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December 28, 2008  3:33 PM

Adventures with Linux and external hard drives



Posted by: Xjlittle
/boot, bios, external hard drive, Linux

I received a Western Digital 1TB external hard drive for my linux server on Christmas. Way cool! Now I could set up a linux NAS filer and backups for the server and other Linux and Windows machines that we have. While the linux server was running I plugged the external hard drive into the USB...

December 5, 2008  2:43 PM

Detaching Tabs in Firefox



Posted by: Xjlittle
clipperz, detach tabs, duplicate tab, firefox, firefox tabs

The ability to detach tabs in Firefox so that they are in their own window has long been a thorn in my side. Especially when using an application like Clipperz and Firefox is set to open everything in a new tab. Opening in a new tab is generally my...


December 4, 2008  6:41 PM

Inventory tracking with the Sun Inventory Application



Posted by: Xjlittle
inventory, inventory tag, Lotus Domino, opensolaris, red hat, solaris, sun, suse, tag your gear, windows

Sun has a unique application on their web site called Sun Inventory that will track hardware, software and operating systems. It is unique in that it is, more or less, a cloud application. You can access your inventory anywhere that you have internet access. The Sun Inventory application...


November 30, 2008  11:02 PM

Use UNetbootin to install Linux or BSD



Posted by: Xjlittle
install to usb, Linux, linux installer, live cd, livecd, UNetbootin, windows, windows installer

I ran across UNetbootin after pulling out my old tablet pc and found the Windows OS full of viruses, malware and whatever someone could put on there. After looking around for the most viable distribution to install on a tablet pc I landed on...


November 16, 2008  10:12 PM

Set your hardware and system clocks with the date and hwclock commands



Posted by: Xjlittle
date, hardware clock, hwclock, Linux, rtc, set system time, system clock, time

Today we're looking at the date and hwclock commands to set your system and hardware clocks. Have you ever put a server into production only to realize that you had not set the hardware clock to UTC or any other time? When you've already put the machine into production it's pretty difficult to...


November 10, 2008  6:02 PM

Russia and Cuba kick out Microsoft in favor of Open Source Software



Posted by: Xjlittle
ALT Linux, Cuba, Microsoft, open source, Russia

In a recent article that I ran across the two Governments have decided that Open Source is what they should be using instead of Microsoft. They stated the normal reasons that we usually hear when a...


October 17, 2008  11:46 PM

Chalk one up for Linux and Health Care



Posted by: Xjlittle
alfresco, health care, health care software, healthcare, jboss, licensing, linux and health care, open source, red hat

When it comes to health care it always seems as though it and Linux have a strange relationship. Doctors tend to purchase software without any thought to cost or licensing. The generally leads them into a one-size-fits-all solution and they just deal with the shortcomings of the software or go...


October 17, 2008  2:19 AM

Virus shuts down sales of ASUS eee PC’s in Japan



Posted by: Xjlittle
FUD, Linux, open source, virus, windows

The virus known as recycled.exe was put on the D: drive at the factory. When the user booted the ASUS eee PC the first time the virus copied itself to the C: drive. According to ASUSTEK there were 4500 of the eee PCs made for Japan and only about 300 sold. Now for me this begs the...


October 6, 2008  9:09 PM

My Comments on 5 Things I Wish Linux Had



Posted by: Xjlittle
centos, desktop, gnome, Linux, open source, paravirtualization, red hat

I ran across this post from Ken Hess today. I usually hesitate to openly question what other people write and believe but I felt compelled to respond to this one. Ken says (paraphrased)

1. Built-in Paravirtualization - I...


September 15, 2008  8:28 PM

VIM Shortcuts



Posted by: Xjlittle
editor, Linux, text editor, vi, vim, windows

I like the VIM text editor. Yes, VIM took some getting used to. Yes, VIM requires that you use a keyboard although there is now a graphical VIM for Windows and Linux which is pretty...


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