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HOWTO: make mp3 files smaller

HOWTO: make mp3 files smaller

An old friend emailed me over the weekend and asked for some help reducing the size of a MP3 file so he could load it on his wireless phone. Seems he wanted the ringer to sound like a sheep when one certain person called (don't ask), but the MP3 he found was too big for the phone to accept. I did a little research and found a cool little [...]

HOWTO: Recover A Linux Password

HOWTO: Recover A Linux Password

I thought I might share with you a way to recover password on a *nix system. The commands and screen shots are from Ubuntu, but this basic process should work for any distro. When you create an account on a Linux system, the password isn't stored. Instead, the hash of the password is stored in /etc/shadow. Here is a portion of my shadow file. [...]

HOWTO: Grammar Check For Open Office

HOWTO: Grammar Check For Open Office

So you are trying to drop that MS Office habit but find yourself struggling thanks in part to features missing from Open Office (Oo) such as a solid grammar check feature. As it turns out, there is a solution for Oo users looking for this kind of functionality, be it about as ‘craptacular’ as the one for MS Office. The problem is [...]

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