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Fri, 23 Jun 2017 14:08:03 +0100 Batch file or Perl script not working in task scheduler

I've come across this problem a couple of times over the last few weeks. It boiled down to, on both occasions, the use of mapped network drives IE; copying files across a network!

Microsoft is not a CLI friendly OS and to that end a drive mapped to z: for example is not an actual real drive unless the user is logged on and the drive is mapped.

When Task Scheduler runs a task it seems it only creates a minimal shell for that task to run in and that does not include enabling mapped drives.

You batch file will run find when you manually run it but just won't work when you schedule it and this is the reason why.

To stop this issue don't use the mapped drive letter use the full UNC path AND make sure the user running the task has the correct permissions to do what ever it is your batch file us trying to do!


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Wed, 01 Mar 2017 11:14:12 GMT Distribution Independent Auto Login To X:

The first thing people say when you talk about auto logging in to a computer of any kind is "Don't do that, it's dangerous!". What the hell do they know? If I want auto login on a linux box independent of distro that's what I'll do! Anyway, on with it.

Back in the day this was a pretty easy thing to do, some distros came with auto login out of the box, these days, as with many things, it's not quite so easy! Too many distros and developers think they know better than you so they remove functionality from programs willy nilly then when people complain about it, they say "It's a feature." (look at gnome 3, steaming pile of piss that is). These people think thare are leaders in their field but they are just another generation standing on the shoulders of the one before beleiveing that they are making a difference. They are, but it's most a change for the worst!

So, how to enable auto login, first, open /etc/inittab (ahh, do you use a distro with systemd?? You can stop reading here and find another way) and modify one of the lines that looks like this:

c3:12345:respawn:/sbin/agetty 38400 tty3 linux

To look like this:

c3:12345:respawn:/sbin/agetty --autologin USERNAME tty3

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Tue, 28 Feb 2017 14:35:09 GMT Changing Mate Desktop Environment Lock Screen Background - Wallpaper

Even after all this time Mate Desktop still fails to allow you to change the default lock screen background. Well, after some poking around I discovered (by discovered I mean I actually did some tracing through the system. I didn't google it then stand on the shoulders of others all the while telling the world how great I am for 'finding' this information!). So to the point.

Edit: /usr/share/glib-2.0/schemas/org.mate.background.gschema.xml

To set a solid background colour (anythings better than that awful sea green and orange default):
Toward the bottom of that file you'll find 2 values:
'primary-color'
'secondary-color'
change the <default>HEX COLOUR CODE</default> values to your desired choice. Re-log either by quitting X to command line then starting it again or rebooting (we have to stop and start the settings-daemon).

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Fri, 18 Nov 2016 10:44:14 GMT Snoopers Charter November 2016

You tell me visitors. Why have you not seen this story on the BBC or ANYWHERE in the British Mainstream Media!?!?!

https://yro.slashdot.org/story/16/11/17/164203/britain-has-passed-the-most-extreme-surveillance-law-ever-passed-in-a-democracy


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Fri, 07 Oct 2016 09:25:28 +0100 New Bladerunner Remake (Bladerunner 2049)

You can't improve on perfection so why bother? Blade runner is a classic that could never be duplicated or replicated to the quality of the original!

I'm sure the new Bladerunner remake Bladerunner 2049 will be an amazing filum!!!! NOT!


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Wed, 28 Sep 2016 18:55:51 +0100 Spoofing user agent to side step browser version checks

If you are anything like me you get a bit sick of people telling you what to do.. Recent my bank started to tell me what browser to use for using their site. I don't use a main stream browser, they are too nosey and are badly written resource hoggers..

To that end if you frequent a site that tries to tell you what browser you should use and you use a mozilla based browser (most are) you can do the following.

  1. Type about:config into the address bar and press enter.
  2. Tick the I'll be careful box and continue.
  3. In the search box type general.useragent.override to filter out the results.
  4. Add a new string and call it general.useragent.override.DOMAINNAME.DOMAINEXTENTION
  5. For the value add Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.1; WOW64; rv:47.0) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/47.0 - change the 47.0 to the latest FF version.
  6. Save the changes and restart..
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Thu, 08 Sep 2016 08:49:46 +0100 Magento won't let anyone log in

As with all things magento, nothing is ever quite what it seems.. If you are having a problem with customers logging in check you disk space!


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Tue, 23 Aug 2016 19:18:38 +0100 District Judge Paul Goldspring

District Judge Paul Goldspring said: “It is these sorts of comments that are fuelling the intolerance that we are seeing. “Whatever your personal views are you should keep them to yourself. It’s abhorrent.”

Go ahead Mr Goldspring, show the world just how out of touch you are with everyone.. It's not "these sorts of comments" fuelling the intolerance, it's being forced by the whip to BE tolerant that's fuelling the intolerance!!


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Sun, 14 Aug 2016 21:19:27 +0100 Why do women hat men so much (MGTOW)

I implore you to visit this daily mail story about men leaving women....

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-3711886/Marriage-counsellor-reveals-FIVE-reasons-men-file-divorce.html

Then read the comments and see the women reinforce EXACTLY what the interviewed men are saying. They are so full of bile and hatred as if it's the mans fault they are getting sour and ugly in their old age!


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Wed, 06 Jul 2016 20:26:56 +0100 Tony Blair will take responsiblity for Iraq

If you or I made decisions that lead to the deaths of that many people (the soldiers that dies in Iraq) the government would make sure that we faced manslaughter charges at the very least. Mr Blair, will you be facing manslaughter charges because that's how you take responsibility!


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