Category Archives: Internet

Fix for Sonos SMB login failures after upgrading to Debian Stretch

So, yesterday I upgraded my Raspberry Pi from Raspbian Jessie to Stretch using this helpful post on the Raspberry Pi site. Everything went smoothly, except my Sonos couldn’t connect afterwards. This is a critical issue in our household, as the Pi hosts our brown noise mp3. Everything worked before the upgrade, and I could connect from my Mac to the SMB share. But Sonos refused. What gives?

Sonos uses the older NTLM authentication scheme to connect to SMB shares. The version of Samba that comes in Debian Stretch has that disabled by default. The fix was to add the following to the smb.conf file:

[global]
ntlm auth=yes

After this addition, Sonos was once again able to connect to the share, and the entire family was able to sleep like logs after a long day.

Inquisitor puts affiliate links at top of search results

Inquisitor has been updated as of build 52 to identify affiliate links. See here.

Tonight, I found this post on TUAW that discusses the Inquisitor search plugin for Safari. The plugin gives you a Spotlight-esque result when you use the built-in Google search box, giving you easy access to the top links. It turns out that the program, written by Dave Watanabe, is designed to insert affiliate-linked URL as the “top result” when you search for certain terms. This was initially found by a bloke named Allan and posted on his blog.

As I commented here, there are a specific set of terms which are written into the application that put affiliate linked URLs as the first match. Without the source code, there’s no definate way to see what is going on here. However, using the UNIX command strings, we can look for the various bits of text intermixed into a binary application. The main program doing the work here for Inquisitor is InquisitorCore, buried deep in the bundle. Running strings against this, we find some of the following code… (after the jump)
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The Joys of Public Access Television

This has made the rounds on the Internet today. It’s too good to not share.

This video is NSFW. Do not view this with sensitive ears. (language of a sexual nature. Video is just two people sitting on a stage talking)

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