Month: November 2013

Link: Transfer Files Securely Using SCP in Linux

The most common way to get terminal access to a remote Linux machine is to use Secure Shell (SSH). To work, the Linux server needs to be running a SSH server (OpenSSH) and at the other end you need a SSH client, something like PuTTy in Windows or the ssh command line tool on Linux or other Unix-like operating systems such as FreeBSD.

The attraction of SSH is that the connection between the two machines is encrypted. This means that you can access the server from anywhere in the world safe in the knowledge that the connection is secure. However the real power of SSH is that the secure connection it provides can be used for more than just terminal access. Among its uses is the ability to copy files to and from a remote server.

Full article here:
Transfer Files Securely Using SCP in Linux (Make Tech Easier)
Related:
12 scp command examples to transfer files on Linux (BinaryTides)

A collection of lesser known Linux commands

From TecMint comes this series of articles…

Linux command line attracts most of the Linux Enthusiastic. A normal Linux user generally posses a vocabulary of roughly 50-60 commands to carry out their day-to-day task. Linux commands and their switches remains the most valuable treasure for a Linux-user, Shell-script programmer and Administrator. There are some Linux Commands which are lesser Known, yet very useful and handy irrespective of the fact whether you are a Novice or an Advanced User.

Now, we personally prefer to do as much as possible in a GUI, but for those of you that prefer the command line, this series is for you:

11 Lesser Known Useful Linux Commands – Part I
10 Lesser Known Linux Commands – Part 2
10 Lesser Known Commands for Linux – Part 3

Links: A Raspberry Pi controlled mini CNC Laser engraver

[notice]NEVER look into a laser that is capable of engraving materials – you could be instantly blinded!  If you actually have to be told that, then you probably shouldn’t be allowed to use anything remotely dangerous.  DO NOT attempt to build anything like this unless you are willing to take full personal responsibility for any damages.  We WILL NOT be liable if you stupidly choose to build something like this and manage to damage your eyesight, or any other part of your body! And if you do choose to attempt to build something such as this, we strongly recommend mounting it inside an opaque protective enclosure, so that children or animals cannot come into the direct or reflected path of the laser beam.[/notice]

This looks like a fun but potentially VERY dangerous project – we wish the sites linked below had included some common-sense safety warnings for potential builders.  Please be conscious of friends and family members (especially the young ones) that might not fully appreciate the danger.  If there are drunk people around, hide this thing, preferably under lock and key!

I recently made a mini CNC laser engraver using two DVD drives salvaged from old computers and <$10 extra parts bought on eBay. The controller of the CNC machine is a Raspberry Pi, a $35 credit card size computer. The engraver turns out to be pretty successful. So I am sharing it with everyone.

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Full article here:
A Raspberry Pi controlled mini CNC Laser engraver (fun of DIY)

Additional coverage:
Raspi Mini Laser Engraver (Hack A Day)
Raspberry Pi Laser Engraver Created Using Two Old DVD Drives (video) (Geeky Gadgets)
Home-made CNC laser engraver (Raspberry Pi – this article actually does include a warning!)

Link: 5 commands to check memory usage on Linux

Memory Usage

On linux, there are commands for almost everything, because the gui might not be always available. When working on servers only shell access is available and everything has to be done from these commands. So today we shall be checking the commands that can be used to check memory usage on a linux system. Memory include RAM and swap.

It is often important to check memory usage and memory used per process on servers so that resources do not fall short and users are able to access the server. For example a website. If you are running a webserver, then the server must have enough memory to serve the visitors to the site. If not, the site would become very slow or even go down when there is a traffic spike, simply because memory would fall short. Its just like what happens on your desktop PC.

Full article here (tip: if you see a block of run-on text at the top of the page, just skip it and continue on to the next paragraph):
5 commands to check memory usage on Linux (Linux.com)

How to easily switch between your normal DNS service and Tunlr under OS X

[notice]The use of services such as Tunlr, that provide access to geographically-blocked websites and services you might not normally be able to access, may be illegal in some jurisdictions.  We are not lawyers, so cannot comment further on this.  You are responsible for knowing your local laws.[/notice]

Tunlr is a service that describes itself as follows:

Do you want to stream video or audio from U.S.-based on-demand Internet streaming media providers but can’t get in on the fun because you’re living outside the U.S.? Fear not, you have come to the right place. Tunlr lets you stream content from sites like Netflix, Hulu, MTV, CBS, ABC, Pandora and more to your Mac or PC. Want to watch Netflix or HuluPlus on your iPad, AppleTV or XBox 360 even though you’re not in the U.S.? Tunlr lets you do this.

If you are in the U.S., Tunlr may allow you to access certain sites in Great Britain and elsewhere in Europe.  It does not yet allow access to sites in Canada (pity).  Again, we are specifically not saying that it is legal to to this, since were are not lawyers and cannot give legal advice.

You utilize Tunlr by setting your computer’s or router’s DNS addresses to Tunlr, but Tunlr does not want you to do this except when you are actually accessing content.  As their FAQ explains:

Why you shouldn’t set your DNS permanently to Tunlr

For speed, stability, privacy and security reasons we do not recommend to permanently set your computer’s or router’s DNS addresses to Tunlr. Setting the DNS permanently to Tunlr also puts a heavy strain on Tunlr’s network infrastructure. In order to render the permanent use of our DNS resolvers less attractive, we’re artificially delaying responses to DNS queries. What this means is that your Internet surfing experience will be a lot slower than if you’d just use your Internet service provider’s DNS resolver. However, your ability to download/stream audio or video content is not affected by this delay. To sum it up: do not use our DNS resolver for day to day web surfing.

The FAQ shows “links for more ideas about how to temporarily use our DNS resolver” and they do show some suggestions for OS X, but at this writing none of those links show the easiest way.  When you use the method described below, you will be able to simply click on the Apple logo in the top menu bar and select Tunlr as your DNS, or switch from Tunlr back to your usual DNS, like this:

Selecting Tunlr DNS from the Apple dropdown menu
Selecting Tunlr DNS from the Apple dropdown menu

Note that when you switch DNS servers in OS X your network connection will be momentarily interrupted, so you probably don’t want to do this while you have downloads or uploads in progress.

So, how do you set this up?  It’s relatively simple.  Go To System Preferences (which is another selection in the Apple menu shown above), and when it comes up, in the Internet & Wireless section click on Network.  You should then see a screen similar to this:

System Preferences | Network settings
System Preferences | Network settings

This image is from a system with only a wired ethernet connection – you may see additional connections. But in the left-hand menu you want to select the connection you’ll be using while using Tunlr, which is probably your wired (en0) connection unless you use wireless exclusively.

Before you go any further, click the Advanced button in the lower right corner, then on the next screen click the Proxies tab at the top:

Advanced Network settings, Proxy tab
Advanced Network settings, Proxy tab

What you want to see is what’s currently in the “Bypass proxy settings for these Hosts & Domains” text box.  If there is anything in that box, copy it and save it somewhere – you can open a TextEdit window and paste it in there temporarily if necessary.  Next, at the top, click on the Location dropdown and it should give you the option to Edit Locations, so select that:

Adding a new location
Adding a new location

Next you should see a popup window showing your existing locations:

Popup to add new locations
Popup to add new locations

Click the + in the popup and it should let you enter a new location, so enter Tunlr:

Adding new Tunlr location
Adding new Tunlr location

Click Done and the new location will be added. At this point it is not configured so you will likely be thrown offline, and you’ll see something like this:

New Tunlr location created but not yet configured
New Tunlr location created but not yet configured

Next click the Advanced button and go to the DNS tab, then click on the + and add the two Tunlr DNS addresses (69.197.169.9 and 192.95.16.109) as shown here:

Network settings, DNS tab with Tunlr proxies entered
Network settings, DNS tab with Tunlr proxies entered

After adding the two Tunlr proxies, click OK and then click Advanced again and go to the Proxies tab. What you want to do here is paste in any proxy information you copied from your original network connection back into the “Bypass proxy settings for these Hosts & Domains” text box.  So, copy that from TextEdit or wherever you saved it and paste it in here — it should look exactly as it did for the original connection:

Advanced Network settings, Proxy tab
Advanced Network settings, Proxy tab

Click OK and you should be taken back to the main Network settings window. Now it should show the two Tunlr DNS addresses:

Network settings, Tunlr location with Tunlr DNS addresses configured
Network settings, Tunlr location with Tunlr DNS addresses configured

The last thing to do is click Apply, which should enable the Tunlr location and start using the Tunlr DNS:

Network settings, Tunlr location configured and connected
Network settings, Tunlr location configured and connected

Note that the dot next to your network connection should have changed from yellow to green. Now open your web browser and go to the Tunlr status page (you can just click on that link). You are looking for the section near the bottom of the page headed Tunlr activation check, which should tell you whether or not Tunlr is activated.

Note that even if it says that you need to restart your device or computer after you change the DNS address, that is NOT true when you use this method.  Instead, when you want to access geographically-locked content that Tunlr knows about, you simply go to the Apple menu and select the Tunlr location, and when you are done accessing that content you go back the the same menu and select the Automatic location (or whatever your default location is called). Just keep in mind that any time you change locations, any in-progress communications (downloads or uploads) will be interrupted, and depending on the software and/or protocols used, you may need to restart those connections.

Link: How To Set Up Tunlr DNS Under Linux To Access Netflix, Hulu, CBS, ABC, Pandora and More Outside The US

Tunlr is a free DNS service that lets you use U.S.-based on-demand Internet streaming providers, such as Netflix, Hulu, CBS, MTV, ABC, Pandora and more, if you’re living outside the U.S. At the time I’m writing this article, Tunlr reports that the following streaming services are working:

  • US video streaming services: Netflix, Hulu, CBS, ABC, MTV, theWB, CW TV, Crackle, NBC, Fox, A&E TV, TV.com, Vevo, History, Logo TV, Crunchyroll, DramaFever, Discovery, Spike and VH1;
  • US audio streaming services: Pandora, Last.fm, IheartRadio, Rdio, MOG, Songza;
  • Non-US streaming services: BBC iPlayer (excluding live streams), iTV Player, NHL Gamecenter Live and TF1 Replay / WAT.tv (excluding “direct” stream).
In my test, Tunlr has worked as advertised, but there’s one issue: using Tunlr DNS permanently is not a good idea: for privacy/security reasons, speed and so on. Even the Tunlr FAQ page says you shouldn’t use the Tunlr DNS for every day web surfing. On Windows, there are some tools you can use to quickly switch the Tunlr DNS on/off, but there’s no such tool for Linux, so here’s how to properly use Tunlr under Linux.

Full article here:
How To Set Up Tunlr DNS Under Linux To Access Netflix, Hulu, CBS, ABC, Pandora and More Outside The US (Web Upd8)

Link: How to Setup your own Proxy Server for Free [Updated]

Do a Google search like “proxy servers” and you’ll find dozens of PHP proxy scripts on the Internet that will help you create your own proxy servers in minutes for free. The only limitation with PHP based proxies is that they require a web server (to host and run the proxy scripts) and you also need a domain name that will act as an address for your proxy site.

If you don’t have a web domain or haven’t rented any server space, you can still create a personal proxy server for free and that too without requiring any technical knowledge.

YouTube Video Link: How to Create a Proxy Server

Full article here:
How to Setup your own Proxy Server for Free [Updated] (Digital Inspiration)

Link: Using Wireshark on Ubuntu

Wireshark is a powerful open source network analyser which can be used to sniff the data on a network, as an aide to troubleshooting network traffic analysis, but equally as an educational tool to help understand the principles of networks and communication protocols.

Full article here:
Using Wireshark on Ubuntu (Make Tech Easier)

Link: PlayonLinux for Ubuntu/Linux Mint/other Ubuntu derivatives via PPA

PlayOnLinux is a piece of software which allows you to easily install and use numerous apps and games designed to run with Microsoft Windows. Few apps and games are compatible with GNU/Linux at the moment and it certainly is a factor preventing the migration to this system. PlayOnLinux brings a cost-free, accessible and efficient solution to this problem.

playonlinux

Full article here:
PlayonLinux for Ubuntu/Linux Mint/other Ubuntu derivatives via PPA (Noobs Lab)

Link: How to put in pause any process in Linux

Linux is much better at multitasking processor-intensive tasks than Windows. I remember how virus scanning used to make by old Windows PC almost unusable. Linux is much better, but sometimes bad things happens ! Perhaps a plugin of your browser is using all the CPU, or some bad software is freezing your system, or Apache it’s eating up all your resources on your server.

If you have seen some situation like these, don’t worry anymore, you don’t need to kill all the offending processes, restart your graphical session, or even worse restart the computer, you can simply put the specific process in “PAUSE” and analyse the situation, in some cases you could find the cause of a poor performing process, or just restart it in a second moment, maybe after you have saved all your works, when you can give to that process all the CPU.

Full article here:
How to put in pause any process in Linux (Linuxaria)

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