Monthly Archives: March 2012

nagios check_dns / check_ip example

Need to monitor an IP address / DNS entry with Nagios? Nagios has a plugin called check_dns just for that. The check commands are defined in this file: /etc/nagios-plugins/config/dns.cfg # ‘check_dns’ command definition define command{ command_name check_dns command_line /usr/lib/nagios/plugins/check_dns -H -s ‘$HOSTADDRESS$’ } # ‘check_dig’ command definition define command{ command_name check_dig command_line /usr/lib/nagios/plugins/check_dig -H ‘$HOSTADDRESS$’ -l ‘$ARG1$’ } here is an alternate version I wrote to check the IP of a host, I could have used check_ip because I don’t think that command is taken, but instead I used my_check_dns: #my_check_dns command, checks to make sure a hostname resolved to a specified IP address: define command { command_name my_check_dns command_line /usr/lib/nagios/plugins/check_dns -H $ARG1$ -a $ARG2$ } this is how it would be implemented in a service: define service{ use generic-service ; Name of service template to use host_name service_description check dns check_command my_check_dns!!123.456.78.90 } Man Page: check_dns v1.4.14 (nagios-plugins 1.4.14) Copyright (c) 1999 Ethan Galstad <nagios> Copyright (c) 2000-2008 Nagios Plugin Development Team <nagiosplug [email protected]> This plugin uses the nslookup program to obtain the IP address for the given host/domain query. An optional DNS server to use may be specified. If no DNS server is specified, the default server(s) specified in /etc/resolv.conf will be used. Usage:check_dns -H host [-s server] [-a expected-address] [-A] [-t timeout] [-w warn] [-c crit] Options: -h, –help Print detailed help screen -V, –version Print version information -H, –hostname=HOST The name or address you want to query -s, –server=HOST Optional DNS server you … Continue reading

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Disable Dock OS X Mavericks

I use Quicksilver for almost everything and really hate that the dock always seems to be getting in my way. I was looking for a way to remove it, and found the following lines of code. There are some apps, like DockKiller, which can be a little buggy, but what I’ve found is that using the following commands will (for me) make the Dock small enough and move it into a place where it doesn’t pop up, and so this solution was the one that worked best for me. To implement this solution, open a terminal and run the following commands: // makes the dock icon size really really small defaults write tilesize -int 1 // puts the dock on the bottom of the screen // other values are left and right defaults write orientation -string bottom // puts the dock on the left side // other values are center and end defaults write pinning -string start // restarts the dock so the changes take effect killall Dock Here is a screenshot of the dock – this is actual size, a crop from the bottom left corner of my screen :) If you’re looking for general dock preferences you can also check out the Deeper which exposes a lot of these options in a GUI manner: How do I get to the Trash can now? I’ve written a little applescript which helps me pull up the trash: on run tell application “Finder” open trash activate end tell … Continue reading

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Mac OS X Dock Preference Settings (secrets)

###Animate launch### defaults write launchanim -boolean Expose minimizes desktop defaults write wvous-olddesktop -boolean Prevent changes to position defaults write position-immutable -boolean Magnification defaults write magnification -boolean Show Expose corners defaults write wvous-showcorners -boolean Prevent changes to min-effect preference defaults write min-effect-immutable -boolean Ripple when placing widgets defaults write disable-ripple -boolean-neg Screen Edge Position defaults write orientation -string left defaults write orientation -string bottom defaults write orientation -string right Dock Appearance defaults write no-glass -float Prevent changes to min-in-place preference defaults write min-in-place-immutable -boolean Arrow key wraps defaults write workspaces-wrap-arrows -boolean Dock pinning defaults write pinning -string Bounce Applications defaults write no-bouncing -boolean-neg Show “Quit” menu item defaults write QuitFinder -boolean Switch spaces when using Command-Tab defaults write workspaces-auto-swoosh -boolean Highlight the arrow of the foremost application defaults write showforeground – wvous-float-style defaults write wvous-float-style – Dim hidden apps defaults write showhidden -boolean Prevent changes to Dock contents defaults write contents-immutable -boolean Show only running applications defaults write static-only -boolean Hot Corner: Top left defaults write wvous-tl-corner -string Show shadow defaults write showshadow -boolean Always show trash as empty defaults write trash-full -boolean Prevent changes to Dock size defaults write size-immutable -boolean Enable single application mode defaults write single-app -boolean Hot Corner: Top right defaults write wvous-tr-corner -string Autohide defaults write autohide -boolean Show floating Expose button defaults write wvous-floater -boolean … Continue reading

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Posterous Spaces

Looks like Posterous is now owned by twitter. Seems this happened right now in March 2012. I wonder what that means for the future of the micro / blogging site. Their main feature (the one I thought set them apart) was being able to email photos and information which was then posted in a nice format.

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Facebook Cover Photo Dimensions

Facebook has recently upgraded their pages and now allows you to add a Cover Photo – but what size is the ideal dimensions and what should the correct aspect ratio for the Cover Photos be? Width: 851px Height: 315px 72dpi for internet / 300 for print RGB Color Scheme Cover Photo Dimensions (Width and Height) Just remember that the resolution dimensions of the timeline cover for Facebook is 851×315 pixels (width and height). Download a sample image you can use as a template for your Facebook Cover Photo. Get the Facebook Cover Photo Dimensions Photoshop Template Download a template for the Facebook Cover Photo Dimensions, either as a JPG or a Photoshop File. (Right click and save the JPG, it will be rendered smaller than actual size in the web browser, but after you download it you will see it is the exact specified size for the Facebook Cover Photo) Get the Facebook Cover Photo Dimensions Photoshop Template High resolution background texture from here

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How to Reset WP to Twitter

The WordPress plugin WP to Twitter “posts a Twitter status update when you update your WordPress blog or post to your blogroll, using your chosen URL shortening service. Rich in features for customizing and promoting your Tweets.” You can activate the plugin and then set all the options, but if you are having trouble the plugin offers no way to unset all of the options associated with it. You can use the following sql / mySQL command to remove all of the options generated by this plugin. Use this at your own risk, and of course create a backup of your database before attempting this. delete from wp_options where option_name in (‘app_consumer_key’, ‘app_consumer_secret’, ‘bitlyapi’, ‘bitlylogin’, ‘comment-published-text’, ‘comment-published-update’, ‘disable_oauth_notice’, ‘disable_twitter_failure’, ‘disable_url_failure’, ‘jd_date_format’, ‘jd_donations’, ‘jd_dynamic_analytics’, ‘jd_individual_twitter_users’, ‘jd_keyword_format’, ‘jd_last_tweet’, ‘jd_max_characters’, ‘jd_max_tags’, ‘jd_post_excerpt’, ‘jd_replace_character’, ‘jd_shortener’, ‘jd_status_message’, ‘jd_strip_nonan’, ‘jd_tweet_default’, ‘jd_twit_append’, ‘jd_twit_blogroll’, ‘jd_twit_custom_url’, ‘jd_twit_prepend’, ‘jd_twit_remote’, ‘limit_categories’, ‘newlink-published-text’, ‘oauth_token’, ‘oauth_token_secret’, ‘suprapi’, ‘suprlogin’, ‘tweet_categories’, ‘twitter-analytics-campaign’, ‘twitterInitialised’, ‘use-twitter-analytics’, ‘use_dynamic_analytics’, ‘use_tags_as_hashtags’, ‘wp_bitly_error’, ‘wp_debug_oauth’, ‘wp_supr_error’, ‘wp_to_twitter_version’, ‘wp_twitter_failure’, ‘wp_url_failure’, ‘wpt_inline_edits’, ‘wpt_post_types’, ‘wtt_oauth_hash’, ‘wtt_twitter_username’, ‘wtt_user_permissions’, ‘yourlsapi’, ‘yourlslogin’, ‘yourlspath’, ‘yourlsurl’)

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Add Coupon To Coupon Cabin

If you are a merchant or contributing individual and want to submit a coupon to the webiste, follow these instructions: Visit Click on account Log in Click on submit coupon Voila! Alternatively you can visit the page at

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Woo Themes and Affiliate Link Structure

Recently received an error from Woo. It’s below, and it has some unique insights to how the database and affiliate tracking is done. Database Error Database Error A database error occurred while performing the requested procedure. Please review the database error below for more information. system/libraries/drivers/Database/Mysql.php [371]: There was an SQL error: Duplicate entry ‘9802422’ for key 1 – INSERT INTO `wm_affclick` (`aff_id`, `url`, `remote_addr`, `referrer`, `woo_product`, `is_unique`) VALUES (‘123456’, ‘’, ‘’, NULL, ”, 0) Stack Trace system/libraries/drivers/Database/Mysql.php [99]:Mysql_Result->__construct( ) system/libraries/Database.php [259]:Database_Mysql_Driver->query( INSERT INTO `wm_affclick` (`aff_id`, `url`, `remote_addr`, `referrer`, `woo_product`, `is_unique`) VALUES ('123456', '', '', NULL, '', 0) ) system/libraries/Database.php [962]:Database_Core->query( INSERT INTO `wm_affclick` (`aff_id`, `url`, `remote_addr`, `referrer`, `woo_product`, `is_unique`) VALUES ('123456', '', '', NULL, '', 0) ) application/models/affiliatestats.php [138]:Database_Core->insert( wm_affclick, Array ( [aff_id] => 123456 [url] => [remote_addr] => [referrer] => [woo_product] => [is_unique] => 0 ) ) application/helpers/log.php [95]:AffiliateStats_Model->create( Array ( [aff_id] => 123456 [url] => [remote_addr] => [referrer] => [woo_product] => [is_unique] => 0 ) ) application/controllers/go.php [124]:log_Core->add_affclick( 123456, ) Go_Controller->index( ) system/core/Kohana.php [291]:ReflectionMethod->invokeArgs( Go_Controller Object ( [uri] => URI Object ( ) [input] => Input Object ( [use_xss_clean:protected] => 1 [magic_quotes_gpc:protected] => 1 [ip_address] => ) [session] => Session Object ( [input:protected] => Input Object ( [use_xss_clean:protected] => 1 [magic_quotes_gpc:protected] => 1 [ip_address] => ) ) ) ) Kohana::instance( ) system/core/Event.php [209]:call_user_func( Array ( [0] => Kohana [1] => instance ) ) system/core/Bootstrap.php [55]:Event::run( system.execute ) index.php [106]:require( system/core/Bootstrap.php )Loaded in 0.0088 seconds, using 1.13MB of memory. Generated by Kohana v2.3.4.

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Remove WooCommerce Generator Tag

If you would like to remove the Remove WooCommerce Generator Tag from the <head> section of your WordPress installation, you can add the following line somewhere, perhaps in your wordpress functions.php file: remove_action(‘wp_head’, array($GLOBALS[‘woocommerce’],’generator’)); I’ve updated the code to work with the most recent version of Woo Commerce, try adding this to the functions.php file of your WordPress theme: function remove_woo_commerce_generator_tag() { remove_action(‘wp_head’,array($GLOBALS[‘woocommerce’], ‘generator’)); } add_action(‘get_header’,’remove_woo_commerce_generator_tag’); That will prevent the following line from being shown in your HTML code: <!– WooCommerce Version –> <meta name=”generator” content=”WooCommerce 1.5″ />

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Google Thinks You’re Awesome

Google Thinks You’re Awesome if you are using Internet Explorer and download Google Chrome: I can’t say that I disagree.

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