Netflix on Linux Mint 17 and Ubuntu 14.04

August 24, 2014 by · Leave a Comment
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There have been many tutorials posted on how to get Netflix working on Linux. Personally I've had limited success using the Pipelight plugins. There's good news for Linux users though. Recent development versions of the Chrome browser from Google include the required DRM code to allow HTML5 video streaming from Netflix. The goal of this tutorial is to provide easy instructions to get Netflix streaming working on Linux Mint 17 and Ubuntu 14.04. Read more

Bash Getopts – Scripts with Command Line Options

May 21, 2014 by · 1 Comment
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I've always wanted to know how to create command line options for my Bash scripts. After some research I found there are two functions available to handle this; getopt and getopts. I'm not going to get into the debate about which one is better. getopts is a shell builtin and seems a little easier to implement than getopt, so I'll go with that for now.

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How To Create a Linux Mint Persistent Live USB

March 27, 2014 by · 18 Comments
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Linux Mint is the most popular Ubuntu based Linux distribution. Some would argue that it's even more popular than Ubuntu itself. Because of its Ubuntu base, Linux Mint shares a lot of the same great features with its parent distribution while offering a more traditional desktop design. One big feature that Linux Mint is missing though is the ability to create a Live USB stick with persistent storage. In this tutorial I'll show how to create a Linux Mint Persistent Live USB drive using UNetbootin and GParted.
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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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How To Install screenFetch in Linux

December 31, 2013 by · 1 Comment
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If you've browsed Linux groups on social media, you've probably seen a lot of screenshots that include a terminal window displaying the distribution logo as ASCII art along with some general system information. One program that does this is called Archey. Another is called screenFetch, and that's what I'm going to show you how to install in this post. Read more

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