Wed 05 October 2011

A List of Martial Arts for Self-Defence
First what does self-defence mean? Check wikipedia webpage here: Favourites of mine: Karate: I would like to say that the style doesn't matter, being Shotokan, Kyokushin, Ashihara, .... Any style is very good, any style includes strikes, blocks, sweeps, some throws, and will cover all the fighting ranges, so, what ...

Sat 23 January 2010

Fixing Lighttpd in Debian on SheevaPlug
I was using SheevaPlug as my Home NAS, with and external usb hdd, until recently when I built my new NAS, based on ION ATOM, FreeBSD and ZFS. I am thinking to add an usb webcam and to use it as a monitoring system. I updated Debian "squeeze", which is ...

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 ...

Wed 15 April 2009

Short Weekend Trip: Liverpool and Knowsley Safari Park
Having a few days holiday, we decided to visit something here in UK, so we went to Liverpool and Knowsley Safari Park. "Knowsley Safari Park has become one of Merseyside's premier leisure attractions, winning several awards for tourism and it's animal husbandry." "These days Knowsley's 500 mammals ...

Sat 28 March 2009

Encrypting External HDD with LUKS
I am using OpenSUSE on my main computers, so LUKS is a good option to encrypt my external hdd. I can use Truecrypt if I want to use the hdd with mac or windows, but here is not the case. You can also use LUKS under windows with FreeOTFE. Here ...

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 ...

Fri 27 March 2009

Installing Intel Compiler Suite on OpenSUSE 11.1
Here are the basic steps to install Intel C/C++ and Fortran Compilers on OpenSUSE 11.1: 1. download Intel C/C++ and Fortran Compilers from their website. They are free for non-commercial use 2. unpack and start the installer 3. at some point I received: Step no: 4 of ...

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 ...