Author Archives: David J. Pryke

About David J. Pryke

David J. Pryke: Husband | Father | Techie: A SysAdmin living and working in Pittsburgh, PA, USA.

Running remote graphical Linux programs through Windows Subsystem for Linux

I have recently been using the Windows Subsystem for Linux on my Windows 10 laptop at work, with Ubuntu running as the distribution in the subsystem. I recently had a need to use a graphical (X11) program running on a remote Linux VM. I was able to successfully run the program remotely, with the display on my local laptop by… Read more »

vCenter Server 6.7 Update 2 announced

vCenter Server 6.7 Update 2 has been announced, with several interesting things, but some highlights are: Web UI interface for the Converge Tool used to collapse external Platform Service Controllers back into an embedded mode. (Only available on the command-line prior to this update.) – that will make it more straightforward to convert those external PSCs into an embedded deployment… Read more »

Change SciTE’s default open filter from “All Source” to “All Files”

Posting this mainly to keep it for myself, but making it public to benefit anyone else looking for it as well. By default, SciTE‘s open dialog box is set to “All Source,” which means to show a list of all files it considers “source files” (files that contain program source code.) I wanted my copy of SciTE to display “All… Read more »

Peace. Love. Hope. Strength. Solidarity. Persistence.

Peace, Hope, Love. Do not despair. (Or rather, feel free to work through any disappointment and despair, but then progress to more productive thoughts.) Let us be the leaders we need, those that can have compassion, can share with others, can fight for our rights and freedoms and defend the rights and freedoms of others. Let us be positive and… Read more »

Fix VolumeUp|VolumeDown|Mute/Unmute keyboard keys in Lubuntu

Mostly for my own reference; to get the Volume Up/Volume Down/{Mute|Unmute} keys to work on my Microsoft Natural Ergonomic Keyboard 4000 in Lubuntu (Ubuntu with LXDE/Openbox), I had to modify the lubuntu-rc.xml file to indicate the correct commands to execute when those keys were pressed. Initially, I thought that the system wasn’t identifying the keys correctly, so I was using… Read more »

OpenSSH internal-sftp chroot logging on Ubuntu

I’m putting this here mainly to store it for myself, so these are going to be rough notes until I have time or inclination to review and edit this post. Note: this solution was formulated on a server running Ubuntu Server 14.04 LTS To setup sftp chroot directories for sftp-only users, and yet still log all actions & transfers like… Read more »

Import Xen VM from .xva file via cmd-line or GUI

Importing a Xen VM from a .xva file Import/Restore a Xen VM from a backed-up image file, likely a backup taken of a VM prior to the destruction of said VM for any reason. Import via command line (faster and preferred method) This method took 2:33 (2 minutes 33 seconds) to import a VM that had an 8GB HDD, of… Read more »

Girls, please do <whatever> “Like a Girl”

Doing something “Like a Girl” is not an insult in my mind, and it shouldn’t be one in the public consciousness, either. If someone tells my daughter, Abby, that she does something “like a girl,” I want her to reply with the attitude “Heck yeah, I do!” and show them how a girl can kick butt at whatever it is…. Read more »