WordPress 5.0 Is Here!

Today, 06 December 2018, WordPress 5.0 has been released. The biggest change is that TinyMCE has been replaced by the Gutenberg (block-oriented) editor. I’ve been playing with Gutenberg since I first heard about it: since August. So far, I really like Gutenberg. It’s just as easy to use as TinyMCE and the bock-oriented nature produces … Read more

PHP: Fixing “pear.php.net is using a unsupported protocol – This should never happen.” (again)

On servers using PHP 5.6.38, PHP 7.2.11, and PHP 7.3.0RC2, when I run pecl upgrade, I get the error message: pear.php.net is using a unsupported protocol – This should never happen. upgrade failed I looked at my previous blog post and found that, back then (2014), the solution was to run: pear upgrade –force xml_util. … Read more

VLC Media Player Fails with: vlc cannot instantiate dialogs provider

I recently installed Slackware64 current on my home workstation. After installing VLC Media Player from Alien Bob’s restricted Slackbuilds,, I discovered that VLC would not start. After poking around, I found that VLC was giving the error: cannot instantiate dialogs provider. Some searching around, revealed the answer on linuxquestions.org and in the file http://slackware.uk/people/alien/restricted_slackbuilds/vlc/pkg64/current/vlc-3.0.3-x86_64-1alien.dep That … Read more

Spam of the Day

I especially like FreeLottoe and Winniner From – Thu May 24 09:19:01 2018 X-Account-Key: account2 X-UIDL: _8/”!(Eh”!9>*#!hJT!! X-Mozilla-Status: 0011 X-Mozilla-Status2: 00000000 X-Mozilla-Keys: Return-Path: Received: from REDACTED by REDACTED (8.14.9/8.14.3) with ESMTP id w4I0KWfx002926 for ; Thu, 17 May 2018 20:20:32 -0400 Received: from mail02.bottledomains.net.au ([]) by REDACTED (8.14.9/8.14.9) with SMTP id w4I0KUk0004383 for ; Thu, 17 … Read more

VirtualBox Kernel Modules Won’t Compile with Linux 4.14.24

This morning, I tried to run VirtualBox on my workstation–running Slackware64 Current–at work and found that the kernel modules were not installed. Knowing that I had upgraded the kernel (to 4.14.24) this morning, I tried to build the modules: cd /usr/src/vboxhost-5.2.8 make and got a horrible message (and feeling -): /opt/VirtualBox/src/vboxhost/vboxdrv/Makefile.include.header:141: *** Error: unable to … Read more

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 Slackware.com released mozilla-nss-3.31.1 for Slackware 14.1, 14.2 and current, … Read more

Yet Another Domain Registration Company Violating WHOIS Policy

On 2 June 2017, I received physical junk mail from yet another scammy domain seller. Apparently, IDNS.ag (a.k.a. IDNS.to), Internet Domain Name Serivces hopes that I’m stupid enough to believe that are some official domain registration organization and that I should pay them $45 per year to renew/extend one of my domains. The letter claims … 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: README.md says: python sign_csr.py –public-key user.pub domain.csr > signed.crt I used: python ~/tmp/test/letsencrypt-nosudo-master/sign_csr.py –file-based –public-key domain-redacted.pub 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