Saturday, December 20, 2014

Anarchic Development Efforts

Nokia, once the leader in mobile technologies really messed up big. They were poised to be where Apple is today with the iPad and the iPhone however they had various deeply seeded problems which ultimately caused the demise of their R&D efforts. This interesting article is a great read for technology project managers. One of the most interesting things I found was the mention of "anarchic development efforts" at Nokia which was a major factor leading to ultimate project failure. By contrast the leadership culture at Apple has been very disciplined and focused under the collaborative-dictatorship of Steve Jobs. On a personal note, this is why, when I am heading up development teams, I have no time for "anarchic development efforts". Developers that don't get with the program must be let go or the entire project will be in jeopardy. I think this article highlights a sterling example of issue.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Installing Linux 64bit driver for eToken USB

If needed install, opensc and pcsc-lite
yum install opensc pcsc-lite

Download the driver, unzip and install
wget http://download.fh-swf.de/dvz/software/eToken/Linux/Software/SafeNetAuthenticationClient_Linux_8_1.1.zip
unzip SafeNetAuthenticationClient_Linux_8_1.1.zip
cd SAC\ 8.1\ Linux/x86_64/
unzip SAC_8_1_0_4_Linux_RPM_64.zip
cd SAC_8_1_0_4_Linux_RPM_64/Signed\ installation\ scripts/
chmod +x signed-install_SafenetAuthenticationClient-8.1.0-4.x86_64.rpm.sh
cp ../RPM/SafenetAuthenticationClient-8.1.0-4.x86_64.rpm .
./signed-install_SafenetAuthenticationClient-8.1.0-4.x86_64.rpm.sh

You should see the following (choose 1 for English):
Searching SafenetAuthenticationClient-8.1.0-4.x86_64.rpm... OK
Searching RPM-GPG-KEY-SafenetAuthenticationClient... OK
Deleting existing key
Importing key: RPM-GPG-KEY-SafenetAuthenticationClient
Starting installation
########################################### [100%]
########################################### [100%]
Adding Token security provider......done.
Starting PC/SC smart card daemon (pcscd): [  OK  ]
SafeNet Authentication Client installation completed.
Choose Client Language:
------------------------
1. English.....(En)
2. Spanish.....(Es)
3. French......(Fr)
4. Italian.....(It)
5. Japanese....(Jp)
6. Korean......(Ko)
7. Russian.....(Ru)
8. Chinese.....(Zh)
9. Portoguese..(Pt)
10. Thai.......(Th)
Your choice [1-10] -->1
Installing Language code En.
Done!

Check
opensc-tool --list-readers

The result should be similar to:
# Detected readers (pcsc)
Nr.  Card  Features  Name
0    Yes             AKS ifdh 00 00

Find out which slot the device is in:
pkcs11-tool --module /usr/lib64/libeToken.so -L

You should see something to the effect of:
Available slots:
Slot 0 (0x0): AKS xxxx 00 00
 token label:   my label
 token manuf:   SafeNet, Inc.
 token model:   eToken
 token flags:   rng, login required, PIN initialized, token initialized, other flags=0x200
 serial num  :  xxxxxxx
Slot 1 (0x1): 
  (empty)
Slot 2 (0x2): 
  (empty)
Slot 3 (0x3): 
  (empty)
Slot 4 (0x4): 
  (empty)
Slot 5 (0x5): 
  (empty)
 
 
 
----------------- 
Acknowledgements: 
"user4668" for showing how to see the used slots http://bit.ly/1w2dUT8
 
Other Sources for the SAC: 
http://www.digicert.com/util/SafeNetAuthenticationClient-610-011815-002_SAC_Linux_v8.1.zip
http://www.digicert.com/util/SafeNetAuthenticationClient.8.2.27.0.dmg 

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Installing MS fonts into Centos for converting DOCX files to PDF using DOCX4J


a)  Install MS TT Fonts using information here:


b)  If you need font mapping you can setup a font.properties file. I copied the one on my Mac, from
 /Library/Java/Home/lib/fontconfig.properties.src
to
 /usr/lib/jvm/java-1.7.0-openjdk-1.7.0.51.x86_64/lib/font.properties
.. on my Centos development box .



Notes:
After installing the MS fonts, it must add a file to the JDK lib as (the path will vary based on whatever JVM you are using):
/usr/lib/jvm/java-1.7.0-openjdk-1.7.0.51.x86_64/lib/msttcorefonts-2.5-1.spec

The reason for renaming fontconfig.properties.src to font.properties, is found here:
http://docs.oracle.com/javase/8/docs/technotes/guides/intl/fontconfig.html

Remember to restart any Java app that's running and needs to find the newly installed fonts.

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Generating certs for testing PDF signing

Run the following as root:

openssl genrsa -out ca.key 2048
openssl req -new -key ca.key -out ca.csr
openssl x509 -req -days 365 -in ca.csr -signkey ca.key -out ca.crt
openssl pkcs12 -export -in ca.crt -inkey ca.key -name ca -passout pass:password -out ca.pfx

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Good to know: PostgreSQL records to single JSON string

To convert a set of results to a single JSON string, use:

SELECT
ARRAY_TO_JSON(ARRAY_AGG(ROW_TO_JSON(ROW)))
as DAT FROM (
     [ your query here ]
) ROW;

Tip: In the query, if you specify field names or table.*, you will not get an object hence the JSON will not have your schema sub grouped by object name. i.e.

SELECT
ARRAY_TO_JSON(ARRAY_AGG(ROW_TO_JSON(ROW)))
as DAT FROM (
     SELECT mytable WHERE [ ... ]
) ROW;

 ... is not the same as ...

SELECT
ARRAY_TO_JSON(ARRAY_AGG(ROW_TO_JSON(ROW)))
as DAT FROM (
     SELECT mytable.* WHERE [ ... ]
) ROW;



Kudos: http://hashrocket.com/blog/posts/faster-json-generation-with-postgresql

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Script to remove jpg files recursively

I am using a webcam which uploads files via FTP. Unfortunately the cam which uploads the files does not clean up old files. It's actually a set of cameras which all write file to their own directory structures. So when I need a script to clean up the old jpg files it needs to run recursively:

 #!/usr/bin/env python  
 import re  
 import os  
 __dir__ = os.path.dirname(os.path.realpath(__file__))  
 def cleanup_recursive(_dir=__dir__):  
   print "Cleaning " + _dir  
   for _item in os.listdir(_dir):  
     _path = _dir + "/" + _item  
     if os.path.isfile(_path) and re.match(".+\.jpg$", _path):  
       os.remove(_path)  
     elif os.path.isdir(_path):  
       cleanup_recursive(_dir)  
 cleanup_recursive()  

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Remove Bitdefender from OSX (App Store version)

Bitdefender for Windows is a highly rated application, but I can tell you from personal experience, on OSX, it's pretty much garbage. Furthermore, the App Store version does not come with an uninstaller the same way the download (from their site) version does. After following their recommended way of removing the app you may want to remove other files also. Remove this folder: ~/Library/Application\ Support/Bitdefender\ Virus\ Scanner And this file: ~/Library/Saved\ Application\ State/com.bitdefender.BitdefenderVirusScanner.savedState The issue that I, and other nay sayers on the App Store, have with BD AV is that it completely locks up your system when running a full scan, essentially making it about as bad as some viruses. I'm using ClamXAV now instead.