How to display a static Google Map


If you have ever needed a static Google Maps image, here is the URL to use:

The bold values can be changed to suit your requirements.,lonsdale,st,melbourne,%20Australia&zoom=15&size=800×600&format=gif&sensor=false

Handy if you need a simple version to print and take with you.

You can do much more than described above like add markers and routes, just visit the Google Developers site




Install GUI on Ubuntu 14.04

Pretty simple.  You want to add a visual interface to your Ubuntu server.

Firstly, update the APT package manager

sudo apt-get update

Install a minimal Unity desktop

sudo apt-get install --no-install-recommends ubuntu-desktop

GUI should now be installed, reboot to take effect.

sudo reboot

This is what is looks like upon reboot (after login)

To get to a TTY terminal.
For Text Mode
for GUI Mode

Installing Webmin on ubuntu

To install Webmin via apt-get you will have to add it to your repository:

sudo nano /etc/apt/sources.list

Go to the end and add this to the file:

deb sarge contrib
deb sarge contrib

Save the file.  Ctrl-X, Yes, Enter.

After performing the above actions, you need to get the GPG key the repository is signed with. So for that type in the following commands:

cd /root
apt-key add jcameron-key.asc

After adding the GPG key you need to update the source.list:

sudo apt-get update

Now you can install Webmin by typing:

sudo apt-get install webmin

Or alternatively you can try downloading the actual .deb file:


This will download the .deb file on to the system, then you should:

dpkg --install webmin_1.750_all.deb

This will install Webmin on your system.
Login to Webmin
Open up the browser and type in you IP address with as following:


You will get a warning for the SSL certificate, you may just proceed ignoring that warning. After you have navigated to the above URL you will get the following login page:

Log in with root user name and password.

Simple boto.cfg example file

This file can be place in either:

/etc/boto.cfg for system wide

$HOME/.boto for user specific



cat /etc/boto.cfg
# boto.cfg
# python boto config file - system wide settings

# <AWS account name>
aws_access_key_id = <access_key_id>
aws_secret_access_key = <secret_key_id>

#debug = 0
#num_retries = 10
#proxy =
#proxy_port = 8080
#proxy_user = foo
#proxy_pass = bar