Command Line Basics: View Text Files with more

October 4, 2009 by · 3 Comments
Filed under: command line, HowTo, linux 

One of the things you may find you want to do often from your command line is to view the contents of a text file. This could be to view the contents of some startup script or just one of your own basic configuration files like .bashrc or .bash_aliases. The command is simple to use. Just type more followed by the file name. Here's an example (assuming you have X installed). Read more

Microsoft Releases Free Antivirus

September 30, 2009 by · Leave a Comment
Filed under: security, windows 

Today, Microsoft released a new, free (free as in Free Beer) antivirus program called Microsoft Security Essentials. This new program is available for Windows XP 32-bit, Windows Vista and Windows 7 32-bit, and Windows Vista and Windows 7 64-bit operating systems. Read more

Three More Reasons Not To Use Linux

September 20, 2009 by · 2 Comments
Filed under: humor, linux, opinion 

Last week I read a half-witted blog post citing "3 Reasons why we shouldn't use Linux". I've got one tip for TechBirdy, the blog author.

sudo apt-get a clue

TechBirdy's reasons are either borne out of complete ignorance, or from a desire to spread pure FUD. Read more

Bash to Basics: The While Do Loop

September 13, 2009 by · 4 Comments
Filed under: bash, linux 

The While Do Loop

One of the most common structures in programming is the Do Loop. The version that I'm going to show today is the While Do Loop. The basic structure of the While Do Loop is: while condition A exists, execute the loop. Here's an example program that counts to ten and then exits. Read more

Create a Bootable FreeDOS USB Drive on Windows

September 9, 2009 by · 12 Comments
Filed under: HowTo, windows 

Why a Bootable USB Drive?

Most computers sold these days don't have a 3.5" floppy drive, yet many computer manufacturers still only provide BIOS flash utilities that require booting to a DOS environment. Luckily there is a free version of DOS called FreeDOS and a utility called UNetbootin to the rescue. Using these two free programs you can create a bootable USB drive that will enable you to flash your BIOS. Read more

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