Many software packages in Ubuntu come along with a package configuration file. These files are used to control various settings for their particular package. In most cases, there is no reason to keep these files around after you've removed a package from you system. They get removed from your system along with the software package if you happen to use the apt-get purge command or if you mark it for "Complete Removal" in Synaptic. But what if you didn't do that when you removed the package? Read more
Many different Linux distributions will display their version information in one place or another in the GUI. If you need to pull this information quickly, it may just be easier to open a terminal window and find it from the command line. Read more
I've been subscribing to Linux Journal for a few years. Today I was disappointed to find out that they are discontinuing their print edition and they are going digital only. Maybe I'm old fashioned, but I like the fact that I can hold a magazine in my hands and flip through the pages without having to boot my computer or worry about running out of battery power. Read more
I've had a book on PHP & MySQL for over a year, but I've barely touched it. Last night I decided to get to work on getting through the book as I've got some website ideas I'd like to pursue, but I currently lack the skills to execute what I want. Anyway, I've decided to pass on some of the knowledge I gain along the way. Read more
About a month ago my brother in-law came to me with his wife's "dead" Windows XP computer. The computer would not boot at all. After a successful POST, the system would just sit there, unable to find any bootable media. I was asked if I could recover their files for them. Outside of that, they didn't want to put any money into the computer. They were thinking about getting a Mac.
I told them that as long as there wasn't a serious hard drive failure, I could probably get all of their files. I figured I could boot the system to a Live CD and backup the files to my USB hard drive. Read more