Activate File Sharing via Terminal macOS

The other day I only had access to my secondary Mac (mac mini) via the Terminal. For some reason Screen Share did not work. I needed to enabled File Sharing on my mac mini in order to transfer some backup files from my MacBook Pro to the mac mini. Coffee was brewing!

This is how I activated File Sharing via the terminal on the mac mini. I ran these two commands:

sudo launchctl load -w /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/

and then this one:

sudo defaults write /Library/Preferences/SystemConfiguration/ EnabledServices -array disk

I was then able to see the shares on my MacBook Pro. This approach is good for home use because in this case we are sharing all folders in the mac mini.

If you like to disable file sharing via terminal again run this command:

sudo launchctl unload -w /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/

Hope this post was helpful. If you like it grab a NYCMoments Coffee Mug from my sister website. Thanks!

How to Change Root Password in Ubuntu Linux

The root user is disabled by default in Ubuntu. This does not mean the account was removed. After researching while having amazing coffee from Latin America I found the following…

If for some reason, you need to enable the root account, all you need to do is to set a password for the root user. In Ubuntu, you can set or change the password of a user account with the passwd command.

To change the root password you need to run the following command as a sudo user:

sudo passwd root

You will be prompted to enter and confirm the new root password.

Enter new UNIX password:
Retype new UNIX password:
passwd: password updated successfully

That’s all! Now you can login to the Ubuntu system as a root. This is not the recommended way. You should always use a sudo user account instead.

What is a session in Google Analytics?

A session is defined as a group of interactions one user takes within a given time frame on your website.

For example a single session can contain multiple page views, events, social interactions, and E-Commerce transactions. A single user can open multiple sessions. Those sessions can occur on the same day, or over several days, weeks, or months. As soon as one session ends, there is then an opportunity to start a new session. There are two methods by which a session ends:

  • Time-based expiration:
    • After 30 minutes of inactivity
    • At midnight
  • Campaign change:
    • If a user arrives via one campaign, leaves, and then comes back via a different campaign.

By default, a session lasts until there’s 30 minutes of inactivity, but you can adjust this limit so a session lasts from a few seconds to several hours. See suggestions by Google in this link.

Fixing Outdated WooCommerce Templates

Most theme authors fix themes in a timely manner, but others won’t 🙁 . There are times you will need to update WooCommerce templates yourself. Its easier than what you think, but it may take you some time.

You need to determine what templates to update, make a backup of old templates and then restore any customizations.

Go to WooCommerce > Status> System Status. Scroll to the end of the page where there is a list of templates overridden by your theme/child theme and a warning message that they need to be updated. For example <aTheme>/woocommerce/cart/cart-totals.php version 2.2.0 is out of date. The core version is 2.3.0 and so on...

Before you do anything .Save a backup of the outdated templates!

Copy the default template from wp-content/plugins/woocommerce/templates/[path-to-the-template] and paste it in your theme folder found at: wp-content/themes/[path-to-theme]

It may take you a while to complete the entire process, but sometimes we have no choice.

If this issue keeps going with future WooCommerce updates and your theme keeps breaking consider changing your theme for a better supported one.

Contact me if you need help making these changes.

Install mkpasswd in Ubuntu by installing whois


I ran into the below issue while trying to install mkpasswd in Ubuntu.

sudo apt install mkpasswd

Reading package lists… Done Building dependency tree Reading state information… Done E: Unable to locate package mkpasswd

Turns out that mkpasswd is a utility part of the whois package. So, in order to get mkpasswd you have to:

sudo apt install whois

To confirm mkpasswd is installed you can run:

which mkpasswd

You should get the following:


If you like to learn more about Ubuntu I recommend getting this book Ubuntu Unleashed and also if you like to code with coffee visit my sister website

How to install Google Analytics code using the functions.php in WordPress

Using the WordPress functions file I was able to add the tracking code. It will then make the tracking code available to every page on your WordPress site.

You will need to add this code to your theme’s functions.php usually located at:


You will need to add this code at the bottom of your functions.php file:

add_action('wp_head', 'wpb_add_googleanalytics');
function wpb_add_googleanalytics() { ?>
<!-- - Google Analytics -->
// Your Google Analytics code here
<!-- End Google Analytics -->

<?php } ?>

Key points during DevOps interview

Hola! Recently I went for an interview for a DevOps/IT Engineer position at NYC. I was skeptical about my skill set and if I would be able to talk about ‘DevOps’ stuff and etc…

To my surprise, I learned more about myself during that interview. I was able to talk about and respond to about 95% of their questions with confidence. I underestimated myself. I know more that what I thought. This may happen to many. But, I suggest you go out there and apply to jobs with fancy and scary ‘Job titles’.

Go and interview with a mindset of a spy. Ask questions about the technology the company uses, daily tasks, team environment and etc..Don’t be afraid!

Below is the main key points I discussed during the interview with this high-end Advertising company. I’m going over each and reviewing/improving my skills. I hope they can help you also.

  • SSH Keys.
  • AWS: Concentrate on the main services only.
  • Git basics.
  • Basic commands to Linux (CentOS/Ubuntu).
  • Apache virtual hosts.
  • Docker.
  • Automation scripts.
  • Ansible.
  • CI/CD.
  • Backup strategies/options/etc.
  • Load balancer basics.
  • Firewalls/Basic security.
  • SSL certificates installs.
  • SSO integration.
  • OAuth, APIs, OpenID, etc.

Let me know if you have any questions in the comments section. Cheers!

Enable Password Authentication on your droplet Digital Ocean

This one is quite simple. You will need to modify the ssh config file which is located at /etc/ssh/sshd_config.

Open the /etc/ssh/sshd_config file with your favorite editor.

Find or add the line PasswordAuthentication

Enter the value ‘yes’ next to PasswordAuthentication

It should look like:

PasswordAuthentication yes

Save and exit the file. The restart the ssh deamon with the below command:

service ssh restart – Ubuntu and family

service sshd restart – CentOS and family

How to Recover from Lost SSH Keys Digital Ocean

Hola! This happen on a couple of occasions to me. First, you will need to force your droplet to generate a new root password.

  1. Select your droplet from the Droplets menu.
  2. You will be presented with the option to reset root password. Click on the ‘Reset Root Password’ button and a new root password will be emailed to you.
  3. Log into the droplet via web console. This option is located right above the ‘Reset Root Password’ option.
  4. Once you click on ‘Launch Console’ button you can then enter root as your username and the password that was emailed to you. The web console supports copy/paste.
  5. Enter a new root password to replace the one that was emailed to you. Very important!
  6. You can now use your terminal to login if using Linux/Mac or use your SSH client if using some other OS. Use root for your username and the password you just created.

You should now have access to your droplet. Enjoy! Let me know if you have any questions. Use the comments sections to contact me. Thanks!