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Mandatory New Years Post

Filed under: The Linux Blog News — TheLinuxBlog.com at 7:37 pm on Monday, January 2, 2012

Happy new year! I guess it’s time for a yearly update, I feel like everyone else has done it and now its my turn. Hit the jump for some more statistics that are probably only interesting to yours truly.

Top 10 Posts
Interestingly enough none of these were written this year. Perhaps I should write a query to extract the most popular ones of this year, I’m not sure they’re getting the same search love as my older stuff.

Using cut, Shellscript string manipulation 8.54%
Handy Linux Wallpaper 7.33%
Shell script to get user input 7.18%
The Linux Blog 6.38%
Rsync to SMB Share 4.26%
Apache director index forbidden by options directive 3.97%
Working with CSV files in bash 3.64%
Rotating videos in Linux 2.46%
Recursive md5 sum script 2.28%
iphone ssh client 2.04%

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How to talk openly about open source software

Filed under: General Linux,Linux for Newb's — TheLinuxBlog.com at 9:42 am on Thursday, May 26, 2011

Today we have a guest post written by Whitney from Technected. Whitney majored in journalism and has been using Linux ever since. She now works for a large automotive corporation in the Midwest. In her spare time she enjoys playing video games, gardening and watching Dr. Who.

You already know Linux is superior. There’s a reason you downloaded it, even if you had to overwrite your pre-programmed OS. You painstakingly created partitioned files for your /boot, /swap, root and /home files. You even bought a stuffed penguin — the Jesus fish of Linux users — to proudly display on your desk.

With great power comes great responsibility, though. Suddenly, everyone is asking you why Linux is so great, and if they should download it. Once you’ve worked with an OS for so long, it’s sometimes hard to simplify your answers for them, so here’s a handy list of answers for the masses

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Free DVD Ripper Software

Filed under: General Linux — TheLinuxBlog.com at 12:37 am on Wednesday, October 6, 2010

free dvd ripper software

So, you have a pesky DVD that you’d like to backup? The broader question is, do you have DVD ripper software? Well what is better than DVD ripping software? That’s right you guessed it FREE DVD ripper software!

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Handy Linux Wallpaper

Filed under: General Linux — TheLinuxBlog.com at 9:24 pm on Friday, September 10, 2010

Linux Beginners Walpaper This has to be the coolest background for beginning Linux users. What a great idea. I could probably use one of these. Especially for emacs but thats because I’m church of Vi baby.
Source: http://www.tux-planet.fr/public/images/wallpapers/linux/shell/linux-wallpaper-for-beginners-1280×1024.jpg

Remotely Changing Windows Volume

Filed under: Shell Script Sundays — TheLinuxBlog.com at 2:41 pm on Sunday, October 18, 2009

This is not really “shell scripting” but the end result is some more bash scripts in my bin directory so what the hell? It’s going in the shell script section because its Sunday. So what?

I like to listen to music on my Windows box while I work on my Linux box. Online radio and other sounds, just get in the way too much. One of the things I wanted to do for a while was remotely control my volume so I didn’t have to use my KVM to switch over to change the volume when ever anyone came in my office.

Its actually pretty easy to control your windows volume from Linux.

At first I thought, I’d create a dummy audio device, and some how map it over. Then I figured that was overkill and I’d try something a bit easier. I have SSH via Cygwin, so all I needed was a way to control the volume locally, and I could execute the command with SSH. Having no volume utilities jump at me when I looked through the Cygwin repositories I went to look for something else.

NirCmd is an awesome utility, giving me and other Windows users the ability to do things that Linux users may take for granted, you can read about it here: http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/nircmd.html after installing it, and making sure that my corporate AV didn’t throw a hissy, it was just a matter of dumping some scripts in my bin directory and chmodding them so they would run.

Here is what they look like:

Volume Down Script: ssh windowsbox -l owen -C “nir changesysvolume -2000″

Volume Up Script: ssh windowsbox -l owen -C “nir changesysvolume 2000″

Mute: ssh windowsbox -l owen -C “nir mutesysvolume 1″

Unmute: ssh windowsbox -l owen -c “nir mutesysvolume 0″

Real simple, and the mute/unmute really comes in handy for when some one walks into my office.

Linux Users are Lazy

Filed under: Linux Video Tutorials,The Linux Blog News — TheLinuxBlog.com at 7:57 pm on Thursday, May 7, 2009

Some one told me once that all of the good system administrators are lazy, I believe this but I also think that Linux users are lazy. While I’m not a full time systems administrator, I am a full time Linux user. I sometimes think that I’m so lethargic that I don’t have the energy to turn on a light switch. Hence why I did this (youtube video)

If you couldn’t make it out from the crappy iphone video, it’s my house, I show the circuit, turn the light off, walk in the closet and walk back out again. It’s a rather simple circuit consisting of a switch wired to a halogen light I brought from Ikea. In true open source fashion, if any one is interested in this, let me know and I’ll share how I did it if you can’t figure it out.

Reasons Why You Should Jailbreak YOUR iPhone

Filed under: General Linux — TheLinuxBlog.com at 12:10 am on Wednesday, January 28, 2009



I’m pretty sure that most Linux users understand what jailbreaking the iPhone is. For those that don’t in short its a way of breaking the restrictions Apple put on your phone, which allows you to escape the sandbox and do more with the phone.

Sure, jailbreaking may void your warranty (or may not) but why would you want to do it? Well the first and foremost reason is freedom.
Some of the greatest organizations in the open source industry were spawned from the inability to work with a particular device. I think jailbreaking your iPhone is similar to this, while the tools are so easy to use that any one can do it, jailbreaking your iPhone gives you the freedom to do what you want with it and this is what its all about right?

Bash. We all know that Mac OSX is based off of BSD and it just so happens the iPhone is too. By jailbreaking your phone part of the default installation (depending on how you do it) is a terminal with a bash shell. Most Linux users should be right at home here with utilities like apt-get, aptitude and ping.

Perl, Python, Java, PHP. These are some of the languages that you can configure to run on the iPhone. Sure, they may need some tweaking (especially Perl.) But it can be done. Who said iPhone development had to be done in Objective C?

Along with the Bash shell comes the Open SSH package giving you the ability to SSH into your phone, should you choose to install and configure. This can come in very handy for the Linux hacker. The ability to pretty much manipulate your phone however you want is a great reason to jailbreak.

You’ve always wanted to be able to record video right? Well you can, that is if you jailbreak and install an application. While the video quality is not exactly up to par its better than nothing. You could even turn your phone into a robot if you wished.

Also, do it because the Woz says so. Well, actually he didn’t explicitly say to do it, but apparently he does advocate it and “hacked” some chick called Griffin’s phone. So come on, be that “Throbbing brain with a tie” and jailbreak your iPhone.

Charting your boot processes with bootchart

Filed under: Linux Software,Quick Linux Tutorials — TheLinuxBlog.com at 4:57 pm on Monday, September 22, 2008

Linux users often like to boast about their awesome bootup times. I thought that there was nothing cooler than getting a wicked fast bootup time, until now. A while back I found this nifty application called bootchart and shoved it in my bookmarks. I was randomly surfing my bookmarks, came across it again and gave it another shot. (Read on …)

Whats your take on proprietary software?

Filed under: General Linux,Linux Software — TheLinuxBlog.com at 11:57 am on Monday, August 4, 2008

Using proprietary software to some Linux users is considered a sin, right up there with not reading the manual. Not everyone that runs Linux feels this way. I for one don’t mind using a commercial / propriety product if the product serves the purpose well, and perhaps better than an open source implementation.

Take VMWare server for example. Although it does have its problems, it works very well for virtualization. Its pretty stable, has a good interface, works well and most of all is free. I have no problem installing and using this as long as it works.  I’ve been using it for a while, its what I’m used to and I have no problems with it. The moment VMWare Server stops working, I’ll try to find another alternative. Be it open source or not.

I don’t get why some people are so into the open source movement. Not tainting a system to me has no clear advantages. If I were to not install any proprietary software I would hardly be able to use my Linux box. Think about it, no Java (ok, I’d have the IcedTea runtime and GCJ), but no supported Java for Tomcat / Eclipse, I’d have no Flash, hardly any video codecs and no 3D accelerated graphics. My virtualization, may or may not work depending on what day of the week it was or if I had supported hardware. There is probably a whole lot more that I am missing that I don’t even know about.

So, I’m just interested to know what is every one else’s take on using proprietary software? Am I alone in being “fine” with installing closed source / proprietary software? Is my computer going to go to robot hell and sing with Bender for eternity? Please let me know your thoughts.

Linux Needs More Haters!

Filed under: General Linux — TheLinuxBlog.com at 1:54 pm on Friday, July 18, 2008

In response to Jeremy Allison from ZDNet’s Blogs who claims not to be a blogger! Sorry, I thought about saying I have a “column” too but it just doesn’t work when you have “blog” in your URL. But onto the main topic of this post: LinuxHater!

I’m read linuxhater and I’m still a luser. Linux is the operating system that people love to hate. If you haven’t ever read http://linuxhater.blogspot.com before I’d give it a look. Its a great read, and I don’t think that Linux users should take it to heart, I can understand that some people may get upset from the effort that they personally put into a project, but if your not willing to admit your flaws where is the room for growth?

To improve criticism is needed and the LinuxHater blog definitely has lots to say and doesn’t always go about discussing the issues in a dignified way, but if you read it in good fun its great!

The Linux Blog – More May Updates

Filed under: The Linux Blog News — TheLinuxBlog.com at 6:30 am on Monday, May 26, 2008

If you read my last Linux Blog update post you will have noticed that I added links to the man pages that have examples of how to use that command. This blog post is to tell you that I have implemented that feature but the reverse. In other words, when ever you view a Linux Blog post that I have written you will see links to the man pages of the commands used in that post and from there you can navigate to other examples of how to use that command. I hope that this feature is a useful one for The Linux Blog readers, if it is let me know and if it isn’t tell me you like it any way. I’m going to be adding more man pages soon since I have found that not all man pages that I have are on The Linux Blog. I will also be adding more man page sections for the ones I missed out.

Now that I have implemented that function the only thing I really have to do is have the ability to add, update and manage man pages on the fly.

More news
I have also been corresponding with the guys over at Wakoopa about working on a client to their web application for Linux. I will let you know more information as it becomes available. I am very interested in writing a client for their service and would love for Linux users to be able to join in on the fun!

Thats all for now,

- Owen

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