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How to put a form on a Wordpress page. There is a plugin “FS Contact Form” Fast and Secure. Go to plugins and create or edit a form. On the page where you want to use it put the code [si-contact-form form='1'] where the number of the form is the one you want.

Bissell carpet cleaner bissell_lift_off_deep_cleaner_user_guide.pdf
June 9, 2015 - Do an internet speed test every 15 minutes and pipe the output to a comma delimited file. Start by using I modified the output to look like:

 2015, 06, 09, 14, 45, Ping, 10.144 , Download, 23.87 , Upload, 10.34

so it can be analyzed using LibreCalc. The file is saved at


My variation of speedtest-cli is speedtest_pk.txt

The line in cron looks like

 "*/15 * * * * /usr/bin/python /sh/ --simple>> /var/log/i-net/speed.txt"

May 20, 2015. Several things today. Filter incoming mail for a unique subject and execute a bash script on the server when it encounters that subject. The script will speak on the PA system using the PI running festival and espeak. The mail goes through maildroprc and that uses MailDrop scripting language.

We log on to several servers and it would be nice to be able to do it without re-entering passwords. This is possible using ssh. This page gave me the way to do it.


Will create authentication keys for the current user in ~/.ssh.
But I was on the workbench machine logged in as Pierre and wanted to get onto the Pi machine as Mr. Pi. You can do that by first creating a publice key on workbench while logged in as Pi, renaming it to somthine like id_pi.rsa and copying that to ~pierre/.ssh. Then do a

ssh-copy-id -i ~/.ssh/id_pi.rsa pi

to put it on the pi server.
Then create a config file in ~pierre/.ssh that has

Host pi
  User pi
  IdentityFile ~/.ssh/id_pi.rsa

so now all you have to do is

ssh pi

and you will be on pi as pi.
Use a Raspberry Pi to ring the bells. Simply use a cron to control the bells although I've written a script to runs the “play” and it logs every bell ring to a file. Here is the BellCron file

And the playit script.

March 2015 Use OpenDNS for VPN here trying it on the little laptop

Oct 2014, BASH gets Bashed. Check your computer with

env x='() { :;}; echo vulnerable' bash -c "echo this is a test"\\

get the autoexec type thing in Win 7 to run showing in a window not minimized. Have the logon.bat run a VBS

Set objShell = WScript.CreateObject("WScript.Shell")
objShell.Run("LOGON-2.BAT"), 1, True

Settings for intWindowStyle:

0 Hide the window and activate another window.
1 Activate and display the window. (restore size and position) Specify this flag when displaying a window for the first time.
2 Activate & minimize.
3 Activate & maximize.
4 Restore. The active window remains active.
5 Activate & Restore.
6 Minimize & activate the next top-level window in the Z order.
7 Minimize. The active window remains active.
8 Display the window in its current state. The active window remains active.
9 Restore & Activate. Specify this flag when restoring a minimized window.
10 Sets the show-state based on the state of the program that started the application.

July 2014 Kixtart
Getting the Building Automation to work n Linux. Read this PDF java-01.pdf

SAMBA for LDAP here
Configuring some vlans on the wireless router. Some help here and wikipedia
All about the MBR

dd if=/dev/sda of=/path/mbr-backup bs=512 count=1
dd if=/path/mbr-backup of=/dev/sda bs=512 count=1\\

but the partition table is at the end so maybe just

dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/sda bs=446 count=1\\

Smart Monitor Tools

Test Inet
Useful Software
Control which speakers are on by computer
Testing RAID1 on the server
Upgrade the server
encrypt an external hard drive for safe backups
Install GAIN-SS
Assorted notes
Fine tuning executable permissions
Cisco poe switch
Cisco WAP4410N wireless access point
Backup strategy
Items From Hillie

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