Installing a LAMP Server on Ubuntu

April 26, 2012 by · 118 Comments
Filed under: HowTo, linux, Ubuntu, web development 

Why Install LAMP on Ubuntu?

Why should you install LAMP on Ubuntu? When working on web development, I prefer to work within the privacy of my own development environment located on my computer. I'd rather make the majority of my mistakes where no one else can see them rather than out in the wild of the Internet. In order to have that private development environment, I install a LAMP configuration. If you're not familiar with LAMP, it stands for Linux, Apache, MySQL, php (and/or Perl). Read more

View Images With The Proper EXIF Orientation In Chrome or Chromium

April 18, 2012 by · Leave a Comment
Filed under: Chromium, FOSS, General, HowTo, image editing, linux, windows 

I receive a lot of emails with photos attached that have been taken in a portrait orientation. Most modern digital cameras and smart phones have orientation sensors that tell the camera if it's been turned on end. When this happens, rather than actually rotate the picture, the camera sets a flag in the image's EXIF data to communicate which way is up in the photo. Read more

Fix The Shutdown/Reboot Issue With Multiple Users on Ubuntu

March 24, 2012 by · Leave a Comment
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A while back I purchased a nice LG Smart TV for my living room. Besides having the standard Smart TV applications like internet browsing and NetFlix, my TV can stream media from my PC either through a DLNA server or through LG's Media Link. In order to use the Media Link, you must install the Plex Media Server on your computer. Read more

Fixing Variable Bit Rate MP3′s With vbrfix

March 4, 2012 by · 7 Comments
Filed under: command line, HowTo, linux, mp3, Ubuntu 

Some MP3 encoders fail to create the proper file headers when encoding variable bit rate MP3 files. When that happens, the song length displayed will often be be incorrect when playing the song back. One of the ways this can be handled is by adding a Xing header to the MP3 file. One tool that's available on Linux to do this is vbrfix.

To install vbrfix in Ubuntu, first make sure that the universe repository is enabled in your software sources. Then you can install it through one of the graphical package managers, or from the command line with: Read more

Creating A Terminal Window Clock

January 10, 2012 by · Leave a Comment
Filed under: bash, command line, HowTo, linux 

If you've been using Linux for a while, you may be familiar with the terminal command, date. The date command will display the current date and time to the terminal. On my system, the default output of date looks like this: Read more

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