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Everything You Ever Needed to know about Microsoft Passport

Whether you know it or not, if you’ve ever signed up for a Hotmail account, you have a Passport account, too. And that’s a good thing, because if you want to access Microsoft’s Web support site these days, you must enter a Passport ID and a password. So what gives? What is this thing called(…)

The Windows XP File Systems

When installing Windows XP from scratch, it prompts you to select from two different file systems: FAT32 and NTFS. As expected, it gives no real reason why you should select one or the other, and defaults to NTFS. FAT32 If you’re installing on a dual-boot system where you would have a FAT32 partition (default type(…)

Windows XP and Symmetric Multiprocessing

Symmetric multiprocessing (SMP) is a technology that allows a computer to use more than one processor. The most common configuration of an SMP computer is one that uses two processors. The two processors are used to complete your computing tasks faster than a single processor. (Two processors aren’t necessarily twice as fast as a single(…)

The best tips & tricks for bash, explained

Running a command from your history Sometimes you know that you ran a command a while ago and you want to run it again. You know a bit of the command, but you don’t exactly know all options, or when you executed the command. Of course, you could just keep pressing the Up Arrow until(…)

SSH and SCP: Howto, tips & tricks

SSH SSH is some kind of an abbreviation of Secure SHell. It is a protocol that allows secure connections between computers. In this tutorial, we’ll be dealing with the ssh command on Linux, the OpenSSH version. Most Linux distributions feature the OpenSSH client today, but if you want to be sure, have a look at(…)

HowTo recompile Debian packages

This article will show how you can rebuild any debian package. You might need to rebuild a package for various reasons: add/remove some compilation options, make some changes to the sources, or compile a newer version from testing/sid into stable, etc. Regardless of your reason, this can be done very easy using debian tools. First(…)

HowTo Uninstall Fantastico

This short post is a response to the question I received from one reader that wanted to know how to remove completely from his Cpanel server Fantastico. Why would you want to do that? (assuming you have it already installed, it means you have a license also). Well, maybe the datacenter installed it by default(…)

Wireshark – network protocol analyzer for Vista/XP/2003/2000

Wireshark is the world’s foremost network protocol analyzer, and is the de facto (and often de jure) standard across many industries and educational institutions. Wireshark development thrives thanks to the contributions of networking experts across the globe. It is the continuation of a project that started in 1998. Features Wireshark has a rich feature set(…)

Windows Server 2008 Core – Post Setup Product Activation

During installation of Windows Server 2008 Core, it is possible to complete setup without specifying the product key. This means that you have up to 30 days from the installation date to test drive the product before it goes into reduced functionality mode, similar to that in Windows Vista. In both Windows Server 2008 and(…)

Popular Unix and Linux forums

Below are a collection of popular Linux/Unix forums which I found to enjoy a strong community backing. Linux Questions.org – One of the foremost Linux forums which has a very strong community following. I may add that it is one of the most active Linux/Unix forums I have come across in recent times. Ubuntu Forums(…)

Top 100 of the Best (Useful) OpenSource Applications

The following is a list of about 100 of the best OpenSource Applications, that actually help make Linux more usable for people. It is my hope that this list shows potential Linux users that there really is a large, effective, productive and usable range of free, OpenSource applications. For existing Linux users (like myself), I(…)

How to Adjust Windows XP Prefetcher settings

The Windows XP Prefetcher reduces the amount of time it takes Windows to boot and can speed up the launch of applications. It does this by monitoring which programs initialize when the Operating System is booted, then in the future, fetches them quickly via trace files. Although prefetcher is enabled by default, we can easily(…)