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USB on VirtualBox 2.4.4 with OpenSuSE 11.1

I was browsing the Internet with a problem that I had with USB on VirtualBox. The USBs were greyed out and I could not select them. I came across two possible solutions. I did both, and it worked. Now, you may just have to do one of them, but I was trying everything that I could to get it to work. Here are the solutions:

Search for rule 50-udev-default.rules
and change the permissions as follows:

# libusb device nodes
#SUBSYSTEM==”usb”, ENV{DEVTYPE}==”usb_device”,
NAME=”bus/usb/$env{BUSNUM}/$env{DEVNUM}”, MODE=”0664″

I did the following also:

Look in the directory /etc/udev/rules.d/ for the file 10-vboxdrv.rules. Create a backup of this file by:
cp 10-vboxdrv.rules 10-vboxdrv.rules.bak
and then do the following:
mv 10-vboxdrv.rules 60-vboxdrv.rules

then reboot, and hopefully everything works. Good luck!


23/06/2009 Posted by | how-to, Linux, open source, opensuse, Productivity | 1 Comment

OpenSuSE 11.0 Could not start kdeinit4…

I recently installed OpenSuSE 11.0 to see what all the fuss was about.  After completing an update on my machine and rebooting…I tried to login and was greeted with the following message…”Could not start kdeinit4, please check your installation.”


Well, I found a way around this.  First, I installed the Nvidia G…(I can’t remember the name because I am typing this up on a different computer) from Yast.  After this, Nvidia tries to install a PAE kernel module, well…I removed the Nvidia PAE module and PAE kernel.  I logged into the failsafe session instead of KDE 4.  Next, I su-ed into root and ran yast2.  I selected Software Management, and searched for KDE4.  I updated all of the packages under KDE4, and then rebooted.

Upon rebooting, everything worked fine.  Cheers, hope this helps.

I am currently running 11.0 on a Dell Latitude D830 with an Nvidia Quadro NVS 140M…for those of you wondering.

22/10/2008 Posted by | Linux, opensuse, Productivity | , , | 2 Comments

Getting 02Micro CAC Reader to work with OpenSuSE 10.3

In Yast, install:

 From source, compile and install:

 From Yast, install:
    (Now, Yast will ask you if you want to install pcsc-ccid, and answer
yes to it)

Go back into Yast and remove pcsc-ccid.  Yast will want to remove
coolkey, but you have to IGNORE THIS REQUIREMENT

Finally, go back into ccid-1.3.6 and re-compile and re-install.

This is how I go it working...good luck to you all, and have a great

Update:  I have found out that this process works with OpenSuSE 11.0 also!

07/08/2008 Posted by | how-to, Linux, opensuse, Productivity | Leave a comment

Ultimate Boot CD on Thumb Drive…

Here is an easy how-to on installing and running the Ultimate Boot CD on a thumb drive.

18/05/2008 Posted by | how-to, Productivity, Random | 1 Comment

Faster UDP port scanner

When you are using Nmap to scan ports, you have probably noticed that it takes FOREVER to scan UDP ports.  Well, here’s a port scanner that can scan UDP ports a little faster and it is very handy to have in your arsenal.


03/05/2008 Posted by | Productivity, Security | Leave a comment

Likewise Open


I saw where Ubuntu 8.04 Release Candidate was available for download, and as I was reading about what they had added to the distribution, I came across Likewise Open (something new for me). Likewise Open enables Linux, Mac, and Unix authentication on a Microsoft network using Active Directory credentials.

Likewise Open supports 110 Unix, Linux, and Mac platforms, enforces the same password policies for non-Windows users as for Windows users, and users can access any kerberized services.

Likewise Open is an open source community project sponsored by Likewise Software.

24/04/2008 Posted by | Linux, open source, Productivity | Leave a comment

Tired of paying for 411?

Use Google from your phone by talking, not typing…oh yea…and the best part…IT’S FREE!

21/04/2008 Posted by | Productivity, Random | Leave a comment

Tor using Firefox and Opensuse 10.3

There are those times when anonymous web browsing is needed, and when this time arises, I use Tor. If you don’t know about Tor, go to their website and do some research on it and anonymous browsing. It really helps when you are behind a firewall that won’t allow some sites to be accessed.

I got Tor working using the Torbutton plugin on Firefox, Privoxy, and Tor on Opensuse 10.3. I first had to download Tor and Privoxy; you can get Tor from here and Privoxy from Yast or here.

After installation, Tor might tell you that it cannot access the torrc file from /etc/tor/, so all I did was “touch torrc” into that directory and Tor ran fine. Also, you may have to go into the /etc/privoxy/config file and add “forward-socks4a /” to it (do not forget the “.” at the end of the line).  I was having trouble with it until I did these two steps.  I then set Tor and Privoxy to start at boot by going into Yast and setting them to boot at startup.

I can now click on “Tor Disabled/Enabled” for a quick switch to and from anonymous proxy browsing.

12/04/2008 Posted by | how-to, Productivity, Random | 1 Comment

Create a Badge

Badge Maker is a website that allows users to create their own badges as a joke or as a temporary free service. There is a simple interface that allows user to customize pictures, titles, expiration dates, and even an official looking barcode.

If you have to create a badge for any reason, then try it out.

07/04/2008 Posted by | Productivity, Random | 1 Comment

Amazing binary calculator made of wood.

Just go to the website and check it out.


19/03/2008 Posted by | Productivity, Random | | Leave a comment