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… Read More


I’m using a VirutalBox VM on a PHP project The VM is a desktop version of Ubuntu 17.04, sometimes used with one monitor and sometimes used with two. VB works great in this environment but its multiple monitor capabilities are a little prickly. Launching the VM with one monitor when the settings are set for… Read More


It’s really annoying to forget what your MariaDB’s root account password is. However, with just a little commandline effort, it’s an easy challenge to resolve. I learned most of these instructions with this Digial Ocean article. It’s a great article but it instructions for ending the MariaDB mysqld process didn’t work for me on Ubuntu… Read More


Postgres 9.4 is a powerful (albeit silly-named) open source database. With 9.4 some powerful features have been added to enhance Postgres’s support for Json. The claim is that Postgres 9.4 offers the power of a relational database coupled with flexible document database features offered by databases such as Casandra, CouchDB, and Mongo DB. This post… Read More