Command Line Basics: List Hard Drives By UUID

March 26, 2010 by · 6 Comments
Filed under: command line, HowTo, linux 

Recent versions of Linux use a unique identifier for hard drives in order to make sure they get mounted to the same location all the time. If you've looked into your /etc/fstab file for auto mounting drives, then you're probably already familiar with the long character strings that are used for UUID's.

The question is, how do I find out the UUID for each drive on my computer? Well, there's more than one way to do this, but the simplest is probably the blkid command. Read more

Access Your Web Server From a VirtualBox Guest OS

March 24, 2010 by · 4 Comments
Filed under: HowTo, linux, web development, windows 

If you've followed my posts on how to install LAMP on Ubuntu and basic Apache configuration, then you're probably interested in doing some cross browser testing of the websites you build. Felipe, one of my readers, asked a question on my Apache configuration post about accessing his local websites from a VirtualBox guest OS. Specifically, Felipe wanted to install Windows XP in a VirtualBox guest on his Linux system so that he could test his websites in Internet Explorer. Read more

Watermark Images With Nautilus Actions

March 21, 2010 by · 1 Comment
Filed under: bash, gnome, HowTo, image editing, linux, Ubuntu, web development 

In my last post I showed how you can add your own custom functions to the GNOME file manager with Nautilus Actions. I've also shown previously how to batch watermark images with ImageMagick. I've made some adjustments to my previous script so that it will automatically scale the watermark to fit the target image. Read more

Expand The GNOME File Manager With Nautilus Actions

March 14, 2010 by · 3 Comments
Filed under: gnome, HowTo, linux, Ubuntu 

The default file manager in the GNOME desktop environment is Nautilus. If you've been using GNOME for a while, then you're probably familiar with Nautilus' built in Nautilus Scripts function. The Scripts function is great, but there's an even better way to add functions to Nautilus; with Nautilus Actions. Read more

CentOS 5.4 On The Dell Inspiron 2600

March 7, 2010 by · 6 Comments
Filed under: Distro Review, linux 

The Dell Inspiron 2600 is a pretty old laptop, but can still be a useful computer if there's a decent OS installed. I had been running Ubuntu on this machine, but I started getting random freezes starting with Ubuntu Hardy. As a result, I was running Hardy with an older kernel from Gutsy. There were also difficulties with getting the video settings properly configured. I decided it was time to go in search of a new distro to run on this old laptop. Read more