Command Line Basics: Create Custom Commands with Alias

May 30, 2009 by · 2 Comments
Filed under: bash, command line, HowTo, linux 

In today's Command Line Basics we'll create some customized commands with alias. You can think of alias as a sort of command line shortcut. Odds are, your system already has a few aliases defined by default. If you enter the command by it's self, without an argument, it will tell you what aliases already exist on your system. Open a terminal window and give it a try. Read more

Command Line Basics: List Files with ls

May 28, 2009 by · Leave a Comment
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One of the most fundamental things you may want to do from the command line is to list the files in the current directory. That's where the ls command comes in. ls stands for, you guessed it, list. Read more

Space Saving Tips for Your GNOME Desktop

May 21, 2009 by · 1 Comment
Filed under: gnome, HowTo, linux, Ubuntu 

If you've got a netbook, then you're probably wishing you had a little more vertical room on your monitor. The default setup on GNOME includes two panels that take up valuable space at the top and bottom of your screen. Here's a few tips to free up some space on your GNOME Desktop layout. Read more

Windows Web Browser Shootout

May 19, 2009 by · 3 Comments
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With the arrival of the Mozilla Firefox 3.5 Beta I figured it was a good time to run some benchmarks on the major web browsers available for Windows. I chose to run the Acid3 Test and Google's V8 Benchmark. The Acid3 Test checks to see if a browser properly renders a page according to web standards. The V8 Benchmark is a test of JavaScript execution speed. I know there are more exhaustive benchmarks available, notably SunSpider and Peacekeeper.  Both of those take quite a bit of time to execute and I didn't feel like it would add much value to the rating. Read more

Command Line Basics: Navigating the File System

May 15, 2009 by · 2 Comments
Filed under: bash, command line, linux 

Today's Command Line Basics focuses on Navigating the File System with the cd command.

cd stands for change directory. The cd command on its own will take you to your home directory (/home/userid/). If you have a directory in your home called Documents, then cd Documents will take you there. Following are the basic uses of cd.

cdchange to your home directory
cd /tmpchange to the /tmp directory
cd ~/Documentschange to /home/userid/Documents from anywhere
cd ..move up one directory in the structure
cd -change to the last directory you were in

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