Mac OS

Belkin KVM: Falied to validate certificate

After one of JVM updates, my Belkin KVM (Remote IP Manager) has started refusing to start with “Falied to validate certificate” error followed by “PKIX path validation failed”:

I’ve found following exceptions in Java console: PKIX path validation failed: Algorithm constraints check failed on disabled signature algorithm: MD5withRSA

and User has denied the privileges to the code
 at sun.plugin2.applet.Plugin2ClassLoader.getPermissions(Unknown Source)
 at sun.plugin2.applet.Applet2ClassLoader.getPermissions(Unknown Source)

Google says that this is pretty common problem and returned plenty of receipts how to fix it.

Scanning the system for potential locations of the file, there are four candidates. However, there is a catch: we should fix Java not in the system-wide location but the Java plugin for the web browser you’re using (Safari on MacOS in my case).

Jareks-MacBook-Pro:~ jhartman$ locate
/Library/Internet Plug-Ins/JavaAppletPlugin.plugin/Contents/Home/lib/security/

So we can skip the last three locations and just focus on the 1st one. Change the lines as described

Jareks-MacBook-Pro:~ jhartman$ edit "/Library/Internet Plug-Ins/JavaAppletPlugin.plugin/Contents/Home/lib/security/"

jdk.certpath.disabledAlgorithms=MD2, RSA keySize < 256, \
 DSA keySize < 1024, EC keySize < 224
jdk.tls.disabledAlgorithms=SSLv3, RC4, DH keySize < 768, \
 EC keySize < 224

Save and restart the browser (Safari). This time the KVM applet can start (after plenty of security warnings though).


The application has to be also white-listed, otherwise it will generate error as below:

Open System Preferences, Java settings and add IP address of your KVM to the list:

Add following:

Again: save and restart your browser.

Alfred 3 workflow – Time Zone

Do you like Alfred? I like too… I’ve recently found bunch of very nice Workflows. For me, the most used one is for sure Time Zone.

The workflow has been created by Mr Carlos from New Zealand and published on the Alfred Forum. I’ve enhanced the workflow by adding a few new functionalities:




  • Migration to Alfred 3
  • Converting any time to all pre-defined time zones
  • Enabling 24-hrs time format
  • Displaying phone country code

After all it looks like below:

Conversion of a time in your local time to your pre-defined time-zones – “tz <time>” in formats HH, HHMM or HH:MM:

CarlosNZ, thanks for this great tool!

Updated version can be downloaded from Time Zones v1.8.


Half-Life 1 on Wine

Almost 20 years after game release I wanted to play it to check if it provokes same feelings.

As I’m on MacOS now, the obvious choice was to use Wine to run the game.

After setting Wine environment and installing the game, it turned out that although the game starts up, it’s completely un-usable as we can see just 1/3 of the screen, without any option to change the resolution:

$ wine hl.exe -startwindowed