Install Fedora Core 9.0 on a 1GB USB Stick

Fedora Core, Linux, USB
I wanted to install the AccessGrid 3.1 collaborative software under FC9.0 earlier on and discovered that the machine didn't have a CD or DVD. It did however have a newer mobo that allows for USB booting, so I searched around and found Fedora liveusb-creator. What a beauty, the fedora guys make it really simple to get Fedora live CD stuffed onto a USB stick. All you need is the software, a 1GB+ stick and a windows machine. Here is the process:Select either to Use existing Live CD or Download Fedora.Set the Target Device to point to your USB flash drive.Move the Persistent Overlay slider to set the capacity to use for the persistent image. I was able to manually push the slider by clicking on it and using the cursor…
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Suse 10.1 to 10.3 upgrade Episode 3

Linux, Opensource, SuSE
Well in Episode 3 of our saga Many goes bald (again) and (almost) drop kicks the server out the window. After going through the pain of installing 10.1 and updating everything I proceeded to upgrade to OpenSuSE 10.3. The upgrade went okay as far as the boot DVD was concerned (no errors during boot), but the dreaded SCSI errors from Episode 1 came back when I finished the upgrade and rebooted the machine. After about 10 minutes of repeating the F-word to the machine I decided to check on the net again, this time not at google.com, but at their linux centric search page google.com/linux. Well I have to admit, google is really god :-). Someone there had suggested an upgrade to the Adaptec PERC 3Di raid scsi card that…
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Suse 10.1 to 10.3 upgrade Episode 2

Linux, Opensource, SuSE
Okay, don't laugh, but I'm really starting to believe in the "third time is the charm" saying. Episode 2 was going fine until last night when I left work. I had installed 10.1, skipped installing any of the XEN packages, updated 10.1, installed 10.3 and was in the process of letting it run over night (2.6 GB worth of updates.....wasn't gonna hang around waiting for this to finish). Well somebody upstairs (santa, superman, spidy or one of those guys) did not agree and literally 20 minutes before I got into work this morning the power went out to our entire building, leaving my poor -- almost done -- 10.3 install in the middle of nowhere. I rebooted and just about cried my eyes out when GRUB could not find the…
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Suse 10.1 to 10.3 upgrade Episode 1

Linux, Opensource, SuSE
So I've been preparing a test server for the past couple of days, so that I can test the Suse upgrade path from 10.1 to 10.3. I've got a spare Dell 2650 machine with a PERC3/i card and two 37 GB scsi drives in raid-1 configuration.To get the test going I installed SuSE 10.1 from the install DVD and proceeded to choose pretty much all the options for the packages thinking that if the upgrade worked with (almost) all the installable packages selected, then it would almost certainly work on the real server. That was I believe my first mistake, by choosing (almost) all the options, I had also included XEN virtualization. This forces the 10.1 installer to install the XENified version of the linux kernel off the 10.1 DVD.…
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Hardy Heron is out…..

Linux, Opensource, Ubuntu, Unix
Heha.....Ubuntu's newest release 8.04 LTS (aka. Hardy Heron) is out and ready for your consumption. This release is major in that it's LTS. For those of you who don't know LTS versions of Ubuntu are supported for 3 years for the desktop version and 5 years for server version. ALL FREE....so what are you waiting for.....head over to Ubuntu Land for more info or alternatively just go to the download page.
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Stream your Linux/Mac/Windows Desktop as video using VLC (Part II)

Linux, Macintosh, Opensource, OSX, Video, VLC, Windows
A lot of people seem to be having problems (issues) with the original way I had proposed here using command line. So, I figured I make it real simple and do a graphical tutorial with screen shots to boot :-). In this example we first deal with the server (running windows) at IP address 192.168.1.1, then we move to our client (Mac OSX) at IP address 192.168.1.2 and view the servers screen remotely through streaming video. So first on the server (remember 192.168.1.1 is the IP address): 1) Bring up VLC and select File/Open Capture Device (Ctrl-A). You should see this screen modify the bottom portion (Advanced Options), so it looks like this picture below. You can decrease screen-fps to 15 if you like to speed things up a bit.…
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Secure remote backups using Rsync…..

CLI, Linux, Opensource, OSX, osx Server, rsync, Windows
While the world was busy trying to figure out how to sync their palm pilots to Windows 98 (or was it 95) Andrew Tridgell was working on his thesis......Rsync. The endall-beall in the world of syncing. You see, if you've ever tried any syncing program before you'll appreciate the ease with which rsync works. You'll also see the efficiency of it's algorithm in dealing with changes/updates, and for that you can thank Andrew. I'm just gonna show you how to use this excellent tool along with ssh (another must have/must use free software utility) to setup automated secure backups between two different platforms.For the purpose of this article I'm using a PowerMac G5 with a 1TB Firewire disk hanging off it as my backup server. As my client I'm using…
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Evernote….Your personal Pet Elephant to help you remember

Ajax, Evernote, Linux, OSX, Technology, Windows
And that's exactly what it does. A fantastic new product from evernote that offers you the opportunity to offload your brain of all those ideas/clippings/musings. Basically this thing is the kitchen sink of organizers....and it does OCR to boot.So head over to evernote.com and sign up for an invite, download whatever method of interface you want/need (webbased/OSX/Windows) and start clipping and organizing your life/brain. One of coolest thing about evernote is that you can feed the elephant anything (sound/image/text) and it will make it searchable. In the case of an image for example, you can shoot your buddies business card using your cellphone, send it to your evernote account and it will automagically OCR the card content and make it searchable. Same with handwritten notes, memos, doodles, stickies. All this…
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Twitter….the cool way….

CLI, Linux, OSX, Twitter, Unix, Windows
To be honest, I've had a twitter account for a while, but since I need a browser (or phone) to get access to it and twit, I hadn't used it. But that's about to change (maybe), since I found out how you can twit from command line. Yep, twit away from any UNIX, Linux, OSX (and Windows) Command prompt. Here is how:1) First find the program CURL for your intended platform. It comes built into OSX and most Linux distros and there is a port for windows as well (use google).2) Setup your twitter account.3) Use this command when you want to twit:curl -u yourusername:yourpassword -d status="Your Message Here" http://twitter.com/statuses/update.xmlNow one thing to remember is that the username and pass get added to your shell history, so if you're on…
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