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Learning The Linux File System

Before we get started, let’s avoid any confusion. There are two meanings to the term “File System” in the wonderful world of computing: First, there is the system of files and the directory structure that all of your data is stored in. Second, is the format scheme that is used to write data on mass… Read more »

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Speeding Ahead with ZFS and VirtualBox

In total, I have about 20 virtual hosts I take care of across a few workstations. On one system alone, I keep five running constantly, doing builds and network monitoring. At work, my Ubuntu workstation has two Windows VMs I use regularly. My home workstation has about eight: a mix of Fedora(s) and Windows. A… Read more »

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What Are Linux Meta-packages?

I was recently in a discussion about meta-packages, and realized many users don’t know what they are or what they do. So, let’s see if we can clear-up the mystery. Meta-packages in a nutshell A ‘meta-package’ is a convenient way to bulk-install groups of applications, their libraries and documentation. Many Linux distributions use them for… Read more »

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Recalbox Raspberry Pi Retro Gaming

I’ll be first to admit that I’ve been putting off setting up a Raspberry Pi for my wife to use for retro gaming. I knew there were a few games she missed but Mario Kart 64 was the big one. I’ll also be first to point out that setting up a RetroPi isn’t difficult with… Read more »

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Bashing Your Shell: Shell Scripting Boot Camp

Spend enough time on the command line and you’ll eventually want to do many tasks…that take some intricate commands…repeatedly. A good example of this, is making thumbnails of photos. Basically, our workhorse of this script is not ImageMagick (which provides convert, identify and mogrify), but the for loop in bash itself. Ready? Grab your pen-knife… Read more »

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Managing User Accounts and Passwords

Back when I was just another user…. While reviewing the video that goes along with this article, my mind drifted back to my first real paying job in radio. It was a big station with a big news department and what makes it pertinent to this discussion is the fact that they had a mini… Read more »

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Using Command Line Aliases – Frequently

Back in 1994, when I had been using SunOS for three years and Linux for almost two years, people started talking about how you could make DOS command line abbreviations. What swill. By that time, I already had some very useful keystroke saving aliases for the command line because command line usage makes up a… Read more »

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Schedule FiOS Router Reboots with a Pogoplug

There are few things in life more irritating than having your Internet go out. This is often caused by your router needing a reboot. Sadly, not all routers are created equal which complicates things a bit. At my home for example, we have FIOS Internet. My connection from my ONT to my FIOS router is… Read more »

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The X First Aid Kit For Linux

If you spend some time on Linux-based social media sites or forums, you inevitably see posts where a user is having trouble logging into their desktop. Either the boot finishes and they’re left looking at a black screen, or they can’t seem to get past the display manager login. “I enter my user name and… Read more »

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Sharing Files with Samba the Easy Way

Yeah, I hear you talking but I don’t believe a word. “You say you’re gonna keep it simple.” “You say you’re gonna stick to just having one Linux machine to play around with and you’re not gonna need to think too much about networking.” Well, let me tell you that it just doesn’t work that… Read more »