I've been having problems with my optical drive on my Kubuntu 12.04 machine. Certain applications couldn't find the CD/DVD drive because they look for specific device names in /dev. My SATA optical drive would show up as /dev/sr0, however the normal symlinks to cdrom, cdrw, dvd, dvdrw were not there. I would go to the terminal and manually create the symlink and things would work fine, but after a reboot my symlinks would be gone! I found the fix in an old bug report on LaunchPad.
In this post I'm going to show how to send an email from the Linux command line through your Gmail account. This can be handy if you're a command line junkie. The real power, however, is in being able to send an email automatically from a script. I'll be doing another post where I use this in a script to notify me when something has changed on my system. For now though, I'll just show the setup so you can send an email from the command line. This process has been tested on Ubuntu 12.04 and Linux Mint 13. Read more
There are times in my work where I need to edit large text files. My text editor of choice for editing large files is VIM. One of the things that I sometimes need to do is to comment out a group of lines from a file. VIM can make short work of tasks like this. Read more
HandBrake is a program for transcoding video files. By default it transcodes video to H.264 format, so the files get compressed to a reasonable size while retaining high audio and video quality. There are versions available for Windows, OSX, and Linux. In this post I'm going to show how to install it in Linux Mint 13 using an Ubuntu PPA (Personal Package Archive). Read more
If you've been using Linux or Unix for a long time, then you're probably familiar remote technologies like rlogin, FTP, and Telnet. These are all wonderful technologies for using a computer remotely, but they are notoriously insecure due to your login credentials being transmitted over the Internet in plain text format. Read more