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Installing VMWare Tools – The path “” is not valid path to the gcc binary

The issue of the gcc binary not being found has old answers when looked up in Google. The answers also offer a solution that is not suitable. This answer is for when installing VMWare tools on Ubuntu, Lubuntu, Mint Linux etc but the principles will be the same for RedHat, Debian, Suse CentOs etc – […]

.HTAccess Redirect to Maintenance Page

The following .htaccess code will allow you to set a 301 redirect on your site – using a set of ip addresses that can still log in. Ideal for fixing up things if there has been a hack or other issue. # MAINTENANCE-PAGE REDIRECT RewriteEngine on #add IP addresses that are allowed to access the […]

Contact Form 7 And Akismet With Styled forms

We use contact Form 7 forms for our contacts  and Akismet as our anti spam plug in. All our forms are styled with HTML to make them tidier and we also style the messages sent to clients via the forms. We found that when adding the Akismet fields to our forms errors / misconfiguration warnings […]

Covid-19 Lock Down Coping Strategy And Advice

Setting up an auto responder in SmarterMail

Auto-responder Users can set up auto-responders to automatically send a prewritten response when an email message is received. They are commonly used to notify senders that the recipient is out of the office or on vacation. To set up an auto-responder: 1 – Log into Smartermail ( https://mail.postbox.net.nz ) 2 – Click the settings icon. […]

Recursive Actions On Folders using BASH in Linux

Previously I posted how to reset file permissions recursively using Linux Bash / Command Line. Building on that is how to recursively remove files and folders using bash on a Linux box. find . -type d -name ‘folder_*_name’ -exec rm -r {} + Using find to find a folder (-type d) or a file (-type […]

Installing Apple Apps on old iOS

At home we use an old iPhone (version 4) as it is both green to use old stuff and not just throw it away, but it is also a lot less expensive if it gets stolen (school bags are not he most secure of places to have equipment). Recently Apple just messed up iTunes (again!!) […]

Reset permissions for files and folders in Linux / Bash

Three simple command lines to sort out folder and file permission and ownership issues in Linux. The reason for using two different commends for the files and folders is you don’t want executable bit set on files (unless you plan on running it) and folders don’t work well without it. To change all the directories […]

Configure Adobe Reader to go straight to your email program

Adobe Acrobat Reader DC has changed functionality around sending PDFs to email. Originally there was a button that sent the PDF directly to your email app. Now it opens an intermediary screen that asks if you want to send links, or private links, or URL. In short it is no longer one click but a […]

Changing Your Email Password

The steps to change your Postbox.Net.Nz password are found below.  If you don’t know your password or are having problems start a help ticket  or feel free to call on 022 626 5084.  The chat may also be open in the bottom right hand corner of this screen. There is a PDF summary of these instructions […]