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Standard WordPress Attacks Visualized

Everyone that runs WordPress or any website knows there are thousands upon thousands of servers across the Internet doing nothing but looking for vulnerabilities and trying to hack sites. Logs directly don’t give you the sense of what is really happening in a nice visual way. An old favorite of mine, Logstalgia, is a fun way to see what all those servers trying to take you down, hack and...

Nextcloud 14 upgrade error “Updates between major versions and downgrades are unsupported” fix

I’ve been cursed with this error I think every major upgrade since the migration from ownCloud to Nextcloud a couple of years ago. I have another posting on disabling this check on a previous version. It makes me not want to run the upgrades because they always fail. I’m unsure what check it’s finding that incorrectly flags the existing installed version, no matter what that...

My Fail2Ban Lists

After years of collecting attacks and doing some recent pattern changes, I’m going to setup the structure here to periodically share some of the jail IPs that I continue to snag. I’ll publish them here. The goal isn’t to provide a publishing blacklist or anything, but just be of some additional confirmation if people are searching out IP addresses of bad actors to their...

NetSuite Release Notes 2018.2 In Excel Format

I really appreciate the release notes but deciding on how to address them really requires a list format. I had to parse it all out and use an internal project management took, but I figured I would share it out in case anyone else found this useful or helpful as they developed a test plan. Not official, but taken from the release notes PDF at NetSuite in early August 2018. ...

Setup Android Calendar, Contacts, and Gmail Apps for Office 365

I’m really surprised this is not posted somewhere with clean instructions. The obvious path here is just to get the really nice Outlook Android app and be done with it, but some users tend to want to pull business calendar events into their personal calendars that are native to Android. Outlook does the contact sync back to contacts in Android as a option, but it does not yet sync calendars...

Replacing the 12 Volt Battery in a 2013 Ford Fusion Energi

Searched the web and there was just a sorta-helpful YouTube video on this but nothing really all that instructive. I had to do this today, so here goes. If you are having issues getting locked-out of your 2013 Energi and having your car send emails on low battery warnings for the 12 volt, yeah, you have to to get that battery replaced. WARNING: If you are uncomfortable doing this, go to the Ford...

Thoughts on Airtable from a Longtime Smartsheet User

After kicking the tires for ~72 hours or so on the recent funded Airtable here are some thoughts on it vs. my go-to for similar functions around project management and collaboration, Smartsheet. By no means is this comprehensive, but just some notes on some time with the tools. The Good about Airtable over Smartsheet: Airtable is more fun: Playing with data is much more of a pleasure in Airtable...

Doing mass edits or deletes in NetSuite by cheating with ReMouse

Thankfully, most of the core operation data in NetSuite can be mass deleted or mass edited via the various NetSuite tools in list views or saved searches or via integration tools like Jitterbit. But, sadly, some areas of data in NetSuite you can’t update or delete via the native NetSuite GUI or via CSV updates. When faced with the reality of having to manually delete ~1200 Reporting...

Getting around the false Nextcloud update “Exception: Updates between multiple major versions and downgrades are unsupported. Update failed”

Shell # sudo -u www-data php ./occ upgrade Nextcloud or one of the apps require upgrade - only a limited number of commands are available You may use your browser or the occ upgrade command to do the upgrade Set log level to debug Exception: Updates between multiple major versions and downgrades are unsupported. Update failed Maintenance mode is kept active Reset log level 12345678 # sudo -u www...