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My first contact with Unices was in 1990 or 1991, on a friend's machine (he'd connected a few modems to it and we all dialled in). My second one was in 1992, with Minix (the only *nix I could run on my 286 box). My third one was Linux in November 1993 (Linux 0.99.12, SLS distribution), and I haven't looked back since. These days, I make my living deploying and tending *nix boxen.


Jun
16
revised How can we change root password?
deleted 7 characters in body
Jun
16
awarded  Caucus
Jun
16
comment How can we change root password?
Without SSH (or, presuming any of the other, scarily insecure methods like rsh or telnet), you don't have remote access to the machine, so you can't change the password. Unless of course the target computer has a known remotely exploitable issue which can help you somehow spawn a shell. The thought terrifies me more than a telnet daemon running on it. :)
May
22
revised How do you extract a single folder from a large tar.gz archive?
Added tar -C option
Apr
26
revised how to type “smart quotes” (U+201C, U+201D)
deleted 10 characters in body
Feb
19
awarded  Nice Answer
Jan
16
reviewed Approve suggested edit on Shell scripting: -z and -n options with if
Jan
16
reviewed Approve suggested edit on Fedora 19: can't disable the firewall
Jan
11
awarded  Yearling
Jan
11
comment How can I benchmark my HDD?
I like hdparm as well, for quick benchmarks. The only downside is it only benchmarks read bandwidth and the performance of many types of block devices (e.g. RAID, iSCSI) can be very asymmetrical. For comparing ‘before’ and ‘after’ performance on the same box, dd works well too.
Jan
7
reviewed Approve suggested edit on Boot process hangs, can start with “single” + startx
Jan
7
comment Linux-AD Integration
Also, AD uses LDAP for its transport, and it's reasonably easy to get Linux machines to use it.
Jan
7
awarded  Revival
Jan
7
comment Apache - Generate private key from an existing .crt file
The certificate is made out of your public key. The public and private keys are completely separate (by definition) and you can't generate one from the other. How was this new .crt file generated? There just has to be a key file and a CSR somewhere!
Jan
7
revised SD card reader not working on Elementary OS
deleted 2 characters in body; edited title
Jan
7
comment How to check the life left in SSD or the medium's wear level?
All data is precious. :) We start on that principle, then move on to data that is more precious (a photographer's digital photos, for instance) and less precious (the OS — easy to replace, but downtime and a loss of time/revenue if you have to replace it).
Jan
5
comment Apache “RSA server certificate CN does not match server name” error
Is your certificate a wildcard certificate, i.e. with a CN=*.maindomain.com in the subject? If not, it looks like it may be for the exact FQDN ‘maindomain.com’, and won't match ‘www.maindomain.com’. You can check the certificate subject with openssl x509 -text -in /path/to/maindomain.cert | grep Subject:
Jan
5
comment How can the output of ldd be checked to see of they exist on a different system or not?
Agreed. I can see the difference, but only after reading both questions a few times.
Jan
4
comment Why are there 2048 sectors of free space between each logical partition?
It not possible to tell without seeing the partition table with units set to disk sectors (2,048 512-byte sectors are 1 MiB, less than the accuracy of the listed decimal numbers). MS-DOS partitions have weird emotional baggage that force alignment to various (now arbitrary) numbers, sometimes leaving unused sectors at the end. I have no clue why this is only the case for logical partitions here.
Jan
4
reviewed Approve suggested edit on Best distro for using Google Docs on old computer