Author Archives: David J. Pryke

About David J. Pryke

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

AutoMySQLBackup authentication error

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Note: If using automysqlbackup to backup all your MySQL databases on a Linux host, and you are getting the error: ERROR 1045 (28000): Access denied for user ‘automysqlbackup’@’localhost’ (using password: YES) even though you test it on the command line and can successfully login as the automysqlbackup user (or whichever user you are using for backups), make certain that the… Read more »

Serving static content through the ASP.NET handler on Windows 2003 / IIS 6.0

I recently had the need to process static file types (particularly *.html and *.pdf files) through the .NET processor/Framework on a Windows 2003 / IIS 6.0 server for the purpose of redirecting certain URLs. Having done this in the past, I knew I simply needed to add an application mapping for each file extension to the .NET processor. (Read more… Read more »

What’s the worst that could happen?

Watch this. Regardless of how you feel about global climate change, this video could help you choose a path of action to the future. Watch it and decide for yourself how you should live. Greg Craven’s website For people citing the whole “Climategate” issue where it was thought that data was falsified by scientists, read the Wikipedia article on the… Read more »

Crunchy Peanut Butter Cookies

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I made these cookies as travel food for a long car trip we made recently.  They are high in protein, and relatively low in simple carbs, at least compared to many other cookies and car snacks.  They were tasty and provided great energy in the car without causing that dreaded sleepiness that comes from snacking on too many simple carbohydrates…. Read more »

Almond Biscotti

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Original recipe is in normal text, with my adjustments and notes in italics between the curly braces after each line. 2 sticks butter, room temp 1 3/4 cup sugar 6 eggs 2 tsp. vanilla 1 tsp. almond flavoring 1 tsp. baking powder 1 cup sliced almonds 6 cups flour Cream butter and gradually add sugar.  Mix well. Add one egg… Read more »

QuickBooks Pro 2008 Unrecoverable Error upon start

I just rebuilt a computer at work due to a motherboard failure, and upon reinstallation, had a problem with QuickBooks Pro 2008.  When I tried to run the program, all I got was: “QuickBooks unrecoverable error” as the title of a message box, with contents indicating that the program couldn’t start and asking if I would like to send an… Read more »

su: invalid script: /usr/libexec/auth/login_passwd (OpenBSD)

I had to replace a host-based firewall, based on OpenBSD, that had some failing hardware this week.  I managed to get the failing system up and running and made a full back up of the system using tar over SSH to a remote computer.  (Thanks to Trinity Rescue Kit for the help! I ran TRK on a Windows laptop I… Read more »

Major WordPress blog performance problem solved

In a previous post, WordPress woes, I went through the procedure I used to solve some performance problems related to how the IP address on this server is NATed.  Well, there was another problem somewhere that caused the WordPress admin to be incredibly slow most of the time, caused Akismet to not work at all, and a variety of other… Read more »

Crawl Rate Tracker plugin missing chart on CentOS 4.x

Well, as part of my WordPress install, I am using the Crawl Rate Tracker plugin. It shows the hits on your blog from various spiders and so on. In it’s dashboard (in your WordPress admin) there is a nifty chart that visualizes the info. Or, at least, there should be. In my case, I got a text link that just… Read more »

Poor WordPress admin performance

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During the journey of installing WordPress, choosing a theme, setting up plugins, and so on, I ran into a problem that oh-so-many out there have hit: terrible performance in the WordPress admin (downloadable version of WordPress, not at wordpress.com) Well, to make a long story short this time: Do as everyone recommends, despite believing that the problem occurred before a… Read more »