C64 Mini with US keyboard and USB-hub

Got an upgrade to my C64 Mini today, a USB2.0 hub and a US keyboad, that means that makes it easier for me to use the C64 Mini because many games requires some keyboard presses like hitting the F1, the spacebar or writing your name on a highscore.

The C64 was sold with a US keyboard and if you wanted to change that then you had to alter the ROM and that required a EPROM burner.

The C64 Mini can use a normal US keyboard and if you wan’t a nice one that is small then they are way to expensive here in Denmark, so i had to wait a month to get one from China, but with a price of 58,- kr with free shipping, it was ok with the waiting time…..the hub was “free” but had to pay 28 kr. i n shipping still very cheap.

The C64 Mini with an USB hub and US keyboard from Wish.com

Can’t wait to program BASIC with my son 😉

The C64 with a fullsize keyboard is expected to hit the danish stores (Elgiganten) in December also with a better joystick, look the same but with microswitches and much more robust. The joystick on the photo is the original and it’s better than expected, i have had the problems that other users have reported.

Edit your hostfile the easy way on Windows 10

If you are a Windows User/Developer and often need to alter your hostfile to hit sites on local ip numbers then here is a tool that make it easier to manage it.

You can cut, copy, paste, duplicate, enable, disable and move one or more entries at a time, disable the whole hostfile and some other stuff.

screenshot of hostfileeditor

Host File Editor is free and open source, it can be downloaded from https://hostsfileeditor.com/

How to get an SSL A+ rating with Apache

If you need a high rating with tests like https://www.ssllabs.com then i have an example on a working configuration that will get you the A+ score.

I’m using letsencrypt for my SSL site but you can use any certificate to get the result.

<VirtualHost *:80>
ServerName www.pvangsgaard.com
ServerAlias pvangsgaard.com
Redirect / https://www.pvangsgaard.com/
ErrorLog /var/log/apache2/pvangsgaard.com.error.log
CustomLog /var/log/apache2/pvangsgaard.com.access.log combined
<VirtualHost *:443>
Header always set Strict-Transport-Security "max-age=63072000; includeSubDomains"
ServerName www.pvangsgaard.com
ServerAlias pvangsgaard.com
DocumentRoot /home/pva/public_html/pvangsgaard.com
ErrorLog /var/log/apache2/pvangsgaard.com.error.log
SSLProtocol All -SSLv2 -SSLv3 -TLSv1 -TLSv1.1
SSLEngine on
SSLHonorCipherOrder on
SSLCertificateFile    /etc/letsencrypt/live/pvangsgaard.com/cert.pem
SSLCertificateKeyFile /etc/letsencrypt/live/pvangsgaard.com/privkey.pem
SSLCertificateChainFile /etc/letsencrypt/live/pvangsgaard.com/fullchain.pem

Remember to enable headers with:

a2enmod headers
systemctl restart apache

I have also made an example for NGINX at this url https://www.pvangsgaard.com/2018/02/22/how-to-get-an-a-rating-with-100-score-on-the-ssllabs-test-with-nginx/

Linux | How to get Windows 10 License key from BIOS

If you have installed Linux on your laptop but wan’t to have a Windows VM in virtualbox then chances are that you need a serial number for windows 10.

Normally Windows read the embedded key that are hardcodet into the BIOS of the laptop and Windows in a virtual instance will not be able to read other than the vm’s virtual BIOS so you will need to type one in yourself.

With this command you can extract the serial number:

sudo hexdump -s 56 -e '"WIN key: " /29 "%s\n"' /sys/firmware/acpi/tables/MSDM