Secret Server – Custom reports (and the annoying ‘SQL that was entered is not valid for reporting’ error)

IBM Security Secret Server

Secret Server – Custom reports (and the annoying ‘SQL that was entered is not valid for reporting’ error)

Secret Server is a brilliant Privileged Access Management (PAM) product. I have being doing some work recently on its custom reports – it’s great that you have the flexibility to create your own custom reports without needing to resort to Professional Services, so I

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Configuring an Infrared Remote Control to Control RuneAudio Archlinux (without needing LIRC)

Linux Misc Technical Raspberry Pi

Configuring an Infrared Remote Control to Control RuneAudio Archlinux (without needing LIRC)

Introduction

As I’ve mentioned in a previous blog article, I have started using a brilliant Raspberry Pi-based music player called RuneAudio (which uses Music Player Daemon – MPD – at its heart). I have this connected to a home cinema system,

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LIRC configuration file for Sony RM-ADP090 remote control

Linux Misc Technical Raspberry Pi

LIRC configuration file for Sony RM-ADP090 remote control

Recent Linux kernels include support for infrared remote controls and so the requirement for LIRC (Linux Infrared Remote Control) has been diminishing, but nevertheless some systems still use it. I was doing some work with LIRC recently and I couldn’t find a configuration file for

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New version of my Sudoku Solver is now available from App Store…

iOS Misc Technical

New version of my Sudoku Solver is now available from App Store…

A while ago I released an updated version of my Sudoku Solver iOS app. As well as solving regular Sudoku puzzles it can Sudoku puzzles ‘with a twist’ (where there is a ‘twist’ of nine shaded squares which must also contain the numbers one to

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ID3 tag incompatibility between iTunes and Linux – and how to fix it

Linux Misc Technical Raspberry Pi

ID3 tag incompatibility between iTunes and Linux – and how to fix it

Introduction
I recently set up a Raspberry Pi-based music player based on Rune Audio. At its core it uses Music Player Daemon (MPD) – but I found that MPD wouldn’t read the ID3 tags on a lot of my music tracks. After some investigation I

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Raspberry Pi-based music player with Rune Audio

Misc Technical Raspberry Pi

Raspberry Pi-based music player with Rune Audio

I have recently had some fun setting up a Raspberry Pi-based music player – in fact it took me longer than I was expecting: it took a while to find a music player that I was happy with, and I also found that the tags

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Great read: a fascinating book about the battle for the North Atlantic during the Second World War

Book reviews Misc

Great read: a fascinating book about the battle for the North Atlantic during the Second World War

I have just finished reading A Game of Birds and Wolves: The Secret Game that Won the War by Simon Parkin. As it says on the dustcover: “1941. The battle of the Atlantic is a disaster. Thousands of supply ships ferrying vital food and fuel

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VMware ‘Failed to connect pipe to virtual machine’ error

Misc Technical

VMware ‘Failed to connect pipe to virtual machine’ error

I had been running VMware Workstation version 14.1.7 on my Windows 10 laptop quite happily, until after a recent Windows update when I attempted to run a guest virtual machine I got an error ‘VMware Workstation cannot connect to the virtual machine. Make sure you

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Setting up integration between Secret Server and IBM Security Identity Intelligence and Intelligence

IBM IBM Security Secret Server ISIGI

Setting up integration between Secret Server and IBM Security Identity Intelligence and Intelligence

I did some work recently setting up integration between IBM Security Secret Server and IBM Security Identity Intelligence and Intelligence (ISIGI) using the Adapter. This enables ISIGI to manage user accounts within Secret Server. In the process I made a few discoveries!

At the

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Great book: a fascinating true story about spying in the time of the cold war

Book reviews Misc

Great book: a fascinating true story about spying in the time of the cold war

I recently read Ben MacIntyre’s latest book The Spy and the Traitor: The Greatest Espionage Story of the Cold War. I have read a number of his books and found them highly enjoyable, and this is no exception.  John Le Carre describes this as ‘The

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