Cross compile rsync for OpenELEC

In earlier releases of OpenELEC support for rsync was included. At some point it was moved to the unofficial addon repository. Unfortunately it looks like the unofficial addon repo has been abandoned. OpenElec 8 has been out for a year and there is still no unofficial addon support for it. I would assume that there won’t be any support for it in the future either.

I run OpenELEC on a RaspberryPi and really needed rsync support for it.

To get it working I cross compiled rsync for armv7 on my regular Linux machine and then copied the binary to my OpenElec box. I figured this might be handy for someone running into the same issue. This workflow is specific for ARM.

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Cross compile rsync for OpenELEC

Fixing Chrome 58 – NET::ERR_CERT_AUTHORITY_INVALID error

As of Chrome 58 SSL certificates must have a “Subject Alternative Name” (SAN) field, “Common Name” (CN) is not sufficient anymore. This breaks many self signed certificates on dev machines.

If you previously had a working self signed certificate and now you see the “NET::ERR_CERT_AUTHORITY_INVALID” error, these steps should fix the issue:

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Fixing Chrome 58 – NET::ERR_CERT_AUTHORITY_INVALID error

gomainr – Interactive terminal tool to find available domains for various combinations of keywords and TLDs

I was trying to find available domain names for a project I’m planning to start. All the ones that came to mind were already taken. I wrote a simple script that would query the Namecheap API with various combinations of keywords and TLDs to see which combinations are still available. That script worked fairly well. Then I came across gocui which allows you to build ncurses style terminal GUI apps in Go. I decided to extend my simple script and build a full fledged GUI app.

gomainr demo

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gomainr – Interactive terminal tool to find available domains for various combinations of keywords and TLDs

Magento New Order Notification Widget

I created a small Magento 1 module that simulates sales activity on the site. It will loop through last 20 orders and show little popups on the bottom of the page notifying shopping customers about a purchase by another customer. You can configure duration, frequency and content of the popup.

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Magento New Order Notification Widget