Tue 19 January 2010

My ZFS Home NAS/HTPC Box Build
I was looking to build a NAS (Network Attached Storage) to store all my music, photos, files, e-books and important work related files. I also wanted to have a central place for my backups and to be used sometimes as HTPC. So, a "two in one" solution (NAS and HTPC ...

Wed 26 August 2009

Yahoo Mail and free IMAP
If you are using yahoo mail, like me, then you missed for a long time IMAP access for your inbox. They provide just POP3 access and I don't want that. I would like to have/access the messages also via web interface and also to have them on my ...

Fri 10 July 2009

OpenSUSE 11.1 and Plesk 9.2.1 update
After more than three years of using Suse 9.3 with Plesk 8.1 on one of my VPS, I decided that it is time to update to OpenSUSE 11.1 with Plesk 9.2.1 control panel. The update process went very well, here are the steps involved: 1 ...

Sat 28 March 2009

dd command "progress bar"
I am using sometimes $ sudo dd if=/dev/urandom of=/dev/sdd1 $ sudo dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/sdd1 and I would like to see the progress of dd command. So, do the following: 1. open a new terminal/console and type: $ sudo killall -USR1 2. open the terminal ...

Thu 26 March 2009

My USB Memory Stick Companion
I have a Kingston Data Traveler 4 GB USB Drive, and a few days ago I decided to use it also as a rescue boot device (to be bootable in order to recover data when needed), as storage device (to move around some files, used on windows, mac, linux, freebsd ...

Fri 06 February 2009

Combining pdf files in Linux/Unix
Just to show a few examples how to combine pdf files. Let us assume we have three pdf files and now we need to combine them: gs -dNOPAUSE -sDEVICE=pdfwrite -sOUTPUTFILE=finalcombinedpdf.pdf -dBATCH 1.pdf 2.pdf 3.pdf joinpdf myfinalFile.pdf file1.pdf file2.pdf file3.pdf pdfmeld ...

Wed 03 December 2008

Using LaTeX in Scribus for posters
I am using LaTeX and beamer class to make presentations and posters. A short introduction to start with latex is available. Sometimes I am using LaTeX just to produce eps/pdf text boxes and after that Scribus for poster layout. In the last development version of Scribus, which is 1 ...

Sun 23 November 2008

Mod_python on OpenSUSE 11.0
Mod_python is an Apache module that embeds the Python interpreter within the server. Here is step by step what I did to configure it for OpenSUSE 11.0: 1. Install mod_python: $ sudo zypper in apache2-mod_python 2. Enable mod_python: edit /etc/sysconfig/apache2 and add python to the APACHE_MODULES line, so ...

Fri 14 November 2008

Scientific Software
If you are working in Scientific Computing, like me, then the next links are for you: Free Software :: Scientific Software Graphics Software Numerical Analysis Software Scientific/Engineering Software @SourceForge.net Scientific/Engineering Software @Freshmeat.net Wiki du laboratoire MAS Applications @Ubuntu Applications @OpenSUSE

Thu 13 November 2008

Access a running X session via x11vnc
I am using FreeNX but here is a solution to access a running X session with x11vnc. * install the package: $ sudo zypper install x11vnc * ssh to remote machine and: $ x11vnc -display :0 * ok, now on local machine: $ vncviewer your_remote_ip:0 For more details and some comments (password option, ...) check the ...