Apple’s latest OS X version, v10.11 “El Capitan”, comes with a new security feature protecting core system files called “System Integrity Protection” (SIP). All sounds good in theory, but software that uses, or expects files to be in, the core system directories, like
/usr/lib, can run in to permission issues.
Looking for a way to manage your Apple Airport Express under Ubuntu? There are two ways, but the only decent option is to run Apple’s Airport Utility under Wine.
If you use Rhythmbox media player (which is the default in recent Ubuntu / Debian Gnome releases), you might have expected the ability to seek backwards/forwards within the current track. Just about every other media player I’ve used has this ability to skip forward, say, 10 seconds. Not so with an out-of-the-box Rhythmbox.
Here’s a plugin to rectify that. Using keyboard shortcuts <Ctrl> + Left and <Ctrl> + Right (or the associated menu items under the “Control” menu), you can now do just that.
The plugin will seek forward by 10 seconds, and seek backwards by 5 seconds (which is based on my personal media player & DVR usage patterns).
Feel free to contribute, fork, submit pull requests, etc., over on the project page on GitHub. You can report any issues there, too.
Finally, the plugin has no installer, but you’ll find easy install instructions on the project page, as well.
Sometimes you might need to dip in to the WordPress SQL database to manually manipulate passwords. Whether resetting a long-lost password, or adding a new user from the MySQL command line, better security in recent versions of WordPress have made this a bit of a chore.
Indefero is an open-source Git hosting web app, built on PHP (using the PLUF framework) and MySQL. I use it for some clients because it is shared hosting friendly (no need to set up Ruby on Rails or daemons, as with Gitorious). Here’s a quick guide to installing it on the latest (as of time of writing) Ubuntu release, Precise Pangolin v12.04 LTS.