Google Chrome 61 and Slackware 14.2

On Tuesday (September 5, 2017), Google released Chrome 61 (61.0.3163.79).  The .SlackBuild from extra worked to make the Slackware package and it installed just fine.  But, when I tried to run Chrome, it failed to open. NOTE: Early on September 7, 2017, the good folks at released mozilla-nss-3.31.1 for Slackware 14.1, 14.2 and current, … Read more

I Was Wrong (again): Let’s Encrypt Works For Me, Thanks to A2Hosting!

As often happens, when I bitch and whine about something, I’m bloody wrong! I was wrong about being unable to use Let’s Encrypt. No, the folks at EFF didn’t fix anything. It turns out that my hosting provider, A2Hosting took care of it for me, before I asked!! Yay A2Hosting! I took another look through … Read more

Still Fighting (and Failing) with Let’s Encrypt

I’m still fighting with Let’s Encrypt.  Like a Mac, it’s so easy to use, I can’t figure it out! UPDATE: A2 Hosting had the answer the entire time! Oops! Here’s an outline of my latest failure: says: python –public-key domain.csr > signed.crt I used: python ~/tmp/test/letsencrypt-nosudo-master/ –file-based –public-key domain-redacted.csr > domain-redacted.crt … Read more

Let’s Encrypt Sounds Good, But I Found its Easier Way to be Impossible

About  a year ago, the Internet Security Research Group (ISRG) launched an effort now called Let’s Encrypt to provide free (no cost) SSL certificates for web servers. The EFF (and perhaps others) have launched a set of tools known as certbot that aim to make getting and installing SSL certificates painless. My experience getting and … Read more

WordPress 4.7.x: Issues Uploading Images (or other media)

On Friday, February 10th 2017, one of our multi-site WordPress installs began giving errors when attempting to upload media (images, etc.) and would not allow uploads. “docname.png” has failed to upload. Sorry, this file type is not permitted for security reasons. After a big of Googling and reading, I found a post that helped. It … Read more

Using @media in CSS to Implement Responsiveness

Due to the increase in use of mobile devices with tiny screen widths, I’ve been forced to move into the world of responsive CSS. The online directory for our organization showed strange formatting issues on browsers with less than 480px widths, because of very long job titles (86 characters) and department names (81 characters). (We’re … Read more

Yes, Virginia (and all other locales), there is an Opera 27-now 81-for Linux!

Like many others, I have been running Opera 12.16 on my Slackware box for a long time. Regular checks at told me that this was the latest version available for Linux. In March 2015, I discovered that Opera 27 was available for 64-bit Linux. With a bit of exploration and fiddling, I was able … Read more

Google: Once again, WTF?

I just noticed that Google Chrome for Windows now installs a plugin to Firefox called Google Updater. WTF is this? It’s bad enough that Chrome acts like malware and installs in the Windows User’s directory under \AppData\Local\, but why are you infecting my Firefox? Is your software so inherently insecure that it must depend on … Read more

The POODLE bytes: Taming the Dog

Just yesterday, my supervisor forwarded me an email about the SSLv3 POODLE attack, and asked me if our servers were secured against this issue. I was forced to admit that I had never heard of POODLE, but that I’d do some research and get back to her. I Googled around a bit and found a … Read more

How I Got Faster Hosting for Less

Amidst the current economic downturn, the changes to Google AdSense, and the ShellShock debacle, I decided it was time to find a better hosting solution. I had been hearing a lot about A2 Hosting’s Optimized WordPress Hosting. Like all things A2, trying this hosting service is risk-free! In the past, I used an A2 VPS … Read more