Setup Samba on Ubuntu

Updated December 24, 2012. This works on all versions of Ubuntu.

Authenticated network file access is very helpful on your home LAN.


sudo apt-get install samba


sudo nano /etc/samba/smb.conf

Enter details for the share at the end of the file. Leave the rest of the file default for now. Go back later and edit it.

# Name
# Path
# Restrict access. Useful with multiple shares/users.
valid users=user_name,user_name2
# Enable write access.
read only=no

For more options visit the smb.conf man page:

Start Service:

sudo restart smbd

Note: You must restart the samba daemon for any of the above changes to take effect.

Adding users:

sudo useradd user_name --shell /bin/false
sudo smbpasswd -a user_name

Hint: Use your Windows username and password. This will grant password-less access to the share.

For more options visit the smbpasswd man page:

Accessing the share in Windows:

In the address bar of file explorer:


StatusNet XMPP and GTalk Setup

I tried to get StatusNet’s XMPP bot to connect to GTalk’s servers and got this error: “If set, the ‘from’ attribute must be set to the user’s full JID.” Furthermore, I could not send or receive messages from the bot. It was connected, though. I am using the current version of StatusNet, 0.9.7fix1.

After some extensive searching and not finding anything helpful I fiddled with some of the settings. The change from the example that made everything work was:

$config['queue']['enabled'] = true;


$config['queue']['enabled'] = false;


If you are using Google Apps for your domain the XMPP settings can be a tricky. This is exactly from my config.php and is setup for

# xmpp
$config['xmpp']['enabled'] = true;
$config['xmpp']['host'] = '';
$config['xmpp']['server'] = ''; # domain name
$config['xmpp']['port'] = 5222;
$config['xmpp']['user'] = 'update'; # user name
$config['xmpp']['encryption'] = true;
$config['xmpp']['resource'] = 'updatebot'; # something unique
$config['xmpp']['password'] = 'password'; # user password
$config['xmpp']['debug'] = false;
$config['queue']['enabled'] = false;


Good luck with your setup and happy micro-blogging!

Update: If using GTalk you will need to login to the bot’s account to accept the invitation request.

Asus RT-N16 DD-WRT: best wireless settings for streaming

MAJOR UPDATE JANUARY 10, 2013: I installed the stock firmware today. The speed is incredible! DD-WRT firmware and my ISP’s speed test peaks at 100 Mbps. So far the stock firmware peaked at 229 Mbps. The limiting factor is probably my ISP. WiFi is also at least 4x faster. Bye for now DD-WRT… I will miss your features! Just kidding. I setup DD-WRT on a WRT54GL as an OpenVPN client. That is the feature I use which doesn’t come with stock firmware. Click here to go to the Asus RT-N16 product page.

I rewrote this to make it easy to follow. If you are having lots of problems – a 30/30/30 to clear the NVRAM may be necessary. Please comment if you have any recommendations. Thanks!

=> Basic
-NTP client: enable
-time zone: (yours)
-server: pick a pool for your region here

=> Basic
-mode: AP
-network mode: N-only
-channel: 6 (Find the one with the least noise by doing a “site survey.”)
-width: 20 MHz
-sensitivity range (ACK timing): 0
-network configuration: bridge

=> Security
-mode: WPA2 personal
-algorithim: AES

=> Advanced
-CTS: disable
-frame burst: disable
-beacon: 100
-preamble: short
-shortslot override: short
-tx power: 17 (Here is a thread about this setting for this router.)
-WMM support: enable
-no-acknowledgement: disable

=> Keep Alive
-schedule reboot: enable
-time: 05:00 everyday

After rebooting, make sure the settings were saved.