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About hedscratchers

A UK ex-pat now living in the USA.

Adding a custom unit file RHEL7, for swatch

swatch is a Linux tool for watching (it uses ”tail -f”) log files and then demonizes it. I had a need to know when a host needed rebooting after yum-cron had updated the kernel, rather than logging into each host … Continue reading

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2008 Kia Sedona – A/C stops working.

2008 Kia Sedona LX, A/C was working great, we stop, go into a store, come out and now the A/C does not work. Blowers still blow, and there have been no unusual noises from the engine compartment. The 7.5A fuse … Continue reading

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Adding vmware-tools to Centos5 or RHEL

Adding vmware-tools to RHEL6 or greater is easy, assuming you have the EPEL repo enabled all you do is: yum install open-vm-tools.x86_64 That’s it your done. Things are a tad more complicated for lower version of RHEL, for example RHEL5, … Continue reading

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2001 GE Spacemaster XL1800 over-stove microwave oven repair

Microwave went faulty a few days ago, with the following symptoms, play close attention to the symptoms, as this was leading me to think it was a cap going out, and nothing that serious as the oven was still heating. … Continue reading

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Foscam FI8910W compared to FI8918W

I already own several Foscam FI8918Ws, so I have some experience with Foscam, I had it up and running within a few minutes, assigned a staticĀ IP using a wired ethernet connection, then set-up the wireless. I use all of my … Continue reading

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GPS, Garmin 850 touchscreen goes crazy

I have a Garmin 850 GPS (with European maps installed) which has served me well for around 4 years, the only issue being that the device that mounts it to the windshield, the rubber suction cup, well, loses suction and … Continue reading

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Getting Oracle Instant Client, PHP, and oci8 all working

I had one hell of a game getting all of this working together, it didn’t help that the server has been CIS hardened, anyway, here is how I got it working, and one word of advice, everything seems very version … Continue reading

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