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Tech Messages | 2013-03-10

by Scott Hebert

Green NetworkA special extended edition of Tech Messages for 2013-03-07 through 2013-03-10:

Google Chrome Stuck Overseas

by Scott Hebert

Google Chrome LogoI recently spent six weeks in Sydney working for my new job. Naturally, while I was there, I let Google Chrome's omnibox redirect my searches to Google Australia. Fast forward a few weeks, and I'm back in the States, but Chrome is living in the past. After trying just about everything, here is what I finally did to fix it.

First, shut down Google Chrome. Find the Google Chrome default preferences file. On my Mac, that's ~/Library/Application Support/Google/Chrome/Default/Preferences. This is a JSON file. You are looking for an attribute called "last_known_google_url". Mine was set to "https://www.google.com.au/". All I did was change this to "https://www.google.com/".

Good luck!

Asterisk 1.2 Variable Length Limit

by Scott Hebert

Asterisk LogoIt seems the maximum length for variables (at least those in extensions.conf) in Asterisk 1.2 is 255 characters. Running into this problem has to be uncommon, but it can really bite you if aren't aware.

Although I am only aware of this limitation in Asterisk 1.2, it might exist in other version as well.

Restart Brother ControlCenter

by Scott Hebert

On your Mac, the Brother ControlCenter software that let's you scan an image from your Brother MFC to your computer is started at boot by launchd. Therefore, it can be restarted from the command line.

For example, here is a list of processes controlled by launchd:

$ launchctl list | grep brother
286	-	[0x0-0x17017].com.brother.ControlCenter
282	-	[0x0-0x16016].com.brother.utility.NETserver
281	-	[0x0-0x15015].com.brother.utility.USBserver
266	-	com.brother.LOGINserver

I found that stopping LOGINserver caused all the other services to restart:

$ launchctl stop com.brother.LOGINserver
$ launchctl list | grep brother
36825	-	[0x0-0x258a588].com.brother.ControlCenter
36824	-	[0x0-0x2589587].com.brother.utility.NETserver
36823	-	[0x0-0x2588586].com.brother.utility.USBserver
36818	-	com.brother.LOGINserver

Good luck!

Tech Messages | 2012-10-25

by Scott Hebert

Green NetworkA special extended edition of Tech Messages for 2012-10-05 through 2012-10-25: