Ben’s guide to making your site show up in Google

Posted by Benjamin Close on April 30, 2012 under Computers, Money | 5 Comments to Read

SEO Money Tree

This article gives an overview of how you could increase your search ranking in Google. First a little background.. A while back I visited a Nursery that grew Advanced Trees in South Australia, after talking to the owner for a little while we got on the topic of website and how he was trying to [..more..]

The InTransit Filesystem

Posted by Benjamin Close on March 21, 2012 under Computers | Read the First Comment

A Long time ago I was watching a story about data and one fact that rang in my mind was how much data was in transit at anyone point in time. A classic way to think about this is a transatlantic fibre cable. Even at the speed of light, the amount of data that is [..more..]

How to use FreeBSD, VirtualBox and USB2.0 Devices

Posted by Benjamin Close on March 1, 2012 under FreeBSD | Read the First Comment

This page explains how to use a USB2.0 device in VirtualBox with a FreeBSD 8+ as a hostOS Recently I got around to converting my last Linux box over to FreeBSD. The change over for almost everything was smooth except for one thing. A windows virtual machine. I have a number of applications which sadly [..more..]

libdc1394_video_set_mode doesn’t change the mode – A solution!

Posted by Benjamin Close on May 6, 2011 under OpenSource, Programming | Be the First to Comment

This article details a reason libdc1394_video_set_mode/libdc1394_video_set_framerate¬† may not work. Whilst working on an application that makes use of a 1394a/firewire camera I found a strange bug/feature with libdc1394. The problem was dc1394 was being used to the mode of the camera to 800×600 resolution. However, when querying the frame size after dequeuing the frame, the [..more..]

OpenGL glTexSubImage2D very slow – a solution!

Posted by Benjamin Close on under Programming | Read the First Comment

This article describes a possible reason glTexSubImage2D may be slow. Recently I was working on a piece of code that updated a texture with a camera frame. The application was using the fixed function (non shaders) pipeline of OpenGL. Whilst I didn’t notice it at first, I soon found that the camera image was very [..more..]

Bugs.freedesktop.org gets Official SSL certificate thanks to StartCom

Posted by Benjamin Close on February 23, 2011 under FreeDesktop | Be the First to Comment

Hi Folks, as of today https://bugs.freedesktop.org/ should now no longer give any warnings in a browser. The SSL certificate being provided by StartCom for free. Manythanks to StartCom for their Free SSL certificate service!

Solving the Apache SSL error “Oops, no RSA or DSA server certificate found for ‘www.somedomain.com:0’?!”

Posted by Benjamin Close on January 21, 2011 under OpenSource | 27 Comments to Read

Recently a colleague of mine came to me with a problem he was having with SSL certificates and the web server Apache 2.2. Put simply Apache (httpd) would not start. It was an unusual situation as this server had been running flawlessly for almost 2 years and it was only a recent power outage that [..more..]

Solution: Belkin F5U409 USB to Serial Converter in 64bit Windows 7/Vista/Mac OSX 10

Posted by Benjamin Close on December 10, 2010 under Computers | 179 Comments to Read

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This article details how to use a Belkin FSU409 USB to Serial Converter under Windows Vista/Windows 7 64bit

Improving 3G Mobile Broadband Reception without an Antenna

Posted by Benjamin Close on August 13, 2010 under Computers, Country Living, wireless | 9 Comments to Read

3G Modem At Focal Point of Galaxy Antenna

Having moved into our new home, it was time to get internet access up and running. We have no fixed phone line and with us both having mobile phones had no intention to get one. Hence we began looking into what wireless options were available. Eventually we settled on a 3G wireless mobile broad band [..more..]

FreeBSD Sudo Upgrade Gone Wrong, Password No longer working with Sudo 1.7.2p2 / 1.7.2p3, Sudo Broken

Posted by Benjamin Close on April 14, 2010 under FreeBSD | Be the First to Comment

Recently a port audit security advisor was released that indicated an exploit with sudoedit of the security/sudo FreeBSD port. At the time I was running sudo 1.6.9 and being a responsible system administrator, I decided to upgrade sudo to the latest revision of the port (1.7.2p2 at the time). The upgrade went very smoothly, with [..more..]