Using the Linux “Whatis” and “Man” Commands

Saying the Linux and Unix shell commands are not intuitive is an understatement of epic proportions.  It might be easier to learn Klingon.  There is help for finding out about the Linux and Unix commands however, and it is found in the unassuming commands, whatis and man.  The syntax for whatis couldn’t be simpler:  whatis… Continue reading Using the Linux “Whatis” and “Man” Commands

Use rsync To Backup Your Data On Mac OSX and Linux

The Problem: I had been backing data from my stand-alone server (Mac Pro G5 with Ubuntu Server 13.04 software) to an external USB drive on an iMac, then to a hard drive on a HP laptop with Debian OS, and finally to SkyDrive (a Microsoft cloud storage option).  I used a “Norton Commander – like”… Continue reading Use rsync To Backup Your Data On Mac OSX and Linux

Disable Screen Blanking In Linux Console A Setterm Command

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I often run network monitoring programs on my Ubuntu powered server from the console (click for the article:  Six Free Linux Network Monitoring Tools For Your Home Network). Having the screen blank every 5 minutes on my Ubuntu server as it enters a power-saving mode is more than a bit annoying.  I also don’t want… Continue reading Disable Screen Blanking In Linux Console A Setterm Command

Six Free Linux Network Monitoring Tools For Your Home Network

Why Do You Need Linux Network Monitoring Tools? Simply put, Linux network monitoring tools allow you to see what is going on in your home network.  Home networks are getting more complex.  Besides just attaching a few computers and a router, many of today’s home networks are likely to have joined: a Server, a specialized… Continue reading Six Free Linux Network Monitoring Tools For Your Home Network

Droid – Bring It Back To Life

Where did my money go?

Where Did I Put My Old Droid? I replaced my Droid with a Galaxy S3, and the Droid quickly faded from my memory.  Then, not too long ago, my beloved iPod Classic crossed over to the electronic version of Valhalla.  I was crushed. After carefully paying my last respects to the iPod, I knew I… Continue reading Droid – Bring It Back To Life

Add An Additional Monitor To Your Computer Through A USB Port

The Command Module At Larry Labs

Add an additional monitor to your computer to greatly increase your productivity.  The second monitor comes in really handy for photo/video editing, audio editing, writing/blogging, stock trading, and for any project for which you might want to free up some space on your desktop. If you have a video card on your computer with multiple… Continue reading Add An Additional Monitor To Your Computer Through A USB Port

A Samba File Server And Network For Your Home/Small Office

Do I Need A File Server? A file server stores the data from a number of computers in one place.  In addition, security is provided through secure access (username and password), with authorized permissions established for controlling usage of a single user, a specific group of users, and anyone else that may or may not… Continue reading A Samba File Server And Network For Your Home/Small Office

Samba Server (File Sharing) Setup

What is Samba? Samba is a fascinating and powerful networking program.  Because of its level of complexity and multitude of uses, precisely defining it can be quite a challenge.  Here are three definitions found from the software’s developers, at samba.org: “Samba is an Open Source/Free Software suite that provides seamless file and print services to… Continue reading Samba Server (File Sharing) Setup

Linux and Unix File Permissions

Listing Files and Directories

What Do You Mean I Can’t Do This? If this hasn’t happened to you already, it surely will:  On your Mac or Linux computer, you attempt to load, save, copy, paste, or delete a file, and you receive a message on your screen that your request has been canceled because you do not have the… Continue reading Linux and Unix File Permissions

Open Source Software for Your Mac – Save Big / Loose Little

Open Office Spreadsheet

What Is Open Source Software? You just purchased your new Mac, and now it’s time to add software.  Gulp!  Sticker-shock, software is expensive.  Here are some examples (Note:  These are full version prices, not upgrades or student prices): Microsoft Office 2011                            $148.99 Adobe Photoshop CS6                          $413.99 Quark Express V 9.0                           $1024.14 On the other hand,… Continue reading Open Source Software for Your Mac – Save Big / Loose Little