Setting up SNMP on VMware

In setting up Zabbix to monitor my devices, I had to look up how to set up SNMP in VMware. My first mistake was assuming that vCenter, the central management system for VMware, would actually centrally manage SNMP. It does not. From what I can tell, you cannot set up SNMP from the GUI, and … Read more

Fixing MacOS Cloud Sync

Sometimes, especially with Monterey, I have had iCloud file syncing hang where it shows there are files that need to be uploaded, but for whatever reason it stops uploading the files; sometimes for a couple of hours, sometimes completely. And, of course it will do this when I have other projects open I don’t want … Read more

How To Extract A 3D Blu-Ray with Free Tools

So you’ve bought that shiny 3D Blu-Ray, but they don’t make 3D TVs anymore. Now you have that shiny new VR headset, which just screams “Let me play my 3D movies!,” but alas, no such luck. Well, here is how to extract your purchased Blu-Rays (only use these instructions with movies you own, please!). You … Read more

Quick Way to Verify a MacOS Application Integrity

If you ever have an app that seems to be having problems launching, you can quickly check the integrity with the spctl command: spctl –assess -vv /Applications/<Application>.app As an example, if I wanted to check the integrity of Handbrake (a kick-ass video encoder), the command would be: spctl –assess -vv /Applications/ The output you should … Read more

Per Domain DNS Servers in MacOS

MacOS has a nice facility as part of its DNS resolver that allows you to have a per-domain set of DNS servers. This is especially useful when using VPN services where you still need to use your local resolvers as well as the remote resolvers. Unfortunately, there is nowhere in the GUI to do this, … Read more

Fixing Quicklook Without Rebooting

Unfortunately, since the last OS update for the Mac (Monterey), QuickLook has become especially unstable, especially on my M1 Mac Mini. It doesn’t cause crashes or anything, it simply stops working; especially with video files. However there is a simple solution to the problem. From the Terminal, just run the command (you do not need … Read more