Passwords/accounts don’t work after migrating Thunderbird profile from Linux to Windows


The thing I love about Thunderbird (and its sibling Firefox) is that to transfer a wholly configured instance from one computer/system to another all one needs is to copy over the contents of the profile folder.

However, on the path of a Linux to Windows migration I discovered the oddity that Thunderbird will neither connect to mail server not prompt for password… Continue reading

Updating VirtualBox on CentOS 6


After setting up a headless VirtualBox environment on your server, there comes a time when you realize you’ve been using the same old version for so long… that updating doesn’t sound so bad.

If you’ve installed VirtualBox from the repositories, you might enjoy an (almost) painless update procedure. Or not…

Start by making sure… Continue reading

How to recover saved wifi passwords in Android


Be it your neighbour’s network or your friend’s (whom you visit once a year) wifi, those pesky twisted hard-to-remember passwords ask to be forgotten. But your trusty Android phone remembers them all.

Wouldn’t it be great if it could tell them to you? Well, if you have a rooted device, you’re in luck. You can quickly re-discover the password of all networks you’ve saved them for. Use your favourite file manager and… Continue reading

Alert via SMS on power failure and hibernate the system


When using a system to host your important (or critical) operations, being able to get informed of issues while you’re away is a very handy function. Email is good for notifications, but it isn’t always fast enough (and constant checks drain battery power).

SMS on the other hand, is an almost instant alert method and although length-limited, should do the job just fine for those very important, must have alerts. For this setup you will need… Continue reading