How To Rip a DVD with Mplayer

February 6, 2014 by · Leave a Comment
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I run a media server at home to feed music and movies to my LG smart TV (affiliate link). Ripping the family's DVD collection is one of my tasks as the resident computer geek. Normally, Handbrake is my go-to tool for this type of thing, but in this case it was unable to detect the correct title from the DVD structure. In this tutorial I'll show how to rip a DVD on Linux with Mplayer.
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Command Line Basics – watch

December 9, 2013 by · 1 Comment
Filed under: bash, command line, HowTo, linux 

There are several log files in a Linux system. Keeping an eye on these log files can be one of the important tasks of a Linux System administrator. You can easily view the end of a log file using the tail command. But if you want to monitor that file all day long it's pretty tedious to enter the tail command every few minutes to check on that log file. You could write a short script  with an infinite loop to check the file periodically, but it turns out that there is already a program to handle repetitive tasks for you. Read more

Create And Manage Encrypted Folders in Linux With encfs

October 20, 2013 by · Leave a Comment
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There are times when you want certain information on your computer protected from prying eyes. One way to protect your information is to encrypt your home directory. However, that does not protect your information when you are logged on to your computer. I've shown in the past how you can use Cryptkeeper to create an encrypted folder on your system. Cryptkeeper is a graphical front end to encfs. encfs allows you to create an encrypted folder and then mount it as a user filesystem using FUSE. In this tutorial I'll show how to use encfs from the command line to create and manage an encrypted folder on Linux.
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How To Add or Edit a Linux File System Label

August 24, 2013 by · Leave a Comment
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File system labels are not something you need to have in order to have a functioning Linux operating system, but they can make your computer easier to navigate when you have several disk partitions. In this post I'll show how to add or edit a Linux file system label for ext2, ext3, and ext4 disk partitions.
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Reset GRUB Default System After OS Installation

April 7, 2013 by · Leave a Comment
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From time to time I like to test out a new Linux distribution or just an updated version of my current distribution. I've created extra partitions on my hard drive for these test installations. All of the distributions I've tried so far require a boot loader to be installed to the hard drive as part of the process. This creates the minor problem of the test installation taking over the boot process. I prefer to have my main Linux installation handle the booting process. The following steps will show how to hand boot control back to your main Linux installation with the GRUB 2 boot loader. Read more

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