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September 13, 2008  8:46 PM

Netbooks, Notebooks, Windows and Linux



Posted by: Xjlittle
Linux, netbook, notebook, windows

Most of us have heard of the Netbook. You know, the small 7" screen Linux powered EeePC from ASUS. Of course Dell, Acer and MSI have joined in the fray. That's fine. Competition is a good thing. For one reason or another, probably because ASUS did not set reasonable expectations about what a...

September 11, 2008  12:36 AM

Troubleshooot your Linux boot process with GRUB



Posted by: Xjlittle
/boot, /root, grub, grub.conf, Linux, menu.lst

Red Hat and subsequently Fedora and CentOS use the the GRUB (Grand Unified Boot Loader) to initialize the kernel and boot into Linux. I'm going to look at some of the common error messages possible when booting Linux and how to edit the GRUB boot loader to test and fix the errors. GRUB has 6...


September 8, 2008  3:37 PM

Graphical Linux File Structure representation



Posted by: Xjlittle
/bin, /boot, /home, /root, /sbin, fhs, file system, Filesystem Hierarchy Standard, kernel, Linux, linux kernel

I ran across the following jpeg file on another blog. I thought it a reasonable idea to distribute this as much as possible as it is a very good representation of the Linux file...

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September 6, 2008  8:05 AM

Squid proxy server quick start



Posted by: Xjlittle
centos, ftp, http, https, Linux, proxy, proxy cache, squid, squid.conf, unix, web proxy, windows, Yum

Here is a quick start plan for installing the squid-cache.org proxy server. Squid is a caching proxy server that uses HTTP, HTTPS and FTP for caching web pages from the internet. By caching web pages locally the squid server helps you save on bandwidth...


September 4, 2008  11:54 AM

Script Word and OpenOffice documents to pdf



Posted by: Xjlittle
autoit, automate, centos, gui, Linux, Lotus Domino, Microsoft Windows, microsoft work, Open Office, openoffice, pscp, putty, scp, script, scripting, word

I ran into a situation a couple of weeks ago where it would be convenient to script Word and OpenOffice documents into pdf format. One of my jobs here is to create the network and email...


August 31, 2008  11:37 PM

To gmail or yahoo..



Posted by: Xjlittle
Browsers, firefox, internet explorer, Linux, Microsoft Windows, opera, windows

Do you like gmail? I don't. I first started using gmail a few months ago when it looked like Microsoft had a good chance of purchasing Yahoo. I've had a Yahoo account for over ten years. I've since gone back to Yahoo. No, not because Microsoft didn't buy them. I just don't like gmail. You...


August 30, 2008  11:16 PM

Single signon with Clipperz



Posted by: Xjlittle
Browsers, clipperz, cloud computing, encrypt, encrypted password, firefox, internet explorer, Linux, Lotus Domino, Microsoft Windows, Networking, opera, saas, Security, single sign on, sso

Clipperz provides single signon capabilities using a web browser for all of your web based sites. Clipperz is an open source project started in 2005 by Marco and Giulio Cesare. I have been using Clipperz now for about six months on a daily basis. From an...


August 29, 2008  3:35 PM

Script repetitious tasks in a GUI with AutoIT



Posted by: Xjlittle
autoit, automate, gui, Lotus Domino, Microsoft Windows, script, scripting, windows

Do you find yourself wanting to script repetitious tasks in a GUI? Wish there was a way to automate it? There is now. Unlike shell scripting where many tasks can be automated this is generally more difficult in a GUI. You have mouse clicks and keyboard entries to make in a GUI.


August 28, 2008  4:34 PM

Securely connecting Linux and Windows for file transfer and editing



Posted by: Xjlittle
Linux, Microsoft Windows

The first question most Windows users want to know is how to retrieve, move or put files from their Windows machine to a Linux box or, conversely, how to retrieve them. The first thing most people think about is Windows file sharing. This, of course, requires setting up a Samba server just as FTP...


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