Author Archives: David J. Pryke

About David J. Pryke

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

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 »

Almond Biscotti

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 »

Poor WordPress admin performance

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 »

WordPress woes

Well, as my first post, let me touch on some wordpress performance problems, as I just ran into said problems while getting this blog running. So, I setup this virtual server a couple weeks ago.  On it, I installed a variety of things, including some other PHP-heavy sites.  All of them work great; faster than I expected, in fact. Today,… Read more »

Virtualization: What is it? or “Virtualization vs. Emulation”

Today I was inspired by an article in the February 27th issue of Infoworld Magazine written by Tom Yager titled, “What virtualization is — and what it isn’t,” which was regarding misuse of the term “virtualization.” He goes on to briefly identify a few ways that the term is used correctly, as well as incorrectly, in some modern software products,… Read more »