Launch VirtualBox VM with a .desktop file
Ubuntu .desktop files are easy to create with a simple text editor
2017-11-09 by rp
VirtualBox is a great, free, virtual machine engine. However, its multiple monitor capabilities are a little prickly. Launching the VM with one monitor when the settings are set for two monitors is sometimes troublesome. The problem is easy to fix: just change the VM settings to one or two monitors. But it's annoying to have to remember to do that. This post shows how to resolve this challenge with a couple of simple Ubuntu .desktop files.
Ubuntu 17.04 connects to network but not the Internet
I'm not sure what I did to fix it, but it works now!
2017-11-12 by rp
An Unbuntu 17.04 VirtualBox VM, (running from an Ubuntu 16.04 host) suddenly stopped connecting to the Internet. The last time it was running all was well; then one day, at boot-up, it couldn't connect to the Internet. Other Ubuntu VMs internet connections worked just fine. This wasn't a problem with the host, it appeared to be isolated to the one VM.
How to reset MariaDB's root user password
Don't freak out--this isn't a very challenging task
2017-11-13 by rp
It's late at night and you just need to do a little work with MariaDB (or MySQL) but you've completely forgotten the
root password. With a little command line effort, this is an easy problem to solve.
How to refresh a MySQL database on a cloud host with SCP and SSH
Pushing a fresh copy of a MySQL or MariaDB database is snap with a simple Bash script
2017-12-09 by rp
When a project is in development you often need to refresh the deployed database with the latest dev copy. This post provides a couple of Bash scripts to do that easily from the remote computer.