By: mlfarrell

October 17, 2008 11:45 am

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Batch Audio Conversion using Command-Line

By Michael L Farrell With today's long list of audio formats, multiple music providers, and countless brands of mp3 players, a Linux user can quickly become frustrated trying to manage their music collection. Whether you're using an iPod, generic mp3 player, or still burning CDs this article will help you make the necessary conversions to […]

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By: mlfarrell

May 22, 2008 2:35 pm

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Remotely Dispatching Jobs from your Cell Phone

by Michael L Farrell Okay so perhaps you've shelled out the extra bucks for an iphone and you can run just about any app you want on it to connect to your computer. However, if you're like the rest of us, the only “fancy” thing you can do with your cell phone, besides talk […]

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By: mlfarrell

January 25, 2008 1:23 pm

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Optimizing OSS Linux Applications for your Computer

One of the huge benefits of running Open Source software under GNU/Linux is the ability to fine tune applications for the machine or set of machines that they will run on. This article tells you how to accomplish this by compiling your apps with special cpu & architecture tuning parameters. While this tuning is […]

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By: mlfarrell

November 30, 2007 2:12 pm

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Finding Open Files and Network Connections

Among the many benefits of using the Linux Operating system, lies the ability to obtain extensive information about the processes running at any given moment and the resources they consume. This article introduces two very useful Linux commands: lsof, and netstat which will give you a complete list of all open files or network connections […]

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By: mlfarrell

September 21, 2007 10:38 am

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Mounting a Windows Share to the Linux File System

Many of us are familiar with the traditional way to access Windows network shares on a Linux desktop via KDE's "smb://" URL handler. However you may not know that there is an alternative, more efficient and more flexible solution for doing this. This is done by using the mount.cifs tool to mount the […]

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By: mlfarrell

August 10, 2007 6:29 pm

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Compressed Drive Imaging over a Network

Warning/Disclaimer: You should always back up your data before doing any operations that can put your data at risk such as imaging. Migrating data between computer drives can often be a big hassle. Sometimes you don't have enough available cables inside your computer to hook both drives in at the same time. Additionally, you often […]

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By: mlfarrell

April 27, 2007 12:38 pm

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Staying on Top of Your Memory Usage in Linux

Many people notice that after using a computer for a long period of time, that their system might start to slow down; programs open up or respond slower, web browsers seem sluggish, and the computer seems to all but slow to a crawl. Experienced users will recognize that this occurrence is due to limited free […]

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By: mlfarrell

March 2, 2007 10:25 am

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Recovering a File in Linux

Problem: You're working on an important document and the following happens: The application crashes! You close out without saving You save over a document you just had open! Solution: While you've lost what you had on screen, you may have forgotten that the computer still has it stored in RAM. You just need to find […]

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By: mlfarrell

February 15, 2006 12:00 am

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Manually Invoke Standby for Laptop

PROBLEM: I'm on a plane flight using my linux laptop and I need to conserver battery power by manually turning off the lcd screen when I'm not looking at it. SOLUTION: On a dpms-enabled X-server setup, this this is quite easy to do. Just open up a terminal of your choice (xterm, konsole, gnome-terminal) and […]

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