure this (it will be on C:).

Double clicking on the reg file once transferred to the other machine will restore those registry keys, and they should appear on the next invocation of putty.

You can also run regedit (from the run feature of the start menu) and select to import the file.


Thursday, November 2, 2017

Storage usage analysis tools

ncdu  tool to show map of usages from current directory down.

included in ubuntu / debian base

apt-get update
apt-get -y install ncdu

Monday, September 25, 2017

Network monitoring tools command line, Linux

Testing various command line tools, which use ncurses or other to display data on a terminal on Linux command line.

Sources of ideas:


Installs via apt-get:

bmon:  Very detailed, not a bad load.
    Tested on Asus Tinkerboard (arm, rpi clone)

wavemon:  can apt-get








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sudo apt-get install speedometer
$ speedometer -l  -r wlan0 -t wlan0 -m $(( 1024 * 1024 * 3 / 2 ))

Sunday, September 24, 2017

armbian wifi, xrdp install

  1. Ubuntu-desktop (already installed, but we did sudo apt-get install and found out)
  2. TightVNCServer
  3. XRDP (with, of course vnc4server installed with the package)



First, determine the name of the WiFi interface:

$ nmcli d
DEVICE             TYPE      STATE         CONNECTION
wlan0              wifi      disconnected     --
Make sure the WiFi radio is on (which is its default state):

$ nmcli r wifi on
Then, list the available WiFi networks:

$ nmcli d wifi list
   my_wifi      Infra  5     54 Mbit/s  89      ▂▄▆█  WPA2
As an example, to connect to the access point 'my_wifi', you would use the following command:

$ nmcli d wifi connect my_wifi password <password>
<password> is the password for the connection which needs to have 8-63 characters or 64 hexadecimal characters to specify a full 256-bit key.