The ‘UNIX’ Archives
Posted October 2, 2008 by

Open vim editor to first occurrence of search term

I don’t want to admit how long I’ve been using vi as my go-to editor (although if vi had been born then, it would now be old enough to drink and vote). One of the things I love about vi is that you only need to know a few things to use it, but it […]

Category UNIX

Posted September 22, 2008 by

Ubuntu : Enable NTFS read/write options (accessing XP and Vista drives)

This recipe explains how to enable NTFS read/write options in Ubuntu and in turn allows one to read/write to any XP or Vista partitions one may have. This will be shown using Terminal to install. Applies to Ubuntu 7.04 and up (Gutsy Gibbon, Feisty Fawn, Hardy Heron)

Category Linux

Posted August 18, 2008 by

How to empty or clear the contents of an existing UNIX file

If you want to empty the contents of a UNIX file, you could delete it and recreate it, but, as is typical of UNIX, there are more elegant alternatives. Here are a couple of ways to dump the innards of a file. If you know of any others, add them to the comments.

Category UNIX

Posted August 14, 2008 by

OpenOffice.org: Play TicTacToe (Easter Egg)

If you’re running the recent version of OpenOffice and feel like taking a break and playing then you’re in luck. There’s an Easter Egg that let’s you play a simple game of TicTacToe against the application.

Category OpenOffice

Posted August 11, 2008 by

OpenOffice.org: Play StarWars Galaxy (Easter Egg)

If you’re running the recent version of OpenOffice and feel like taking a break and playing then you’re in luck. There’s an Easter Egg that let’s you play a simple version of Space Invaders, titled StarWars Galaxy.

Category OpenOffice

Posted July 8, 2008 by

Defend Your Web Server Against Distributed Denial of Services (DDos) Attacks

In computer security, it quickly becomes apparent that preventing computer attacks is much more challenging than attacking computers. A good example of an easy technique to prevent a website from functioning is a distributed denial of service, or DDoS, attack in which a number of compromised computers around the internet make web (or other protocol) […]

Category Linux security

Posted April 7, 2008 by

Ubuntu: Creating a repository using APTonCD

Having a repository of packages you’ve downloaded using apt is good for when you need all of your favorite applications in a flash. Here’s how:

Category Linux

Posted March 2, 2008 by

Ubuntu: 4 Ways to Install Programs or Packages

This howto describes the simple, common methods for installing packages in Ubuntu.

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Posted February 20, 2008 by

Ubuntu: Stop Display from Going to Sleep when Inactive

By default, Ubuntu puts your display to sleep after it has been inactive for a period of time. While this is a good idea when you are running on battery power, it can be annoying when you are on AC power.

Category Linux

Posted February 17, 2008 by

Ubuntu: Change How Often Your System Checks for Updates

By default, Ubuntu automatically checks for updates daily. If this is too frequent for you, you can change the interval to something that better fits your needs.

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Posted February 10, 2008 by

Ubuntu: How to View Hidden Files and Folders

By default, Ubuntu’s File Browser does not display hidden files and folders. If you need to see these files, you can use one of the following methods:

Category Linux

Posted February 10, 2008 by

Ubuntu: How to Enable Automatic Login

By default, Ubuntu requires that you login each time you run the operating system. If you are the only person using the computer and aren’t worried about security, this can be excessive and annoying. By enabling Automatic Login, Ubuntu will go straight to the desktop without requiring a login.

Category Linux