So, you have installed a fresh copy of Ubuntu and you need to start setting things up. What is the first priority? You need to create new user accounts. To add a new account, you can use useradd. sudo useradd -d [user’s home folder] -m [username] The above command creates the user’s account and their …Continue reading "How to add a new user in Ubuntu Linux"
I was genuinely curious how the metro version of Internet Explorer 10 would handle plugins. I knew already that they would not be supported in the metro version of IE but how graceful would this be dealt with? It appears that some are handled more gracefully than others. If you look at the examples below, …Continue reading "Internet Explorer 10 Plugins"
If you are like me, your first question after sitting down with a new OS is, how is this going to effect my coding? I installed my favorite editor, Sublime Text 2, to see. It looks like for non-metro apps like Sublime it just opens on the desktop. Poking around, I’m not seeing any real …Continue reading "Sublime Text 2 on Windows 8: Initial thoughts"
If you are like me, you are very curious about the new version of Microsoft’s highly dominant desktop operating system. I want to take a moment to look at the installation process. Step 1: Download the installation media I downloaded the ISO file from Microsoft’s Windows 8 Consumer Preview website. There is also an executable …Continue reading "How to install Windows 8"
So, you are looking to install Ubuntu? Ubuntu is a great foundation to run a server upon. This post will step you through the initial installation of Ubuntu Server 10.04. As of the writing of this, version 10.04 is the latest LTS release. Please keep in mind that these steps will get a functional operating …Continue reading "How to install Ubuntu Server 10.04"
This is an interesting issue. After you finish re-installing your chosen operating system (whatever it might be), you usually address your top, absolutely most critical, needs first. You can worry about the applications you only use every now and then later. So, what is my top 5 list? The following is in no particular order. …Continue reading "The first 5 applications I install, after re-installing windows"
Nano is a great little editor for when you need to tweak code from within a terminal window. It is not exactly robust though. You can deal with one little annoyance easily, though. To show what line number the cursor is on, use the command ‘nano – c‘, when initially opening the editor.Continue reading "How to show line numbers in Nano"
This is a cute little trick. Excel 2010 (and probably earlier versions, also) has the ability to use “now()” and “today()” in cells. With this, you can have time-based calculations without needing the user to supply a current date/time.Continue reading "How to insert the current time and date into an Excel 2010 spreadsheet"
I have used this a bit to see what’s going on with Apache, when something goes wrong. If, while at your trusty Ubuntu command line, you type ‘tail -F’ and then a file name, it will sit there and show you additions to the file as they occur. This means that you could type ‘sudo …Continue reading "How to watch errors in Linux as they occur, using tail"
This is an easy one. By default, you can’t use ExpiresActive in Apache. You have to enable it. To enable it, use ‘sudo a2enmod expires’ and then ‘sudo /etc/init.d/apache2 restart’ to restart Apache. Easy as pie.Continue reading "So, you want to use ExpiresActive in Apache2?"