Honda iMid Wallpaper

Ever thought the Honda i-Mid display was pretty useless and needed some more functionality? What you can do is you can change the Wallpaper so it looks like a digital picture frame with a clock.

Basically, you can create an image and then put it on the root directly of a USB. From there you can plug it into the USB Ports of the Honda.

Honda with iMid Display Only

Importing Photo: Menu -> Customize Settings -> Display Setup -> Wallpaper -> Import Wallpaper -> Pick the file to Import (You can have three)

Choosing Photo: Menu -> Customize Settings -> Display Setup -> Wallpaper -> Select Wallpaper -> Pick the file to select

Here is a video:

 

Honda with 7-Inch Display

Importing Photo: Menu -> Settings -> System -> Clock / Wallpaper Type -> Wallpaper -> Add New -> Select Image -> Start Import

Choosing Photo: Menu -> Settings -> System -> Clock / Wallpaper Type -> Wallpaper -> Select image

Here is a video:

 

Provided below is a link that can help resize the wallpapers for the car:

https://imidwallpapers.com/faq

 

Apple TV Screensavers on OSX

Ever thought that the default screensavers on Mac were pretty terrible and wanted a change of pace? With the release of the Apple TV 4th Generation and tvOS Apple had released some pretty nice screensavers when the Apple TV is idle.

One man with the name of JohnCoates actually ported that over to OSX. Provided below is the download:

https://github.com/JohnCoates/Aerial/releases/download/v1.2/Aerial.zip

It actually looks pretty nice and there are some pretty nice landscapes.

Provided below is the Github to this great developer and his wallpapers:

https://github.com/JohnCoates/Aerial

iMessage URLs opening as Blank Windows

Recently on my MacBook, I have been trying to open URLs from iMessage and have been having some trouble. The browser opens up, but the URL is not filled in, and there is no new tab for the URL.

Typically would look something like this:

No different than a new Chrome window.

Looks like there was a bug in Chrome and updating to Chrome 61 seems to fix it.

Hope this helps.

-Frank

Atheros NIC on ESXi

Hey all,

A supplementary post to my previous post. http://franksayshai.com/realtek-nics-on-esxi
Also available is a vib for Atheros NICs on ESXi.

Provided at the bottom of the article is the vibs and instructions below:

1. Use WinSCP or Cyberduck to copy the files to the ESXi host ex: /tmp
2. Change directory to the folder where there were uploaded to:
cd /tmp
3. Install the VIB:
esxcli software vib install -v /tmp/net-atl1e-1.0.1.14.x86_64.zip
4. Reboot the host, and it should be working now

Drivers:
http://franksayshai.com/download/net-atl1e-1.0.1.14.x86_64.vib

Drivers sourced from this article:
https://www.aligrant.com/web/blog/2012-03

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ESXi C# Client On Windows XP

Still, to this day I still find some use of Windows XP. Especially in small home labs where I need to spin up a test client or need to access an old management interface using Java 6 and Internet Explorer.

I did come across an issue where I was trying to access an ESXi host under a particular circumstance and was not able to.

From what I could see it looks like it was related to the security requirements for the authentication handshake.

Looking at this article from VMware
“vSphere Client and vSphere PowerCLI may fail to connect to vCenter Server 5.0, 5.1 and 5.5 due to a Handshake failure (2049143)” there looks to be a way to get around it.

On a Windows vCenter and Linux, it looks like the vpxd.cfg file can be edited:
“<config>

<vmacore>

<ssl>

<cipherList>ALL</cipherList>

</ssl>

</vmacore>

</config>”

Provided below are the locations of the file:
Windows vCenter: C:\ProgramData\VMware\VMware VirtualCenter\
Linux vCenter: /etc/vmware-vpx/

On ESXi the config.xml file can be edited:
“<config>

<vmacore>

<ssl>
<doVersionCheck> false </doVersionCheck>
<useCompression>true</useCompression>
<libraryPath>/lib/</libraryPath>
<handshakeTimeoutMs>120000</handshakeTimeoutMs>
<cipherList>ALL</cipherList>
</ssl>

</vmacore>

</config>”

Provided below is the location of the file on ESXi: /etc/vmware/rhttpproxy/

Link to the KB:
https://kb.vmware.com/s/article/2049143

Free File Based Malware Scanner

Ever wondered if your email attachment or file you downloaded from a website is clean or not. Here are two sites I have used over the years that have done great for file verification. The one key benefit is that these sites also process the files through multiple Antivirus scanners which can help see if there may be false positives or missed virus definitions that may be present.

https://virusscan.jotti.org

https://www.virustotal.com

Realtek NICS on ESXI

Hey all,

It has been a while since I have posted something, but I wanted to provide a quick post on something that I have used a lot over the years. This is something that has been helpful when trying to install ESXi on a white box machine. Additionally for machines with Realtek NICs.

Provided at the bottom of the article is the vibs and instructions below:

1. Use WinSCP or Cyberduck to copy the files to the ESXi host ex: /tmp
2. Change directory to the folder where there were uploaded to:
cd /tmp
3. Install the VIB:
esxcli software vib install -v /tmp/VMware_bootbank_net-r8168_8.013.00-3vmw.510.0.0.799733.vib
or
esxcli software vib install -v /tmp/VMware_bootbank_net-r8169_6.011.00-2vmw.510.0.0.799733.vib
4. Reboot the host, and it should be working now

Drivers:
http://franksayshai.com/download/VMware_bootbank_net-r8168_8.013.00-3vmw.510.0.0.799733.vib

http://franksayshai.com/download/VMware_bootbank_net-r8169_6.011.00-2vmw.510.0.0.799733.vib

Drivers sourced from this article:
https://www.vladan.fr/realtek-8169-nics-not-detected-under-esxi-5-5/

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https://pixabay.com/p-906544/?no_redirect

Ping via Timestamp

Figured I would make a quick post. Do think as much as ping is a networkers tool the fact that there is no timestamps is pretty sad.

Came across a post from jocke where he posted this lovely command.

1. To post valid replies
ping google.com | awk '/^[0-9]+ bytes from / { "date" | getline pong; close("date"); print pong":",$0; }'

2. To post valid replies and failures
ping google.com | while read pong; do echo "$(date): $pong"; done

Kudos to Jocke:

The featured image was a perfect test since I was testing while roaming in Canada and using Cricket Wireless 🙂

OSX Sierra and VMware Fusion – Internal Error

I wanted to share my quick experience to upon my upgrade to OSX Sierra. Did the plunge a little while ago and wanted to share a bit of my experience. I came across an issue with the application. Seemed perfectly fine, but the trouble came after trying to boot VMs. Upon trying to boot, I was presented with an error labelled “Internal Error”.

Upon looking through the VMware forum, I came across a workaround which required opening VMware Fusion through the terminal. Not the best solution since not all the passthrough was working, but a good workaround.

If you are encountering an issues you can try entering this in the terminal.
 cd /Applications/VMware\ Fusion.app/Contents/MacOS; ./VMware\ Fusion"

This has seemed to work great for me. Reports of updating VMware Fusion to the latest version have worked on my personal machine.

New Version:

The command in action:

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