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Old Vista Laptop Into A Linux ZFS File Server

You might be surprised at how much potential for usefulness still remains in older equipment. My wife’s old laptop originally booted with Windows Vista, which (apart from being a generally substandard OS – Microsoft employees ran into so many problems with it, they reportedly didn’t even use it internally*) is no longer supported*(2). Mainstream support… Read more »

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Beginners Guide To The Bash Terminal

What if I told you that if you give me on an hour of your time I can empower you with all the basic commands you’ll need to start using BASH-like a boss? Would you bother to take the time or would you be too afraid to try? The BASH terminal can be quite intimidating… Read more »

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P2V: Debian Testing PXE server and Vmware Workstation 11

MARCH 2017 – so I’ve had an old PXE an ASUS Spresso (S-presso) with a Pentium-4 sitting around for the last few years, and got a wild hair to do a P2V (Physical-to-Virtual) installation on it. First, I had to make sure it still works right after attempting an OS upgrade of Debian Testing (in… Read more »

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Virtualization Cluster With CentOS 7

This article is an overview of the steps taken to create a small virtualization cluster built for fulfilling personal infrastructure requirements like file sharing, syncing, and trying new applications. Reasons for creating a cluster instead of a single server are to eliminate a single point of failure, and to allow hardware maintenance without interrupting services…. Read more »

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Ubuntu Bluetooth Headphones Fix

After extensive testing and research, I have put together a complete work-around for playing high-quality audio through Bluetooth headphones using the Blueman Bluetooth application. I haven’t bothered testing this with other Bluetooth applications. If memory serves me, the alternative Bluetooth apps lack the ability to choose audio profiles – but I might be wrong. Going… Read more »

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Ubuntu Wireless Internet Drop Off Fix

I’ll admit it. My ancient netbook and my wife’s 2010-era Macbook Pro don’t have any problem reconnecting to wifi after resuming from suspend on Ubuntu MATE 16.04. Sadly, however, I keep hearing of other people who, despite various updates, seem to still be struggling with it. Therefore, I’m going to offer two potential solutions that… Read more »

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Parental Controls for Linux Unleashed

For years, one of the overlooked areas for the Linux desktop was access to “effective” parental controls. Back in 2003, I remember the now defunct Linspire (then known as Lindows) offered a proprietary option called SurfSafe. Surprisingly, at least back then, the product worked very well in providing accurate content filtering capabilities; something that was… Read more »