Monthly Archive: April 2013

Apr 30 2013

Link: A Primer for Scheduling Cron Jobs in Linux

Cron jobs in Linux are simple scheduled tasks that can be set to run commands at specific times. Unfortunately, the syntax isn’t the easiest to use or remember, but in this month’s column I’ll share some examples and tips to help you better understand and utilize cron jobs. Full article here: A Primer for Scheduling …

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Apr 30 2013

Link: TheLittleBlackBox: An ARM-based, open source XBMC media center

XBMC is a media center application that started its life as a project to turn the first-generation Xbox into an audio and video powerhouse. The project has since been ported to run on Windows, Mac, Linux, Android, and other platforms, and we’ve even seen it running on low-power devices with ARM processors such as the …

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Apr 29 2013

Is elitism the reason many open source projects self destruct?

The author of this article seems to think so. He appears to be primarily talking about Ubuntu here, but we strongly suspect that the same thing has happened with several other open source projects: The Achilles Heel of Open Source: Elitism (Linux Advocates) Related: Mark Shuttleworth: Canonical leads Ubuntu, not ‘your whims’ (The Register)

Apr 28 2013

Link: How to protect Apache with Fail2ban

Around 2 years ago I wrote an article about fail2ban. Fail2ban is an intrusion prevention framework written in the Python programming language. It is able to run on POSIX systems that have an interface to a packet-control system or firewall installed locally (such as, iptables or TCP Wrapper). Fail2ban’s main function is to block selected …

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Apr 28 2013

If you ever play video using VLC and it is jerky or drops frames, try this

In VLC’s preferences, note the setting for “Use GPU accelerated decoding” — on most systems with modern graphics hardware this should be checked, but is not by default. So, check the box and then click Save. You can always change it back if it makes things worse, or causes videos to not play at all. …

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Apr 27 2013

Link: 10 Annoying Apps We’re All Stuck Using (and How to Make Them Better)

There are probably at least two or three things on this list that you use almost every day, and some of you may use all of them: 10 Annoying Apps We’re All Stuck Using (and How to Make Them Better) (Lifehacker)

Apr 27 2013

Video: OS X Finder Sucks! Fix Mac’s File Manager

YouTube video link Give Finder The Upgrade It Sorely Needs With XtraFinder [Mac] (MakeUseOf) XtraFinder home page

Apr 26 2013

Link (for Ubuntu users): How can I remove Amazon search results from the dash?

Use Ubuntu? Care about your privacy? How can I remove Amazon search results from the dash?

Apr 23 2013

Link: For your robot-building needs, $45 BeagleBone Linux PC goes on sale

For your robot-building needs, $45 BeagleBone Linux PC goes on sale (Ars Technica) BeagleBoard Website New revision of BeagleBone Black takes on Raspberry Pi by dropping price to just $45 (Android Authority) $45 BeagleBone Black is a more powerful Raspberry Pi alternative (Digital Trends)

Apr 19 2013

Link: Securing OpenSSH

From the CentOS Wiki comes this list of suggestions for Securing OpenSSH. Most, if not all of them will work on other Linux distros as well.

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