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Linux Scheduling for Absolute Beginners

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In my first article, I provided some basic understanding of how scheduling on Linux operating system works and also gave some examples of how to schedule jobs using cron at different date and times. If you haven’t read it, please read Scheduling for Absolute Beginner first.

Executing commands upon remote machines via secure email

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I recently came across the grunt package which is designed to allow you to execute commands remotely, via the delivery of GPG-signed email. Since documentation is scant this introductory article was born.

Once installed there are three commands that can be used:

gruntsend

NdisWrapper: The Ultimate Guide

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Here's a comprehensive and idiot-proof guide for utilizing NdisWrapper extracted from Beginning Ubuntu Linux, Second Edition. The guide is part of Chapter 8, which provides a full guide to hardware configuration under Ubuntu.

How to encrypt a diskdrive in (X)Ubuntu Feisty with dm-crypt and LUKS

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Today security is one of the key aspects in our daily life - sometimes conscious, sometimes unconscious. Security has many aspects and one of them is computer security or security of your or your business' computer data. In this tutorial I will show how to encrypt a whole disk drive using (X)Ubuntu Feisty, dm-crypt, and LUKS. The article also contains some legal considerations.

Linux lovers love to mount

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Its true. Linux lovers love to mount. Mounting things is part and parcel of a linux lovers life. They mount everything. Now before you get the wrong idea I wish to specify that I am talking about the mount command that is part of linux based systems.

Timed shutdown in openSUSE: kshutdown

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I never thought I’d need it, but today I did. I needed a timer (for shutdown) in linux.

context: I was doing some bittorrent downloads during an ISP limited timeframe. I had to finish by 8:00am otherwise it would cost me dearly!

tried and failed: I googled for “timed shutdown” and found two main solutions… THAT DIDN’T WORK in openSUSE.

So what worked?

Squid in 5 minutes

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Why Squid? Why only five minutes?

There are many great tools that Squid has to offer, but when I need to redirect http traffic to a caching server for performance increases or security, squid’s my pick. Squid has built in proxy and caching tools that are simple, yet effective.

Updating Ubuntu’s Edgy Eft to Feisty Fawn with Automatix2

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Here’s the scenario. You’ve got a 6.10 box with Automatix2 installed, which you’ve used to install a number of third party additions to your nice, shiney Ubuntu box. Now you want to upgrade from 6.10 to 7.04 but you’re a bit gun shy as you recall what it was like to update to 6.10.

So what’s it going to be like this time? Let’s find out!

Reducing spam with OpenBSD and spamd

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We all know about the rampant spam email problem. Nearly all of the potential solutions offered for it are based on the idea of the mail server receiving messages, classifying them as either spam or legitimate, and then processing further (deleting or forwarding messages) as appropriate. The problem with this strategy is that you end up using extra resources on the mail server.

Beginner's Guide to Debian Etch

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Debian is one of the most common distributions in the world. With a possible total of twenty one CDs, it is also one of the biggest. As you may have gathered from the fact that this guide exists, Debian is not the easiest distribution. However, anybody that is relatively competent with computers should be able to use Debian (after all, I am!).

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