Month: March 2014

Link: The Non-Beginner’s Guide to Syncing Data with Rsync

The rsync protocol can be pretty simple to use for ordinary backup/synchronization jobs, but some of its more advanced features may surprise you.  In this article, we’re going to show how even the biggest data hoarders and backup enthusiasts can wield rsync as a single solution for all of their data redundancy needs.

Warning: Advanced Geeks Only

If you’re sitting there thinking “What the heck is rsync?” or “I only use rsync for really simple tasks,” you may want to check out our previous article on how to use rsync to backup your data on Linux, which gives an introduction to rsync, guides you through installation, and showcases its more basic functions.  Once you have a firm grasp of how to use rsync (honestly, it isn’t that complex) and are comfortable with a Linux terminal, you’re ready to move on to this advanced guide.

Full article here:
The Non-Beginner’s Guide to Syncing Data with Rsync (How-To Geek)
Syncronize Files Between Servers With RSYNC (Ma-No)

Hate Windows 8? Classic Shell™ is free software that may restore your sanity!

We’ve not been forced to deal with Windows 8 yet, but from the chatter we’ve seen, it seems like everybody pretty much hates it, except maybe for Apple and the people who create Linux distros. From some of the comments we’ve read, Microsoft has done a great job of encouraging people to try OS X or Linux! 🙂

But if you have somehow got stuck with using Windows 8 and you simply hate it, and would much rather it worked like the previous versions of Windows that you are used to, then take a look at this free software that might at least make it tolerable again:

Classic Shell™ is free software that improves your productivity, enhances the usability of Windows and empowers you to use the computer the way you like it. The main features are:

  • Highly customizable start menu with multiple styles and skins
  • Quick access to recent, frequently-used, or pinned programs
  • Find programs, settings, files and documents
  • Start button for Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1
  • Toolbar and status bar for Windows Explorer
  • Caption and status bar for Internet Explorer

Classic Shell has been in active development for 4 years and has over 10 million downloads.

To obtain this software, visit the Classic Shell™ web site, or you can get it at (where it currently has a 5 star rating as we’re writing this).  And did we mention that it’s free?  The author accepts donations, but you don’t have to pay one red cent to download and use it, which is more than can be said for some other software that only offers some of the features included in Classic Shell.

Link: 8 Best Command Line Tools to Monitor Linux Performance

Technical administrators do have a really hectic job monitoring every systems and networks daily to find out any functional issues and do troubleshooting. It is also the same in case of monitoring and debugging Linux system performance issues. Even though the Linux systems are less vulnerable to getting affected with performance issues, it is very vital to monitor them closely throughout the time to do the troubleshooting at the very first point itself on finding out any performance issues. Even the highly experienced Linux administrators find it a difficult task to do close performance monitoring throughout the time.

Linux systems are used in many governmental organizations and in defense sector widely due to the security features as well as in the corporate sector due to their functionality. In such environments, it is very important to assure close monitoring for performance and even the smallest vulnerability may end up in grave troubles. In order to curb this issue and keep the Linux systems up and running throughout the time, the most easy and practical solution is the usage of command line monitoring tools. These tools are very handy to the Linux and Unix system administrators in order to monitor and identify the actual reasons for performance-related issues in Linux systems. These are tools available for all Linux and Unix flavors and further in this article we will discuss about the top 8 command line tools, which are in popular use. By understanding the functionality of each tools, you can pick the one best suiting to your customized needs.

Full article here:
8 Best Command Line Tools to Monitor Linux Performance (TechieApps)

Link: How to Reset the Password on Any Windows Version, Including 8.1, From Linux

If you have a Windows operating system and you find yourself locked out, Linux is there for the rescue with a very handy tool, ntpasswd.

ntpasswd can be described as an “Offline NT Password & Registry Editor” and it’s a tool that can be used to reset the password of any user that has a valid account on a Windows system.

Full article here:
How to Reset the Password on Any Windows Version, Including 8.1, From Linux (Softpedia)
Resetting Windows administrator password using Linux (Techie News)

Link: How to Turn Your Raspberry Pi into a File Server Using Samba

Back in the 1990s, Microsoft developed a protocol that allows one Windows machine to access the files and folders on another Windows machine. The protocol, which is known as the Common Internet File System (CIFS) – but was originally called Server Message Block (SMB), has been implemented on other operating systems including Linux. The most popular implementation is known as Samba and it allows devices like the Raspberry Pi to act as a CIFS file server. To put it another way, it allows a Windows PC to mount a folder on a Raspberry Pi and then copy, delete, read and write files on the it.

Installing and configuring Samba on a Raspberry Pi for basic file sharing is quite simple. …

Full article here:
How to Turn Your Raspberry Pi into a File Server Using Samba (Make Tech Easier)

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