Using Putty with a PPK Key File

Using Putty with a PPK Key File
If you have a PPK file that you need to use to connect to a server, say an AWS instance, here’s how.

  1. Enter your public DNS name in the Host name field.

2. Expand the Connection branch on the left and then select Auth.
3. Us the Browse Button to find and select your PPK file.
4. Select the Session branch again, enter a session name, and click on save

5. To connect to the server, click Open
To generate a PPK file from a PEM file, see my post here.

Using PuttyKeyGen to generate a PPK file

How to use PuttyKeyGen to generate a PPK file from a PEM file.

  1. Download you PEM File from AWS
  2. Copy it to a safe location
  3. Download either the entire Putty package and install everything, or just get Putty.exe and PuttyGen.exe
    It can be downloaded from here
  4. Open PuttyGen
  5. Click file, then load private key
  6. Select all files from the drop down list
  7. Select pem file, click open
  8. Make sure ssh-2 RSA is selected.
  9. Click save private key
  10. Enter a name for the ppk file and save

How to use the Postie Plugin for WordPress

There is a great Post-By-Email plugin for WordPress called Postie. It extends the post-by-email feature that is built into WordPress. It allows you to connect to a mail server using SSL for a start.
When posting by email, you also have the following options.
1) In the subject line of your email enclose of the category of the post in square brackets/braces
2) At the start of the text you want to appear in the post, put a colon then the word start
3) At the end of the post text, put a colon and the word end.
4) If you want to include tags, put the word tags, then a colon, then a space then the tags you want separated by a comma and a space. After the colon and end statement, I think.
Note: sometimes the posts don’t appear all that quickly. If not then try going to your website and refresh the page a couple of times. 

Changing the Sticky Notes font on Windows.

1. Open RegEdit and navigate to icrosoftWindows NTCurrentVersionFonts] 2. Export the key, to back it up. Just in case. 3. Look for the Segoe Print font. 4. Change what font file it points to. 5 Close RegEdit 6. Reboot
You can also save the text below to a text file with a reg extension and just import that.
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindows NTCurrentVersionFonts] “Segoe Print (TrueType)”=”cour.ttf” “Segoe Print Bold (TrueType)”=”courbd.ttf”
Thanks, Malcolm

How to Use AWS CLI to copy everything from your bucket

If you want to copy everything from a S3 bucket to the current directory, you can use the following command

C:temp> aws s3 cp s3://bucketname/ . --include "*" --recursive

This assumes that you have already installed and configured the the AWS CLI tools.
To install the tools, do a search for “AWS CLI tools”.
To configure them, use

C:> aws configure

You will need to know have setup an IAM account and need to know the Access key ID and the Secret access key for the account and the region code for your account. Note that the region you specify when running configure probably isn’t what you see it the top right corner of the AWS console. See the list of regions and their code here :