Throwback Thursday – 4/7/2016

Throwback Thursday: Recently, due to a day celebrated about me, my mom unearthed quite a few photos with me in them. These photos span far back to my early days. While in my adult life I’m not a huge fan of being in photos, it was pretty cool to look back through these. Thank mom!
This first one is a photo of me and my cousins when my family visited them in Iowa. The year written on the back is 1980.

Iowa-Cousins-1980

Install Unifi Video 3.2.0 (NVR) on Ubuntu 14.04

I’m starting with a fresh, fully updated server install of Ubuntu Server 14.04 64bit.

Download the Unifi Video 3.2.0 deb package

wget http://dl.ubnt.com/firmwares/unifi-video/3.2.0/unifi-video_3.2.0-Ubuntu14.04_amd64.deb

sudo dpkg -i unifi-video_3.2.0-Ubuntu14.04_amd64.deb

At this point you will probably receive an error about missing dependencies. No worries, simply run the following.

sudo apt-get -f install

That command will install all the needed dependencies and finish installing the unifi video deb package. At this point, Unifi Video is installed and should be running. Open a web browser and point it to https://ipaddress:7443.

And Facebook finally ruins Instagram

From the Instagram blog.

See the Moments You Care About First

MARCH 15, 2016
You may be surprised to learn that people miss on average 70 percent of their feeds. As Instagram has grown, it’s become harder to keep up with all the photos and videos people share. This means you often don’t see the posts you might care about the most.

To improve your experience, your feed will soon be ordered to show the moments we believe you will care about the most.

The order of photos and videos in your feed will be based on the likelihood you’ll be interested in the content, your relationship with the person posting and the timeliness of the post. As we begin, we’re focusing on optimizing the order — all the posts will still be there, just in a different order.

If your favorite musician shares a video from last night’s concert, it will be waiting for you when you wake up, no matter how many accounts you follow or what time zone you live in. And when your best friend posts a photo of her new puppy, you won’t miss it.

We’re going to take time to get this right and listen to your feedback along the way. You’ll see this new experience in the coming months.

My biggest complaint of Facebook itself is not seeing see the newest posts first. At the very least, give us the option to switch to chronological order.

A storage transient failure has occurred during content conversion

I recently completed an Exchange 2010 to 2016 migration. The last few days I’ve been getting word of quite a few users receiving NDRs. The NDR error was QUEUE Expired. I went straight to the queue and saw there were currently 12 messages there all with a last error of “A storage transient failure has occurred during content conversion”. I did eventually find a solution, and I normally don’t repost items I find in my day to day tech support life, but there wasn’t a ton of results for this error, and most weren’t relevant. But then I found the what I was looking for. This link had some Exchange Management Shell commands that allowed all the messages in the queue to send instantly

Link

Update [3/31/16]: This issue is not resolved for me. With the setting set to null or false, I get some messages stuck in the submission queue. If the TNEFEnabled is set to true, all mail sends fine, but certain recipients receive attachments as winmail.dat. So I’m still working on this one.

Update 2 [4/19/16]: I installed Cumulative Update 1 for Exchange 2016 almost a week ago and the issue appears to be resolved. I have not had a single message stuck in the Submission Queue.

Microsoft Outlook has stopped working

Here we are a day after Microsoft updates were released and I start getting phone calls of Outlook crashing for some users. I’ve seen it on both Outlook 2013 and 2016.

I don’t have full details yet, but for now the quick fix is to uninstall hotfix KB3097877 and reboot.

From what I’ve read, it seems to only affect those who have the reading pane enabled. Hopefully MS will issues an update for this update soon!

EDIT: This was a short lived issue. Microsoft has released an updated patch under the same number that does not have the issues.

 

Opting out of the Verizon Super Cookie

I recently went back to Verizon, and while listening to an episode of DTNS they mentioned how all Verizon customers are automatically opted in to their advertising program with a Unique Identifier Header, or super cookie. But they mentioned users can opt out of the program. While I believe it’s wrong to be  in the program automatically, at least there is a way to get out of it. That sent me on a google search to find the procedure. There certainly were plenty of hits for searching ‘opt out Verizon super cookie’, but they all linked to a VZW page that wouldn’t load for me. So I logged in to my account and search around until I found it.

Here’s the steps I took.

  • Sign in to your VZW account
  • Click on My Account and then Privacy Settings

There I found I was opted in to 3 programs that share my information in various ways. One by one, I changed the setting to Do Not Share and saved my changes.

For me, the direct link to this page is: https://nbillpay.verizonwireless.com/vzw/secure/setPrivacy.action

Homemade Taco Seasoning

Homemade Taco Seasoning
 
Ingredients
  • 4 T Chili Powder
  • 2 T Cumin
  • 2 T Paprika
  • 2 T Dried Oregano
  • 1 T Onion Powder
  • 1 T Garlic Powder
  • 2 tsp Kosher Salt
  • 1 tsp Black Pepper
  • 1 tsp Red Pepper Flakes
  • ½ tsp Cayenne Pepper
Instructions
  1. Mix all ingredients together and store in a mason jar.

 

Slow Cooker Kalua Pig

Slow Cooker Kalua Pig - Test 3
Serves: 12-14
 
Ingredients
  • 5-6 pound pork butt roast
  • 1½ tablespoons Hawaiian sea salt (coarse sea salt)
  • 1½ tablespoons liquid smoke flavoring
Instructions
  1. Pierce the pork roast all over with the tip of a sharp knife. Place the roast in a large slow cooker and rub the salt all over the meat. Drizzle the liquid smoke over the meat.
  2. Cover the slow cooker and cook on Low Heat for 16 to 20 hours**, turning the roast over once half-way through the cooking time. Depending on how hot your low setting is on your slow cooker, you may or may not need the full 20 hours. When the meat easily shreds with a fork it is ready.
  3. Remove the meat from the slow cooker and shred with two forks, adding drippings from the slow cooker as needed to moisten the meat.
Notes
Don’t be tempted to add any additional liquid–you don’t need it. The fat in the roast will provide more than enough liquid. For this size of roast, you will need a 6-qt. slow cooker. If you have a smaller slow cooker, use a smaller roast and reduce the amount of the other ingredients accordingly.