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March 5th, 2007

Kernel Status

No Comments, News, by andarius.

The block on the home page listing the Linux kernel status is just that. Each day the site pulls recent data from the finger banner. That data is stored in a database here and fed to site visitors on demand. This way site visitors as well as myself can stay up to date.

March 1st, 2007

Site Power

No Comments, News, by andarius.

I just want to share a little about the site. Just the basic info so visitors know what powers this thing and gives credit where it is due.

The back end in my terms is WordPress. WordPress is very powerful and easy to use. On top of that it is very flexible. One may not know it by looking but the home and archive pages are my own code combined with parts of WordPress theme code. I have found it is easiest to get exactly what I want by doing it myself to some extent. So I do. However why try to re-invent the wheel when there are alloy mags handily available?

The color changing code is java script. I did not write it myself. The person who did is Tony Aslett and can be found at CSS Creator. The script itself is HERE and works well as you can surely see.

There are no other surprises hiding here at present. I do plan to write a back end for handling files. By files I mean all of the files I upload here. It of course will not do any of the uploading but will handle displaying them for you. As I am paranoid of upload abilities since that is how a site I administer got hacked. No it was not my code that led to it. It will simply read the directory and display the contents as I see fit.

Till next time!

February 28th, 2007

The Foot!

No Comments, News, by andarius.

Just so all whom come here and notice know, I do not use Gnome. If you look at the image of xcalc in one of the other posts there is the Gnome foot on the title bar. I just happen to like the theme and have yet to get around to removing the foot.

At present I use XFCE for my window management duties. I only have a few Gnome relate packages installed, and most of those are for Firestarter.

February 28th, 2007

Colors for xcalc

No Comments, Linux, Tips & Tricks, by andarius.

To add a bit of color to your xcalc so it does not look so plain on your desktop add the following line to your .Xresources.

*customization: -color

Note-! You must either restart your X session or run this command:

xrdb -merge ~/.Xresources

Pretty isn't it?

February 27th, 2007

USB Backup

No Comments, Code, by andarius.

This is the little script I use to back up my thumb drive every so often. Simple and to the point. Takes the specified mount point and rsync’s, tars the gzips it all. Has a bunch of extra lines for the initializeANSI() function. Makes it simple to add colors to shell scripts.

February 27th, 2007


No Comments, Linux, Security, by andarius.

To start things off I will touch on something that often gets over looked. Services. Both modern Windows machines and Linux machines have services of some sort that get started with the machine. Unless you have changed or disabled the ones you do not use you are taking an unnecessary risk.

To disable a service is normally fairly simple. With a Windows machine you can left click on the My Computer icon and select manage. On the left hand side of the window that pops up you will see Services. After clicking on that you will basically be presented with a list of services, their status, startup type and a description. Go through the list and disable anything you are sure you don’t need. If you don’t know read the description. If you still don’t know leave it alone.

I can not tell you how to disable services on all Linux distribution as there are a few ways. At one time I could tell you how to do it on Fedora Core, Gentoo as well as a few others. Thing is I finally found a distribution that suits me and I have been using it for far to long to try to cover anything else. The distribution is Slackware.

On a Slackware machine the start up services are controlled by files in /etc/rc.d . You can easily disable a service or daemon by removing the executable bit, or “chmod -x filename”. If you are unsure of what you need read the file itself. They are very helpful.

February 26th, 2007

The Purpose Here

No Comments, News, by andarius.

This site is intended to separate my technical stuff from my other stuff. I have many reasons for this. Such as one of my other sites is more geared towards family and personal things. I do not know of any of my family members who would like to read about PHP code or shell scripting. Forget about hardware and other related topics.

Along with the technical data the code and packages I used to host on my other sites will move here. The overall content here will be technical in nature and I will assume the reader is looking for such. If not then you are in the wrong place looking for the wrong thing.

This site does have the added advantage of comments and the like. So if some one has input for me they can use such means to provide feedback. I hope this will allow me to get better at my work as well as perhaps help others who are seeking help.

February 26th, 2007

Finally Up!

No Comments, News, by andarius.

Well after a good bit of work the site is on line. I know it does not look like much. However it is a pretty capable site. Using wordpress as the back end and a bit of tweaking to get the effect I wanted provides what you see here. If you don’t like it, tough. Go get your own site.

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