Enable The RT2860STA Linux Wireless Driver

August 31, 2009 by · 3 Comments
Filed under: HowTo, linux, Ubuntu 

I've been using ndiswrapper and the Windows drivers for the Ralink RT2700E wireless card in my MSI Wind U100 432US. It turns our that the kernel included with Ubuntu Jaunty now includes the native Linux driver for this card. I'm not sure when this was added to the kernel, but I'm using version 2.6.28-15. Read more

Fade Out Images with GIMP

August 26, 2009 by · 36 Comments
Filed under: HowTo, image editing, linux, web development 

There's no need to go out and buy Adobe Photoshop and take Photoshop classes. Just follow this simple GIMP tutorial to learn how to fade out the edge of an image.

One of the features that gives images a web 2.0 kind of look is fading out the edges. This is most commonly seen in the image reflection effects. I'm not going to cover a reflection in this post. I'll just cover the image fade out part for now. Read more

Command Line Basics: Redirecting Output

August 23, 2009 by · 1 Comment
Filed under: bash, command line, HowTo, linux 

In today's command line basics, I'm going to show you how to redirect output from the bash cli (command line interface). The output of most GNU command line tools is normally sent to the terminal (ie - standard output). There are times when you would like to have the output saved as a file. Now, you could copy the text from the terminal and paste it into a text editor and save it, but there's a better way. Read more

Command Line Basics: View Files With cat

August 21, 2009 by · 3 Comments
Filed under: command line, HowTo, linux 

Oakley the CatThere are many ways to view files in GNU/Linux. One of the simplest command line tools for viewing files is cat. The cat command, short for concatenate, is actually intended for joining multiple files into one, but it works equally well for viewing text files. Read more

Command Line Basics: Determine File MIME Types

August 18, 2009 by · 1 Comment
Filed under: command line, HowTo, linux 

I recently wrote a script to watermark all of the image files in a directory. Most of the images I use on this website are PNG files, but I occasionally use JPGs. The challenge in my script was to find all of the image files in the directory regardless of image type.

After a bit of web research I discovered the file command. The file command takes a list of files as input and outputs the file names along with file type. Read more

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