Samba – SMB browsing elections wars

I while ago I posted a page about Kodi and SMB. Read about it here. My goal than was to disable SMBv1 and ban it from my network.

Today I did a new installation of my Chromebook (with Chromebook Unix on the side). I noticed I couldn’t browse with the file manager from my distro and after editing the samba configuration file to bumb the client max protocol to level 3 it still wouldn’t work.

Having multiple looks at my smb.conf file and restarting the service multiple times after uncommenting some settings I had no clou what was going on. Samba can be a handfull but has an overwhelming documentation library. Reading Chapter 7. Name Resolution and Browsing pointed my in the right direction to solve this.

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The Night Of (2016)

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The Night Of is an eight-part limited series that delves into the intricate story of a fictitious murder case in New York City. The series follows the police investigation and legal proceedings, all the while examining the criminal justice system and the purgatory of Rikers Island, where the accused awaits his trial.

Filmed in and around Manhattan, the HBO series is based on the BBC’s “Criminal Justice,”

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VMware vSphere 7 – the next numbered release

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VMworld is two weeks away from now and they already gave us a sneak preview about some upcoming changes in their next product line.

vCenter Server for Windows

VMware plans to deprecate vCenter Server for Windows with the next numbered release (not update release) of vSphere.  The next version of vSphere will be the terminal release for which vCenter Server for Windows will be available.

The vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA) was first introduced with the release of vSphere 5.0 and has since evolved to become the definitive deployment model for vCenter Server. VMware has also been pushing the appliance a bit by giving it features that are exclusive such as:

  • Migration
  • Improved Appliance Management
  • VMware Update Manager
  • Native High Availability
  • Built-in Backup / Restore

VMware plans to deprecate the Flash-based vSphere Web Client

The vSphere GUIs, including the vSphere Web Client and HTML5-based vSphere Client, are tools that are used every day by IT to manage the operation of their virtual data center.  VMware is constantly striving to make these tools performant and easy to use.  However, with the vSphere Web Client, the community were frustrated because it was based on Flash technology that resulted in less than ideal performance and constant update requirements.   Additionally, Adobe has recently announced plans to deprecate Flash.

VMware had the intention for a few years now to eventually replace the vSphere Web Client with a modern GUI administration tool.  The HTML5-based vSphere Client is that worthy successor.  The vSphere Client was introduced first in the Fling, then supported with vSphere 6.5 and has now been in customer hands for 1.5 years and production tested for over 9 months.  Since its introduction, the vSphere Client has received overwhelmingly positive responses from the vSphere community and customer base.

By the time the vSphere Web Client is deprecated, the vSphere Client will be full featured but with significantly better responsiveness and usability.

The vSphere Client will be the primary GUI administration tool for vSphere environments starting in the next release.  Customers should start transitioning over to the vSphere Client if they have not already done so as the vSphere Web Client will no longer be available after the next vSphere release.

The Wall (2017)

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How many Hunger Games movies are produced to date? Is it 3? Oh I looked it up, it’s 4. I watched the first one, it gained a little bit of momentum from the media before it hit the theaters here being a movie where teenagers are killing one-other in a game. I didn’t find it that great or shocking afterwards. The idea is the same as The Running Man (1987) and after discovering they were milking it like there’s no tomorrow with a story that somehow evolved from a survival game broadcasted on tv to a civil war I didn’t even bother to watch the other 3 movies. Hate it when they try to milk it out like there’s no tomorrow.

The Wall is keeping it simple. The story is about two marines, a crappy wall between them and an enemy. It’s a slow-paced story about a mission that should be easy but goes wrong due an enemy sniper. Yes, perhaps it’s a bit boring in the middle section but man… this ending… superb! I won’t spoil anything but this I love unpredictable movies and this ending is great for multiple reasons. I can’t image that they will do a sequel and they shouldn’t. Not everything has to be presented on a platter to finish a movie.

The movie didn’t do exceptionally well at the box office. They made about $3.9 million of a $3 million budget (Well it’s still more than you and I make but compared to other movies today it’s not that much). The movie is directed by Doug Liman who also directed movies like Edge of Tomorrow, Mr & Mrs Smith and The Bourne Identity.

Shot Caller (2017)

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A movie about a regular family and businessman going in the prison system after a traffic accident and gets caught up in the prison life and becomes a bad person.

No, this movie is not a happy cheerful one where the guy gets the girl in the end and they life happily ever after. It’s a dark one with a slight statement about the prison system in many countries. It was interesting to watch this one and I’m overall positive about it but it’s not flawless.

The music (or should i say sound tones) are excellent matched with the gritty type that the movie should be. The film shows you two time periods of the Jacob (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) but it was a bit unclear that you were looking at the same guy in different times in his prison life. I thought in the first quarter of the movie that those two prisoners would meet somehow during the movie or the fresh fish would take place of the longer incarcerated one. Maybe it was not my finest moment, maybe a bit confusing display…

The scenes inside the prison in the movie are a bit different from most other movies. I guess it’s a bit clean compared with what you are used too but the clichés are there. Race-wars, fighting, killing and riots.

The movie has a well thought out ending which made me forget about the little flaws and if you can handle jumping between two time periods you should be fine with this one. If you hate switching between past and present time you might end up a bit annoyed but the movie ending will still keep it afloat bad movies.

Going in Style (2017)

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When is it safe to do a remake? 10 years? No, not for me. 20 years? Perhaps. This movie is a remake of the 1979 movie. I never seen the original but the story-line is straightforward. As you can see in the poster it’s about 3 old guys with a gun and a lot of money.

In the beginning of the film you meet the 3 old guys, one witness a bank robbing. The bank is foreclosing the house of him, later they learn that their pension fund gets frozen from their old employer and the same bank is dealing with creditors of that company. So they decide to rob the bank for the money that they should have gotten for their pension.

This is a nice light movie to watch. No one gets hurt in this movie and you will like all 3 main characters. Love the last part of the movie when their reveal how they created alibi’s for them and their plan worked out. I didn’t know Zach Braff (Dr. Dorian from Scrubs) also is a movie director. Michael Caine sets the best performance on the set and is really great in this movie.

Warcraft: The Beginning (2016)

IO-pinion

Can you watch this movie without knowing the ins and outs of the game? I did play Warcraft III back in 2002 (when RTS games were cool) but I stayed a mile away from World of Warcraft so I really know nothing about the story except I wasn’t surprised to see a orc, dwarf or knight.

To answer the above question: Yes, it’s watchable but not that great. It’s not that its a terrible movie but there is also not much very good about it. As much as I loved the role Travis Fimmel brought to Vikings this was a let down. I did not expect him to do the same character in this movie (or is this just how he is?) It felt off. There is a moral in the story but the main focus was all about the visuals and orcs. Not having seen an orc for a decade I found them acceptable, the CGI was smooth in this film.

If you’re not a fan of Warcraft you should be fine without this movie.