Netflix bug: Updating payment method
Posted: 28 Jul 2022, 20:27pm - Thursday

I registered my Netflix in New Zealand. So, credit card and mobile number will be NZ. Now, I moved to Australia. I need to update the information. So, I updated my mobile number to Australia. But then, when I update my credit card, it's asking for confirmation code but the form is in NZ! Then keep saying "Something went wrong!" Of course because your form is wrong. Because your form is using NZ form for the mobile confirmation. So dumb!

Don't get me wrong! Both countries have confusing flags. But I do know the difference between the flags. :) Back to the topic. Now, how can update my credit card?

So I contacted Live Chat and their recommendation, deactivate my account! Nice!

Now I have to wait until 27 August 2022 so I can update my credit card. Great! Best system!

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testssl.sh - testing SSL
Posted: 12 Jul 2021, 20:33pm - Monday

I have been using https://www.ssllabs.com/ssltest/analyze.html and today I found a script to give me report the same ssllabs.com does.

The bash script based is really good. Very helpful giving me the report I need.

https://testssl.sh/ -- You can download the script from their github.

Here's the sample report: (I can display this because its an A+ verdict)

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My Progression to Senior Software Engineer at Objective
Posted: 13 Oct 2020, 1:51am - Tuesday

In 2012, I was visiting my sister in New Zealand when I decided I wanted to move over there from The Philippines, too. Soon I was working as a PHP/SQL Programmer, developing and maintaining New Zealand’s first end-to-end Building Consenting System, AlphaOne.

I enjoyed it and it was very demanding. I was pretty much solely responsible for managing AlphaOne and had to wear multiple hats in addition to writing code. When AlphaOne was acquired by Objective last year, I felt a really welcome change to my job.

There’s so much support: everything is manageable. My worklife balance has changed dramatically and I now enjoy my weekends without worrying about work, here’s a little bit more about how I got here and what it’s like working at Objective.

My road to Senior Software Engineer at Objective

I graduated with a BS Information Management in 2008 from Xavier University, Philippines. While studying, I freelanced as a desktop application developer (using .Net C# + MySQL) and I mostly wrote web based applications, using PHP or LAMP stack.

After working for a while as a lecturer, I was employed remotely by companies all over the world to do PHP web applications, maintain or build applications and websites, and manage web servers.

Eventually I found myself in NZ on the AlphaOne project. ] With one remote and two on-site developers, we managed to stabilise the system and grow our client base from 2 to 12 in just 3 years.

AlphaOne was acquired by Objective in March 2019 and as the Senior Software Engineer for Alpha One, I love working for Objective! I write code, manage our mail and web servers and am also responsible for developing hybrid mobile applications (a mobile version of AlphaOne), so we can easily maintain and deploy it on the Apple, Google and Windows stores.

How I developed my skills

In 2004, before I knew anything at all about the existence of Facebook, I had a very similar idea. I didn't write the code until 2005 though, when I built my own popular and exclusive social network called Zabyer.

The challenges I faced with it (such as performance degradation, compatibility issues, exploitation and hacking) brought my knowledge up to a commercial level long before I’d even finished university. Then, equipped with that knowledge, I started freelancing, which added to my skills in dealing with customers and clients.

I created another social network in 2008 but I struggled to finance it and realised I really just needed money. That’s when I began working remotely for multiple companies, before finding my job at AlphaOne.

The most important things I’ve learned on my career journey

Probably the most important things I’ve learned over the years are:

  • Working with a legacy system and someone else’s code is hard! But you should learn to appreciate other people’s work because you have the knowledge to improve it.
  • Every developer has their own style, so whoever you’re on a team with, come up with rules you can all agree on. I’ve also learned I should get my teammates involved with what I’m doing instead of making them wait around for my part.
  • When it comes to small-medium businesses, I’ve learned how to balance what a business wants and is capable of, with its customers’ needs. With the information from both sides, I can recommend and easily deliver the output.

How we develop our engineers at Objective

At Objective, our best and well-tested approach is to start off new employees on bug fixing (from easy to hard) and guide them closely. This way, they will learn the project structure, flows and its ecosystem.

I don't tell them all the details, but I do show them how it is done rather than giving a long list of instructions. A visual presentation stays in the mind a lot better. Once they catch up with the other developers, they can be eased into bug fixing and other mixed tasks, like new stuff and best practices.

We like to include our new engineers in research and development as well, to make them excited about new technologies and boost their confidence to do more things. I always listen to their ideas and allow them to explore: I want them to feel like they are truly contributing to a project.

Personally, I’m glad all my hard work has led me here. I love the culture and the energy of this company. To me, Objective is the perfect workplace!

Do you think you have what it takes to become part of our engineering team at Objective? Check our careers page for job openings!

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IntelliJ IDEA + Java versions + Maven + Gradle
Posted: 5 Jun 2020, 11:57am - Friday

Ok, I have been writing java codes from quite some time now. And most common I forgot to set are the following areas to configure in IntelliJ IDEA.

  1. Project Structure - always set both Project SDK and Project Language Level

2. SDK - you have to define the JDK home path to use in your project

3. Java bytecode - ensure that you set the Project bytecode version and add your project in per-module bytecode version and define the target bytecode version.

4. Maven - pom.xml file

5. Gradle - build.gradle file

And if you fail to configure these versions, you'll end up seeing RED texts/icons.

Gradle JVM not set properly, was set to 13 instead of 11.
Gradle JVM setup correctly.

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zsh -> grml
Posted: 18 Nov 2019, 1:09am - Monday

It's been a while I haven't posted something in my blog. Since AlphaOne was acquired by Objective Corporation and our PC will be replaced with Laptops (I felt its a downgrade really but there's nothing I can do about it.) So start setting up my Ubuntu environment under VM which I'm gonna clone the image and just place it into that laptop. I've seen my workmate using the custom shell and I find it handy in development. Here's how to set it up: install zsh package

$ sudo apt install -y zsh
download grml's zsh configuration
$ cd ~/; wget -O .zshrc https://git.grml.org/f/grml-etc-core/etc/zsh/zshrc
then run zsh
$ zsh
that's it.. will look like this:         also you can make zsh-grml shell as default:
chsh -s /bin/zsh
or
camilord@camilo3rd-ubuntu /srv/localhost/alpha1v1 (git)-[3508-fixing-unit-test] % chsh
Password: 
Changing the login shell for camilord
Enter the new value, or press ENTER for the default
	Login Shell [/bin/bash]:    

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[ssllabs.com] How to get "A+" on SSL Server test
Posted: 23 Mar 2018, 9:38am - Friday

Nowadays its very important that you configure your Server's SSL right. So one thing to test your configuration is enter your website at Qualys SSL Server Test and get your score. So far, I can score A+ for this unlike the security headers, I only get "A". Its very simple to achieve this, just edit /etc/apache2/conf-available/ssl.conf and change following:

SSLProtocol all -SSLv2 -SSLv3

SSLHonorCipherOrder on
Then save your changes and restart your Apache. That's it! You should get an A+ for that. Note: It was just recently that you have to turn on that SSLHonorCipherOrder or "Apache for Forward Secrecy" to ON. Reference: https://www.digicert.com/ssl-support/ssl-enabling-perfect-forward-secrecy.htm

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PHP: about NULL vs 0
Posted: 18 Sep 2017, 20:43pm - Monday

A client reported about the data wasn't populating... So I debug and took me hours to find out... Background: We have this enterprise system with legacy code and we created a QueryDriver class to make the legacy, Silex DBAL & CodeIgniter works and reusable. Behind the QueryDriver, it uses vsprintf() function.

$parcelData = [];
$jobVarObj = new JobsVarsTable();
$jobVarObj->setDrivers($this->getQueryDriver());
$prime_parcel = $jobVarObj->getVarValue($this->job_id, 'PRIMARY_PARCEL');

...

$q = "SELECT * FROM jobs_parcels WHERE JID = '%d' AND ID != '%d' AND Deleted IS NULL";
$sql = $this->getQueryDriver()->fetchAll($q, [$this->job_id, $prime_parcel]);
$parcel_data_list = $sql->getData();

In that codes above, the $parcel_data_list is always empty and I know there are 1 row results. 2 hours later... Note: $prime_parcel = null; // if does not exists in the records, will return literal null I just realised that printing vsprintf($q, [ $this->job, $prime_parcel ]) will gave me what I expected because when you sprintf() or vsprintf() the NULL to %d, this will convert to ZERO. But actually when I pass the query to our QueryDriver, %d and %s are actually converted to ? which the NULL become literal NULL in the query. Instead of "SELECT * FROM jobs_parcels JID = '123' AND ID != '0' AND DELETED IS NULL" then becomes "SELECT * FROM jobs_parcels JID = '123' AND ID != NULL AND DELETED IS NULL". So there will be no result. So lesson learn... Solution:
$parcelData = [];
$jobVarObj = new JobsVarsTable();
$jobVarObj->setDrivers($this->getQueryDriver());
$prime_parcel = (int)$jobVarObj->getVarValue($this->job_id, 'PRIMARY_PARCEL', 'n');

...

$q = "SELECT * FROM jobs_parcels WHERE JID = '%d' AND ID != '%d' AND Deleted IS NULL";
$sql = $this->getQueryDriver()->fetchAll($q, [$this->job_id, $prime_parcel]);
$parcel_data_list = $sql->getData();
Then it solves my 2hrs problem!!! Ok that's my entry for half of 2017... hehehe.. Cheers!

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MD5 File Hash for C# and PHP
Posted: 14 Aug 2016, 10:06am - Sunday

I encountered again on how to generate MD5 File Hash in C# and compare generated C# file hash to PHP md5_file() function. This is to make sure the file integrity are maintained on copying files. It took me while to find the function but I know I have created one of my previous projects. And this time, I will post here in my blog for future use. Hehehe! For C#:

public static string md5_file(string fileName)
{
    FileStream file = new FileStream(fileName, FileMode.Open);
    MD5 md5 = new MD5CryptoServiceProvider();
    int length = (int)file.Length;  // get file length
    byte[] buffer = new byte[length];      // create buffer
    int count;                      // actual number of bytes read
    int sum = 0;                    // total number of bytes read

    // read until Read method returns 0 (end of the stream has been reached)
    while ((count = file.Read(buffer, sum, length - sum)) > 0)
        sum += count;  // sum is a buffer offset for next reading
    byte[] retVal = md5.ComputeHash(buffer);
    file.Close();

    StringBuilder sb = new StringBuilder();
    for (int i = 0; i < retVal.Length; i++)
    {
        sb.Append(retVal[i].ToString("x2"));
    }
    return sb.ToString();
}
For PHP:
<?php

echo md5_file($filename_with_fullpath);

?>
Hope this helps... Thanks to: http://stackoverflow.com/questions/15705676/different-md5-file-hash-in-c-sharp-and-php

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OCZ SSD is the worst SSD!
Posted: 10 Apr 2016, 23:03pm - Sunday

ocz_ssdOK, let me share this to the world how bad this OCZ SSD. Bought 3 OCZ SSD months ago. First SSD is where my OS installed, Windows 7 Professional. 2nd SSD is my MySQL Database, 3rd SSD is my Development Source Codes. OS SSD crashed first after 6 months and undetectable. Then the vendor replaced the SSD with Samsung and works fine until now. Next is the DB SSD crashed after 9 months. Dev SSD crashed after 12 months. How can you rely on these OCZ SSDs? I lost tons of files because of these SSDs. If you want SSD, buy Intel SSD or Samsung SSD and they are the reliable brands. Never again be fooled with those other SSDs. Too much promising yet they are all crap! Advise: NEVER BUY OCZ SSD! FULL OF CRAP!

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VM: Resize Partition on a running system
Posted: 20 Sep 2021, 22:09pm - Monday

I was stuck for a while how to resize a running partition in my VM. Been searching for answers and all answers are quite long except this one:

root@silex5:~# df -h
Filesystem      Size  Used Avail Use% Mounted on
udev            3.9G     0  3.9G   0% /dev
tmpfs           798M  1.1M  797M   1% /run
/dev/sda2        49G   32G   15G  69% /
tmpfs           3.9G     0  3.9G   0% /dev/shm
tmpfs           5.0M     0  5.0M   0% /run/lock
tmpfs           3.9G     0  3.9G   0% /sys/fs/cgroup
/dev/loop0      100M  100M     0 100% /snap/core/11420
/dev/loop1       18M   18M     0 100% /snap/pdftk/9
/dev/loop2      100M  100M     0 100% /snap/core/11606
tmpfs           798M     0  798M   0% /run/user/1011

root@silex5:~# growpart /dev/sda 2
CHANGED: partition=2 start=4096 old: size=104851456 end=104855552 new: size=251654111,end=251658207

root@silex5:~# resize2fs /dev/sda2
resize2fs 1.44.1 (24-Mar-2018)
Filesystem at /dev/sda2 is mounted on /; on-line resizing required
old_desc_blocks = 7, new_desc_blocks = 15
The filesystem on /dev/sda2 is now 31456763 (4k) blocks long.

root@silex5:~# df -h
Filesystem      Size  Used Avail Use% Mounted on
udev            3.9G     0  3.9G   0% /dev
tmpfs           798M  1.1M  797M   1% /run
/dev/sda2       118G   32G   81G  29% /
tmpfs           3.9G     0  3.9G   0% /dev/shm
tmpfs           5.0M     0  5.0M   0% /run/lock
tmpfs           3.9G     0  3.9G   0% /sys/fs/cgroup
/dev/loop0      100M  100M     0 100% /snap/core/11420
/dev/loop1       18M   18M     0 100% /snap/pdftk/9
/dev/loop2      100M  100M     0 100% /snap/core/11606
tmpfs           798M     0  798M   0% /run/user/1011
root@silex5:~# reboot

Reference: https://unix.stackexchange.com/questions/137482/how-to-to-resize-an-ext4-partition-from-the-command-line

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Free Planning Poker
Posted: 12 Jun 2021, 13:26pm - Saturday

Hello Agile/Scrum people ...

If you are looking for free planning poker, use http://www.freeplanningpoker.co.nz/ or http://www.freeplanningpoker.site/ or http://www.freeplanning.poker/ and there will be no ads or limitation of 5 users or 5 issues then try to force you to upgrade to premium. The limitation is like it can create 100 issues of each gameplay and of course limit to 8 players, more than that will be a conference already. So 8 users or players, cast a vote and get the score for your issues.

This application is used for team management amd planning for agile team.

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Cleaning HDDs and monitor it
Posted: 24 Jun 2020, 1:21am - Wednesday

I've been assigned to clean up our server hardware and trying to create a monitoring how the progress going.

---------------- s04_wipe.sh ----------------------
#!/bin/bash

# s04
dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/sdg status=progress
dd if=/dev/urandom of=/dev/sdg status=progress

---------------- s03_wipe.sh ----------------------
#!/bin/bash

# s03
dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/sdf status=progress
dd if=/dev/urandom of=/dev/sdf status=progress

---------------- s02_wipe.sh ----------------------
#!/bin/bash

# s02
dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/sde status=progress
dd if=/dev/urandom of=/dev/sde status=progress

---------------- s01_wipe.sh ----------------------
#!/bin/bash

# s01
dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/sdd status=progress
dd if=/dev/urandom of=/dev/sdd status=progress

---------------- uat_wipe.sh ----------------------
#!/bin/bash

# uat
dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/sdc status=progress
dd if=/dev/urandom of=/dev/sdc status=progress

---------------- db_wipe.sh ----------------------
#!/bin/bash

# database
dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/sdb status=progress
dd if=/dev/urandom of=/dev/sdb status=progress

----------------os_wipe.sh ----------------------
#!/bin/bash

# os disk
dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/sda status=progress
dd if=/dev/urandom of=/dev/sda status=progress

I ran it this way...

nohup bash s02_wipe.sh > sde.out 2>&1 &

then this is my monitoring script (monitor.sh) to check the status:

#!/bin/bash

echo "/dev/sdb: "
echo $(tail -n 1 -c 120 sdb.out) | rev | cut -d "s" -f1,2,3,4| rev
echo -e "\n"
echo "/dev/sdc: "
echo $(tail -n 1 -c 120 sdc.out) | rev | cut -d "s" -f1,2,3,4| rev
echo -e "\n"
echo "/dev/sdd: "
echo $(tail -n 1 -c 120 sdd.out) | rev | cut -d "s" -f1,2,3,4| rev
echo -e "\n"
echo "/dev/sde: "
echo $(tail -n 1 -c 120 sde.out) | rev | cut -d "s" -f1,2,3,4| rev
echo -e "\n"
echo "/dev/sdf: "
echo $(tail -n 1 -c 120 sdf.out) | rev | cut -d "s" -f1,2,3,4| rev
echo -e "\n"
echo "/dev/sdg: "
echo $(tail -n 1 -c 120 sdg.out) | rev | cut -d "s" -f1,2,3,4| rev
echo -e "\n"

then run it by:

watch -d "bash monitor.sh"

if you're needing like this, feel free to use my method.

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I recently encountered a weird error on my repo when I "git push" or "git pull" in Windows 7. But when I tried it on my Mac, Ubuntu & Windows 10, its working fine.

Windows 7 - PHPStorm Terminal - git pull

As shown above, that's the error I am getting when I pull/push. I tried the solution from others:

reference: https://stackoverflow.com/questions/4485059/git-bash-is-extremely-slow-on-windows-7-x64

But unfortunately it didn't resolve my problem. Somehow, it did made it a bit faster.

I already tried many things, but I cannot find any solution that works for my problem. I know that the issue is just in my PC, even tried emptying my hosts file still didn't work.

Then a lightbulb popup, maybe I should delete my current repo and checkout again. So I did and resolve my problem. I can pull and push after that.

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CentOS / RHEL 7 : How to create custom daemon service
Posted: 25 Jul 2018, 13:08pm - Wednesday

First, create the script you want to run...

# vi /root/firewalld.sh
#!/bin/bash
iptables -F
iptables -L
Then make this executable...
chmox u+x /root/firewalld.sh
then you need to create the daemon service
# vi /etc/systemd/system/sample.service
[Unit]
Description=Description for sample script goes here
After=network.target

[Service]
Type=simple
ExecStart=/root/firewalld.sh
TimeoutStartSec=0

[Install]
WantedBy=default.target
definitions:
After= : If the script needs any other system facilities (networking, etc), modify the [Unit] section to include appropriate After=, Wants=, or Requires= directives.
Type= : Switch Type=simple for Type=idle in the [Service] section to delay execution of the script until all other jobs are dispatched
WantedBy= : target to run the sample script in
then cast the commands below:
# systemctl daemon-reload
# systemctl enable sample.service
# systemctl start sample.service
# systemctl reboot
after rebooting, your script should be executed.   Reference: https://www.thegeekdiary.com/centos-rhel-7-how-to-make-custom-script-to-run-automatically-during-boot/

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[securityheaders.io] Getting an "A"
Posted: 22 Mar 2018, 11:29am - Thursday

We've been dealing with our servers and systems security audit. One thing I need to achieve is getting an A score in our security headers. So far I got "A" and if you are achieving the same goal, here's the steps: Go to /etc/apache2/conf-available and edit security.conf then at the bottom of the file, add the following below:

#
# to apply this settings, you must enable apache headers first...
# e.g.: a2enmod headers
#
# headers customised by camilo3rd | 2018-03-22 ---- [start]
#
Header unset Content-Security-Policy
#Header add Content-Security-Policy "default-src 'self'"
Header add Content-Security-Policy "default-src * 'self'; img-src * 'self' data: 'unsafe-inline'; style-src * 'self' 'unsafe-inline'; script-src * 'self' 'unsafe-inline' 'unsafe-eval'; report-uri https://www.abcs.co.nz/violationReportForCSP.php;"

Header unset X-Content-Security-Policy
#Header add X-Content-Security-Policy "default-src 'self'"
Header add X-Content-Security-Policy "default-src * 'self'; img-src * 'self' data: 'unsafe-inline'; style-src * 'self' 'unsafe-inline'; script-src * 'self' 'unsafe-inline' 'unsafe-eval';"

Header unset X-WebKit-CSP
#Header add X-WebKit-CSP "default-src 'self'"
Header add  X-WebKit-CSP "default-src * 'self'; img-src * 'self' data: 'unsafe-inline'; style-src * 'self' 'unsafe-inline'; script-src * 'self' 'unsafe-inline' 'unsafe-eval';"
Header always set Referrer-Policy "same-origin"

Header set X-Content-Type-Options "nosniff"
Header set X-XSS-Protection "1; mode=block"
#Header set X-Frame-Options "DENY"
Header set X-Frame-Options SAMEORIGIN
Header set Strict-Transport-Security "max-age=631138519; includeSubDomains"
#
# headers customised by camilo3rd | 2018-03-22 ---- [end]
#
Then save.. Restart your apache and that's it. You should get an A score. To understand those statements above especially the values, please refer to:
  • https://developers.google.com/web/fundamentals/security/csp/
  • https://content-security-policy.com/

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Backup your files on any Android smartphones
Posted: 15 Apr 2017, 12:05pm - Saturday

Alright, I stumble with Huawei LYO-L02 model which very primitive model and can't even get a support on it. If you plug to your PC, nothing happens. You cannot access the internal storage. So the question is how do I backup the contents of my phone? Here's the simple steps:

  1. Install an App in your phone called "SSHD"
    • after installing, create a server and set the port then add a user
    • start the server or SSHD
    • once started, it will show the IP address where your SSHD can be connected
  2. Then in your Desktop computer or laptop (PC/Mac) , install FileZilla
  3. Remember, your phone and computer should be connected to the same WiFi or network.
  4. Open your FileZilla, go to site manager and add new site
  5. Enter the IP address provided in step 1 then port, username and password.
  6. On protocol, select SFTP (SSH File Transfer Protocol) then connect
  7. After connecting, it will give an error like cannot read directory because its reading to "/" root directory. In Android, the default storage of the files will be "/storage/" so just change the address bar on Filezilla and press enter and this will show you few directories.
  8. Just find the folder you want to backup and drag to your computer.
  9. Wallah! You just backup your smartphone files.

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Bash: File Server Hourly Backup Script
Posted: 11 May 2016, 3:04am - Wednesday

Been creating bash backup scripts but every time I create for the new server, I forgot the commands and research again. This time, I'm gonna save it in my blog so that I will search it in one place. Hehehe...

#!/bin/bash

cd /backup/

DATE=$(date "+%Y%m%d%H%M%S")
BACKUPNAME="jdrive_$DATE"

mkdir $BACKUPNAME

# find -mtime -1 | xargs cp -t --parents "$BACKUPNAME/"

find /jdrive/ -mmin -60 -exec cp --parents '{}' "$BACKUPNAME/" \;

tar -zcvf "ibackup/$BACKUPNAME.tar.gz" "$BACKUPNAME/"

rm -rf "$BACKUPNAME/"

# file and delete all files smaller than the specified filesize
find /backup/ibackup/ -name "*.gz" -size -500 -delete

# file and delete all files that are older than 45 days
find /backup/ibackup/ -mtime +45 -type f -exec rm -rf {} \;
Here you go... My home-brewed incremental backup script. We usually use duplicity but it failed us twice. So, we are using now both my home-brewed script and duplicity. Oh! by the way,  I used this script for our file server only.

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Windows: Setting up Apache 2.4.48 and PHP 7.4.20
Posted: 13 Jul 2021, 23:43pm - Tuesday

Before going thru the steps below, you need to download the installers first at http://camilord.com/downloads/Apache2.4.48_PHP7.4.20.zip

Then, just extract the zip which will give you both apache (httpd-2.4.48-o111k-x64-vc15) and php (php-7.4.20-Win32-vc15-x64). They are also in a zip, extract it in "C:\" and rename it like below.

would look like:

C:\Apache24
C:\php

then in apache, go to httpd.conf and edit it.
Add the following lines:

# php 7.4.20 handler
AddHandler application/x-httpd-php .php
AddType application/x-httpd-php .php .html
LoadModule php7_module "c:/php/php7apache2_4.dll"
PHPIniDir "c:/php"

you can skip this step, you only do this when you have existing apache installation

httpd -k uninstall -n "Apache2.4"

then save it. go to Apache24\bin using CLI or powershell (as administrator) then run:

httpd.exe -k install -n "Apache2.4"

this will install as a service. then to start and stop

httpd -k start
httpd -k stop

or

net start "Apache2.4"
net stop "Apache2.4"

then for PHP, copy the php.ini-development as php.ini then adjust the necessary configuration
needed by your application. then since you're in dev mode, add this at the end of the php.ini:

[Xdebug]
zend_extension="C:/php/ext/php_xdebug-3.0.4-7.4-vc15-x86_64.dll"
xdebug.client_port="9003"
xdebug.mode=debug
;xdebug.mode=profile

you can find the file in this folder and make sure you copy that xdebug dll file to C:\php\ext\

then restart the apache…

and if you have changes in your php.ini on next edit, restart again your apache.

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Zeacurity: Allow all to ssh except specific IP addresses
Posted: 8 Feb 2021, 3:12am - Monday

Since I open my ssh to all for the past 3 months, the auth.log is incredibly flooded with login attempts. I know they can't get in because I am using public key authentication and AllowedUser. Somehow it is still worrying the number of attempts.

So I created an app to counter these login attempts. Introducing my console app, Zecurity (https://github.com/camilord/Zeacurity). It's using Symfony Console framework and easy to use if you are having the same situation I got and want to protect your server. I wrote (I believe) the details how to implement on your server, please see the read me file.

Screenshot below, as you can see there's like every milliseconds attempting to login. Then I ran Zeacurity at 3:00 and after that, no attempts. :)

PS: when I was trying to resolve my problem, I stumble down with an issue that all incoming attempts still going thru, thanks to Sid Bachtiar when he mentioned about to remove the MASQUERADE and it was the one causing it. To read more about it, see https://linuxhacks.org/what-is-ip-masquerade-and-how-to-rule-it-with-iptables/

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Gradle Project Tests
Posted: 6 Jun 2020, 9:59am - Saturday

The Error:

gradle Caused by: org.junit.platform.commons.PreconditionViolationException: Cannot create Launcher without at least one TestEngine; consider adding an engine implementation JAR to the classpath

I've been writing tests on my java gradle project and I thought the tests was running every time I compile. I'm using IntelliJ IDEA and when I right click the test folder and `Run All Tests`, seems to work well.

Then I found out that it wasn't running at all when I ran the report.

gradle didn't find my tests

"Five hours later..." I almost gave up and decided to go back to maven. Then thought maybe I will search the error one last time. Landed to this page: https://discuss.gradle.org/t/gradle-4-6-and-junit-5/26061 -- then decided to give one last try. So I change my build.gradle

plugins {
    id 'java'
    id 'project-report'
}

group 'nz.camilord.alphaone.sample'
version '1.0.0-SNAPSHOT'

sourceCompatibility = 11
targetCompatibility = 11

repositories {
    mavenCentral()
}

dependencies {
    compile 'postgresql:postgresql:9.0-801.jdbc4'
    compile 'com.google.code.gson:gson:2.8.0'
    testCompile group: 'org.junit.jupiter', name: 'junit-jupiter-api', version: '5.6.2'
    //testCompile 'junit:junit:4.13'
}

to this new configuration:

plugins {
    id 'java'
    id 'project-report'
}

group 'nz.camilord.alphaone.sample'
version '1.0.0-SNAPSHOT'

sourceCompatibility = 11
targetCompatibility = 11

repositories {
    mavenCentral()
}

dependencies {
    compile 'postgresql:postgresql:9.0-801.jdbc4'
    compile 'com.google.code.gson:gson:2.8.0'
    testCompile group: 'org.junit.jupiter', name: 'junit-jupiter-api', version: '5.6.2'
    testCompile 'org.jetbrains.spek:spek-junit-platform-engine:1.0.89'
    testRuntime 'org.junit.jupiter:junit-jupiter-engine'
    //testCompile 'junit:junit:4.13'
}

test {
    useJUnitPlatform()
}

configurations {
    externalLibraries
    compile.extendsFrom (externalLibraries)
}

... and the result is a success! It works!

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ASP.Net Core C#: Visual Studio 2019 missing UseSqlServer()
Posted: 21 Mar 2020, 0:17am - Saturday

Few days ago, been learning again ASP.Net C#, but this time its ASP.Net Core C#. It took me a while to resolve this issue because all the reference in the internet and stackoverflow were for Visual Studio 2017.

DotNet Version: 3.1 | IDE: VS 2019

In VS2017 might work just by adding:

use using Microsoft.EntityFrameworkCore;

But in VS2019, what works is both adding describe above and execute add package:

dotnet add package Microsoft.EntityFrameworkCore.SqlServer

after that, you problem should go away...

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My Meme Generator (mymeme.app)
Posted: 16 Jul 2018, 12:08pm - Monday

Hello, if you ever need to generate your own meme, just go to www.mymeme.app Very simple meme generator and easy to use. cheers!

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NZ Companies Register API
Posted: 25 Feb 2018, 3:50am - Sunday

In case you need it... https://github.com/camilord/nz-companies-register Very simple to use...

 
 
use camilord\NZCompaniesRegister\NZCompaniesRegister;
 
$obj = new NZCompaniesRegister();
$result = $obj->search('blue horn');
 
print_r($result);
 
Cheers!

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How do you kick a benign user off your system?
Posted: 7 Dec 2016, 22:17pm - Wednesday

There's probably an easier way, but I do this: See who's logged into your machine -- use who -u:

root@alphaone:~# who -u
root     pts/1        2016-12-08 11:02   .          7953 (192.168.0.99)
camilord pts/2        2016-12-08 10:59   .          7625 (192.168.0.7)
Laugh at their impending disconnection (this step is optional, but encouraged)
root@alphaone:~# echo "HAHHAHAHAHAHA... BYE!" | write root pts/1
write: write: you have write permission turned off.
Kill the corresponding process:
root@alphaone:~# kill -9 7953
  Reference: http://unix.stackexchange.com/questions/615/how-do-you-kick-a-benign-user-off-your-system

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POLi Payment Gateway: Why you shouldn't use this option...
Posted: 11 Apr 2016, 1:59am - Monday

poli_1           The first time I saw POLi payments was in Qantas Airlines New Zealand. The moment I saw asking for my Bank Credentials, I click back button ripoli_3ght away. Why? Because POLi is asking your Access Code/Username and Password of your bank, your BANK CREDENTIALS! Imagine your hosts file has been altered by malware or any virus or your network has been hacked or exploited or your ISP has been hacked or whatever above your internet line has been altered pointing POLi payment gateway's DNS to different server, you will be giving your bank access to the hackers. And POLi is a direct access to your bank account (your entire assets in your bank) and initiate the transaction right away. Unlike credit cards, if your card has been expospoli_2ed, then the risk is JUST your card, not your whole account in the bank then you still have time to call the bank the close it right away. So my advise never use POLi payments. I'm not against the company or the people who created it but I am just against how the implementation or how it works.

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