Category Archives: Linux

Secure Shell: Part 1- The Basics

In our technological infancy, no one really was very concerned about security. Use of the telnet application was the common method used to establish text-based connections to remote systems. The downside of telnet is that all of the traffic (usernames, … Continue reading

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Apple Upgraded the AirPort Utility to 6.0 for Lion Users: A Blessing or a Curse?

I always thought that one of the negatives of using Apple products in my network was the fact that you could not configure them through a browser.  All other consumer-grade routers that I am aware of provide a browser-based network … Continue reading

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Recovering Disk Space with KDirStat, WinDirStat and Disk Inventory X

It has happened to all of us.  We attempt to download the latest song, movie or document only to find out that there is no room left on our drive.  Where did all that space go?  You then spend a … Continue reading

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Wubi: The Windows Based Ubuntu Installer

From earlier posts on my blog, you may know that I’m in the process of rebuilding a Toshiba laptop after a failed drive. The original system was dual-booting Windows 7 and Ubuntu with separate partitions for each. This time, I … Continue reading

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Virtual Machines

Have you made the switch to the Mac, but there are a few programs that only have Microsoft versions that you would still like to run? Does the existence of one specific Microsoft-only program prevent you from switching to the … Continue reading

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ViewSonic G Tablet: Much Better with TNT Lite 4.25

Although I have many years of experience with various flavors of UNIX, Windows, Mac, and of course, Linux, I haven’t really had the opportunity to dig into the Android craze– until now. Since I’m pretty deeply invested in the Apple … Continue reading

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My Favorite Mac Backup Utilities

As discussed earlier, backing up your important files is a necessary evil for all but the most very basic computer user. Today, I wanted to cover my favorite backup utilities for the Mac. The most basic of these is Time … Continue reading

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Alice: Not Just the Housekeeper on the Brady Bunch

As someone who has been in the technology field for a long time, I am frequently asked by parents, on behalf of their school-aged children who have shown an interest in some form of software engineering,  what programming language or environment … Continue reading

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A Review of Katana: The Portable Multi-Boot Security Suite

A large part of being the “neighborhood geek” involves fixing computers for friends, family and the occasional friend-of-a-friend.  A normal part of this process is to carry an arsenal of bootable DVDs, CDs, and yes, on occasion, even some floppy … Continue reading

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Caffeine – A Useful Application for the Mac available from the App Store

As you all already know, Apple recently opened an App Store for the Mac.  You can purchase many Apple products and software produced by third parties which can be downloaded and installed directly on your Mac.  Some are free, but … Continue reading

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