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HOWTO: Amarok 1.4 in Ubuntu 9.04 (Jaunty)

HOWTO: Amarok 1.4 in Ubuntu 9.04 (Jaunty)

A friend recently upgraded to the latest release of Ubuntu and found that they had replaced Amarok 1.4 with the incredibly nasty Amarok 2. I spent a day messing with Amarok2 trying to get it to behave but it just wouldn't. Not to mention the CPU spikes it was causing, so we trashed it. I tried other media players but after 3 - 4 years of using [...]

HOWTO: Move /home to its own partition after a linux install

HOWTO: Move /home to its own partition after a linux install

Having the "/home" directory tree on it’s own partition has several advantages, the biggest perhaps being that you can reinstall the OS (or even a different distro of Linux) without losing all your data. You can do this by keeping the /home partition unchanged and reinstalling the OS which goes in the "/" (root) directory, which can be on a [...]

HOWTO: Install iTunes Without the Extra Bloatware

HOWTO: Install iTunes Without the Extra Bloatware

Your iPod has got you stuck with iTunes, but you'd prefer to cut down on the extra bloat iTunes requires on your hard drive? Here's how to install iTunes without QuickTime, Bonjour, or that pesky iTunesHelper. There is also a custom installer for iTunes 8 that installs iTunes only, leaving the bloat at the door. Since QuickTime is a requirement [...]

HOWTO: MacBook LCD Apple Logo

HOWTO: MacBook LCD Apple Logo

Eddie, who made the Mac Logo LCD Mod, has posted a step by step tutorial on how to do it yourself. Basically, he just disassembled his MacBook, popped out the logo, put one from an iBook or Powerbook, then mounted a small LCD back there and routed it into a USB port internally. He says the extra electronics cause a tiny bulge in the monitor [...]

HOWTO: USB sniffing in linux

HOWTO: USB sniffing in linux

The linux kernel has a facility called “usbmon” which can be used to sniff the USB bus. It’s been in there for ages, and the output is really easy to collect, even from the command line shell. Simply mount debugfs and insmod the usbmon module: mount -t debugfs none_debugs /sys/kernel/debug modprobe usbmon Then you can just cat USB traffic [...]

HOWTO: Use iptables to Block Brute Force Attacks

I left a linux machine online with ssh open for a day. It dropped incoming login attempts after the username was entered. These are the usernames the "hacker(s)" tried: account adam adine adm admin admin1 admin2 administrator admissions advice ahmed airport akademik alan albert alberto alex alfred ali alias alice allan alpha alumni amanda [...]

HOWTO: Create a bootable self-playing video disc

HOWTO: Create a bootable self-playing video disc

MoviX2 puts a tiny Linux system on a disc or thumb drive that boots up and plays almost any video file you burn it with, making a handy tool for demonstrations or less-than-capable computers. Yes, yes, we know—most people can simply use VLC Player, or burn a video to DVD. If you need to play a video on a system without a DVD drive, though, or [...]

HOWTO: Open keypad-access doors

HOWTO: Open keypad-access doors

Here's a fun little tip: You may open most Sentex key pad-access doors by typing in the following code: ***00000099#* The first *** are to enter into the admin mode, 000000 (six zeroes) is the factory-default password, 99# opens the door, and * exits the admin mode (make sure you press this or the access box will be left in admin mode!) I'm [...]

HOWTO: Reset a forgotten MySQL root password

HOWTO: Reset a forgotten MySQL root password

Thankfully there is a simple solution to this problem, we just need to start MySQL with a flag to tell it to ignore any username/password restrictions which might be in place. Once that is done you can successfully update the stored details. Login or su as root to the machine with the MySQL server. Stop the MySQL server by using the [...]

HOWTO: Make your own background image for GRUB bootloader

HOWTO: Make your own background image for GRUB bootloader

No matter what distribution of Linux you’re using, the default GRUB bootloader background image is probably pretty generic. Or, maybe you just want to personalize it. Since your system isn’t booted very far, your tool set is rather limited, so there are strict requirements for the image. It must be exactly 640×480 It can only use up to [...]

HOWTO: Achieve Transparent GTK Themes

HOWTO: Achieve Transparent GTK Themes

Compiz-fusion may be the prime suite of effects on the Linux desktop, but it can’t go too far beyond decorating the windows themselves. What if you could give GTK+ widgets effects themselves? Depending on your theme, you may be able to. This is a quick "howto," but it requires a few things to be in place: Your GTK theme must support RGBA. [...]

HOWTO: Increase your available swap space with a swap file

HOWTO: Increase your available swap space with a swap file

You've finally configured every aspect of your Linux system. All of your devices function, and everything is configured just the way you like it. At least you think so, until you start running out of memory when you have heavy mathematical computations (Matlab or something) or lots of browser tabs open, with Youtube, simultaneously. You realize [...]

HOWTO: Move a WordPress blog to another domain. The complete guide and best practices

HOWTO: Move a WordPress blog to another domain. The complete guide and best practices

As you may have noticed, this site has been renamed from twinturbo.org to landofthefreeish.com. Below is how we made the transition from old to new and how to properly move a Wordpress blog without breaking image links or your precious seo backlinks. Make a backup of your database. I simply logged into Phpmyadmin and made a copy of the [...]

HOWTO: Monitor your Facebook profile in Linux

HOWTO: Monitor your Facebook profile in Linux

Facebook is surely the most popular social networking site with more than 150,000,000 users all around the world. In this guide, we will show you a small application that allows you to monitor your Facebook profile without having to constantly check it through Facebook's web site. This application notifies you instantly when your profile changes. [...]

HOWTO: Exploit Bluetooth Headsets

Here's a pretty basic "how to" on connecting your PC to Bluetooth devices. When connected, you may send sound files to the Bluetooth device and/or record anything said into a bt headset. Neat for a Linux beginner.

HOWTO: Write a Linux virus in five easy steps

HOWTO: Write a Linux virus in five easy steps

There is this rumor going around that Linux is virus free. It is said that the old-fashioned multi-user heritage of Linux (and other *nix OSs) prevents malware, since users are not normally running their programs in admin mode (as root user). We are reminded that execute bits are needed to run anything – contrary to Windows – and that execute [...]

HOWTO: Setup a reverse SSH tunnel

HOWTO: Setup a reverse SSH tunnel

Ok, so most of us know how to set up your standard SSH tunnel... when you create a secure link between a local port and a port on a remote box. Now recently I had to need to forward a port on a remote server to a local port on my laptop, which is behind a firewall. Turns out SSH can do this too. Check it out: ssh -nNT -R 9867:localhost:3000 [...]

HOWTO: Reprogram Road Signs

HOWTO: Reprogram Road Signs

Disclaimer: This "HOWTO" to posted for information only. These road signs are very common, are inherently insecure by design, and should be fixed. You should not tamper with these signs in any way, as someone might get hurt. This is the ADDCO portable sign. Today, you see what is on the inside, and briefly how they are "programmed" to display [...]

HOWTO: Create a private encrypted folder in Linux

HOWTO: Create a private encrypted folder in Linux

eCryptfs is a POSIX-compliant enterprise-class stacked cryptographic filesystem for Linux.It provides advanced key management and policy features. eCryptfs stores cryptographic metadata in the header of each file written, so that encrypted files can be copied between hosts; the file will be decryptable with the proper key, and there is no need to [...]

HOWTO: Install Ruby on Rails on Debian

HOWTO: Install Ruby on Rails on Debian

Installing Rails on Debian or Ubuntu is quite simple. To ensure that you have a Rails-compatible version of Ruby installed, do not install the old (and possibly broken) version of Ruby with apt-get/aptitude. Rather, install Rubygems and have it fetch Ruby for you. Again... Do not install rails using apt-get/aptitude! The debian repository includes [...]

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