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by MelGrubb
Mon Feb 26, 2018 8:06 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: How to label those tiny micro sd cards?
Replies: 31
Views: 19571

Re: How to label those tiny micro sd cards?

Old post, but I'll pile on. Nail polish or model paint. I color the top and edge of the card. For cards that I have multiples of (primary, secondary, backup, etc.) I color dots on the edge with a sharpie to tell them apart, even when they're in a Pi at the time. Then, I have a 'key" as others have s...
by MelGrubb
Mon Dec 25, 2017 2:58 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Password incorrect immediately after changing it
Replies: 9
Views: 917

Re: Password incorrect immediately after changing it

Normally my search-fu is strong, but somehow I must be phrasing this differently than those who have gone before me because I searched high and low for someone talking about the same thing, and came up empty. Oh well, I guess this thread becomes just one more way to phrase the same question, so mayb...
by MelGrubb
Mon Dec 25, 2017 5:51 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Password incorrect immediately after changing it
Replies: 9
Views: 917

Re: Password incorrect immediately after changing it

Well, that would certainly explain it. But why has this not come up before. It seems like anyone using any special character in their password that differs between the UK keyboard and their local choice would have hit this particular wall. Also, why didn't I see this in Jessie? I was using the deskt...
by MelGrubb
Sun Dec 24, 2017 10:36 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Password incorrect immediately after changing it
Replies: 9
Views: 917

Re: Password incorrect immediately after changing it

Since this is for a demonstration, I used "[email protected]". Of course, my real-life passwords are much better than that, but this is for a demonstration, as I said. This is interesting to me because I would't think any of those characters would be different between the UK and US keyboards. I know the back...
by MelGrubb
Sun Dec 24, 2017 9:51 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Password incorrect immediately after changing it
Replies: 9
Views: 917

Password incorrect immediately after changing it

I've built and rebuilt a simple home server many many times as part of my blog series, and in support of a PluralSight series I recorded, but something I've done from day one has suddenly stopped working, and I'm a bit confused. My pattern has always been this. Burn SD card Boot up Resize filesystem...
by MelGrubb
Sun Aug 20, 2017 1:44 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Raspbian Stretch (9.1) has arrived !!
Replies: 129
Views: 36062

Re: Raspbian Stretch (9.1) has arrived !!

The service status from above is just "sudo service smdb status". There's also "smbstatus", but that's not as informative. I tried building a samba share on a fresh Stretch image, and it works just fine, so it's something wrong with upgrading from Jessie. I've tried purging samba and starting over, ...
by MelGrubb
Sat Aug 19, 2017 6:31 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Raspbian Stretch (9.1) has arrived !!
Replies: 129
Views: 36062

Re: Raspbian Stretch (9.1) has arrived !!

Samba is proving to be a problem for me as well. I was hoping to hit the forums and find a ton of people complaining about it, but I don't see the flood I was expecting, which means it may be something more specific to my setup (ntfs external drive). I've tried purging and reinstalling samba, but it...
by MelGrubb
Tue Mar 07, 2017 1:27 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: rpi-update broke VNC Connect
Replies: 16
Views: 3262

Re: rpi-update broke VNC Connect

@DougieLawson, have you had any issues with the automatic updates? Any unintended consequences? Any mysteries? I've been following more of a manual schedule, shutting down the machine, taking a backup, updating, and taking another backup. I've tried to do this monthly, but forget quite often, and no...
by MelGrubb
Mon Mar 06, 2017 1:12 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: rpi-update broke VNC Connect
Replies: 16
Views: 3262

Re: rpi-update broke VNC Connect

Nope, rolling back the kernel as DougieLawson suggested seems to have fixed everything back up. I am currently double-hopped, connecting via RealVNC's cloud to one computer which then has a direct VNC connection to a second system. It's back. The moral of this story is... don't run rpi-update, even ...
by MelGrubb
Mon Mar 06, 2017 12:56 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: rpi-update broke VNC Connect
Replies: 16
Views: 3262

Re: rpi-update broke VNC Connect

I'm beginning to wonder whether this has more to do with VNC being updated than my kernel. I was reading at the realvnc site, and found this quote about cloud connections. If you have a Home or Professional subscription, this is the only connectivity option. If you have an Enterprise subscription, y...
by MelGrubb
Mon Mar 06, 2017 2:12 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: rpi-update broke VNC Connect
Replies: 16
Views: 3262

Re: rpi-update broke VNC Connect

I guess that's a habit I'll have to break. I've been doing rpi-updates since my original model B, and never had it break anything. I reverted to the previous firmware with sudo rpi-update 411288a7e31067fffa1b955a30b133bf2902bb54 , which seems to be the latest "bumped" version, but that doesn't seem ...
by MelGrubb
Mon Mar 06, 2017 1:39 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: rpi-update broke VNC Connect
Replies: 16
Views: 3262

rpi-update broke VNC Connect

I decided to perform updates today, and everything went fine, including a full dist-upgrade. Everything appeared fine until I ran rpi-update. After that, I couldn't connect via VNC connect anymore. I disconnected one of my headless servers, and hooked it up to a monitor and keyboard to see what was ...
by MelGrubb
Thu Jan 26, 2017 2:41 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: How to label those tiny micro sd cards?
Replies: 31
Views: 19571

Re: How to label those tiny micro sd cards?

I have simply colored in the top of my cards with various colored permanent markers. Mine are all plain black cards with white markings, which you can still read just fine, they're just not white anymore. Then, on a sensibly sized piece of paper that I keep with the cards, I've made a key. The blue ...
by MelGrubb
Wed Sep 30, 2015 5:46 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Is Jessie faster?
Replies: 6
Views: 1398

Re: Is Jessie faster?

From what I saw last night it looked like the desktop environment was loading faster too, but that may have been an illusion. Things just seemed faster overall, so I thought I'd check.
by MelGrubb
Wed Sep 30, 2015 12:54 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Is Jessie faster?
Replies: 6
Views: 1398

Is Jessie faster?

Are there any known benchmarks yet? I've been building a test Raspberry Pi Home Server to test that the instructions on my blog are still accurate, and although I've only gotten as far as getting x11vnc running, I'm pretty sure this thing is running a heck of a lot faster than it used to. In particu...
by MelGrubb
Mon Aug 10, 2015 1:54 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: My blog series is now a Pluralsight screencast
Replies: 0
Views: 273

My blog series is now a Pluralsight screencast

Some of you may have seen my blog post on turning a Raspberry Pi into a home server ( https://melgrubb.wordpress.com/2014/08/01/raspberry-pi-home-server-index/ ). While there were a lot of articles and posts out on the web about the individual elements that go into building such a server, I was disa...
by MelGrubb
Sat Feb 14, 2015 10:01 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: I got my UPS working
Replies: 0
Views: 270

I got my UPS working

I spent enough time searching for answers about using an off-the-shelf Uninterruptable Power Supply (UPS) with the Pi that I decided to just sit down and figure it out. I made a blog post about it and added it to my series on using the Pi as a home server. https://melgrubb.wordpress.com/2014/09/05/r...
by MelGrubb
Sat Aug 02, 2014 1:19 pm
Forum: Beginners
Topic: Raspberry Pi Home Server blog post series
Replies: 0
Views: 554

Raspberry Pi Home Server blog post series

I know this has been done before, but I just published a series of blog posts explaining how to take a Raspberry Pi from nothing to a complete home server in 4-5 hours (if you work straight through). http://melgrubb.wordpress.com/2014/08/01/raspberry-pi-home-server-index/ It covers: Installing and c...
by MelGrubb
Thu Jul 24, 2014 11:51 am
Forum: Other projects
Topic: B+ case slots
Replies: 11
Views: 3682

Re: B+ case slots

I was thinking that myself. The data sheet does, in fact suggest this rather strongly. Cover features two mounting positions for the camera, one internally (fixed with supplied screws) or fitted to top of case in purpose designed mounting slot. Cover also features cable access slots for the camera a...
by MelGrubb
Wed Jul 23, 2014 6:09 pm
Forum: Other projects
Topic: B+ case slots
Replies: 11
Views: 3682

Re: B+ case slots

It's just the standard B+ case available from ModMyPi
https://www.modmypi.com/multicomp-black ... ry-pi-case

In that picture, the strange slot is in the lower-left hand corner.
by MelGrubb
Wed Jul 23, 2014 2:13 pm
Forum: Other projects
Topic: B+ case slots
Replies: 11
Views: 3682

B+ case slots

The B+ case was finally in stock at MicroCenter, So I picked one up last night, and I can't for the live of me figure out what the larger slot on top is for. The two thin slots are for the ribbon cables that go directly to the connectors beneath them. That's easy. The round hole and screws are for m...
by MelGrubb
Tue Jul 22, 2014 12:45 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Back-power concerns
Replies: 3
Views: 1178

Re: Back-power concerns

Sorry, brain failure. I knew USB was DC, but my brain was still picturing AC, with the sine waves of power not lining up. Not sure what happened there. Must be a faulty synapse. Thanks for pointing that out.
by MelGrubb
Mon Jul 21, 2014 1:48 pm
Forum: Troubleshooting
Topic: Don't have a .config directory?
Replies: 3
Views: 4570

Re: Don't have a .config directory?

I ran into this problem when setting up x11vnc, and found that starting the desktop at least once will create the .config folder for you. Since I'm sure there are other things that get set up as well, I felt it was safest to just run the desktop at least once rather than try to guess what all those ...
by MelGrubb
Mon Jul 21, 2014 1:33 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Back-power concerns
Replies: 3
Views: 1178

Back-power concerns

I have an external hard-drive, which I discovered would back-power the Raspberry Pi, or at least the Model B I was using until last Friday. I started noticing some instability, and thought that perhaps the power being back-fed wasn't adequate, so I plugged the Pi in separately as well, using its own...

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