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Software is like coffee: well made, it can make the most tedious tasks bearable; made badly it can ruin your whole day.


Jan
16
comment Please explain the output of the ls -all command
@jordanm fixed, thanks.
May
12
comment Difference between a Window Manager and a Desktop Environment?
These are broad classifications rather than strict rules. The domains coincide to such an extent that various features can be implemented in either one, the other, or both.
Feb
15
comment Options for .hidden files?
I think I understand now. You mean the literal file named .hidden which the Nautilus file manager parses to hide files **other ** than those with the standard .name convention. I have amended my answer with that in mind.
Feb
14
comment Options for .hidden files?
That fixed it; added to answer.
Feb
14
comment Options for .hidden files?
@jw013 I get a syntax error with your version.
Jan
14
comment What's the origin of rc, rc.d, share, proc in Linux?
Most standard directories (like /proc, /usr, and /etc) are explained in depth at tldp.org/LDP/Linux-Filesystem-Hierarchy/html. Explanation of commands can be found on Google or in the command's man page.
Aug
9
comment What is reliable, autoconnecting wifi manager?
I've used wicd before and it's the best wifi manager for Linux I've found.
Aug
3
comment How to find human-readable information about file types recognized by `file`?
Have you looked at TrID?
Jul
13
comment Why are the first 1024 ports restricted to the root user only?
@dmckee it could also be argued that such a design leads to more servers running as root, even if they have the option of running on alternate ports.
Jul
13
comment Why are the first 1024 ports restricted to the root user only?
So, sort of a poor-man's authentication, then? Does this convention have any real benefit in modern *nix-like operating systems?
Jun
7
comment When does UNIX “defrag”? (specifically Solaris)
@Caleb strictly speaking EXT2/3/4 can fragment but only if the volume is nearly full.
Jun
4
comment Why is Linux commonly used as operating system for supercomputers?
's assertions are fairly self-evident. Here's what IBM said about using Linux on their BlueGene supercomptuers which backs up at least the openness of the kernel reason.
May
31
comment Why do most linux distros default gnome?
Gnome does seem very dumbed down though. Even Linus Torvalds made such comments.
May
31
comment sending text input to a detached screen
@richard plumb Yeah, all you should have to do is change the SERVICE variable at the top to use CraftBukkit or any other mod.
May
21
comment Alternative to find?
I love locate
May
6
comment Do journaling filesystems guarantee against corruption after a power failure?
@psusi there is still a window for the write to the journal to be interrupted. Journal writes may appear atomic to the OS but they're still writes to the disk.
May
6
comment Do journaling filesystems guarantee against corruption after a power failure?
@George Edison See my expanded answer.
Apr
25
comment Hiding work in account with multiple users
If gpg is installed already you could use that to encrypt the data. gpg comes built-in to many *nix flavors (I'm assumong it's a *nix) so it may be usable. A last resort would be to attempt obfuscation with some other standard utility like uuencode or base64 but that's not real security.
Apr
21
comment Is NTFS under linux able to save a linux file, with its chown and chmod settings?
I've used NTFS-3g extensively and under heavy load with zero problems. I've even been able to delete files which for one reason or another could not be deleted from within Windows.As for using an EXT2 image, you can access EXT2 filesystems from Windows using Ext2 IFS (warning: EXT2 and EXT3 only, not EXT4!).
Apr
20
comment How can I de-fragment a drive using Ubuntu?
@boehj pretty much any modern filesystem (i.e. avoid FAT32)