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How To Install Mount.cifs On CentOS Linux Using Yum

When mounting remote NTFS network shares to a Linux server smbmount used to be used. This command is not used any longer and has been replaced by mount.cifs. If you had previously been using smbmount you should switch to using mount.cifs instead. If you attempt to use smbmount with a newer kernel version you will get the below warning.

WARNING:smbmount is deprecated and not maintained any longer. mount.cifs (mount -t cifs) should be used instead of smbmount.

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Hard Reset a Plantronics Voyager 510 Bluetooth Headset To Initiate Pairing With A Bluetooth Device

Sometimes it is necessary to hard reset a Plantronics Voyager 510 bluetooth headset if it stops responding to button presses or if you need to start pairing with another bluetooth device again. Below is an image describing the four buttons that can be pressed on the PLT-510 headset. These buttons can be pressed in various combinations to perform various tasks.

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Windows Vista Free Video to Screen Saver Converter, Convert WMV, AVI, MP4 to Vista Screensavers

I had some of the Microsoft Vista Dream Scenes that I wanted to convert to screen savers but I couldn’t figure out a good way to do this in Windows Vista without installing a third party application. I went through a lot of shareware applications that were trying to suck me in to spend money and finally found Video2ScreenSaver which was completely free and works perfect. Below I describe where to download Video2ScreenSaver and how to use it.

First off I was able to get videos working in Windows Vista Ultimate by creating a folder, adding the video I wanted to show as a screen saver, and then pointing the Photos screen saver to that folder. If you decide to do this then make sure to select “Pan and Zoom” under “Use this Theme”. The issue with doing this though is the transition to restart the movie. It fades out for a second and then back to the start of the movie. I wanted a way for the video to loop without knowing it was repeating and that is what I accomplished using the method below.

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ZenCart Error: 1054 Unknown column ‘c.parent_id’ in ‘on clause’

The error in the title causes all pages on a ZenCart installation to display this followed by a SQL select statement. The error is related to the Ultimate SEO URL’s ZenCart addon. The issue could be caused by one of two things which are the SEO URL cache is corrupted for some reason or the installed version of Ultimate SEO URL’s is old.

Error: 1054 Unknown column ‘c.parent_id’ in ‘on clause’

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