Batch Converting Audio With GStreamer

December 19, 2011 by · 3 Comments
Filed under: bash, HowTo, lame, linux, mp3, Ubuntu 

I recently got a new TV that allows me to stream audio and video from my computer to the TV. I tend to archive music from CD's I've purchased in FLAC format. Unfortunately, FLAC is not one of the formats supported by my TV. I decided to write a little script to convert my music archive into one of the supported file formats. Read more

Command Line Basics: Create And Extract Tarballs

November 14, 2011 by · 1 Comment
Filed under: command line, HowTo, linux, Ubuntu 

In the Linux world, tarball refers to a compressed tar archive file. The most common type uses gzip compression and the file typically ends in tar.gz or .tgz. The tar command itself has its origin in Unix systems where is was used to save files to magnetic tape. The name tar stands for Tape ARchive. Read more

Server Move Complete

November 1, 2011 by · Leave a Comment
Filed under: General, news 

OK, the move to a new server is now complete. Hopefully, having the site on a more powerful server will prevent my account from being suspended due to high server loads. I'm not sure if the site performance will improve at all.

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Install LAMP and phpMyAdmin on Ubuntu 11.10

October 23, 2011 by · 90 Comments
Filed under: HowTo, linux, Ubuntu, web development 

LAMP stands for Linux, Apache, MySQL, and php, (or Perl). It's one of the most popular web hosting platforms. If you're developing websites, it's good to have your own private development environment to use while you build and test your websites. This post will show you how to install and configure a LAMP web development environment on Ubuntu 11.10 Oneiric Ocelot to use for testing. It can also be used to set up LAMP on a Virtual Private Server (VPS) or a Dedicated Server, but please note that this post does not cover setting up proper security for serving content to the internet. Read more

Command Line Basics: Finding Files

October 15, 2011 by · Leave a Comment
Filed under: command line, HowTo, linux 

In today's post I'm going to show how to use the command line find program to search for files. There are certainly different GUI tools available in Linux, such as Beagle, to search for files. The advantage of many of these systems is that they index the files on your system so that the searching is rather fast. The disadvantage is that the indexing can often slow down system performance, so many users end up disabling it. There's also the situation where you might not have access to a GUI, like when you're logged in to your web hosting server through ssh. Read more

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