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Disable Screen Blanking In Linux Console A Setterm Command

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 […]

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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 […]

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Droid – Bring It Back To Life

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 […]

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Add An Additional Monitor To Your Computer Through A USB Port

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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Linux and Unix File Permissions

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 […]

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

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, […]

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SOME THINGS TO CONSIDER BEFORE YOU INSTALL LINUX

Some Background: The Linux operating system kernel was released by Linus Torvalds in 1991. From its inception, the software is very Unix-like, and shares many command line entries with Unix as well.  Linux is open source software (basically, this means the source code license allows the user to freely change, improve, and distribute the software). […]

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Repurpose Your Old WiFi Router As A Super Router or Repeater With DD-WRT

The closet in the office of my home was filled with nearly twenty years worth of outdated computer hardware.   Over the past few months, opening the closet’s door would set off an avalanche of old video cards, mother-boards, and an assortment of audio/video cables.  Depending on your reflexes, and how fast you opened the […]