A bot

Work continues on the building of TASPup (my replay device) started doing some of the python work though it has been more fun to make circuit boards that I may want/need.  Along with something to allow the various flavors (mainly TASLink but in theory anything connecting with RJ-45 should work) of replay device to connect to the same console as they all have their strong points. I’ve had some help on that development stuff with some friends on my discord.

In other news I moved closer to work as the 30-40 drive was kinda annoying… anyway that’s all for now.

WeeChat and the annoyance.

Recently I switched over from Irssi to using WeeChat. Mostly because I was tired of not having an user list on the side of my connections with out having some extra scripts to do that. set up went fine followed the steps on ZNC’s webpage as I run my own bouncer on there as when I’m at home I connect using Konversation. added my networks just fine though one of them didn’t have a channel i needed so i had to remove it deleted it from znc however i could not figure out how to remove it from WeeChat several hours of googleing later still no answer so if this helps someone out here’s how to remove a network:

  1. cd to ~/.weechat
  2. open irc.conf in an editor
  3. scroll down to the network you are trying to remove from auto-connect
  4. delete all lines that contain the networks name
  5. save the file

next time you open WeeChat you should no longer connect to that network.

Tetris and the robot

Recently I was watching one of dwangoAC‘s streams where he was trying to verify a Tetris TAS that made it to level 355 only to have it fail in some very pretty ways in a much earlier line count then what would account to level 355.

So after that I set out using the lua AI designed for FCEUX 2.2.2 from meatfighter.com to see when and if Tetris breaks after a certain time well.. not really… it is possible that as the bot is made to keep the well clear of as many pieces as it can it tends to build only single or double line clears instead of going for a tetris as when I ran the bot during one of my streams and was able to get the bot to line count – Square 54 before i stopped streaming for the day the only oddity noticed was as the level count went ever higher was that the color theme would stay the same across multiple levels changing sometimes after three or four levels.  That was yesterday that I ran that, today while sitting at work I’ve had tetris sitting happily in the background on my computer running making lines keeping the well clear and this time recording its button presses to a .fm2 file this time i hope to be able to give this over to dwango and see where things go as while I have Tetris and a NES, I don’t have a working replay device yet. As of writing this blog entry the bot itself was at line J06 and still going I figure it’ll run till the file gets to big to be of use for anyone though we’ll see where this heads as it keeps dutifully placing tetriminos. (thankfully windows can mute programs as this music would be awfully repetitive after a while)

Well I’ll leave it going for now catch you later.

xRPD and the annoyance of default settings

Hello there!

So the other day I was setting up xRDP on my RHEL server in the lab at work the first part went well, after adding the repo to my server and running yum.  If you’ve never set that up before here’s a guide on how to do that.  Though after that was where I started running into a lot of shall we say “fun”… from my work system running windows 10 I popped open mstsc connected to the server, and time out. Okay I forgot to start things as the guide only tells you to start the xrdp service. No problem back to SSH, run vncserver set an access password and note the display it’s using.

Back to mstsc, hey I can log in now… or not… failed to connect is the error in the xRDP status, as a test at this point I attempted log in using a vnc client black screen with some check boxes in the corner.  Went back to SSH and dug through things found that I didn’t have a session enabled. In my .Xsession file for vnc.   Not a problem we’ll just dive down another rabbit hole as my end goal was to use MATE. So after enabling EPEL and getting mate installed I went into my .Xsession file and added at the bottom start mate-session.

Great all done I can now use xRDP right? Nope. Still can’t connect after that same error failed to connect though looking through that window it’s connecting to my session is on 5901 or 5902 I forgot which at that point. Well I found a person on askubuntu having the same issue the answer there was to switch from tightvnc(in my case tigervnc) to vino and then alter the xRDP config… which I kind of did, I went into my /etc/xrdp/xrdp.ini and looked through the config  what they did was add a second session for vino, instead of using sesman-Xvnc also note that the port for sesman-Xvnc is set to -1, what it is supposed to do is create a new session at 5910 or use the existing one if there is one.

Here’s what I did, I changed the port argument from -1 to 5901 as I’m more than likely will always have a session running on :1 though the better option that I found after doing this would be to change it to ask5901 or ask5910 and then you can tell xRDP where the session is at yourself on login. I also added a connection to use vino instead of tigervnc, but sesman-Xvnc was good enough once I restarted both xRDP and vncserver, hope this helps someone fix their issues.

E-Mail Hiccups

So last night I was trying to login to my admin page for this site and ran into a bit of a snag with my LastPass vault not syncing from my work system to my home one… has happened before and is normally not an issue worse case I just have to reset a password and keep rolling… or I’ve done the stupid thing of using a password I’ve used elsewhere. However WordPress auto generates a password that meets their complexity requirements and I’d used one similar to that generated in LastPass and of course I forgot it and hadn’t wrote it down expecting LastPass to have me covered. Ok no password there no problem we’ll just reset it and use a new password… So I go to the forgot password form and request a new one instant php error. mail() is not set up. Well I use office365 as my mail server which uses SMTP the only way to get that configured is via a plugin in wordpress it seems.

Except there was a way to get it fixed in my case. All that was really needed was sendmail to be set up which I hadn’t done yet, but to be on the safe side i went and checked in the mysql database to see if there was anything I could point at my email server sure enough in the Options table there was four fields that talked about mailserver after filling those in with the correct info I gave sending my password to me a try again…


same error mail() not configured or disabled by your admin.

Digging a little more I’m missing the modules. So using pear I installed mail, net_smtp, auth_sasl, and mail_mime and I also saw sendmail mentioned so I installed that using apt. once that was done I gave apache a restart (service apache2 restart or apachectl graceful) then I tried requesting a password again.

It worked, however it didn’t come from my email it came from wordpress@fallenfocus.net which I guess is fine my guess is I didn’t need to set the stuff in the database but, better safe to have it set and not need it I can always clear them back out.

so to fix this here’s the commands you would need
sudo apt install sendmail
sudo pear install mail
sudo pear install net_smtp
sudo pear install auth_sasl
sudo pear install mail_mime
sudo service apache2 restart or sudo apachectl graceful

after that you should be able to request a password reset

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Hello all,

Just posting some new content on here as I’ve not touched this or my blogger in a very long time… that and I figured that old story about openID was kinda worn out by now…

As to openID not sure if I want to put it back into use as I know WordPress is a bit of a bigger target than blogger ever was when it comes to that kind of “fun”

nothing much to update however… if you are bored I’d say stop by my twitch channel sometime and just hang out. twitch.tv/mediamagnetgame


Yep still out there… yep still posting… yep that was everything.