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Tux Machines (TM)-specific
Many of the readers who visit here surely have an older computer that has been tossed away in a closet. While this laptop might seem old and out-of-date now, there are many distributions of Linux that will work exceptionally well.
Windows just crashed. The computer won't boot back up. Those "System Recovery Disks" that came with your computer will erase all of your data. In most cases, when Windows breaks and will not start up again, none of your data has been lost, you just don't have a way to get to it.
This article describes how to build a Linux-based telephone answering machine using a low cost winmodem (softmodem) for the telephone interface.
Does your computer or network appear to be under attack? Here's some information from a new book that can help you determine what to do and who to tell when someone is cracking your system.
I haven't use MPC (Musepack) files before, I didn't even know that xmms would not play them by default. Somehow, the six tracks of this fabulous album came into my possession.
"Open with..." Now what?!
Here's a piece from me on how to do a search and replace across many files in one line of perl, for several kinds of cases.
If you're bored with blogging and ready for new worlds to conquer, podcasting might be just the impetus you need to refuel your interest in Internet publishing. The term is something of a misnomer. You don't need an iPod to create or receive a podcast, and it's not really a broadcast.
Say you have access to multiple links to the Internet, such as several wireless networks in range. Wouldn't it be nice to combine all that bandwidth into one big fat pipe for your downloading pleasure? Unfortunately it's not so easy.
Don't you hate it when the word completion feature wants to finish your words for you? Or do you love it? Learn how to customize (or kill) Autocorrect in OOo and live in word-processing peace.
Maybe you haven't used PHP yet because you aren't a programmer. Even if that's the case, there is still plenty of PHP that you could be using.
If you've ever automated any operations with Perl you'll most likely have written a small script or two, and then left them to run. But how do you know that your code is correct?
Are you still not doing backups on a regular basis--or at all? With this easy-to-follow procedure and ready-made scripts, you're out of excuses.
It's a dangerous Internet out there, kids. If you are going to work on remotely connected machines, do it safely. If you need to work with files on a remote server you might find just what you're looking for in sshfs -- a tool for mounting a remote filesystem transparently and securely as if it were just another directory on your local machine.
Mirdir provides a quick and easy way to make an ad hoc backup of important data. With it you can copy a file or directories to your keydisk, or save redundant copies of data you can't afford to lose. It tries to do only one thing, and do it well: mirror a directory.